Dani Ceballos fired a La Liga debut double to ease pressure on boss Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid edged out Alaves 2-1.
Former Betis midfielder Ceballos capped his league debut for Real with a smart first-half brace that set Zidane's men back to winning ways.
The 21-year-old was reported to have been frustrated to remain an unused replacement as Real bombed out 1-0 to his former club Betis on Wednesday night.
But at Mendizorroza Ceballos set any moans aside to put Real back on track in their title defence, despite Manu Garcia's fierce headed equaliser and substitute Alfonso Pedraza twice hitting the post for the hosts.
Zidane defended Real's piecemeal start to the new league campaign by joking that one win in four games had left his tenure "jinxed," before reasserting himself as the club's "shining star."
Real might have prevailed on the road but were far from restored to their glittering best.
Point-less Alaves ended their five-game goal drought thanks to Garcia's bullet header, and grafted throughout to make Real work for their win.
1 post • Page 1 of 1