Real Madrid He was replacing Thibaut Courtois
There has been criticism of Thibaut Courtois‘ form this season and the Belgian goalkeeper’s sickness meant that Alphonse Areola was given an opportunity to start on Saturday, but he made a major mistake in the second half and ended up giving away a penalty.
After not having much to do in the game, apart from confidently dealing with crosses into the box, the PSG loanee spent too long in possession in the 67th minute and ended up conceding a penalty as Carlos Fernandez went in to pinch the ball.
The goalkeeper was also booked for the foul, before Darwin Machis stepped up and converted from the spot.
With the second Granada goal in the 4-2 Real Madrid win, there wasn’t much more than Areola could have done.