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Sunday, 27 November 2011

Real Madrid 4-1 Athletico Madrid

Whites turn score around and win the derby; Cristiano Ronaldo (two penalties), Higuain and Di Maria tally the team's strikes

Jose Mourinho said the derby against Atletico would be difficult, aware of how the very nature of these games transform the teams that play them. Atletico's intention was to give the game a sort of stop-start nature, especially after Courtois was sent off. Eventually, after 45 minutes they couldn't keep this up any longer and Real Madrid turned the score around and showered them with goals.
Atletico positioned themselves well on the pitch and even tried to score on occasion, eventually netting their only strike of the evening when Adrian defeated Casillas while possibly being offside. Real Madrid reacted and Di Maria served a perfect pass to Benzema, who was tackled in the area by Courtois. Cristiano Ronaldo took the penalty and netted the equaliser.

Atletico decided to try to stop Real with fouls and this kept Mourinho's men from having clear chances on Asenjo's goal. Nevertheless, Benzema had a good one, but Dominguez only just managed to clear his shot.
The Whites truly worked on winning the clash after half-time. Cristiano Ronaldo crossed the ball into the box on the 48-minute mark and Di Maria finished it off beautifully. Atletico stayed close to their box trying to cover spaces as best they could, but in the 64th minute, Godin made a huge mistake in a clearance and Higuain, having just come on for Di Maria, snatched the ball from Asenjo and scored a third for the team.

Godin was sent off on the 82-minute mark, giving another penalty to Real that was again converted by Ronaldo, sealing the match 4-1 and giving the Madridistas a 13th straight win this season.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Real Madrid 6-2 Dinamo Zagreb

Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuaín celebrates after scoring against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images
A weakened Real Madrid scored four times in the first 20 minutes on their way to a 6-2 hammering of Dinamo Zagreb which secured the Spaniards first place in Champions League Group D on Tuesday.
"You saw a hungry team," the Real coach José Mourinho said. "Everyone came in charged up, Real Madrid gave them no chance. We started and smashed immediately."
Karim Benzema netted inside two minutes, José Callejón doubled the lead four minutes later, Gonzalo Higuaín made it 3-0 in the ninth, and Mesut Ozil scored the fourth in the 20th minute.
Real's pace and aggression were too much for the Croatian champions on an evening of total domination.
Callejón and Benzema scored again after the break but as they eased off, Zagreb's Fatos Beqiraj scored the first goal against Real in Europe this season with a header in the 81st and Ivan Tomecak bundled in a second at the death.
Real's victory canter made it five wins from five and put them seven points head of second-placed Ajax.
Mourinho, who rested Iker Casillas and Cristiano Ronaldo, handed the Turkey midfielder Nuri Sahin his first start after an injury-delayed start to his Madrid career, and the hosts made a whirlwind start.
The Frenchman Benzema slotted home from Ozil's pullback after a swift passing move sliced open the visitors, and the former Real youth team forward Callejón finished off a swift break.
Higuaín cut inside his marker and then dinked the ball over the keeper at his near post, before Germany's Ozil put away a loose ball after Higuaín's shot had been parried.
Callejón broke the offside trap to slot away number five in the 49th and Benzema made it 6-0 on 66 minutes.
As the game ran out of steam, Beqiraj nodded in a neat goal and Benzema blasted an overhead kick against the crossbar before Tomecak's late effort.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Cristiano Ronaldo: "I'm very happy for scoring today, but what matters is the team played well"

"Despite playing in the morning we had a good start to the match and played well in both halves"
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Real Madrid's impressive 7-1 win over Osasuna. The striker shared his thoughts on the match with the media.
"We knew Osasuna were a tough rival and the important thing was to win today. Despite playing in the morning we had a good start to the match, we scored and played well in both halves."

"I'm very happy for scoring today, but what matters is the team won. We were favourites because we played at home and we knew we had to follow an opening strike with another, and another..."

