Dani Ceballos brace leads Real Madrid to unconvincing win at Alaves

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The Portugal star also cut a frustrated figure in the 1-0 defeat to Betis but Zidane insists there is little cause for panic.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane joked Friday that he was "jinxed" as his team comes under attack for their misfiring start to this season's la Liga campaign.

But Madrid were far from comfortable as Alfonso Pedraza saw two attempts come off the woodwork himself for Alaves.

"I am happy for (Ceballos)".

Ceballos received a pass from Marco Asensio, fought through a tackle, and shot just inside the post for the opener. His powerful header from a cross by Munir El Haddadi was the Basque Country club's first goal of the season. After being able to pass the escort Ely, Dani Ceballos fired hard that cannot be reached Pacheco goalkeeper.

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Los Blancos were without Toni Kroos, Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo, Theo Hernandez, Karim Benzema and Jesus Vallejo, all of whom were injured, but Gareth Bale dropped to the substitutes' bench.

Cristiano Ronaldo started his second game of the week - despite a looming Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund - but Madrid's hero was Ceballos, who netted the opener and then provided a quick response to Manu Garcia's 40th-minute equaliser. Just three minutes after the equaliser, Ceballos struck again, with Pacheco failing to clear the initial chance.

Madrid reportedly paid Betis 16.5 million euros ($19.7 million) for the up-and-coming midfielder. This third victory brought Madrid up to fourth in the standings with 11 points, 4 points behind Barcelona's new finish 5 parties.

Ronaldo then swung a volley towards goal from a corner, but his effort flew just over Pacheco's crossbar.