Las Palmas returns empty-handed from the Bernabéu (2-0)
UD Las Palmas leaves the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium with a 2-0 defeat. The match against Real Madrid featured standout performances from the visiting goalkeeper Álvaro Valles, especially in the first half.
García Pimienta made significant changes to the Yellow team's lineup in this midweek match, marking the Primera debut of the Satauteño defender Eric Curbelo. Except for the goalkeeper position, there were changes in all lines of the Gran Canaria eleven, including the return to competition of Dutchman Sinkgraven.
The first half already saw goalkeeper Álvaro Valles as the star. Real Madrid dominated from start to finish in this initial phase of the match, with a high number of opportunities that didn't materialize until Brahim scored the 1-0 on the last play of the first half.
The Sevillian goalkeeper for UD Las Palmas managed to deflect or stop up to eight shots from the Merengue team. With his legs, with his gloves, on the ground, at point-blank range... Valles intervened to keep the visiting team's hopes alive in a game clearly dominated by Madrid.
Las Palmas struggled to find spaces in the opponent's defense. Their possessions were not long or deep enough, with added turnovers that allowed Carlos Ancelotti's team to counter.
Just when it seemed the match would reach halftime without any changes to the score, Brahim scored the 1-0 with an unstoppable shot for Valles on the last play of the first half.
Las Palmas showed signs of improvement in the second half when the score moved to 2-0 in favor of the home team, on the first attacking action by Ancelotti's team. Joselu managed to beat Valles with a precise header, on a diagonal trajectory to enter near the post.
The second half had a different tone, with a notable drop in the pace of the home team. The presence of Kirian boosted the organization of the game for the Gran Canarians, who had more presence and managed to generate some attacks towards Kepa's goal. Conversely, the danger receded from Álvaro Valles. The La Rinconada goalkeeper had less work because the ball spent more time in Real Madrid's half.
Until the last play, Las Palmas tried to reduce the deficit. Perhaps their best chance came from Marvin Park on the final play of the evening, but the Balearic's shot didn't find its way to the Madrid goal.