Real Madrid 7-1 Osasuna

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates winning the Golden Boot with another hat-trick in the Whites' shower of goals over the northern side; Sahin makes debut with Real

Real Madrid today played a 12:00 match at the Bernabeu for the first time, defeating Osasuna with a whopping 7-1 score thanks in part to yet another Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick. Nuri Sahin made his debut and received a standing ovation from the crowd, which is anxious to see last season's top Bundesliga player in action.
Higuain and Arbeloa made the starting lineup. Real had a less frantic start to the match today, showcasing less intensity but maintaining their goal scoring instincts intact. They constantly reached Osasuna's box and hardly experienced any trouble near their own goal. An excellent cross from Di Maria was headed in by Ronaldo on the 22-minute mark, starting the ensuing pour that was preceded nonetheless by a cheeky effort from the visitors: Raul Garcia took a free-kick very quickly and Ibrahima controlled the ball, defeating Casillas in a one-on-one (30'). This was Osasuna's fist and only time near the keeper's goal in the entire match.

Real reacted quickly. Di Maria served another cross and Pepe also scored the second from a header. This was a harsh blow to Mendilibar's men. The Whites noticed and looked to seal the match with a third strike, netted by Higuain through one of the top corners of the goal after being assisted by Di Maria inside the area and spectacularly overtaking Lolo.

Unfortunately, Di Maria had to leave the pitch on a stretcher at the start of the second half. Benzema came on for the Argentinean, who had been Real's best man until then. With nothing left to lose, Osasuna started attacking more and Mourinho's men used this to score more goals from counterattacks. In one of these, Ozil reached the opponent's box and was challenged late by Sarustegui, who was sent off with a second booking. Cristiano scored a fourth for the Merengues in the penalty (54') and, three minutes later, tallied another header following a precise cross from Arbeloa.

Osasuna just waited for the match to end as they withstood the locals' onslaught. Benzema scored a fifth for his side in the 61st minute and Mourinho decided to allow Sahin to make his debut amidst the party atmosphere. The Turkish player replaced Khedira and positioned himself next to Xabi Alonso. Callejon then came on for Ozil.

Real logically decreased the intensity of their performance in the last 15 minutes, but they still looked for more goals. Sahin nearly scored from a free-kick and Osasuna continued to make mistakes in defence. Benzema used this to tally the final strike of the match from a powerful shot inside the box. Being one man down completely weakened Osasuna, who offered no resistance until the end of the clash.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Real Madrid-Osasuna

Whites want a tenth straight win before the league break due to international matches

Real Madrid wish to win the last of their games since the last league break. Nuri Sahin has made Mourinho's squad list for tomorrow's match against Osasuna at the Bernabeu, which will take place at an unprecedented 12:00 CET at the stadium. The last time the Whites played at that time was against Rayo Vallecano as visitors and won 5-1.
Since the last league stoppage Real Madrid have defeated Betis (4-1), Olympique Lyonnais (4-0), Malaga (0-4), Villarreal (3-0), Real Sociedad (0-1) and Lyonnais again (0-2).
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Real have a chance to earn a tenth straight victory this season, something Jose Mourinho previously achieved with Porto back in the 2002/03 campaign. The manager expects his team to keep up the defensive work that's helped it stand undefeated in the first four games of the UCL group stage and to keep a clean sheet in five straight games.

Nuri Sahin is the newest face on the squad list, having recovered from the Grade II sprain he suffered on the internal lateral ligament of his right leg. Arbeloa and youth goalkeeper Mejias have also made the cut, while the injured Carvalho, Marcelo and Kaka will miss the clash. Granero and Altintop have been dropped.

Osasuna sustain the injuries of Echaide, Masoud, Roversio, Lamah, Raitala, Marc Bertran, Sergio and Sola. Cejudo is suspended for the match. The long list of absences has given the academy's Marcos, Satrustegui and Manu a place on the list.

The northern side is having a solid season and are just two points shy of Europa League qualifying positions. Osasuna have only lost two of their ten games this year and Real Madrid will try their best to make it a third.

