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March 16, 2013
• Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
• Attendance: 61000
G. Higuaín 15', 57'
Cristiano Ronaldo 52'
L. Modrić 54'
K. Benzema 90'+
Full time in Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid come flying out out of the blocks after half time to score three goals in five minutes through Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, and Gonzalo Higuain. Karim Benzema comes off the bench to put the cherry on top of an eventual superb performance from the hosts. Mallorca can take plenty out of this game, but they were blown away by the attacking talent of Los Blancos in the second period. Thank you for joining us on Goal.com! I'm Martin Macdonald, see you next time!
90' + 2'
Assist Gonzalo Higuaín
90' + 2'
Goal Karim Benzema
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL FOR REAL MADRID!! 5-2!! Xabi Alonso threads a fantastic pass through the middle of the Mallorca defender for Higuain, who unselfishly picks out Benzema, who makes no mistake and converts home from a yard out! Great footballing goal!
90' + 1'
Los Blancos just running down the clock with short, simple passing in the middle of the park now. Mallorca look resigned to defeat.
No takers for Mallorca!! Dos Santos cleverly dummies the ball and it goes through to Alfaro, who delicately reveres a cross to the back post, but he fails to find a red shirt! That was begging to be finished!
Time running out for Mallorca, but there is still time to make sure we have a grandstand finish at Santiago Bernabeu!
How is it not 4-3?! Dos Santos screws a shot at goal that is brilliantly saved by Diego Lopez and the ball breaks to Pereira. The substitute lashes a left-footed strike that looks destined for the net, but the ball comes off the backside of Coentrao two yards out!
Andreu Fontàs Prat
Excellent stop from Aouate!! Higuain, in search of his hat-trick, twists and turns on the edge of the box before driving a powerful attempt at goal, but the Mallorca 'keeper rushes off his line to make an important block with his chest! Corner to the hosts!
Last throw of the dice from the Islanders. Fernando Tissone comes off for on-loan Barcelona man, Andreu Fontas. Being a member of the Catalan side, he enters the action to a chorus of boos from the Madrid faithful!
Disappointing from Hemed. The substitute receives the ball from Hutton down the right wing but his cross into the box goes flying into the side-netting. He had Dos Santos and Pereira in good positions there!
Second substitution from Gregorio Manzano. Victor Casadesus is the man coming off, with Michael Pereira the player entering the action.
Another superb interception! This time Ronaldo drives down the left-hand side and lashes a cross across goal, where Higuain is lurking ready to have a strike at goal but Nunes is on hand take take the ball off the Argentine's foot with a lunging challenge! Great defending!
Brave goalkeeping from Aouate!! Ozil takes the ball down with a magnificent touch inside the box and slides a across into the six yard box for Ronaldo, but the Mallorca 'keeper puts his body on the line to jump from goal to punch the ball away. He's took a knock to the shoulder, but it looks like he'll be okay.
Mallorca have improved in the last couple of minutes. The fresh legs of Hemed up top has been causing Madrid some problems at the back. Lopez yet to be truly tested under the period of pressure, though.
Excellent challenge from Coentrao!! Victor wins a header on the edge of the area and Hemed looks ready to have a crack at goal, but the Portuguese full-back puts the ball out for a corner with a well-timed slide tackle. Corner to the visitors!
Sharp save from Diego Lopez. The former Sevilla 'keeper hasn't had a lot to do tonight apart from picking the ball out of his own net a couple of times, but he gets down quickly to block a Victor strike to the near post.
Mallorca are probing for an equaliser and, as a result, more space is being created for Madrid to maneuver and operate. It's a tough choice for the visitors but they are going to have to come out of their shell slightly to find a goal.
Mallorca follow suit and make their opening substitution. Tomer Hemed is introduced in place of goalscorer, Emilio Nsue.
Xabi Alonso is barely on the pitch two minutes and already displays his incredible range of passing. He slices the ball out to the wing and Ronaldo doesn't have to move an inch to pick up possession.
