Huesca 0 – Real Madrid 1
Real Madrid are fourth in La Liga following a 1-0 away win at rock bottom Huesca.
Gareth Bale was the match winner for Real Madrid.
Bale volleyed home the only goal of the after just eight minutes.
It wasn’t the easiest of starts for Thibaut Courtois at Madrid following his move from Chelsea.
But Courtois is now firmly settled in at Real, and in the second half at Huesca, Courtois made a couple of vital interventions to maintain the clean sheet.
Thibaut Courtois made two big saves for Real Madrid
Sunday’s Huesca vs Real Madrid match had a key ingredient: strong winds.
In the second half, Huesca were playing with the supposed wind advantage.
That saw the hosts repeatedly ping high balls into the Real Madrid box, but Thibaut Courtois stood up to the task.
Courtois made his first big block to deny Ezequiel Avila.
Avila struck a shot from just outside the box, but Courtois made a strong diving save to his left.
In the final minutes of the game, Courtois may a huge stop from a free-kick.
Moi Gomez swung a ball high into the mixer, and the was coming down towards the Real Madrid net.
Courtois used the full length of his long body to tip the ball over the bar.
Thibaut Courtois post match comments
Courtois talked about the conditions after the game:
In the first half we played pretty well, we scored our goal pretty quickly and controlled the game, except for that one chance [at the end].
However, the wind went against us in the second half and that influenced the game a lot.
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) December 9, 2018
Social media reaction
Commentator: "Every single Real Madrid player should go to Courtois & thank him for the 3pts. Three vital saves when he's had to."
— M•A•J (@Ultra_Suristic) December 9, 2018
3 – Thibaut Courtois has kept three consecutive clean sheets for Real Madrid for the first time (all competitions). Rescuer. pic.twitter.com/zNy8mQnpw3
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 9, 2018
Courtois proved why he's the best goalkeeper in the world pic.twitter.com/dAzH7rA8RQ
— KroosT8 (@KroosT8) December 9, 2018
— Akhil Raj (@Akhil14696) December 9, 2018
For the first time since March 2018, Real Madrid kept a clean sheet away from home in La Liga – 11 straight away matches. Courtois gives more and more security to the back with every passing game, this is his third consecutive clean sheet (Roma, Valencia & Huesca). [marca] pic.twitter.com/Fism20ti78
— SB (@Realmadridplace) December 10, 2018