Why penalty hero Andriy Lunin started ahead of Kepa for Real Madrid vs Braga in the Champions League

An explanation for Andriy Lunin taking his place between the posts for Real Madrid in the club’s meeting with Braga was provided on Wednesday evening.

Los Blancos ran out comfortable winners in the end to top their group.

Early in proceedings, though, things could have taken on an altogether different complexion.

This came upon Braga being awarded a spot-kick, which was subsequently kept out by the aforementioned Lunin.

Why, though, was the Ukrainian in from the off on Wednesday?

Kepa Arrizabalaga was named in Real’s initial starting XI, only to be hooked shortly before kick-off at the Santiago Bernabéu.

As confirmed by Jose Luis Sanchez of El Chiringuito TV, amongst others, Los Merengues’ no.1 picked up an injury whilst warming up.

Kepa’s problem was cited as ‘muscular discomfort in his right leg’.

Conor Laird | GSFN

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