Updates from La Liga trip to Alaves for Cristiano Ronaldo and co

Lynette Rowe
September 24, 2017

In particular, Sergio Ramos had an afternoon to forget as the star played Munir El Haddadi onside for Manu Garcia's goal and missed a couple of glaring opportunities to make amends.

Real Madrid's Dani Ceballos celebrates his second goal after scoring against Alaves during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Alaves, at Mendizorra stadium, in Vitoria, northern Spain, Saturday, Sept.23, 2017.

Ceballos scores his first goal.

Real might have prevailed on the road but were far from restored to their glittering best.

Pacheco made a decent save to prevent a Nacho header finding the back of the Alaves net in the 31st minute, but the home side were causing problems down the other end, with a succession of crosses into the Real Madrid box forcing Casemiro and Varane to both make brilliant clearances.

Ronaldo came close to sending Real Madrid 3-1 ahead early in the second period after collecting a brilliant pass from Carvajal, but the attacker sent his low effort just wide of the post.

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Sergi Roberto teed up Suarez for Barca's third with a perfectly weighted ball over the top of the Girona defence, which the Uruguay global settled with his first touch then fired home past Iraizoz with his second to make it 3-0.

Barcelona now sit seven points clear of Real at the top of the table.

Antoine Griezmann sealed the points with Atleti's second in the 69th minute as new signing Diego Costa watched on from the stands.

Atletico's transfer ban means Costa cannot take the field until January, but he could at least revel in the club's form on Saturday. He has been less than impressed with Los Blancos's lack of intensity, but also believes his men did more than enough to merit wins at home, with their failure to be clinical in the final third proving to be their worst enemy.

But the hosts couldn't even keep hold of the momentum until half-time.

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