La Liga Santander Rudiger on target as Real Madrid kick off the year in style

Real Madrid beat Mallorca 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu to finish the first half of the season as La Liga leaders on Wednesday.

Carlo Ancelotti ‘s men, just as they did in Vitoria in the last game of 2023, decided the game from a set piece in the second half, this time with a goal from Antonio Rudiger from a corner taken by Luka Modric.

Madrid, who have not conceded a goal in their last two league games, will now turn their attention to their title defenses in the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup.There were no goals in the first half, although there were chances to score.

The first three were for the home team. Modric put the ball into the box and Bellingham’s header from the second line ended up in Rajkovic’s hands in the 13th minute.

Seven minutes later, Ancelotti’s side created some danger again in a move that again came from Modric’s boots and ended with a left-footed shot from Vini Jr. inside the box that was saved by the visitors’ keeper, who got just enough contact with his left foot to turn the ball out for a corner.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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