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Primera División

  • 21 May 2011
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Ignacio Iglesias
  • • Attendance: 67000

Live Commentary

  • That's it from us tonight. Madrid were fantastic while Almeria were atrocious in a game that resembled a training game. Good way to end the season for Mourinho's men with Ronaldo scoring a record-breaking 39th La Liga goal before adding another. Hope you enjoyed this one, good night.
  • FULL-TIME! It finishes 8-1 to Madrid with the referee ending Almeria's misery by playing no added time. An Adebayor hat-trick, double from Ronaldo, double from Benzema and a goal from Joselu were the goalscorers for Madrid while Uche pulled a goal back for the away team.
  • 90'
    Madrid probing for a fourth now. It would be difficult to pick just one man of the match with so many players impressing for the home side.
  • 87'
    Goal Joselu
  • 87'
    Assist Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 87'
    8-1! First goal for Joselu. Ronaldo picks the ball up on the left and clips a great cross into the box with the youngster firing home from eight yards
  • 86'
    This game is winding down right now. Madrid look happy with their tally and are knocking the ball around slowly with Almeria making little attempt to win the ball back.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionKarim Benzema Joselu
  • 84'
    SubstitutionHernán Darío Pellerano José Ortiz
  • 83'
    Can Madrid reach eight? It wouldn't surprise me on this showing. Madrid have been as superb as Almeria have been woeful.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionKalu Uche Henok Goitom
  • 80'
    ADEBAYOR HITS THE BAR! The former Arsenal striker smashes a high a great effort off the bar from 18 yards out. Ronaldo comes close on the rebound but the offside flag is up.
  • 78'
    SubstitutionJerzy Dudek Jesús Fernández
  • 78'
    Touching moment as Dudek is substituted for Jesus and gets a standing ovation. The Madrid players run to the touchline to perform a guard of honor.
  • 77'
    Assist Sergio Ramos
  • 77'
    Goal Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 77'
    7-1! Ronaldo scores his 40th La Liga goal of the season! The ball is slid through to the Portuguese man who hits a powerful effort into the bottom corner from 18 yards.
  • 76'
    Almeria's defence have been atrocious tonight. They are up against superior opposition but they have even got the simple things wrong like marking.
  • 73'
    Goal Emmanuel Adebayor
  • 73'
    6-1! ADEBAYOR HAT-TRICK! Easy goal this. Granero's corner bypasses every Almeria defender and falls to the unmarked Adebayor four yards out who volleys home.
  • 72'
    Will Almeria create any more chances tonight? It looks highly unlikely, they haven't been in the Madrid half for a while.
  • 69'
    GREAT SAVE FROM ESTEBAN! Ozil's corner is met by a firm diving header from Ramos but the keeper somehow turns the ball over the bar.
  • 67'
    Madrid are still in complete control with Almeria offering very little resistance at the back.
  • 65'
    NEARLY SIX! Benzema is in far too much space on the left side of the box. The striker crosses for Adebayor who sends his free header over the bar from eight yards out.
  • 64'
    Yellow Card Juanma Ortiz
  • 64'
    Assist Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 64'
    Goal Karim Benzema
  • 63'
    5-1 MADRID! Wonderful team goal here as Ramos' long ball is flicked into the path of Adebayor on the halfway line. The Togolese striker then passes to Ronaldo down the wing who finds Benzema in space on the edge of the box with the Frenchman coolly slotting the ball past the keeper for his second of the game.
  • 62'
    SubstitutionAlbert Crusat Fabián Andrés Vargas
  • 62'
    Almeria are really struggling at the moment, the whole side look tired. After some nice close control by Piatti, the small Argentine spreads the ball out wide for Ortiz but the captain can't keep it in play.
  • 61'
    SubstitutionKaká Esteban Granero
  • 61'
    Kaka is taken off for Granero. The Brazilian has been linked with a switch away from the Bernabeu in the summer. Could that be his last appearance in a Real Madrid shirt?
  • 60'
    CLOSE FROM RONALDO! Benzema curls a cross in from the right but the Portuguese player can only head wide from six yards.
  • 57'
    Mourinho's men are controlling play at the moment as Almeria are about to make a change.
  • 55'
    Game over now and it's surely a case of how many goals can Madrid score tonight. With more than half hour left, i'm guessing a few.
  • 53'
    Assist Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 53'
    Goal Emmanuel Adebayor
  • 52'
    4-1! Ronaldo looks like scoring goal number 40 in La Liga this season as he rounds the keeper but Garcia makes an astonishing goal line clearance. However, his hooked clearance falls to Adebayor six yards out who volleys home.
  • 51'
    Almeria will struggle to get back into this one now as Madrid stream forward. This time, Ronaldo's powerful low effort from the edge of the box misses the target by a matter of inches.
  • 50'
    Yellow Card Xabi Alonso
  • 48'
    Assist Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 48'
    Goal Karim Benzema
  • 48'
    3-1 MADRID! How the away side will come to rue Crusat's missed header. Ronaldo appears to be fouled in the build up as Benzema picks the ball up 30 yards from goal and charges forward. Courtesy of a deflection off Corona, the ball stays in the path of Benzema who strokes home from eight yards.
  • 47'
    ALMERIA HIT THE POST! So close from the away side as Ortiz' deep cross finds the headof Piatti who heads across goal for Crusat. The midfielder then leaps high but his 12 yard header finds the wrong side of the post.
