Mallorca 0-1 Real Madrid: Aurelien Tchouameni goal maintains La Liga title push


Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni shoots from distance
Aurelien Tchouameni scored his third La Liga goal of the season to give Real Madrid victory over Mallorca

Real Madrid warmed up for a pivotal week in their season with a hard-fought win over Mallorca in La Liga thanks to Aurelien Tchouameni’s long-range goal.

Real face Manchester City in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final next Wednesday before El Clasico with Barcelona a week on Sunday.

Tchouameni’s powerful effort just after half-time took a slight deflection before it flew high into the net.

Real are 11 points above second-placed Barca who face Cadiz at 20:00 BST.

With one eye on their trip to the Etihad, Real boss Carlo Ancelotti took the opportunity to rest and rotate players.

Dani Carvajal, Eduardo Camavinga, Toni Kroos and Vinicius Junior – who all started in Real’s 3-3 draw against Man City at the Bernanbeu – were all named among the substitutes.

The result was a slightly scrappy performance as Mallorca, beaten by Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey last weekend, made life difficult for Los Blancos.

The contest was settled by Tchouameni’s shot from 35 yards which skimmed off the leg of Manu Morlanes and gave Mallorca goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic no chance.

England midfielder Jude Bellingham played 64 minutes for Real before he was withdrawn and, despite a few late nerves, the La Liga leaders held on.

Line-ups

Mallorca

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Rajkovic
  • 15MaffeoSubstituted forRadonjicat 78′minutes
  • 20González
  • 21RaílloBooked at 16mins
  • 2Nastasic
  • 3Latorre Grueso
  • 18SánchezSubstituted forPratsat 59′minutes
  • 8MorlanesSubstituted forMascarellat 59′minutes
  • 12de Almeida CostaSubstituted forDarderat 59′minutes
  • 14RodríguezSubstituted forLarinat 86′minutes
  • 7MuriqiBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 5Mascarell
  • 6Arias Copete
  • 9Prats
  • 10Darder
  • 11Costa
  • 13Greif
  • 17Larin
  • 19Llabrés
  • 22Vidal
  • 23Radonjic
  • 24Valjent
  • 25Cuéllar

Real Madrid

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13LuninBooked at 85mins
  • 17VázquezSubstituted forMilitãoat 90′minutes
  • 22Rüdiger
  • 6Nacho
  • 23Mendy
  • 18Tchouaméni
  • 10ModricSubstituted forCarvajalat 86′minutes
  • 15Valverde
  • 5BellinghamSubstituted forCamavingaat 64′minutes
  • 21DíazSubstituted forVinícius Júniorat 63′minutes
  • 14Joselu

Substitutes

  • 2Carvajal
  • 3Militão
  • 7Vinícius Júnior
  • 8Kroos
  • 11Rodrygo
  • 12Camavinga
  • 19Ceballos
  • 20García
  • 24Güler
  • 25Arrizabalaga Revuelta
  • 39de Luis

Referee:
José María Sánchez Martínez

Attendance:
23,244

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