Las Palmas (Spain), March 14 (IANS) Real Madrid beat Las Palmas 2-1 in the Canary Islands, but the La Liga game was on tenterhooks as things heated up with a tying goal in the 87th minute and the capital football squad’s game-winner two minutes later, re-securing a victory from the jaws of an unexpected potential draw.
The visitors on Sunday got on the board first in the 24th minute via a great header by Sergio Ramos before some 26,000 fans at the Gran Canaria stadium, and Madrid remained ahead virtually the entire match until Willian Jose tied things up in the 87th minute, reports Efe.
But just two minutes later it was Casemiro scoring the decisive tally for Zinedine Zidane’s side, knocking in a brilliant header after a corner kick by Jese Rodriguez.
In the moments after the final goal, Ramos, Madrid’s team captain, was then expelled for garnering a second yellow card, but the capital squad had managed to claw its way to 63 points in the La Liga standings.
They are within four points of its crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid — and 12 points in back of Barcelona, all alone way out in front after its 6-0 galloping of Getafe on Saturday.
Because of the expulsion, Ramos will miss next week’s match-up with Sevilla, his former squad.