Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid: Title defence off to winning start thanks to Alaba

Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid: Title defence off to winning start thanks to Alaba

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Defender Alaba scored a sublime free kick with his first touch of the game off the bench

Real Madrid came from behind as the LaLiga champions kicked off the new campaign with a 2-1 win against newly promoted Almeria. 

David Alaba came off the bench to score a stunning free-kick and seal a second half turn around after Almeria had taken an early lead through Largie Ramazani. 

Lucas Vazquez drew Madrid level in the 61st minute and Alaba claimed the three points in the 75th minute with what was his first touch of the game. 

Almeria started strongly at the Power Horse Stadium and took a surprise lead through former Manchester United forward Ramazani in just the sixth minute. 

Both sides had chances in the first half, although perhaps the better ones fell to Madrid, but the game changed after the break when Luka Modric came on. 

Intense Madrid pressure finally paid off when Vazquez slid home from six yards after good work from Vinicius Jr. 

And Alaba completed the turnaround with a free-kick just moments after coming off the bench. 

"Before I went into the game [coach Carlo Ancelotti] told me: 'Take this free-kick, you are going to score,'" Alaba explained post-match. "And after the game, he said: 'I told you!'"

Almeria may feel they deserved more but Madrid ended the game with 29 shots -- 15 of which were on target -- as they kicked off their title defence with three points.  

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