Sunday 18 August 2019

Ramos' late strike rescues Real in record unbeaten run

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos. Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos. Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Jamie Holland

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos again came to his side's rescue as they snatched a dramatic 3-2 victory over Deportivo La Coruna to set a club record of 35 games unbeaten.

Ramos, the scorer of Real's 90th-minute equaliser last week against Barcelona, headed in Toni Kroos' corner in the 93rd minute to complete a stunning turnaround, after former Real forward Joselu threatened to unravel the unbeaten run.

Joselu struck twice in the space of two minutes to cancel out Alvaro Morata's stunning strike in the 63rd minute.

Real youngster Mariano Diaz scored his first league goal to level in the 88th minute before yet again Ramos had the final say.

Barcelona picked up their first win in four games as two second-half strikes from Lionel Messi and one from Luis Suarez secured a 3-0 win at struggling Osasuna.

Punished

In Italy, Joe Hart produced a number of smart saves, but was powerless to stop Gonzalo Higuain's two late goals as table toppers Juventus secured a 3-1 triumph over Torino.

Substitute Miralem Pjanic further punished the English keeper by adding the third goal, as the Italian champions opened up a seven-point lead over AS Roma and AC Milan.

In Germany, Bayern Munich reclaimed top spot in the Bundesliga after crushing VfL Wolfsburg 5-0 on Saturday.

Arjen Robben put the hosts ahead with a trademark move down the right and a superbly curled left-footed shot in the 22nd minute, before Robert Lewandowski tapped in for a two-goal lead four minutes later.

The Pole netted again on the hour, before Thomas Mueller broke his goal drought this season, having failed to score for 999 minutes, and Douglas Costa completed the rout.

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