Updates from La Liga trip to Alaves for Cristiano Ronaldo and co

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The result leaves Madrid fourth in the Liga table, although Valencia, Levante, Real Sociedad and Real Betis could all leapfrog Los Blancos with a win.

Real Madrid's Dani Ceballos celebrates his second goal after scoring against Alaves during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Alaves, at Mendizorra stadium, in Vitoria, northern Spain, Saturday, Sept.23, 2017.

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Ronaldo then met a near-post Isco corner on the half-hour mark, but the number seven's effort was too high as it remained 1-0 to the visitors following a first 30 minutes that struggled to produce opportunities.

Both sides also went close in the final 20 minutes. Marco Asensio played in Ceballos, who cleverly cut the ball back before finishing the chance for the lead.

Ramos did have the ball in the back of the Alaves net moments later, but the centre-back's header was chalked off by the referee following a foul inside the home side's penalty box.

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Manuel Garcia's 40th-minute goal temporarily drew Alaves level.

Alaves looked set to extend Madrid's patchy start to the season when captain Manu Garcia equalised before the break, but Ceballos quickly responded with his second to help secure just a third win in six league matches.

Ronaldo's afternoon ended with Pacheco tipping his angled strike around the post, but Madrid nonetheless held on for the three points.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has no concerns over Cristiano Ronaldo's form despite the forward failing to score for a second straight match on Saturday.

The winners of two straight Champions Leagues and last year's league winners, Real Madrid is off to a poor start by its standards this season.

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