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Deportivo La Coruña
29 October 2012
• Iberostar Estadi, Palma de Mallorca
Referee: José Luis González González
• Attendance: 15700
G. Higuaín 8', 70'
Cristiano Ronaldo 22', 73'
José Callejón 90'+
That's all from me for tonight ladies and gentlemen. Thanks for joining me! Good night!
FULL-TIME: MALLORCA 0-5 REAL MADRID Jose Mourinho's side romped to victory against Mallorca this evening, as the home side barely posed any attacking threat throughout the match. Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo HIguain both scored twice for Los Blancos, while Jose Callejon added a fifth in added time at the end of the game. Madrid move up to fourth place in La Liga with the win, and now sit eight points behind first-placed Barcelona.
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And there is the final whistle!
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Another blistering counter attack there from Madrid. What a weapon that is proving to be for Mourinho's side.
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GOALLLL!!! CALLEJON SCORES A FIFTH FOR MADRID!! The substitute taps home from close range after Ozil's initial shot from the left-side of the Mallorca box is deflected into his path. Credit to Morata in the build-up there, as he played a fine looping pass over Ximo's head to free Ozil on the left.
Nsue, who has looked Mallorca's brightest threat tonight, wins a late corner on the right after playing the ball behind off Essien.
Morata thinks he is in on goal but play is brought back as the referee adjudges him to have fouled Anderson in the build-up as he controlled the ball inside the Mallorca box.
I think Ronaldo might want his hat-trick... The attacker shows his selfish streak as he dribbles towards goal, opting to hit an optimistic effort from 25 yards rather than playing in his young team-mate Morata. Ronaldo should have passed as his shot went miles wide.
MATCH STAT: Mallorca have not registered a home win over Real Madrid in La Liga in their last six attempts, and that looks almost certain to become seven attempts tonight.
Essien wins a free kick for Madrid on the halfway line after drawing a foul from Arizmendi, which allows Madrid's monopoly on possession to continue for the time being.
Madrid are stroking the ball around in midfield at the moment as the game edges towards its conclusion. Mallorca look well-beaten here, it has been a very one-sided contest tonight.
There are nervous looks on the Madrid bench as Xabi Alonso pulls up clutching his right hamstring, and he is immediately replaced by Raul Albiol. With Sami Khedira, Alvaro Arbeloa, Fabio Coentrao and Marcelo already on the sidelines, another injury is the last thing Mourinho will want.
I am very excited about getting a closer look at Morata in these closing stages, the Madrid coaches have been raving about this lad for some time.
The game slows down momentarily as both sides make a change. Victor is withdrawn for Marc Fernandez, while Higuain makes way for the Madrid canterano Morata.
Madrid have looked very very good tonight, all over the pitch. Raphael Varane has been flawless alongside Pepe at the back, while their midfield and attack have looked untouchable for large periods.
Di Maria's involvement in Madrid's fourth goal is his last of the game, as he is taken off to be replaced by Jose Callejon.
Ángel Di María
RONALDO SCORES TO MAKE IT 4-0!! Not to be outdone by his team-mate, Ronaldo adds his second of the night shortly after Higuain had done the same. The Portuguese attacker provides a calm slotted finish to a lightning quick counter attack instigated by Modric and involving Di Maria and Higuain. That was top play from Jose Mourinho's side.
What a clinical finish that was from Higuain! By my count he's had two shots tonight and scored them both. Not bad at all.
GOALLL!!!! HIGUAIN BAGS ANOTHER!! Madrid lead 3-0 thanks to the Argentine's second goal of the evening. The striker flicks the ball over the onrushing Aouate from 12 yards after being played in by a slick pass from Ronaldo from a central position.
Yellow CardXabi Alonso
How on earth the referee thinks Xabi Alonso deserves a yellow card there I don't know! Arizmendi just barged into the Madrid player causing him to fall to one knee, yet the referee booked Alonso.
Some good defending from Pepe stops Arizmendi from getting a shot on goal after Hemed had lifted a clever ball towards the back post for his strike partner. The Madrid defender managed to deflect the ball behind for a corner just as Arizmendi was pulling back his right leg to volley the ball at goal from close range. That was very good from Pepe!
Madrid again threaten on the counter attack after stealing the ball on the edge of their own area, with Modric, Di Maria and Ronaldo combining well to almost fashion a goalscoring opportunity. They look so dangerous when they get the chance to break like that!
Nsue does brilliantly to dance past a couple of challenges on the right for Mallorca but his final touch as he gets to the byline is heavy, and the ball runs over the line for a goal kick with Arizmendi and Hemed queuing up in the area for a cross. That was nearly a good chance for the home side!
Off goes Gio dos Santos for Mallorca, the former Tottenham man has been awfully quiet this evening, and is replaced upfront by Javier Arizmendi.
Giovani dos Santos
Modric continues to pull the strings for Madrid in midfield, this time drawing a foul from Marti that results in, you guessed it, another free kick... Madrid are fortunate that they don't need to score at the moment, as their set piece attempts have been woeful in this match, with the latest effort from Alonso continuing that trend.
