Leganes vs. Real Madrid

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Real Madrid visit nearby Leganes in La Liga on Wednesday in a match that sees Los Blancos make up the game in hand still pending since their participation in the Club World Cup in December.

Madrid lie a whopping 17 points behind LaLiga leaders Barcelona and, with their title hopes effectively over, can afford to focus their attentions on their campaign to lift a third successive Champions League trophy.

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As for Real, they will be without Toni Kroos, who remains absent with a knee injury, while Marcelo's hamstring injury in Sunday's clash with Real Betis has put him on the sidelines.

Cristiano Ronaldo will be absent from Real Madrid's La Liga game at Leganes on Wednesday after being rested by coach Zinedine Zidane for the first time in the league this season.

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Leganes took the lead in the sixth minute in spectacular fashion when centre-back Unai Bustinza threw his head at a goal-line clearance from Theo Hernandez, with the ball hitting the defender on the back before dropping over the line. The absence of both Modric and Kroos means Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez could both feature again on the wings.

Real Madrid sets out to exact revenge for its early Copa del Rey ouster when it takes on Leganes on a rescheduled La Liga match on Wednesday.

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Bale was disappointing against Betis, the former Tottenham midfielder failing to make his mark in 73 minutes at the Benito Villamarin before being substituted, having touched the ball only 20 times even though Madrid scored five times.

Beauvue had a half-chance for Leganes just before the hour, but the striker saw his header blocked behind during a period where both teams were struggling to create chances.

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