Real Madrid, affected by the virus, held 0-0 at home by Cadiz


Exhausted from coronavirus infections, Real Madrid were held 0-0 at home by Cadiz in the Spanish league on Sunday to end a 10-game winning streak for Madrid in all competitions.

The deadlock leaves Madrid six points ahead of the championship. It came a day after second-placed Sevilla reduced Madrid’s lead by beating defending champions Atlético Madrid 2-1.

Carlo Ancelotti was without Luka Modric, Rodrygo, Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale, Marcelo and backup keeper Andriy Lunin due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Modric’s place in the starting 11 is undisputed as forwards Rodrygo and Asensio share the time in Ancelotti’s rotation. Formerly star Bale and Marcelo are rarely used replacements.

Cadiz, struggling in the relegation zone, frustrated Madrid by lining up nine players on two tight lines in front of their area. When Madrid managed to clear their way, goalkeeper Jeremías Ledesma was there to save the visitors.

Madrid didn’t come close to Federico Valverde’s long-range strike which was parried by Ledesma midway through the first half. Ledesma also did well to block Karim Benzema’s late free kick.

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