Dani Ceballos Brace Leads Real Madrid Past Deportivo Alaves in La Liga

The winless Alaves nearly leveled late when substitute Alfonso Pedraza twice hit the woodwork.

When Madrid swept a crisis-ridden Barca aside 5-1 in the Spanish Super Cup last month, Zidane's men were expected to romp to the title.

The result leaves Madrid fourth in the Liga table, although Valencia, Levante, Real Sociedad and Real Betis could all leapfrog Los Blancos with a win.

The Spain under-21 global wheeled away in delight after rebuffing two defenders before angling a low shot past Fernando Pacheco.

Cristiano Ronaldo returned for Real Madrid, who were looking for a home win after two consecutive draws in the Liga Santander in front of their fans on Wednesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

The hosts broke at pace, Munir checked back to his right and whipped a teasing ball across goal, allowing Garcia to storm into the box and power a bullet header past the stunned Keylor Navas.

Ronaldo then met a near-post Isco corner on the half-hour mark, but the number seven's effort was too high as it remained 1-0 to the visitors following a first 30 minutes that struggled to produce opportunities. Midfielder Enzo, 22, left Real's reserve team in the close season in search of first-team football at Alaves, where he has made two La Liga appearances so far.

Garcia was perhaps fortunate to escape a red card for Alaves after elbowing Lucas Vazquez in the head.

Zinedine Zidane's charges did push for another goal but they were unable to carve out another chance and had to settle for a 2-1 win.


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