A surprisingly lackluster Real Madrid saving their best for the second half against relegation threatened Elche.Been a week of firsts for Real Madrid. Eden Hazard on target against the same opponents midweek in the Copa Del Rey.Karim Benzema lifting a penalty above the bar for his first miss in a Los Blancos shirt in this match. Elche deserve credit for being clinical on the day. Real Madrid have been vulnerable to attacks from the wing. Elche scoring both goals from their only shots on target. The first was a classy header from Boye from a cross by sub Chaves. Look at Vazquez number 17’s position. He is nmore of a winger than a right back so his defensive instincts may be doubtful. Boye made a case for man of the match and turned provide with 15 minutes to go to Pere Milla. Boye took Alaba and Casemiro out of the equation with a smart turn. You wouldn’t tell that Real had the the second best defense in the league by their showing in this match.

When Casemiro hit the bar with a header on 77 minutes, it looked as though it was one of those days. The reprieve came three minutes later. Pee Milla turning into villain flinging his arms during a corner kick by Real. Rightly awarded spot kick. This time Luka Modric took it successfully as Karim had departed the pitch. With Luka and Kroos in midfield no surprises who created the most chances and had the highest passes in the game. 617 passes for Los Blancos with 23 shots at goal. Vini Junior has improved a lot of things to his game. One of which has been the assist side of it. In injury time his cross to Eder Militao for the equalizing header saw the game drawn. The Vinicius of last season would have tried to beat a second defender evaporating the chance. La Liga this season is a season that seems to have no one wanting to win it. Real Madrid’s nearest challengers at the top Sevilla have dropped points by drawing their last two games. Almost all the top teams are struggling for consistency, with Real the only exception despite the draw here.