Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde scored a magnificent second-half goal and Marco Asensio converted late in the game as the Spanish team beat RB Leipzig 2-0 in La Liga of Champions.
Uruguay’s Valverde looked calm as he beat a defender with deft footwork on the edge of the box before finding his way into the bottom corner of the net in the 80th minute.
The fourteen-time tournament winners had a disappointing performance and, until Valverde’s goal, had only taken one shot on goal, while Leipzig had created plenty of chances but was not effective enough in the box.
Real Madrid won with a goal in added time from Spaniard Asensio, who scored after a pass from Toni Kroos.
Madrid leads Group F with six points after two games, while Leipzig is last without points.
In their first Champions League game under new manager Marco Rose, Leipzig were the better team in the first half, with striker Christopher Nkunku causing the hosts plenty of trouble.
Nkunku fired early against goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and later headed into the box before Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni made a decisive tackle. The French striker came within inches of connecting Timo Werner’s cross from close range.
Madrid offered little in attack, but felt they should have gotten a penalty in Luka Modric’s action with Xaver Schlager shortly before the break.
The same script remained for much of the second half, until Valverde, who had scored a sensational goal against Real Mallorca at the weekend with a run from his own half, provided the decisive moment.
“It was a tremendous goal, he is at a sweet moment and we have to take advantage of it,” Real Madrid defender Nacho said of Valverde.
“It was a tough game. We worked hard to win. (…) We talked about it at half-time and the team changed in the second half. They were also a bit tired in the second half. This team has a lot of power , a lot of goals and we are all very well”.