Ramos sees red to equal inglorious La Liga record

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo
Reuters Javier Barbancho

21 August, 2017

Ramos was fortunate not to be sent off for putting his hand to the face of Depor defender Fabian Schar after the break, but the captain was perhaps unlucky to receive a second yellow card in stoppage time.

- Sergio Ramos has equaled Xavi Aguado and Pablo Alfaro as the player with the most red cards in La Liga history (18).

"Clearly I am not happy with what happened with Sergio", said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane. I don't like seeing a player sent off, but it's something we can't change.

However, he tied a record for 18 red cards in La Liga with a second booking for an elbow on Borja Valle in the dying embers of the match. In general terms we are happy as this isn't an easy ground to visit.

It was Depor who started the match on the front foot and forward Florin Andone had two good opportunities to give them the lead, but he was foiled on both occasions by Real stopper Keylor Navas.

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The victory continues an impressive month for Real which has already seen them add the Uefa Super Cup and Spanish Supercopa to their bulging trophy room, and Zidane hopes all his players can continue helping the club win even more silverware.

Navas flew to his left to turn Andone's first effort from a narrow angle to safety, but should have been beaten when the forward fired straight at the Costa Rican when clean through moments later.

Real Madrid ended the game as a contest just past the hour when Kroos found the back of the net with a powerful finish after Bale had delivered a low cross into the German worldwide.

It was 2-0 just seven minutes later when an unmarked Casemiro tapped home Marcelo's pinpoint cross.

Bale then turned provider in the second-half to set up Toni Kroos who hammered home a rasping drive shortly after the hour mark.

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