Real Madrid has initiated 2024 in a manner similar to how they concluded 2023 securing a hard-fought 1-0 triumph over Mallorca.
Real Madrid started 2024 well as they beat their opponent Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Carlo Ancelotti made the decision to include Vinicius Junior in the starting lineup, the Brazilian having recuperated from his hamstring injury. However, his 60-minute appearance did not yield significant contributions, although his closest attempt in the first half was thwarted by Mallorca goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic.
Vinicius was substituted for Brahim Diaz at the one-hour mark, and shortly after his introduction, the Spaniard surprisingly missed a scoring opportunity. But Rodrygo’s shot was redirected into Brahim’s path, and with an open goal just six yards away, he inexplicably struck the post.
Fortunately for Real Madrid, the missed opportunity had minimal impact in the grand scheme of things, as Antonio Rudiger secured the winning goal in the 78th minute. Luka Modric delivered a corner, and the German defender expertly headed it into the net, marking his first goal of the season.
This outcome ensures that Real Madrid will top La Liga at the midpoint of the season, and their lead over Girona has now extended to three points. Girona is set to host Atletico Madrid in the later game on Wednesday.