Almeria's Verza stood over a free-kick on the right flank. Despite Gareth Bale having snatched back the lead only moments earlier, the hosts had been building. Not dominating, but building.
Real Madrid, for all their power, had a game on their hands. One with a club fresh from sacking its manager after a 5-2 thrashing at the hands of tiny Eibar. A club without a league win in almost three months. A club they'd beaten by an aggregate score of 17-1 across their last three meetings.