Alaves vs Real Madrid: Ceballos double secures victory for La Liga champions

Alaves vs Real Madrid: Ceballos double secures victory for La Liga champions

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane joked Friday that he was "jinxed" as his team comes under attack for their misfiring start to this season's la Liga campaign.

Los Merengues were dealt a huge blow early on, succumbing to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Real Betis in a performance that encapsulated their early season struggles at home, having been forced to settle for back-to-back draws against Valencia and Levante.

Antoine Griezmann and Yannick Carrasco both scored in the second half to give Atletico Madrid a 2-0 victory over Sevilla, leapfrogging the visitors into second place in the Spanish league on Saturday.

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In the space of just five games Real have gone from red hot La Liga title favourites to trailing rivals Barcelona by seven points ahead of Saturday's trip to Alaves.

Real Madrid are without Toni Kroos with a rib injury.

Sergio Ramos threatened with a header that Alaves goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco saved, and Lucas Vazquez also got involved, somehow failing to double the lead from close range.

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The first of Ceballos' goals came in the 10th minute after a brilliant cut back on the edge of the box from Marco Asensio.

Alaves nearly levelled 20 minutes from time when Alfonso Pedraza's effort took a big deflection before heading towards the Real Madrid goal, but the woodwork saved the visitors during an end-to-end period of the match. However, three minutes later, Ceballos again bring Madrid winning 2-1. Ceballos used his strength to muscle Ely off the ball before side-footing his 20-yard effort into the bottom left-hand corner.

But the Alaves substitute's stab under Navas bounced away off the frame of the goal again and Madrid escaped with the points.

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