Real Madrid were hoping to go back to top of the table when they visited Las Palmas as Barcelona had won their game earlier in the day. Madrid started stronger and took the lead in 33rd minute through youngster Asensio but it was short lived as Las Palmas hit back 5 minutes later with thanks to goal from Tana in 38th minute. Karim Benzema came on as second half sub to score the winning goal for Real madrid.
Las Palmas 2-2 Real Madrid Highlights
[ Spanish La Liga 2016-17 ]
33′ 0 – 1 Marco Asensio opened the scoring just after the half hour mark as Real Madrid took the lead away at Estadio Gran Canaria.
38′ 1 – 1 Tana equalized for Las Palmas 5 minutes later to make things interesting.
67′ 1 – 2 Karim Benzema scored midway through second half and it looked like Real Madrid would clinch three points but it was not to be.
85′ 2 – 2 Sergio Ezequiel Araujo persistent pressure inside the box forced panic and goal-mouth scrape allowed Araujo to poke home from close range to make it 2-2.
Its a massive game for Real Madrid who might find themselves trailing in title race as Barcelona are playing earlier in the day against Sporting Gijon and its very important for Madrid not to drop points against an opposition who they are expected to take all points. However Las Palmas are a very improved side who started the season in superb form winning 3 of their opening 5 matches.
At Canary Island outfit is no pushover, they have won 6 of their 8 wins in the league at home and only lost 5 games so far scoring 17 and conceding only 13 in the process which kind of keeping them safe from relegation at the moment. Real Madrid on the other hand do not enjoy traveling and their away form is the reason they are way behind Barcelona in the title race.
As far as the team news is concerned Real Madrid will be without striker Karim Benzema while Ronaldo, Jese and Gareth Bale are expected to start in attacking roles with Modric, Isco and Casemiro/Kovacic preferred in the central midfield roles.
Zidane will be keen to get players like Lucas Vasquez, Jese, Kovacic and Casemiro some game time as they have kind of struggled to fight there way into the starting lineups.
Predictions: It is a potential banana skin for Real Madrid who has been below par as far as their away from is concerned. Impeccable at home, but lack cutting edge to break down defenses away from home. I am going with a 2-2 draw in this one.