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Deportivo La Coruña
18 February 2012
• Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Referee: José Luis González González
• Attendance: 72000
Cristiano Ronaldo 6'
K. Benzema 45'+, 89'
Á. di María 73'
FULL-TIME! Madrid are comfortable victors here at the Bernabeu with a 4-0 win. Benzema grabbed a double while Ronaldo and Di Maria also got on the scoresheet as the home team dismantled their 10-man visitors. Racing stay in the relegation zone whilst Madrid now head 13 points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga. Madrid Champions? It certainly looks that way. I've been Luke Matthews and thank you for joining me tonight. Buenas Noches!
90' + 1'
All over here as we are into two minutes of added time.
Assist Sami Khedira
Goal Karim Benzema
4-0 MADRID! Di Maria's effort is saved by the keeper until the ball falls to Benzema who smashes the ball into the bet from 15 yards via a deflection from Bernardo.
Yellow Card Ricardo Carvalho
MADRID NEARLY ADD A FOURTH! Benzema and Ronaldo link up well before the Portugese attacker puts the ball wide from close range.
Racing substitute Luque tries his luck from 20 metres out. It has Casillas at full stretch but the ball heads over the bar.
Xabi Alonso will whip a free-kick into the box now. Will we see a fourth here for Mourinho's men who are heading 13 points clear at the top of La Liga.
Damage limitation here for the visitors who will view losing 3-0 as notn that bad of a result, especially after going down to 10 men in the first-half.
Superb finish that from Di Maria on his first appearance for Madrid in 12 games. Will the home side add another before the end of the game? Pepe is off with Carvalho replacing him.
Assist Xabi Alonso
Goal Ángel Di María
3-0 MADRID! BRILLIANT GOAL BY DI MARIA! The Argentine cuts in field from the right and smashes the ball into the far corner of the net from the edge of the box.
Di Maria clips the ball into the penalty area as Ronaldo attempts an audacious overhead kick. It doesn't work for the Portuguese attacker though who fails to make contact with the ball.
Pedro Munitis Álvarez
Khedira is the next player to come on after missing a month through injury, replacing Granero. Munitis is on for Racing replacing Babacar. The veteran previously spent three years at Madrid.
Yellow Card Kaká
Despite completely being in the ascendancy, Madrid still haven't added to their goal tally in the second period.
Di Maria sidesteps his way into the penalty area before carrying it out of play with a goalkick being awarded. Little bit rusty from the man who has been out of action in 2012.
By the way, Madrid have replaced Ozil with Di Maria. Mourinho has the luxury of replacing the player second in the assist rankings in Liga with the player who is number one.
Ángel Di María
Racing come close! Diop's delivery is good into the box yet Torrejon can only clip his header wide of goal. Poor miss that.
Bit of a delay as there seems to be a problem with the floodlights.
Xabi Alonso clips an inviting ball into the box yet Ronaldo is correctly adjudged to be in an offside position. Despite opening the scoring early on, Ronaldo has been fairly quiet tonight.
Yellow Card Sergio Ramos
Wasted set-piece from Racing as Diop smashes the ball over the crossbar. The away team had committed men forward too.
Ozil's corner is met by a firm header by Ramos yet the ball flies a few yards over the crossbar. Poor marking from the away side.
Arana looks to be struggling for the visitors as he goes down after a challenge from Marcelo. The attacker should be okay to continue.
All Madrid at the moment as Ronaldo attempts an ambitious effort from 30 metres out. It's dreadful in all honesty as it nearly exits the stadium.
Madrid are looking comfortable at the moment and believe they should have a shout for a penalty as Benzema's cross appears to strike the hand of Christan. Question is, could the defender do anything to get his arm out of the way?
After some nice play by Marcelo the Brazilian volleys the ball into the path of his compatriot Kaka who screws his effort wide from 12 yards out.
SO CLOSE! Torrejon only half clears his line as the ball falls to Xabi Alonso on the edge of the box who narrowly smashes a low volley wide of goal.
We are back underway in the second period with no substitutes at the break from either team. This could be a long 45 minutes for Racing.
On Twitter, the common consensus amongst you guys is that it was a harsh sending off for Cisma. Andreson believes Madrid will win the game 3-1. Keep sending in your predictions to me @LukasMaf.
HALF-TIME! Madrid lead 2-0 at the break through goals from Ronaldo and Benzema. Plain sailing from the home team who are now up against 10-men after Cisma was shown a second yellow for Racing. How many will Madrid score? Be sure to join us for the second half in 15 minutes time.
45' + 1'
Assist Xabi Alonso
45' + 1'
Goal Karim Benzema
2-0 MADRID! Xabi Alonso's clever ball finds Benzema who clips it past an onrushing Tono. Ramos is on cue to knock the ball into the net, yet I think it may have already been over the line.
