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Courtois' howler proves costly in Alaves defeat

Watch: Courtois' howler proves costly as Alaves seal shock away win over Real Madrid

November 28, 2020 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The Real Madrid goalie committed another blunder as his side picked up their second home defeat of the season.

Real Madrid extended their winless run in La Liga to three games with the current title holders suffering a shock 2-1 home defeat to Alaves on Saturday. In an encounter which was characterised by a host of misfortunes, the highlight of the night involved goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois aiding the visitor to score what will eventually become the game's winner in a horrific fashion.

First, Los Blancos were forced to go behind inside the fifth minute when a penalty decision went in favor of Alaves after Victor Laguardia headed the ball against the arm of Nacho Fernandez. Former Arsenal striker Lucas Perez subsequently stepped up to put the visitors ahead for what was his third goal of the season.

A few minutes before the game reached the half-hour mark, Madrid were dealt another blow with Eden Hazard suffering a leg injury. The Belgian international who missed the beginning of the new season with a muscular injury was immediately replaced by Rodrygo as his side pushed for an equalizer.

Nevertheless, the latter was not achieved as forward Joselu will turn up and capitalize on a goalkeeping error by Courtois to double Alaves'advantage in the early stages of the second half. In an attempt to play the ball out from the back, the Belgian goalkeeper ended up passing it right into the path of the onrushing striker who made no mistake to tuck it away from outside the penalty area.

With four minutes of regulation time left, Casemiro got Real Madrid's consolation goal by turning home Vinicius Jnr's saved shot by Pacheco from close range. The night's result handed Zinedine Zidane's men a free fall from their second position to fourth, having accrued just 17 points from a possible 30.


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