Ramos rested against Alaves as Real battle fixture pile-up

Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema (2R) vies with Deportivo Alaves' midfielder Manu Garcia (L) during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Deportivo Alaves at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April 2, 2017.

Karim Benzema, who missed out of France worldwide duty gave Madrid the lead in the 31st minute of the game.

Real Madrid is expected to hold its last training session on March 31 in the presence of all its available players to resume its preparation for Sunday's match.

A shot by Ivan Rakitic was deflected in by Matthieu Saunier in the 83rd, shortly after Granada's Uche Agbo picked up a second booking.

The scoreline didn't convey just how hard this match was for Zinedine Zidane's side, though, with the league leaders riding their luck at times, particularly in the second half when the visitors created a number of opportunities.

"Suddenly the ball got to Cristiano, he passed to Isco and we scored". The Basque club have lost their last six league meetings with Real Madrid. Defender Nacho Fernandez then headed in the rebound after Gareth Bale's free kick came off the bar.

Sevilla's slump continued after a fourth consecutive round without a win.

Alaves were proving the more threatening side, another huge chance going begging when Edgar somehow missed the target with his volley when left completely unmarked by the Madrid defence from Zouhair Feddal's looping left-wing cross.

Zinedine Zidane opted to rest Sergio Ramos for the fixture ahead of a busy month of action for his team, which sees them face league showdowns with title rivals Atletico Madrid and Barcelona as well as a Champions League quarter-final double-header with Bayern Munich.

Yet, Zidane's plans were undone inside 10 minutes when Raphael Varane suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury and had to be replaced by Carvajal.

"The team isn't taking advantage of its chances", Sampaoli said.

Ezequiel Garay, Joao Cancelo and a Raul Albentosa own goal boosted Los Che into 13th place with the victory.

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