45' + 1'
Yellow Card Álvaro
GOOD SAVE FROM TONO! Xabi Alonso's ball into the box is met by a volley from Marcelo who can only watch on as the keeper parries the ball.
So a difficult job for Racing has been made a whole lot harder with the dismissal of Cisma.
Few of your thoughts on Twitter. Igbinola Olabode is keen to see Casillas keep a clean sheet tonight as he has only kept three at home in Liga this season. Hussain Al-Khezam is glad to see Ramos playing right-back as he believes this is his best position. What are your thoughts on the sending off guys?
Yellow/Red Domingo Cisma
RED CARD! Cisma picks up a second yellow card as Ronaldo's cross strikes his hand. Replays show it is a crazy decision to send the former Almeria man off.
Ozil crosses into the box from a corner yet the visitor's defence are able to clear their lines with ease. Are we likely to see another goal before the break?
Alvaro's cross into the box looks fairly routine yet Casillas's attempt at clearing the ball with a punch is a little messy. The ball falls to Acosta who fails to get his shot away cleanly.
The tempo in this game has certainly waned a little as Madrid calmly stroke the ball around the pitch. Ronaldo tries his luck from 25 metres out but it drifts well over the bar.
We're at the half hour mark and Madrid lead 1-0 here at the Bernabeu. They're looking good value for their lead too with Racing rarely threatening.
Madrid come close to adding a second. Ozil's ball into the box is brought down by the chest of Benzema who manages to get his shot away despite the challenge of Alvaro. Tono parries the ball and then makes another stop with his legs as Ronaldo attempts to squeeze the ball into the net from a tight angle.
Yellow Card Domingo Cisma
Adrian curls the ball into the box from a set-piece yet Casillas is there to punch the ball away from danger. Racing have looked a little better in the last 10 minutes.
Xabi Alonso curls a delightful ball to Marcelo who finds his way into the box. The left-back dinks an inviting cross into the danger zone yet Bernardo is on cue to calmly chest the ball back to his goalkeeper.
Corner for Racing here as Ramos deflects Adrian's cross out of play. Could the away team create problems here?
Madrid are looking very comfortable at the moment as they continue to see the majority of possession.
Ozil launches a superb ball to Marcelo who is in the penalty area. The Brazilian controls the ball before Racing put it out for another corner.
Racing are currently having a little spell in possession and will be hoping to try and take advantage of Varane's lack of match action in the Madrid defence. No chances to write home about yet though for Juanjo Gonzalez' men.
That goal is of course Ronaldo's 35th in all competitions this season, with the former Manchester United man well on track to break the 50 goal barrier again.
First venture forward for the away team as Acosta splurges forward. However, Pepe keeps his cool to make a smart challenge on the Argentine on the edge of the box.
So probably the worst possible start for the visitors who certainly have their backs to the wall now. Could it be a question of how many are Madrid going to score?
Goal Cristiano Ronaldo
1-0 RONALDO! Benzema slides the ball into Kaka who smashes a powerful effort at the keeper who spills it to the Brazilian who heads the ball across goal for Ronaldo to nod the ball into the net from a yard out. His 28th league goal of the season and perhaps the easiest of his career.
RONALDO HITS THE POST! The Portuguese attacker meets Kaka's cross with a downwards header but the ball rebounds off the woodwork and Racing clear.
Unsurprisingly Los Blancos look very bright in the opening proceedings as they force another corner. Kaka is going to whip this into the box...
Early pressure from Madrid who win a corner. Ozil curls the ball into the danger zone yet the away team clear their lines.
If Racing are going to spring a surprise tonight, they will need to do so without their top scorer, Stuani who is suspended. The Argentine has grabbed five goals this season.
The visitors get us underway here wearing their change strip of all black. Madrid of course are wearing all white.
Both sets of players are on the pitch now as we are minutes from kick-off here.
Surely we are in for another comfortable home victory at the Bernabeu tonight? Racing are struggling in the relegation zone with only one away win to their name for the whole season, Madrid are flying high. Anyone think we could be in for a surprise?
Remember, you can tweet your thoughts and opinions on the game to me on Twitter @LukasMaf. What do you make of the Madrid team selection with Varane coming into the defence?
Racing Santander (4-2-3-1): Tono; Alvaro, Torrejon, Bernardo, Cisma; Diop, Gullon, Adrian; Arana, Acosta; Babacar
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Ramos, Pepe, Varane, Marcelo; Alonso, Granero; Kaka, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema
Here come the teams...
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of the Liga fixture between Real Madrid and Racing Santander from the Santiago Bernabeu. I'm Luke Matthews and I'll be guiding you through tonight's action. With Barcelona not in action until tomorrow, a win for Jose Mourinho's side tonight would send Los Blancos 13 points clear of their bitter rivals at the summit of the league. Surely that would be game over right?
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