NEWS
Saturday August 24 2019
Real Madrid suffer late drama in Real Valladolid draw

Real Madrid drew 1-1 against Real Valladolid in their first home game of La Liga season. 

Zinedine Zidane's side struggled to break down a stubborn Real Valladolid side for the majority of the game at the Santiago Bernabeu. 

He opted to hand a first club start since 2017 to James Rodriguez, in place of suspended midfielder Luka Modrich, as well as a first start of the season for defender Dani Carvajal.

The hosts created very little in the first half, with Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale both wasting opportunities to test visiting goal keeper Jordi Masit. 

Los Blancos worked hard after the break to find a way through Sergio Gonzalez's team, however they had to wait until the 81st minute to find a breakthrough. 

Former French international Benzema showed close control to evade to visiting defenders and curl home from 20 yards out.

However, with the home fans expecting the second La Liga win of the season, Gonzalez's side scored a dramatic late equaliser against the run of play. 

Striker Sergi Guardiola darted in behind Sergio Ramos to calmly slot home in the 89th minute. 

Football Italia website