  • 46'
    Madrid get is back underway for the second half. Will we see more goals?
  • Real Madrid have certainly had the better of the first-half but Almeria are still in with a shout. The away team have battled well and a comeback could still be on the cards. Join us in 15 minutes for the second half of what's been a very entertaining game
  • 45' + 1'
    HALF-TIME! It's 2-1 at the break with Ronaldo grabbing a record breaking 39th La Liga goal before Adebayor doubled the lead. Uche however, pulled a goal back to keep the away side in the game.
  • 43'
    Madrid attack with the ball falling to Benzema at a tight angle. The French striker tries his luck but his effort is deflected over the bar for a corner.
  • 41'
    The resulting free-kick is wasted as Corona slams the ball into the wall. Still, this is a decent showing from the side who are already relegated.
  • 39'
    Ramos is shown a yellow card for blocking off Corona on the edge of the box as the midfielder looked for the return ball from Piatti. Can the away team score from the resulting free-kick?
  • 38'
    Very entertaining game this. Madrid looked to be cruising but that Uche goal will surely give Almeria the confidence needed to make an unlikely comeback.
  • 36'
    BENZEMA HITS THE CROSSBAR! A brilliant Madrid move results in Ronaldo laying the ball to Benzema on the edge of the box who thumps a ferocious effort at goal. The keeper gets a slight touch, knocking it onto the bar and out for a corner.
  • 33'
    Assist Albert Crusat
  • 33'
    Goal Kalu Uche
  • 33'
    2-1! UCHE SCORES! Game on as Almeria pull a goal back. Ortiz slides a ball into the box from the left. It takes a deflection off Ramos and falls to Uches a few yards from goal who taps the ball in with ease.
  • 32'
    The away team's defence was completely static there. It was far too easy for Adebayor who could be playing his final game for Madrid today.
  • 31'
    Assist Mesut Özil
  • 31'
    Goal Emmanuel Adebayor
  • 31'
    2-0 MADRID! Terrible defending by Almeria who can only watch as Ozil's excellent through ball finds Adebayor who takes a touch before slotting home from six yards.
  • 29'
    Great skill from Adebayor who spins his marker on the edge of the box before taking a touch and striking a low effort at goal. Almeria's keeper parries the ball and Benzema comes within whiskers of reaching the rebound before the defenders clear.
  • 28'
    Benzema shows some superb skill to leave Silva in a tangle but Adebayor can only direct his cross over the bar.
  • 26'
    This game has started to resemble a training game now with wave after wave of Madrid attacks. Mourinho's men don't even look like they're breaking sweat either.
  • 24'
    All Madrid at the moment with Almeria struggling to win the ball in midfield.
  • 22'
    RONALDO COMES CLOSE! Ozil's long ball finds Benzema who controls the ball on the edge of the box before laying it to the on-running Ronaldo who sees his close range effort tipped around the post by Esteban.
  • 19'
    CHANCE FOR BENZEMA! The Frenchman picks the ball up 35 yards from goal and charges towards the Almeria back line. The defenders back off and allow the former Lyon man to send a powerful drive towards goal. However, it's always rising over the bar.
  • 17'
    Madrid are back in control of this game now after the away side had a decent five minute spell.
  • 15'
    Ronaldo sets Ozil free on the left side of the box but the German international takes a second too long to shoot and Garcia deflects the shot wide for a corner.
  • 13'
    Chance for Almeria. The ball breaks to Corona 25 yards from goal but the midfielder can only drag his effort way wide. Poor effort.
  • 12'
    Almeria are continuing to keep the ball as Pepe clears a Corona ball into the box for a corner. Wasted from the away side.
  • 10'
    Decent spell of possession for Almeria with Bernardello looking lively in the middle. Ortiz is brought down by Xabi Alonso. Can Piatti create an opening from the set-piece?
  • 8'
    Mourinho's men have now settled into their stride and are calmly stroking the ball around the pitch. No other chances as of yet though.
  • 6'
    After a slow start, Madrid have the lead. This could be a real goalfest tonight if Almeria let their heads drop.
  • 4'
    Assist Sergio Ramos
  • 4'
    Goal Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 4'
    GOAL RONALDO! 1-0 here and the Portuguese player grtabs his record-breaking 39th La Liga goal of the season. Kaka's deep cross finds the head of Ramos who knocks the ball into the path of Ronaldo to bundle home from three yards. Easy.
  • 3'
    Madrid win a free-kick when Ortiz brings down Arbeloa on the wing. Can the home side create something here?
  • 1'
    First chance of the game falls to Ortiz for the visitors. The ball finds the captain on the edge of the Madrid box but he can only drag it wide of Dudek's post.
  • We're underway here for the final game at the Bernabeu this season.
  • Almeria starting XI: Esteban; Ortiz, Garcia, Silva, Luna; Bernardello, Pellerano, Piatti, Corona, Crusat; Uche
  • Real Madrid starting XI: Dudek; Ramos, Pepe, Albiol, Arbeloa; Xabi Alonso, Ozil, Kaka; Ronaldo, Adebayor, Benzema
  • Here come the teams...
  • Hello and welcome to's coverage of the La Liga fixture between Real Madrid and Almeria. Madrid have already secured second place but will be looking to end the season on a high, in particular, Cristiano Ronaldo who is a goal away from breaking the goalscoring record in the Primera division. Almeria will be solely playing for pride with relegation already being confirmed. Could there be an upsight tonight?