Third and final change from Jose Mourinho. Kaka comes off to be replaced by Xabi Alonso.
Madrid have a real spring in their step now, this looks more like the team that defeated Manchester United and Barcelona twice in recent weeks. Mallorca need to take confidence from their first half performance.
Mallorca barely know what's hit them here. They need to pick themselves up, and quickly, otherwise Madrid could really turn them over.
Jose Mourinho has to be given bags of credit for this. He saw that his team lacked some intensity in their attacks and introduced Benzema and Ozil. His team have been fantastic since the break.
Assist Mesut Özil
Goal Gonzalo Higuaín
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL FOR REAL MADRID!!! This is sensational from the hosts! Three goals in five minutes!! Ozil jinks to the byline and lays the ball to the back post for Higuain, who, again, has a simple task to guide home!! 4-2!
Mallorca look absolutely crestfallen! Madrid have came flying out the blocks!
Goal Luka Modric
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL FOR REAL MADRID!! INCREDIBLE TURNAROUND!! Mallorca clear the ball out of the area but Luka Modric is on hand to lash an absolutely sensational strike into the top right corner! He nearly burst the net with that one! 3-2 Madrid!
Assist Mesut Özil
Goal Cristiano Ronaldo
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL FOR REAL MADRID!! A fantastic header from Cristiano Ronaldo!! Mesut Ozil curls a corner kick to the front post and the Portuguese is there to glance a perfect header into the far corner! 2-2!
Mallorca continuing to remain solid at the back. Kaka threads a lovely pass down the left channel for Coentrao and the Portuguese digs out a cross to the front post, but Nunes is there to clear away with a commanding header.
BIGAS!!! He should have scored!! The ball is juggled in the air with a few headers inside the Madrid box and the ball falls to the Mallorca defender, who inexplicably attempts the spectacular when he had time to finish! His strike goes over the bar and the hosts are let off the hook!
Two changes to report from Jose Mourinho at half time. Alvaro Arbeloa and Alvaro Morata have been withdrawn for Karim Benzema and Mesut Ozil.
We are back under way at Santiago Bernabeu!
Half time in Santiago Bernabeu. Mallorca surprisingly lead Real Madrid 2-1 thanks to goals from Nsue and Alfaro. Higuain netted a controversial strike 15 minutes in as the Argentine appeared to be offside, but the Islanders have been very impressive and are worth the lead. Join us in 15 minutes for the second half, you don't want to miss it!
Madrid go close again!! Modric whips in a corner kick and the ball takes two ricochet's off Mallorca defenders before just clearing the top of the bar! Aouate was certainly scrambling backwards!
HUTTON!!! Ohhh that was inches wide!! Dos Santos curls in a corner kick and the former Rangers man glances a header towards the far corner, only to see his attempt flash pas the wrong side of the post! Madrid given another warning!
Odd attempt from Ronaldo. He steps up and lightly curls the ball straight into the wall with no power, pace, or direction. Definitely not one of his best there!
Yellow Card Fernando Tissone
Free kick to Madrid in a useful position now. Tissone receives the first booking of the match as he brings down Ronaldo 25 yards from goal. The Portuguese will take the set-piece.
Excellent play from Pina. Pepe exchanges a neat-one-two with Modric and looks to burst into the box but the tenacious midfielder shows terrific strength to usher the Portuguese off the ball. Not every day you see the former Porto man being bullied out of possession.
Good defending from Kevin. Kaka gallops through the middle and sweeps a pass out to the right-hand side for Morata, who looks to drill a cross into the box. The Mallorca defender stands his ground and blocks the pass into the area.
Madrid not exactly running out of ideas in attack but Aouate has not really had a save to make so far, bar the shot from Higuain on the byline. Mourinho's men just need to take it up a few notches.
Mallorca camped in their own half at the moment. The Madrid backline has moved up the halfway line and the visitors are really struggling to maintain any kind of possession. They are remaining solid in their defending, though.
