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Real Madrid defeated Elche 2 – 1 in the 12th round of La Liga in the Manuel Martinez Valero stadium, and with this triumph they returned to the leading position in the championship.
The home team was a far better rival in the beginning minutes, as Madrid failed. However, in the middle of the first half, Vinicius Junior, assisted by Diaz, brought the Blancos into a lead. Probably the key detail happened in the 63rd minute when Guti received a second yellow card, so Elche played without a player until the end of the match. Only ten minutes later, today in a great mood, Vinicius Junior used Modri?’s pass and doubled Real’s lead.
Despite playing with a player down, Elche managed to reduced the score over Mill four minutes before the end of the match, but there was no time for anything else, so the final 1 – 2 remained.
Real are back in first place in La Liga and have the same number of points as Real Sociedad, but with a better goal difference. Elche is in the 15th position. Real welcomes Rayo Vallecano in the next round, while Elche hosts Mallorca.