The attendance at the Estádio Santiago Bernabéu showed that Real Madrid fans were not enthused by the visit of minnows Huesca, but their first ever La Liga visit proved to be a thriller which threatened at times to take points off Zinedine Zidane on his 50th league game as coach of the club on home turf.
Cucho Hernández stunned the crowd as he opened the scoring after just three minutes with a deft finish, though Isco would cancel it out before half-time. Dani Ceballos gave the hosts the lead in the second half, but Xabier Etxeita levelled the tie from a set piece. It looked as though Huesca may hold on for a historic draw, right up until the 89th minute when Karim Benzema broke the hearts of the visiting fans with a fine effort to make it 3-2.
Our tactical analysis will use statistics to identify what key points Zidane can take from the game as his team nears the end of the season.
Rotations were expected with nothing left to play for and with players having travelled across the globe during the international break.
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