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3 talking points as Real Madrid narrowly defeat Elche in La Liga

Real Madrid moved to within seven points of Atletico Madrid in La Liga after winning against Elche on Saturday evening.

Real Madrid claimed a very important win against Elche, thanks to a 2-1 success at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium on Saturday in La Liga.

After an uneventful first half, Dani Calvo gave the hosts a lead post the hour mark with a fine header. Real Madrid were largely lacking in creativity throughout the match but turned the screws after suffering a setback early in the second period.

Soon, Karim Benzema placed a well-headed effort past the goalkeeper to equalize for the Merengues. The Frenchman took it upon himself to ensure that the Whites remained in contention for the league with a stunning effort from outside the box in stoppage time.

A quick exchange of passes finished off with a well-struck weak-footed volley by Benzema ultimately turned out to be the difference at full-time.

By the end of the evening, Atletico Madrid also dropped two points and Zinedine Zidane welcomed back Eden Hazard and Sergio Ramos, both, after they recovered from their respective injuries.

Here is a look at the three talking points from the match.

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REAL MADRID REAPED NO BENEFITS BY CHANGING FORMATION

Real Madrid started off the match with a very odd formation. Los Blancos kept switching between a 3-5-2 and a 5-2-3 largely in the first half and only reverted to the conventional 4-3-3 after the visitors had taken the lead. In truth, Zidane’s experiment did little good but also no harm to the side’s motive of taking all three points.

While the Whites dominated possession and kept their opposition at bay for most parts of the game, they were ineffective in creating openings further forward. A few chances were created as a result of counter-attacking opportunities, but the formation in particular did not work well. It did not do much grace against Real Sociedad either, so they may take note.