Yellow CardAnderson Conceição
Alonso fails to find a team-mate from the set piece though, as Madrid are guilty of wasting another free kick.
The Mallorca left-back Pedro Rigas finds his way into the book after a bundling into the back of Di Maria on the right, and Madrid have a free kick and a chance to bring the likes of Pepe and Ramos forward from the back.
Ronaldo hurtles down the left but is sent crashing to the deck by a legal tackled from Ximo, who appears to be looking to make amends for his horror pass from a few moments ago! And rightly so!
Ximo nearly plays Ronaldo straight in with a sloppy backpass to Aouate! The Mallorca right-back almost gifts the Madrid forward a clear goalscoring opportunity but fortunately for him Anderson is able to mop up the danger and steal the ball off the toe of Ronaldo.
Hemed tries to make some headway down the left for the home side but his run is brought to an abrupt end by Sergio Ramos, who dispossesses the Israeli forward with a smart challenge in the right-back position.
This is the fifth Liga match in a row that Real Madrid have scored at least two goals!
Mourinho looks unimpressed by something on the sidelines here at the Iberostar Stadi, I'm not sure what about though, his team have put in a professional performance so far tonight.
They again fail to worry Casillas in the Madrid goal though, as the ball is hooked away by Pepe on the penalty spot.
A foul from Sergio Ramos on Victor just inside Madrid's half gives Mallorca an early chance to work the ball forward from a set piece as they look to get back into this match.
Andreu Fontàs Prat
The second half is underway here, and Mallorca have made one change at the break, bringing on Tomas Pina for on-loan Barcelona player Andreu Fontas.
HALF-TIME: MALLORCA 0-2 REAL MADRID Goals from Gonzalo HIguain and Cristiano Ronaldo have given Jose Mourinho's men a two-goal lead at the break after they dominated the opening 45 minutes. Mallorca have struggled to have an impact on the game going forward so far, and have looked shaky at the back when Madrid have attacked. Joaquin Caparros will look for a marked improvement from his side if they want any chance of salvaging a decent result from this match. Join me in 10 minutes for the second half!
A Ramos raid down the right results in a corner for the visitors but Ozil's delivery is poor and it is cleared away from danger. That's the end of the action for the first half, as Jose Gonzalez blows his whistle to mark the interval.
The crowd are furious with Ronaldo after he goes down expecting a free kick on the left for Madrid. The noise level just rocketed inside the Iberostar Estadi as the Portugal international remonstrated towards the referee there!
Mallorca are pushing their midfielders forward at the end of this first half but continue to fail to trouble Casillas, and by committing numbers forward they are making themselves even more vulnerable to Madrid's ruthless counter attacking.
A dangerous cross from Modric on the left nearly finds Higuain as the Argentine lurks at the back post but a timely intervention from Anderson prevents the ball from finding its intended target, and allows Mallorca to breathe momentarily.
Madrid are looking comfortable here as the match heads towards half-time, with Mallorca failing to test Iker Casillas in this first half.
Xabi Alonso drops back into the left-back position to cover the absent Essien after the Ghana international had pushed forward for a corner, and does well to dispossess Nsue as he looks to push forward down that side for Mallorca.
Hemed attempts an optimistic half-volley from distance for Joaquin Caparros' side but the ball is a long way from troubling Iker Casillas as it sails high over the crossbar.
A hopeful punt forward from Anderson is brought down well by Nsue on the right but again the final ball into the Madrid box is poor, and Sergio Ramos is easily able to deal with the threat and move out of defence with the ball.
Ronaldo has another chance to test Aouate from inside the Mallorca penalty area, but rushes his shot at goal and the ball flies harmlessly wide and out for a goal kick.
Emilio Nsue threatens for Mallorca down the right but his eventual cross into the Madrid box is over hit and runs quickly away from danger.
The German's cross is headed behind by Mallorca's Anderson but the referee gives a goal kick to the home side, much to Ronaldo's blatant dismay. He looks very irritated by that decision!
Madrid win a corner on the left after some decent play from Ronaldo. Mesut Ozil ambles over to take the set piece...
Di Maria does superbly to turn past the tackle of Bigas as he races into the Mallorca box, and then pass the ball to the onrushing Ronaldo, but the goalscorer cannot fashion a shooting chance as his first touch takes the ball away from him and into the hands of Aouate.
Risky from Essien! The auxiliary left-back tries to take the ball past Dos Santos inside his own penalty area and the Mexican attacker nearly makes him pay. Luckily for Essien he is able to recover and deflect the ball out for a throw-in to the home side!
Ximo surges down the right-hand side for Mallorca and manages to send an enticing cross towards Hemed at the back post but Ramos shows great awareness to step in front of the Mallorca forward and clear the ball away.
Modric, despite his yellow card, is putting in a fine performance in central midfield for Los Blancos tonight. He has been at the heart of a number of their most promising attacking moves in this first half and has looked very comfortable in possession.
