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23 November 2013
• Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos, Almería
Referee: Jesús Gil
• Attendance: 13607
Cristiano Ronaldo 3'
K. Benzema 61'
G. Bale 72'
Álvaro Morata 81'
Full time in Almeria. Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Isco, Gareth Bale, Isco, and Alvaro Morata are on target for Los Blancos as they destroy Almeria 5-0 in La Liga. Perhaps the biggest news of the night is that the Portuguese Ballon d'Or nominee went over injured during the match. How will Madrid respond if it is a serious injury? We shall see! I'm Martin Macdonald, thanks for joining us! See you next time!
90' + 1'
What a saaaaave from Esteban! Bale cuts in from the wing and has a crack with his right-foot, but the Almeria 'keeper somehow tips it over the bar!
Madrid are just professionally keeping the ball at the moment. It hasn't been a particularly taxing match for Los Blancos, but they have gotten through it with style,
Casemiro hits the post! The Brazilian seeks out a loose ball 25 yards out and accurately curls a left-footed strike towards the corner but the attempt cannons off the woodwork!
Jese shows a clean pair of heels to Nelson down the left-hand side and hits the byline before looking to pick out Morata at the back post, but Esteban does well to see the ball out for a corner.
Madrid are absolutely cruising here. Almeria threatened for a short period in the first half but they might have something about them here but they have eventually been outclassed.
GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLL FOR REAL MADRID!! THAT'S FIVE!! Morata breaks the Almeria offside trap and drives forward before audaciously lifting the ball over the oncoming Esteban! What a finish! 5-0!
Madrid scored early on but it didn't look as if they were going to capitalise on their lead with their first half performance. But they have been absolutely clinical in this second period, even without Ronaldo...
Just under 13 minutes left for Almeria to grab some pride back here. It doesn't look like it though. they haven't showed anything going forward in the last few minutes.
Assist Jesé Rodríguez
GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL FOR REAL MADRID!! HOW DID THAT SQUEEZE IN!!?? Isco picks up the ball on the edge of the box and hits a snapshot that somehow gets beyond the glove of Esteban and into the bottom corner! 4-0!
Yellow Card Esteban
Madrid make their third and final change of the match as Asier Illarremendi is replaced by Casemiro.
Goal Gareth Bale
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL FOR REAL MADRID!! THAT SHOULD BE THE POINTS WRAPPED UP! Bale latches on to a horrendous touch from Dubarbier and coolly finishes into the bottom corner past Esteban! 3-0!
Iscoooo!!!! Terrific attempt! The former Malaga man drifts into the space just in front of the Almeria defence and curls a strike towards the bottom corner, but it goes just wide of the post!
Sergio Garcia earns the second Real Madrid yellow card of the match for a rather cynical handball that stops a Almeria counterattack. He took one for the team there!
Yellow Card Sergio Ramos
Baaaaalleee! Another great chance for the former Tottenham man! Xabi Alonso whipped in a perfect corner kick but the Welshman miscued his header and sent it over the bar from a few yards out!
Hernán Darío Pellerano
Almeria are still looking at ways to get back into the match and have made another substitution. Defender, Pellerano, has been replaced by midfielder, Marcos Tebar.
And the last action of the match for the Frenchman is to score that goal. He's being replaced by exciting young Madrid forward, Alvaro Morata.
Assist Jesé Rodríguez
Goal Karim Benzema
GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL FOR REAL MADRID!!! Benzema collects a pass to feet on the edge of the box and shifts the ball on to his left foot before whipping a strike into the left corner! 2-0! Great goal!
Benzema gives the ball away dangerously inside the centre circle and Azeez powers forward, but the pass out to the right-hand side is easily intercepted by Arbeloa.
First change of the match from Almeria as Verza is replaced by Fernando Soriano, who'll add a physical presence up top for the hosts.
WHAT A MISS FROM GARETH BALE!!! Isco lays a lovely ball out to the right and Carvajal powers forward before laying the ball on a plate for the Welshman at the back post, but he somehow clears the crossbar from a few yards out!
Yellow Card Arbeloa
Ronaldo won't be able to continue, and will be replaced by Jese. Madrid will be counting on that not being a troubling injury for the Portuguese.
Some extremely worrying scenes for Real Madrid here as Ronaldo looks to have picked up an injury after a tackle from Vidal.
Superb work from Ronaldo as he takes on Nelson and hits the byline before standing a cross up to the back post, but it just runs away from Benzema and slides out for an Almeria throw in.
Xabi Alonso picks up the ball from deep and sprays a sensational pass out to the right-hand side for Carvajal, who curls a cross into the box, but Almeria manage to clear the ball out.
Real start the second half as they ended the first with plenty of possession, but they face 11 men behind the ball from Almeria.
We are back under way!
Madrid should have powered on from their early lead, but the hosts have recovered well!
Half time in Almeria. Cristiano Ronaldo's 3rd minute goal is the difference at the moment as Real Madrid enter the break 1-0 away to Almeria in La Liga!
Madrid are looking the stronger as we approach the end of the first half. Only one goal between the teams at the moment though!
