Real Madrid travelled to A Coruña for their opening fixture of the 2017/18 Liga campaign and came away with the important three points. Goals from Gareth Bale, Casemiro and Toni Kroos ensured a comfortable start to the defense of their title and it was the second from the Brazilian that oozed patience and class.
It was the 27th minute of the match in the Estadio Riazor when Casemiro timed his run in at the back post to finish off a low cross from Marcelo on the left that split goalkeeper Rubén and his defenders perfectly. But the move that led up to that point involved 44 passes and lasted 107 seconds.
Those 44 passes from Los Blancos players is the most by any team in LaLiga to end in a goal in a decade. Every single player in white played a part in the move which started with goalkeeper Keylor Navas before going through Casemiro, Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Kroos, Modric and Marcelo – all in Madrid’s own half. After crossing into Deportivo’s territory Bale, Benzema, Casemiro and Carvajal were all involved ahead of the pass out to Marcelo and then cross into the Brazilian midfielder to slot home.
With this goal, Real Madrid have bettered Valencia’s goal from last season when Santi Mina scored after 38 passes and 105 seconds of possession.
Valencia were also the victims of a similar goal last season when Las Palmas hit the net after 35 passes, while Barcelona needed 34 against the island outfit when Neymar provided the finish.