Madrid beats Leganes 3-1 in game postponed from December

Lawrence Cooper
February 22, 2018

Real Madrid overcame the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and other regular starters Wednesday, coming from behind to defeat Leganes 3-1 Wednesday in a Spanish league match postponed from past year.

Marcelo picked up a hamstring problem against Real Betis on Sunday, meaning Theo Hernandez is likely to be handed a rare start at left-back, while both Luka Modric (hamstring) and Toni Kroos (knee) are out.

Ronaldo has netted eight times in his past five league outings, while he was also on target twice in the 3-1 Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain.

Real Madrid sets out to exact revenge for its early Copa del Rey ouster when it takes on Leganes on a rescheduled La Liga match on Wednesday.

Real have not kept a clean sheet in La Liga since December 9, and they've shipped seven goals in their last three.

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Ronaldo missed his first league game since September 20th as Zidane rotated his side.

Marcelo was one of Real's best performers in the 3-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu last week and scored the final goal of the game to give them a two-goal cushion in the tie.

"He has sustained a hamstring problem which is why he didn't train and he is focusing on recovering as quickly as possible", he said.

Madrid lie a whopping 17 points behind LaLiga leaders Barcelona and, with their title hopes effectively over, can afford to focus their attentions on their campaign to lift a third successive Champions League trophy.

Leganes, who are 13th, are in their second season in the top flight and knocked Real out of the King's Cup quarter-finals last month, before eventually losing to Sevilla in the semis.

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