Real Madrid, however off to a good start and which remained on five league victories, could not do better than a division (1-1) on the field of promoted Elche on Wednesday night during the 16th day of La Liga. Thibaut Courtois celebrated his 100th appearance for the Merengues while Eden Hazard, mounted in the 77th, made his return after a month of absence.
Real took control of the match thanks to a goal from Luka Modric in the 20th minute. The Croatian headed a powerful strike from Asensio that was pushed back by Elche’s cross. A few minutes earlier, Marcelo had already found the crossbar on a volley (13th).
Dominating in the first act, Real Madrid saw Elche return to the game with a penalty conceded by Dani Carvajal. Starting on the right side, Courtois could not repel the shot from Fidel Chaves (1-1, 52nd), having to make a cross on his clean sheet for his hundredth in the jersey of Real.
Elche found the post again via Lucas Boye (63rd) and could have taken the victory in the last seconds but Fidel’s free kick was rejected by the Red Devils goalkeeper.
Eden Hazard rose to the game in the 77th minute, signing his return after a month’s absence with a right leg injury.
Zinedine Zidane’s team miss the opportunity to return to Atlético Madrid, winner at the start of the evening of Getafe thanks to a goal from Luis Suarez. Despite two games less, the Colchoneros have 35 points, two more than Real.