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Odriozola says Madrid is “playing for life and death”

VALLADOLID, SPAIN - MARCH 10: Alvaro Odriozola of Real Madrid in action during the La Liga match between Real Valladolid CF and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Jose Zorrilla on March 10, 2019 in Valladolid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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The team barely won 3-2 against Deportivo Huesca on Sunday, thanks to a last-minute winner from Frenchman Karim Benzema.

Cucho Hernandez scored in the 3rd minute to give Deportivo Huesca a 1-0 lead over Real Madrid on Sunday, but Isco tied the scoreboard in the 25th minute, while Dani Ceballos put
Los Merengues in advantage at the 62nd minute.

And Xabier Etxeita tied the match against in the 74th minute, in what could have been a drawn for both teams on Sunday’s Spanish La Liga fixture.

But Frenchman Karim Benzema scored a late-minute winner to give Los Blancos the victory.

“We’re very happy with the win, it was a tough game. All the teams come here to make it hard for us, at the end of the day they’re playing for life and death, but so are we too,” defender Alvaro Odriozola told The Bleacher Report.

“We have to admit there are things we would like to improve but we won and that’s the important thing.”

“Very often in football, you don’t know why things go your way and sometimes they don’t. In the first half they didn’t, in the second they did,” he added.

“We lost the ball a lot and that helped them soar and they caused us danger. We didn’t shine as brightly as on other occasions but we had to win and we did, so we’re happy.”

With nine matches left to play in the Spanish La Liga, the only tournament Real Madrid is still playing, Los Blancos are currently in the third place of the table with 57 points, two behind second-placed Atletico Madrid, and 12 points behind leaders Barcelona.