July 29, 2021

LIVE: Huesca vs Real Madrid

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5′ SIDE-NETTING! An unusually loose pass by Modric is pounced on by Seoane, and suddenly Real are on the back foot. The ball is neatly played into Mir, whose first touch takes him a little wide, before he fires into the side-netting from a tight angle.

4′ Huesca continue their positive start and Mir gets away down the right flank. The Wolves loanee sends in a low cross looking for Okazaki, who is unable to turn the ball towards goal.

2′ The hosts look to start on the front foot and following a neat spell of passing down the left, space opens for Seoane to try his luck. The midfielder unleashes a powerful long-range effort that is not too far wide of the post, although Courtois certainly had it covered.

1′ The referee blows his whistle and Real get the match underway!

The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is moments away.

Real have won each of their three previous matches against Huesca in the Spanish top-flight. A fourth victory here would maintain the pressure on rivals Atletico at the top of the table.

Meanwhile, Zinedine Zidane makes two changes from Real Madrid’s surprise defeat by Levante last time out. Both of them are enforced as Nacho replaces the suspended Eder Militao in the heart of defence, while Vinicius Junior comes in for the injured Eden Hazard on the wing. Hazard returns to a lengthy injury list that also includes the likes of Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Federico Valverde and Lucas Vazquez. The lack of depth in Real’s squad is highlighted by the fact that they name just six substitutes for today’s game.

It is no real surprise that Pacheta sticks with the same XI that began Huesca’s impressive win over Real Valladolid last weekend. Notably names include veteran striker Shinji Okazaki – an English Premier League title winner with Leicester City in 2016. He is partnered up front by Wolves loanee Rafa Mir, who netted a hat-trick last time out. Javi Ontiveros returns from suspension on the bench.

SUBS: Andriy Lunin, Marcelo, Mariano, Victor Chust, Marvin, Diego Altube.

REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Alvaro Odriozola, Raphael Varane, Nacho, Ferland Mendy; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema (captain), Vinicius Junior.

SUBS: Andres Fernandes, Borja Garcia, David Ferreiro, Denis Vavro, Pedro Lopez, Sergio Gomez, Dani Escriche, Pablo Insua, Javi Ontiveros, Juan Carlos.

HUESCA (3-5-2): Alvaro Fernandez; Jorge Pulido (captain), Dimitris Siovas, Gaston Silva; Pablo Maffeo, Mikel Rico, Idrissa Doumbia, Jaime Seoane, Javi Galan; Shinji Okazaki, Rafa Mir.

Bottom side Huesca are aiming to close the gap on the teams above them by claiming what would only be a third win of the season. Meanwhile, Real can return to second place and potentially narrow the gap on leaders Atletico Madrid to seven points.

Hello everyone and welcome to live text coverage of the LaLiga clash between Huesca and Real Madrid at El Alcoraz.