Pooooor from Vidal! The 24-year-old picks up the ball in a great position once again but again his shot just isn't good enough! This time he blasts the strike over the bar from 25 yards!
Superb movement from Vidal. The Almeria man make a run across the Real Madrid defence and collects a pass just inside the box before driving a shot towards the right corner, but Diego Lopez was wide to it and got across to make the stop.
Baaaaaale!! WIDE OF THE POST! The Welshman powers ahead from midfield and drills a strike at goal that doesn't bother Esteban! Bale had Isco, Ronaldo, and Benzema in better positions there!
Almeria ran the risk of being completely turned over by Madrid in the first few minutes when they conceded, but they have recovered well to back themselves back in contention.
Nicely worked set-piece from Almeria. The corner kick is reversed to the edge of the box and Vidal latches on to the ball before lashing a strike at goal, but on this occasion the shot goes wide of the right-hand post. Unlucky.
Superb save by Esteban, how did he get that?! Ronaldo bursts into the box and skips past two or three challenges before picking his spot in the left corner, but the Almeria 'keeper shows excellent anticipation to get across goal and smother the ball.
After a pretty horrific opening, Almeria have just began to creep their way back into contention here. They are seeing more of the ball and the threat of Madrid going forward has lessened.
Rodriiii! Decent attempt! Almeria's No.10 collects possession on the left-hand side and looks to catch out Diego Lopez with a half-volley from range but the Madrid goalkeeper got behind it to make a comfortable save.
Decent pressing from Almeria at the moment. The frontline of the home side relentlessly press the Madrid defence and Carvajal is forced to play back to Diego Lopez.
Miscue from Benzema! Illarramendi whips a cross to the edge of the six yard box and the Frenchman gets inbetween the defender to bullet a header at goal, but his attempt was directed wide of the post!
Esteban dashes out from goal and clears the ball to the halfway line, but Bale looks to score a wondergoal with a volley on the rebound. The Almeria 'keeper looks a relieved man as he sees the attempt float north of the bar.
Susooooooo!!! UNLUCKY!! The on-loan Liverpool man receives the ball t the right-hand side and cuts back on his left foot before attempting to find the far corner with a curling strike! Inches wide!
What a saaaaaaaaave from Diego Lopez! The Madrid 'keeper somehow gets across goal to palm away Rodri's header! The referee eventually blows for a free kick for Los Blancos, but Lopez wasn't to know that!
Great block by Arbeloa! Azeez latches on to a loose ball on the edge of the box and rifles a strike at goal but the former Liverpool man just drifted in from his left-back position to make the important interception!
What on Earth is Pellerano doing?! The Almeria centre-back slides the ball back to Esteban with Benzema creeping in the wings! Lucky for him, the 'keeper was on his toes enough to break out from goal to clear the ball out to Ronaldo, who's shot goes wide of the mark.
Real Madrid have the opportunity to get a cross into the box from a free kick but the set-piece is horribly wasted by Bale, who's shot goes high and wide over the Almeria bar.
Arbeloa looks to hit the byline and get a cross into the box but his plan is foiled by the retreating Nelson, who does superbly to steal the ball and break out of defence down the right-hand side.
Isco bursts forward from his central position and has a crack at goal from the edge of the box, but his attempt bounces off Azeez and goes out for a Real Madrid corner.
These early encounters do not bode well for Almeria here, they have been under the cosh from the second the opening whistle was blown. Madrid are in the mood!
DOUBLE SAVE FROM ESTEBAN! Ronaldo tries his luck from distance which the Almeria 'keeper saves, but he also has to get up quickly to deny Benzema's rebound!
What an astonishingly superb player the Madrid man is; he just can't stop scoring goals!
Goal Cristiano Ronaldo
GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL FOR REAL MADRID!!! AND GUESS WHO THE SCORER IS!? RONALDO OF COURSE! Carvajal whips a cross to the front post and the Portuguese gets ahead of his marker to direct a strike into the bottom left corner!
Quite a lot of these Real Madrid players are fresh off international duty, so La Liga strugglers Almeria man be given a boost of confidence knowing that there may be some fatigue in the Los Blancos camp.
We are under way in Almeria!
The hosts start the match with a rigid five-man defence, but they will need to work tirelessly to shut out a Madrid side who have scored 15 goals in their last three league games.
One thing is a near certainty about tonight's game: There will be goals.
That performance from Ronaldo further highlighted an electric start to the Liga campaign for the Portuguese, with the 28-year-old bagging 16 goals in 13 appearances.
Cristiano Ronaldo enters tonight's match having further staked his claim for the Ballon d'OR with a stunning hat-trick against Sweden to send Portugal to the World Cup. You really wouldn't want to face the former Manchester United man in this kind of form!
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Diego Lopez; Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Arbeloa; Xabi Alonso, Illarramendi; Bale, Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo; Benzema.
Almeria (5-4-1): Esteban; Dubarbier, Torsiglieri, Pellerano, Trujillo, Nelson; Vidal, Verza, Azeez, Suso; Rodri.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action tonight!
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