Real Madrid Vs Elche CF Football Match Score 19 Oct 2022
Struggling Elche welcome league leaders Real Madrid to the Estadio Martinez Valero on Wednesday, still searching for their first win of the season. The hosts were unfortunate not to take all three points in their 2-2 draw with Valencia on Saturday, while the visitors won the 250th instalment of El Clasico to go three points clear at the top. After Cadiz’s recent upturn in form, Elche have sunk to the bottom of the LaLiga table after a winless start to the campaign. One of only three sides yet to win a game in Europe’s top five leagues, Los Franjiverdes became the first Spanish side to part company with their head coach this season, as Francisco Rodriguez was replaced with Jorge Almiron in late August. Given that the Argentine coach resigned as Elche boss in February, after overseeing a run of 16 games without a win, the appointment was met with surprise and disappointment amongst a fan base growing increasingly desperate for a LaLiga win. Nonetheless, there were signs of improvement in their latest draw at Valencia, as Pere Milla scored a brace, including a spectacular header, to earn an unlikely point on the road.
Returning home on Wednesday, Los Ilicitanos will be carrying some confidence into this tie off the back of their best performance this season, but face a whole different proposition with the visit of the defending European champions. Visitors Real Madrid could hardly be in more contrasting form to their relegation-threatened opponents, after a 3-1 victory over arch-rivals Barcelona took the capital club three points clear at the top of the table. Unbeaten in their last 18 competitive fixtures, and with just four defeats in their last 47 LaLiga outings, Carlo Ancelotti’s men are churning out results in formidable fashion as they look to defend their title, having only dropped two points so far this campaign.
In that El Clasico win, Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema grabbed his first goal in five appearances, ending a mini goal drought by the prolific Frenchman’s standards. He will certainly be licking his lips ahead of a trip to the league’s leakiest defence. Intriguingly, Elche were two goals to the good against Real Madrid last season, and were only denied a famous victory by goals in the 82nd and 92nd minutes by Luka Modric and Eder Militao. Given their current run of form, however, Ancelotti will be hoping for a more routine performance from his side on Wednesday, as Los Blancos continue to steamroll their way to another LaLiga title.
For the hosts, centre-back Pedro Bigas suffered a nasty clash of heads early on in that 2-2 draw at Mestalla, and was withdrawn amidst fears of concussion. However, the 32-year-old has been training normally with the squad since the incident, and should be available for selection here. Winger Fidel Chaves will miss out again due to a hamstring injury, but Gerard Gumbau will return to the squad after becoming a father on the weekend. Lucas Boye should also start up front, after serving a suspension. Real Madrid will be without Thibaut Courtois once again, giving Andriy Lunin the chance to start his sixth consecutive game between the sticks for Los Blancos. Ancelotti may look to give starts to some of the players who missed that El Clasico win, meaning the likes of Eduardo Camavinga and Marco Asensio could both come into the starting XI. The 2022-23 edition of La Liga is back in action with a round of midweek fixtures this week as Elche lock horns with Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid side at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero on Wednesday.
Elche are currently rooted to the bottom of the La Liga standings and have struggled to cope with the rigors of the top flight this season. The home side held Valencia to an admirable 2-2 draw over the weekend and will look to achieve a similar result in this fixture. Real Madrid, on the other hand, are at the top of the league table at the moment and have been impressive so far this season. Los Blancos picked up an important 3-1 victory against arch-rivals Barcelona in their previous game and will need to avoid an upset this week. Real Madrid and France’s Karim Benzema has won the 2022 Ballon d’Or title on the men’s side after topping the 2021-22 season voting. The 34-year-old had been the strong favorite heading into the Theatre du Chatelet and has now been named the first French winner since Zinedine Zidane back in 1998 with Juventus. Barcelona and Spain’s Alexia Putellas took the women’s crown for the second consecutive year to become the first female player to win the top prize twice and back-to-back.
It was always going to take something special to follow in the footsteps of Lionel Messi’s incredible seventh Ballon d’Or title but that is what Benzema produced in the 2021-22 season with Real. With 15 Champions League goals and two assists from 12 outings, including an astonishing haul of 10 knockout phase goals en route to the title, it was always going to be a strong case for the Frenchman. However, 27 goals and 12 assists from 31 La Liga appearances as Real finished top plus Les Bleus’ UEFA Nations League triumph meant that nobody could truly compete individually or collectively. Benzema succeeds Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina’s Messi as titleholder with a tally of 47 competitive goals and 16 assists across competitions.
It is a source of great pride to have this in front of me,” said Benzema after finishing ahead of Sadio Mane, Kevin De Bruyne, Robert Lewandowski and Mohamed Salah to become the oldest winner of the award since Stanley Matthews back in 1956. “I think back to all of the hard work that I have put since I was little. I always had motivation thanks to my two role models of Zizou (Zinedine Zidane) and Ronaldo (Nazario), but I did not give up. Difficult periods strengthened me mentally, including not being part of the international setup. I never gave up and kept enjoying my soccer. I thank my Real Madrid and France teammates, my president who is like family and came to my home to sign me for Real. I do not forget Mr. [Jean-Michel] Aulas and the Lyon academy. I also thank my family as we are united and together. This is the people’s Ballon d’Or.