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Played
October 23, 2010 7:00 PM BST
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ César Muñiz‎
Attendance:‬ 80000‎
 
Top of the Match
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
Flop of the Match
Pedro Munitis Álvarez
Pedro Munitis Álvarez
Racing Santander
Toño
Toño
Racing Santander

Real Madrid 6-1 Racing Santander: Cristiano Ronaldo nets four to fire Jose Mourinho's men top

Further strikes from Higuain and Ozil ensure a comfortable win...

By David Schiavone

Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid (Getty Images)
Real Madrid emphatically sent a message to title rivals Barcelona following their 6-1 demolition of Racing Santander on Saturday evening.

Cristiano Ronaldo continued his blistering form as he bagged four goals, while Gonzalo Higuain and Mesut Ozil netted also netted for Jose Mourinho’s side. Racing did get a consolation when a Papa Kouli Diop shot wickedly deflected off Markus Rosenberg's back late in the game.

Real Madrid started the match in stunning fashion, dominating the visitors from the off and they took the lead after 10 minutes as Higuain broke the offside trap to latch onto a brilliant cross field ball from Angel Di Maria before he slotted the ball past Racing keeper Tono.

It wasn't long before Madrid were two up, as Alvaro Arbeloa played a delightful ball down the right side for Higuain, who fired in an early cross, which Ronaldo raced onto and smashed home from close range.

The game was a stroll for the home side as the visitors struggled to cope with their crisp passing and movement.

As a contest, the game was over after 27 minutes as Ronaldo netted his second of the match. Oezil was released on the right side and he slipped the ball to the onrushing Portuguese forward who was left with a simple finish.

To their credit, Racing looked to get into the match and were having some joy against Marcelo, though on many occasions they were crowded out as they were reluctant to throw too many men forward.


Real threat | Higuain and his team-mates celebrate another comfortable victory

As the whistle blew for the start of the second half, Madrid did not give Racing any breathing space and left their opponents shell shocked as the fourth goal came only two minutes after the restart.

Di Maria drove down the right side and made his way into the box before laying the ball to Ronaldo who had time to trap the ball, turn and shoot from close range for this hat-trick.

It got worse for Racing and Domingo Cisma in particular when he tripped Di Maria to give away a penalty kick. Ronaldo stepped up and made it five for the hosts and four for his personal tally.

Number six came just on the hour mark when Ozil picked the ball up in the Racing half from a Xabi Alonso through pass. Running at the defence, the German cut onto this left foot and from the edge of the area curled a shot into the corner of the next.

Racing did grab a consolation goal when Diop smashed a long range shot towards goal and it smacked off Rosenberg's back which diverted the ball into an empty net passed a hapless Iker Casillas.

The win takes Real Madrid back to the top of La Liga one point ahead of their rivals Barcelona, who took the lead for a couple of hours following their win against Real Zaragoza on Saturday afternoon.

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Real Madrid

1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
3.00
17
Arbeloa
Defender
83′
3.00
3
Pepe
Defender
3.00
2
3.00
12
Marcelo
Defender
70′
3.00
22
4.50
11
Mesut Özil
Midfielder
27′ 63′ 64′
3.50
14
Xabi Alonso
Midfielder
63′
3.50
6
Sami Khedira
Midfielder
3.00
7
Cristiano Ronaldo
Midfielder
15′ 27′ 48′ 55′
4.50
9
3.50

Racing Santander

3.00
13
Toño
Goalkeeper
2.00
7
Francis
Defender
2.50
-
Henrique
Defender
2.50
-
Torrejón
Defender
46′
2.00
23
2.50
-
Colsa
Midfielder
68′
2.00
-
W. Ponce
Defender
1.50
10
2.50
-
Diop
Midfielder
73′
2.50
7
2.50
9

Substitutes

1
Adàn
Goalkeeper
0.00
33
0.00
6
Lassana Diarra
Midfielder
0.00
25
0.00
16
Canales
Midfielder
64′ 77′
3.00
9
2.50
12
Pedro León
Midfielder
70′
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
-
Coltorti
Goalkeeper
0.00
-
Pinillos
Defender
0.00
3
Christian
Defender
0.00
-
Edu Bedia
Midfielder
2.50
-
2.50
-
Arana
Midfielder
56′ 65′
2.00
6
Lacen
Midfielder
68′

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

 
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  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0