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December 6, 2009 1:30 AM IST
Santiago Bernabéu
Referee:‬ Estrada Fernández‎
90′ +3
And that's it! Another unconvincing performance from Madrid, ut the important thing is that they got the three points, to keep up the pace with Barcelona. They play Depor shortly, which you can catch LIVE on Goal.com!
Well it's been a manic game, which looks like going the way of Madrid...but this will raise more questions than answers...
Substitution Xabi Alonso Royston Drenthe
Yellow/Red Cristiano Ronaldo
A very unhappy looking Xabi Alonso is off for Drenthe, and what's this...Ronaldo has been SENT OFF! He got an accidental arm to the back of the head, but then needlessly kicked Ortiz, who wasn't even the player who touched him! Madrid down to 10...
Yellow Card Cristiano Ronaldo
Almeria are rattled, as they nearly give away another...Acasiete and Alves confuse each other, leaving Higuain with a shot at goal, but he lobs it over the bar...
Goal Cristiano Ronaldo
Substitution Marcelo Mahamadou Diarra
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! RONALDO! Higuain burts down the right and squares the ball, leaving Ronaldo with a virtually empty net to slot into from yards out...4-2!
Ronaldo's reaction after the goal won't impress too many...he seemed more disappointed at the missed penalty, as Mahamadou Diarra replaces Marcelo...
Goal Karim Benzema
Missed Penalty Cristiano Ronaldo
PENALTY! Higuain releases Ronaldo in the box, and Alves is adjudged to have brought him down! Ronaldo steps up...it's SAVED! But here's Benzema on the rebound and it's a GOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLL!!! 3-2! Unlucky for Almeria, but he was in the right place at the right time...what a game!
Now Pablo Piatti is on for Crusat, who has worked tirelessly for his side tonight...
Substitution Albert Crusat Pablo Piatti
Ronaldo whips a free-kick goalwards and it's heading in, but Diego Alves gets across well to keep it out...
Yellow Card Michel
It's going to be a tense finish, as anything less than a win for Madrid will be considered a disaster...
And he should have scored again! Ronaldo headed the ball back into his path, and having just scored a sublime goal, he misses his volley completely!
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! HIGUAIN! Marcelo whips the ball in, it should have been cleared by Acasiete, but he just parried it into the path of El Pipita, who finished expertly into the bottom corner! 2-2!
Goal Gonzalo Higuaín
Decent 1-2 between Uche and Goitom, but the goalscorer loses his footing at the vital moment...
Is that in...no! The corner comes in, Albiol gets his head to it, but Macedo is on the line to hack it clear!
Substitution Soriano Henok Goitom
Awful stuff from Madrid as they give the ball away to Crusat, who beats Pepe before firing just wide...
Almeria are predictably going to try and protect this lead now, but you sense they fancy their chances on the counter, so they're leaving Uche up front...
Substitution Rafael van der Vaart Karim Benzema
That is a massive shock, as Almeria didn't look anywhere near scoring a goal in the first half...Benzema has now come on for Van der Vaart...
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLL!!! UCHE! Would you believe it, the corner falls to Uche, who controls it brilliantly and smashes it past Casillas into the bottom right hand corner! 2-1 to Almeria!
Goal Kalu Uche
Madrid have only themselves to blame, they should have put this to bed ages ago, but they didn't start the half with any sort of intensity, and Almeria pounced...
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLL!!! SORIANO! Crusat played it in from the left, it fell to Soriano, who fired it into the bottom corner, albeit thanks to a deflection off Albiol! 1-1!
Goal Soriano
Huuuuuuuy, Uche almost equalizes! Out of nothing, he fires a shot goalwards, that Casillas can only parry centimetres wide of the far post!
Ronaldo goes down in the box and implores the ref to give him a penalty, but Chico is deemed to have made a fair challenge...there didn't look to be too much in it...
Ronaldo is in the mood, he steps over the ball before firing in a shot which is only inches wide of the far post...
Granero does well to keep the ball in on the right and cuts it back for Ronaldo, but his drive hits the side netting...
And we're off! Can Almeria find a way back, or will Real Madrid put some more past them?
45′ +1
And that's the half! Madrid have been good value for their lead, but they'll want to consolidate it after the break, as unlikely as an Almeria goal seems...
And that's the half! Madrid have been good value for their lead, but they'll want to consolidate it after the break, as unlikely as an Almeria goal seems...
Yellow Card M'Bami
Real Madrid appear happy just to see out this half, but a second goal would surely already seal the game against an uninspiring Almeria side...
Almeria are yet to register a shot on target, and that doesn't look like changing any time soon...
Los Merengues spoke earlier in the week of their need to kill off games once they go ahead, and this is a perfect opportunity to display that...
Alves to the rescue! It's another rasping drive from Van der Vaart, but the keeper gets an outstretched finger out...he's keeping Almeria in this...
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! SERGIO RAMOS! Ronaldo whips a great ball in from the right, and Ramos rises highest to head it into the far right corner, giving Alves no chance! 1-0 Madrid!
Goal Sergio Ramos
No cause for concern yet for Madrid, but they really should be creating more with all the possession they have...Almeria look fairly comfortable...
Almeria have just started to venture forward a bit more, but it's still all very tentative from them...
Granero....saved! Van der Vaart finds him in the box, he's got ages of time...but he shoots right at Alves, who nevertheless does well to parry it away...
The game has settled down somewhat now...it's still all Madrid, but they aren't creating too many chances...
Real Madrid are playing some really nice stuff here, but it's all falling apart once they get into the box...
Almeria have got absolutely everyone behind the ball...it's fine for now, but you sense a goal can't be far away, and then they'll be in real trouble...
Fantastic backheel by Van der Vaart for Higuain, but El Pipita's cross evades Granero, with the goal gaping...
Van der Vaart whips a free-kick in, it's met by the head of Granero, but Alves is there to parry it away...he's already earned his appearance fee...
Almeria are yet to leave their half, and this looks like being a very long night for Hugo Sanchez's men...as Higuain comes close again, only for Alves to tip it wide!
Three great saves by Diego Alves! First he stopped Van der Vaart's shot, then the rebound from Higuain, and then, Ronaldo's strike after he was through on goal! He's going to be a busy boy...
And we're off! Ronaldo starts, as does Van Der Vaart starts in Kaka's absence, while Benzema and Raul are on the bench...
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