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Monday, 5 March 2012

Real Madrid 5-0 Espanyol

Whites give sensational and thrilling performance; Higuain (2), Ronaldo, Khedira and Kaka score for the team

Fernando Porrero / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell

Real Madrid have scored 85 goals in 24 league games thanks to the five netted against Espanyol tonight, which also gave them a tenth straight victory in the championship. The Whites were superior throughout the encounter and thrilled their fans with an electrifying shower of goals at the Bernabeu.
Carvalho came on for the suspended Pepe and Real Madrid didn't have such an intense start to the match as usual, but Espanyol seemed weary and hardly managed to give two consecutive passes. Mourinho's men completely controlled the match and soon started to have chances. The first was a Ronaldo shot that grazed one of the posts (11'), followed by one by Kaka inside the box that was cleared by goalkeeper Casilla (19').

Real scored the opener two minutes later when Ozil stole the ball as Espanyol's defence had made a mess of a clearance, passed it to Higuain and the Argentine then left it for Ronaldo to nutmeg Casilla (21').

The goal spurred Real Madrid and an excellent combination between Ozil and Khedira ended in a strike by the latter that gave the locals a comfortable lead (38'). Higuain and Ronaldo nearly scored some more before half-time but were unlucky.

The second half couldn't have had a better start: Kaka entered the box after a long run and served a perfect assist for Higuain to tally the third. Espanyol completely deflated and Mourinho benched Carvalho, who already had one booking. Varane came on and Real continued to dominate the match. Casilla cleared another Ronaldo shot and the Portuguese striker later crossed the ball into the box, where it was picked up by Kaka and sent into the goal when the defence made a mess of its attempt to clear it (65').

Callejon came on for Ozil one minute later amidst exultant celebration in the stands. In the final minutes, Cristiano Ronaldo passed the ball to Morata looking to help him score, but Casilla sent the youth teamer's shot to corner (87').

Real Madrid

  • 1I. CasillasGoalkeeper
  • 17Á. Arbeloa
  • 2R. CarvalhoYellow CardSubstitution Off
  • 4S. Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 6S. KhediraGoal
  • 14X. Alonso
  • 10M. ÖzilSubstitution Off
  • 8KakáGoal
  • 7C. RonaldoGoal
  • 20G. HiguaínGoalGoalSubstitution Off


  • 21J. CallejónSubstitution On
  • 11E. Granero
  • 13A. Adán
  • 19R. VaraneSubstitution On
  • 24Lass Diarra
  • 26Á. MorataSubstitution On
  • 18R. Albiol

José Mourinho


  • 13Kiko CasillaGoalkeeper
  • 16Javi López
  • 3Raúl RodríguezSubstitution Off
  • 15Héctor Moreno
  • 22Dídac
  • 18J. ForlínYellow Card
  • 11RomaricYellow Card
  • 23P. CoutinhoSubstitution Off
  • 10J. Verdú
  • 17V. WeissYellow Card
  • 8ÁlvaroSubstitution Off


  • 9Sergio GarcíaSubstitution On
  • 7R. BaenaYellow CardSubstitution On
  • 42Cristian Gómez
  • 39Thievy Bifouma
  • 50Edgar
  • 12K. Uche
  • 5J. AmatSubstitution On

Mauricio Pochettino

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