Alaves' Enzo misses out on Zidane family reunion

Zinedine Zidane'No reasons for concern

Los Blancos entered the match off the back of a 1-0 home defeat to Real Betis on Wednesday night, but picked up all three points in Alava to move into fourth position in the La Liga table.

With Toni Kroos injured, Ceballos took the place of regular starter Luka Modric, who Zidane rested ahead of the trip to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday.

As for Alaves, on-loan Barcelona forward Munir El-Haddadi once again led the line for the Basque club, while on-loan Valencia midfielder Alvaro Medran started against his former club.

Father and son will be reunited, albeit on opposite sides of the ball, when Madrid visits the Basque Country club.

Sergio Ramos almost doubled the visitors' lead after Cristiano Ronaldo cleverly chipped a free kick into the box, but the unmarked defender had his header saved.

Both sides also went close in the final 20 minutes.

However, Alaves got the equalizer and their first goal of the season in the 40th minute through their captain Manu Garcia.

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But Ceballos soon eased the pressure on the visitors with the opener, wriggling out of a challenge with Ibai Gomez in the area to slide a finish inside the left-hand post.

Ronaldo's afternoon ended with Pacheco tipping his angled strike around the post, but Madrid nonetheless held on for the three points. Starting from the efforts of Marco Asensio, the ball fed into the middle of the penalty box.

Alaves nearly levelled 20 minutes from time when Alfonso Pedraza's effort took a big deflection before heading towards the Real Madrid goal, but the woodwork saved the visitors during an end-to-end period of the match.

Aside from Ramos' efforts, Real's other clear chances fell to Cristiano Ronaldo.

But Madrid were far from comfortable as Alfonso Pedraza saw two attempts come off the woodwork himself for Alaves.

The winners of two straight Champions Leagues and last year's league winners, Real Madrid is off to a poor start by its standards this season.

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