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Thursday, 3 November 2011

Albiol: "We're all aware of Cristiano's potential and he has yet to score many more goals"

Benzema: "We had a good season last year, but we're better now; we can still make progress and we continue to improve"
Raul Albiol and Karim Benzema talked about the match in Lyon in the mixed zone.
"I'll be able to take off the mask in a few days. The important thing is that the manager used me tonight. We have to help the team whenever we can and wherever we play. What matters is that we took three points."
"I don't care if I play as a centre back or as a full back. I had to help the team due to a teammate's injury. We gave a great performance in the first half and we had chances to finish the game after half-time."

"Cristiano's 100-goal mark is hard to overtake. We're all aware of his potential and he has yet to score many more goals."

"I don't know why Real Madrid had never won at Gerland before, but what matters is we finally did tonight. We played well and we're very happy. Olympique Lyonnais have great players and they made things difficult for us."

"We've improved this year. We had a good season last year, but we're better now. We can still make progress and we continue to improve."

Only team to keep a clean sheet in the Champions League.

Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid are having an amazing run in the Champions League this season, being the only side to win the first four games of the group stage and to keep a clean sheet in all encounters. Their victory over Olympique Lyonnais last night qualified them for the Last 16.
Mourinho's side has equalled the best start Real had in the championship back in the 2001/02, when they took 12 points in the first four matches and went on to win the title.

Real Madrid top the ranking this year thanks to defeating Dinamo Zagreb, Ajax and Olympique Lyonnais (twice). Manchester United and Barcelona follow behind thanks to earning three victories and one draw, and taking 10 points. Inter Milan have taken nine points having lost one encounter. The rest of the group leaders have eight points; Apoel, the most surprising side in the championship so far, is amongst them.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Barcelona lag behind Madrid in conceded goals, with one each.

Real Madrid have scored 10 strikes so far in the Championship, with Cristiano Ronaldo (3) and Benzema (2) as their top scorers. Di Maria gave the Whites the victory over Zagreb; Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Benzema scored against Ajax in Week 2; the French striker, Khedira, keeper Lloris (own goal) and Sergio Ramos tallied goals against Olympique Lyonnais at the Bernabeu; and Ronaldo netted a brace against the French side in Lyon.

Lyon 0-2 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo scores brace, tallying his 100th official strike as a Madridista, and the Whites qualify for the Last 16

Real Madrid earned a fourth victory in this season's Champions League by defeating Olympique Lyonnais at Stade Gerland for the first time. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace, tallying his 100th official strike as a Madridista. The Whites have qualified for the Last 16.
Benzema and Ozil made the starting lineup. Lass played as right back replacing the injured Arbeloa. Mourinho's team played as in recent games, having many chances early on. Benzema nearly netted an opener on the 9-minute mark, forcing Lloris to make the most spectacular save in the match. Cristiano served a free-kick close to the box in the 23rd minute and sent the ball to the back of the net. It was his 99th strike as a Madridista.

Olympique deflated and the Whites had chance after chance under the direction of Ozil and Di Maria. Lloris was his team's best man and agan cleared a Benzema strike, this time inside the box. The keeper later cleared a shot by Ozil (43') and it looked like the Madridistas were being too merciful, so much that Gourcuff eventually faced Casillas alone, but sent the ball over the crossbar.

The locals were more aggressive in attack after half-time, leaving wide open spaces for Real to counterattack in with ease. One was spearheaded by Ozil on the 61-minute mark; he passed the ball to Di Maria and centre back Cris was forced to clear it.

Mourinho made Albiol come on for Coentrao (63') and Cristiano continued his search for his 100th official goal, coming close to getting it from a long shot from outside the box that Lloris strained himself to clear.

Casillas made a double save in the 67th minute and moments later referee Rizzoli awarded the Whites a penalty when Ronaldo was challenged in the area. The Portuguese stepped up and converted it into his much-sought strike.

Higuain came on for Benzema in the 70th minute. Eight minutes later, Briand sent the ball to the crossbar from a header in his team's best chance of the evening. The locals kept looking for a goal in the final minutes to no avail. Callejon came on for Di Maria in the 83rd minute, and Briand again had a chance to score, but having defeated Casillas sent the ball off target (89'). Ozil then nearly tallied a third for Real, but Lloris again saved the day.