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Celta de Vigo
16 January 2011
• Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos, Almería
Referee: Miguel Pérez Lasa
• Attendance: 20000
Full time ! Real Madrid have been held by bottom of the table Almeria ! Barcelona can go 4 points clear of Madrid with a victory over Malaga this evening . Fantastic point for Almeria ! Thank you for joining us on Goal.com !
90' + 4'
Yellow Card Mesut Özil
90' + 4'
HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUY Ronaldo blasts the ball off the top of the bar from his freekick !
90' + 3'
Yellow Card M'Bami
90' + 2'
Ronaldo with a freekick that blasts off the Almeria wall , referee gives a freekick just on the edge of the box after a hand ball. Very close to being a penalty kick !
Di Maria with an opportunity from the left hand side, cutting in on his right foot but a very weak shot goes into the torso of the grateful Diego Alves.
Yellow Card Carlos García
Well worked freekick with Ronaldo coming across the edge of the box after a reverse pass from Ozil , but the Portuguese can only blast the ball over the bar.
Freekick opportunity for Madrid on the right hand side of the box.
Fabian Vargas attemps a wonder goal from the left hand side but the ball flys over the bar. Poor play as Almeria need to keep possession.
Almeria will be looking to stop the momentum of Real Madrid by aiming to slow down the tempo of the game for the last ten minutes.
Benzema with a good opportunity just outside of the six yard box but is unable to get the ball down to get an effective shot at goal.
Jose Mourinho with another tactical masterclass , an assist and a goal from two of his subsitutes.
Assist Karim Benzema
Goal Esteban Granero
Some great hold up play by Benzema on the edge of the box , the Frenchman lays off Granero on the right hand side of the box for the subsitute to power the ball in to the top right hand corner. Great goal !
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL for Real Madrid !
Almeria attempt to add some solidity to the team by bringing on defender Jakobsen for the captain , Crusat. The home team are preparing to soke up some serious pressure.
Well played from Piatti down the right hand side to take some pressure off his defence. Almeria have the ball in the Madrid half and they will be aiming to give their defence a breather.
Ramos with another header at goal from a corner. Diego Alves takes no chances and puts the ball over the bar for another Real Madrid corner.
Ronaldo with his first opportunity at a free kick but the ball clips the top of the Almeria wall and goes away from danger.
Madrid are now playing with an intensity and an urgency that they were devoid of in the first half.
Fabián Andrés Vargas
Ronaldo attempts to get Madrid back in to the game with a powerful run down the left hand side, but the shot with his weaker foot does not trouble Alves at his near post.
Assist Pablo Piatti
Goal L. Ulloa
Almeria take an unlikely lead. Ronaldo and company look very frustrated in possession.
Ulloa with a snap shot on the edge of the box in to the bottom right corner. Brilliant work from Piatti to dribble in to the box to create the opportunity for the Argentinian !
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL for Almeria !
Yellow Card Kalu Uche
Sergio Ramos with a great opportunity to put Madrid ahead ! Xabi Alonso with a deep free kick to the far post but Ramos has one eye on the goalkeeper and puts the ball wide.
With only ten minutes in to the second half Madrid have made the expected change. Benzema has came on for Kaka and Los Blancos will now revert back to their usual style.
Very good save from Diego Alves after a measured shot from Xabi Alonso on the edge of the box. The Brazilian gets down well to his left and palms the ball away from danger.
Another shot at goal from Ronaldo , he has not been as decisive with his shooting as he usually is.
Cristiano Ronaldo has not been as effective as the lone striker as he usually is on the left . Jose Mourinho will no doubt be looking at switching tactically if the game continues to be 0-0.
The second half is now underway , Real Madrid will be hoping to top the table to put some pressure on Barcelona for their match against Malaga tonight. Almeria will be hoping that they can continue to frustrate Los Blancos.
The referee brings a poor first half to an end. Real Madrid look out of sorts and Almeria should be fairly content with their first half performance.
Real with a good opportunity to get the ball in to the box with a free kick from the right hand side , but it is poorly executed. Sums up the first half performance by Real Madrid.
Well played from Pablo Piatti down the left hand side , showing good skill and pace to get to the by line , but his cross is not met by any oncoming Almeria player.
The game has turned around and Madrid are knocking at the door of Almeria. Ronaldo has had a snap shot from inside the box well saved from Diego Alves.
Decent spell of pressure at the end of the second half from Almeria. Madrid have not been able to counter attack and take advantage of the amount of men that Almeria are committing forward.
Desperate defending from Almeria , Cristiano Ronaldo latched on to a ball over the top from Kaka only for Garcia to rob him of a shot at goal with a last ditch tackle.
First half chance for Almeria , M'Bami robs the ball from Alonso in midfield and floats in a cross but Piatti sends the header well over the bar.
Unlucky for Sergio Ramos as he powers a header from a corner in to the side netting , trying to replicate his goal against Atletico midweek.
Real are looking out of ideas at the moment , summed up by a speculative shot by Arbeloa from the right hand side.
First glimpse of Pablo Piatti as he dangerously dribbles at the Real Madrid defence , but the pace of the attack was stopped when the Argentinian was brought down by Xabi Alonso.
Madrid have the home side camped in their own half at the moment with a succession of corners and throw ins , however they have been unable to create any clear cut opportunities as of yet.
Both teams are struggling to pass the ball about the park effectively at the moment . Summed up by a juggling match in the heart of the midfield.
Almeria have now taken a deep defensive line and they look happy to let Madrid try and find a way through to the goal.
The game is a bit more stretched now , with Xabi Alonso being awared more space in midfield , he has now started spraying passes about the park and Madrid now look more dangerous.
Madrid have took a page out Almeria's book and started to press the defence of the home side very high up the pitch and so they have resorted to long balls that Ramos and Albiol have dealt with easily so far.
Yellow Card Raúl Albiol
Cristiano Ronaldo has his first attempt at goal as he cuts in from the left hand side and powers a shot at goal , but luckily for Almeria it is right down the throat of Alves.
Khedira is caught out in midfield due to the pressing of Almeria . The German was very lucky to just stick out a leg to clear the ball to Iker Casillas.
The start of the match has been quite scrappy , Kaka and Di Maria have not been able to dribble at pace towards the Almeria defence. The Almeria players are currently doing a good job at pressing Xabi Alonso , and so are nulifying his playmaking.
Almeria are enjoying the first spell of possession in the game , they will be hoping to take advantage of a weakened Real Madrid defence , with Carvalho and Pepe missing for the away side.
Madrid start the game with Cristiano Ronaldo playing the lone striker role as Kaka comes in for the out of form Benzema.
Real Madrid have had most of the possession in the game so far , but Almeria are pressing very intensily on Khedira and Alonso.
The game has started as expected , with Real Madrid playing the ball about with ease and the home side Almeria are already on the back foot.
The game has now kicked off and both teams will be hoping to claim 3 vital points.
This is the first eleven of Real Madrid : Casillas, Arbeloa, Albiol, Ramos, Marcelo, Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Ozil, Kaká, Di María , Cristiano Ronaldo.
This is how Almeria will be lining up tonight : Diego Alves, Míchel, Silva, Carlos García, Juanma Ortiz, Mbami, Bernardello, Piatti, Crusat, Kalu Uche, Ulloa.
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