Mallorca are starting to get the ball down and play a bit here but there's already a feeling that it might be too late with Madrid having stormed into such an early two-goal lead. We will see!
Yellow CardLuka Modric
Luka Modric is penalised for a foul on Marti as the midfielder clears the ball out of defence for Mallorca, and the Croat's challenge results in a yellow card being shown by the referee Jose Gonzalez.
RONALDO INCREASES MADRID'S LEAD!!!! The Portugal international notches his 17th goal in all competitions this season after turning past Bigas inside the box and slamming a low shot past Aouate that snuck inside the left-hand post. Madrid lead 2-0 here!
Madrid are keeping the ball well in midfield at the moment, as Mallorca's front six struggle to exert any pressure on Mourinho's men when they have the ball.
RONALDO STAT: With 16 goals in 13 matches across all competitions, Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest scorer in Europe's top five domestic leagues this season.
Giovani dos Santos swings a corner into the Madrid box from the right but it is cleared by the head of Pepe. Pedro Geromel tries to work the ball straight back into Iker Casillas' penalty area but his efforts are stopped by Michael Essien.
A horrible pass from Victor lands at the feet of Modric inside Mallorca's half but the Croatia international fails to make the most of the chance to attack, and is dispossessed by Marti.
Higuain spreads a decent ball out to the overlapping Ramos on the right and he does well to push the ball past Bigas and cut it back to Di Maria. The Argentine curls an inviting cross into the penalty area but Ronaldo is unable to get on the end of it and it runs straight through to Aouate.
A nice piece of skill from Ronaldo on the left riles the home fans, and his following touch is immediately greeted by a series of boos and whistles from the Mallorca faithful.
Modric wins a free-kick inside his own half after Tomas Hemed bundles in to the back of him as he looks to play a pass forward to Di Maria. Mallorca are doing a poor job of winning the ball off their opposition at the moment, and have given away a number of petty free-kicks.
Ronaldo has an opportunity to add a second hot on the heels of Madrid's opener but his long-range strike is straight at Aouate in the Mallorca goal.
GOALLL!!! HIGUAIN GIVES MADRID THE LEAD!! A deflected pass from Angel Di Maria finds its way through to Higuain inside the Mallorca penalty area and the forward evades the attention of Anderson Conceicao before firing a neat finish past Dudu Aouate. 1-0 to Madrid!
Gonzalo Higuain handles the ball in an attacking position for Los Blancos and it results in a free-kick for the home side. The Argentine looks shocked by the decision but the ball clearly struck his hand!
How do you guys think Real Madrid will respond to that loss against Borussia Dortmund during the week? Send your thoughts to @charliefscott.
Mallorca win a corner after some suspect defending from Pepe in the left-back position and Real Madrid initially struggle to deal with the set piece before Sergio Ramos volleys the ball upfield.
Alonso tries to curl the free-kick towards Pepe on the penalty spot but Anderson stands strong in defence for Mallorca and heads the ball clear.
Luka Modric looks to advance down the right for Real Madrid but his way is blocked by Bigas. The ball eventually finds its way to Cristiano Ronaldo on the left and a silly foul from Ximo results in an early free-kick for the visitors.
Xabi Alonso takes a knock early on as he challenges Mallorca's Jose Marti in the centre circle, but after shaking himself down is fit to continue much to Jose Mourinho's relief.
Mallorca get the ball rolling here at the Iberostar Estadi...
The teams are making their way out on to the pitch in Mallorca. Not long til this one gets underway folks!
REAL MADRID STAT: Los Merengues have won five of their last six meetings with Mallorca.
MALLORCA STAT: Caparros' side have won just one of their last five matches in La Liga and have lost their last three.
The home side make two two changes to the XI that lost Sevilla 3-2 last week, with Emilio Nsue and Jose Luis Marti returning to the fold following spells on the sidelines. They replace Michael Pereira and Tomas Pina as Joaquin Caparros sets his side up in a 4-4-2 formation, with Victor partnering Tomer Hemed in attack.
So, Jose Mourinho appears to be sticking with Michael Essien at left-back tonight, despite his dodgy showing against Borussia Dortmund during the week, while Luka Modric comes in to the starting XI for the Liga champions with Sami Khedira ruled out by a muscle injury. Upfront Gonzalo Higuain is preferred to Karim Benzema.
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Ramos, Pepe, Varane, Essien; Alonso, Modric; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Higuain
Mallorca (4-4-2): Aouate; Ximo, Geromel, Anderson, Bigas; Gio, Marti, Fontas, Nsue; Victor, Hemed
Without further ado, here are the two side's starting XIs:
My name is Charlie Scott and I will be doing my best to bring you colourful and informative updates from the game as it unfolds. As always, feel free to get in touch with me at any point in the match by hurling your views over to @charliefscott.
Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of tonight's Liga clash between Mallorca and Real Madrid at the Iberostar Estadi.
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