Cadiz 1-1 Real Madrid: Alvaro Negredo’s penalty agony means Pirates will enter final game in La Liga relegation zone despite Ruben Sobrino’s emphatic reply to Mariano Diaz’s opener for the champions
- Andriy Lunin saved Alvaro Negredo’s penalty as Cadiz drew 1-1 with Real Madrid
- Mariano Diaz slotted in the opener for Madrid after a scintillating run by Rodrygo
- Ruben Sobrino hit an emphatic leveller and Cadiz then pushed for a second goal
- Mallorca’s late win over Rayo Vallecano put them above Cadiz on goal difference
Alvaro Negredo missed a penalty for Cadiz as the hosts remained in the Liga relegation zone ahead of the final day of the season despite a spirited 1-1 draw against runaway champions Real Madrid.
Home fans at the Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla endured an agonising evening as Cadiz threatened a shock against the Champions League finalists after Ruben Sobrino emphatically replied to Mariano Diaz’s fifth-minute strike for Madrid.
The Pirates will rightly feel frustrated not to have earned three precious points in their battle against the drop, having responded impressively to Diaz’s opener.
Cadiz’s Jeremias Ledesma celebrates as his team score their equaliser at home to Real Madrid
Ruben Sobrino (second from right) takes the plaudits for his rocket of a shot to send Cadiz level
CADIZ (4-4-2): Ledesma; Akapo (Carcelen 76), Luis Hernandez, Fali, Espino; Sobrino, Alcaraz, Alex Fernandez (Serrano 72), Idrissi (Lozano 87); Negredo, Lucas Perez
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Lunin; Lucas Vazquez, Militao, Vallejo (Carvajal 64), Nacho; Fede Valverde (Ceballos 64), Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Mariano Diaz (Latasa 82), Rodrygo (E Hazard 64)
Rodrygo’s dazzling run deceived the home defence, culminating in the winger – one of the key architects of Madrid’s dramatic Champions League semi-final win over Manchester City – supplying Diaz with a straightforward finish.
Andriy Lunin, Madrid’s 23-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper, deputised for Thibaut Courtois and produced several fine saves but could not stop Sobrino’s powerful 35th-minute leveller.
The forward toyed with the Madrid defence on the edge of the visitors’ penalty area before crashing in a thunderous shot that hit Eder Militao, cannoned off Lunin’s crossbar and ended in the beaten goalkeeper’s net.
Mariano Diaz gives Real Madrid a perfect start, slotting in following Rodrygo’s fifth-minute run
Alvaro Negredo sees his penalty saved by impressive Andriy Lunin in arguably the key moment
Militao almost atoned for his part in the goal when he headed wide of the far post from a right-wing cross before half-time.
The real drama was to come after the break, when Lunin pawed former Madrid and City hitman Negredo’s 61st-minute penalty away.
The 36-year-old was thwarted by Lunin again five minutes later when he broke free inside the penalty area after Eden Hazard gave the ball away inside Cadiz’s half, allowing Madrid’s opponents to break with purpose.
The 36-year-old won the penalty when he was grounded by Lunin during a surge into the area
Negredo and Cadiz looked crestfallen at the final whistle and their survival is out of their hands
Sobrino came within inches of putting Cadiz in front, only for Militao to haphazardly scramble the ball clear on the line to help Madrid salvage a draw in an underwhelming performance.
Forward Sobrino, who was also at City between 2015 and 2017 but never appeared for the club, guided another inviting chance clear of the target when he headed over the crossbar from an 82nd-minute corner.
Cadiz will be below Mallorca, who are immediately outside of the relegation zone, on goal difference at the start of their final game of the season at bottom side Alaves on Sunday.
Madrid are 12 points clear of Barcelona and host sixth-placed Real Betis in their concluding fixture.