RONALDO HITS THE BAR!! Morata holds the ball up inside the box and lays the ball off to the Portuguese, who smashes a strike towards the top corner, but the shot rises to clip the top of the crossbar! So unlucky!
Excellent interception from Hutton!! Ronaldo drives at pace to the byline and lashes a dangerous cross into the six yard box, but the Aston Villa loanee comes in with a very important tackle at the back post. Higuain looked poised to finish that move off!
Despite the scoreline, Modric has been bright for Los Blancos so far. He has been spraying superb passes from deep positions, but not a lot has been made from them by his team-mates.
Madrid are getting extremely frustrated now. Ronaldo lays a few punches into the turf after slipping in an attempt to pick up a Morata pass down the left channel. It's not really happening for them at the moment.
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAL FOR MALLORCA!!! They reclaim their lead!! Dos Santos whips in a corner kick from the left-hand side and the ball is flicked on at the front post. Alfaro is on hand at the edge of the six yard box to bullet a header home!! 2-1!
Fair play to Mallorca, as they are matching Madrid in all departments at the moment. The untested duo of Pepe and Modric in the middle for the hosts is certainly up against a dogged midfield.
This is all becoming a bit of a battle at the moment, with plenty of challenges flying in. The play eventually comes to a halt as Pepe is hacked down by Tissone.
Mallorca have a right to feel aggrieved by that! Pepe looked to play the ball slighlty forward to Higuain, and with Aouate out of his goal, it had to be offside!
Goal Gonzalo Higuaín
GOOOOOOOAAAAAL FOR REAL MADRID!! The hosts reply quickly!! Modric slides a lovely pass through the middle and Pepe sorts out his feet in front of Aouate to lay the ball off to Higuain, who has the simplest of tasks to tuck home!! Real suspicions of offside in the goal!
The Mallorca goal looks to have given Madrid an added impetus going forward. Let's see if they can claw a goal back in speedy fashion.
Alan Hutton and Ronaldo involved in a bit of a battle down the wing at the moment. The Scot gave the Madrid man a forceful shove on the back in an attempt to claim the ball but to his credit, Ronaldo stayed on his feet. A duel to keep an eye on throughout the match.
Important interception from Nunes! Kaka bursts down the left-hand side and looks to reverse a cross to the edge of the box for Ronaldo, but the Mallorca defender stretches out a toe to reclaim possession. The Portuguese would have had a clear shot at goal had he managed to receive the ball.
Great save from Aouate!! Madrid get in behind the Mallorca defence and the ball comes to Higuain who smashes a shot at goal from the byline, but the 'keeper makes an unconventional save with his chest to block the attempt!
That came out of nowhere from the visitors! Madrid look shell shocked!
Assist Giovani dos Santos
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL FOR MALLORCA!!! The visitors take an early lead!! Dos Dantos displays superb trickery on the byline and digs a superb cross to the back post, where Emilio Nsue rises high to direct a fantastic header into the bottom left corner! 1-0!
The start of the match may signify just how the majority of the game is played out. Mallorca are sitting deep in their own half with Madrid dominating the possession. No danger posed to either goal as of yet, though.
Giovani dos Santos looks to break down the left-hand side but is dispossessed by Ronaldo, who burst a gut to match the Mexican's run down the flank. The Madrid man receives a round of applause for his efforts.
We are under way in Madrid!
The Islanders have lost four of their last five matches away from home in La Liga and have lost six of their last seven encounters against Madrid.
Los Blancos are on a 36-match unbeaten run at the Santiago Bernabeu across all competitions and are on a six-match winning run.
The stats do not make particularly good reading for Mallorca...
Mallorca (4-2-3-1): Aouate; Hutton, Nunes, Bigas, Kevin; Pina, Tissone; Alfaro, Giovani, Nsue; Victor.
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Diego Lopez; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Coentrao; Pepe, Modric; Kaka, Ronaldo, Morata; Higuain.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action this evening!
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