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Celta de Vigo
December 8, 2012
• Estadio Municipal José Zorrilla, Valladolid
Referee: Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero
• Attendance: 22714
Manucho Gonçalves 7', 22'
K. Benzema 12'
M. Özil 45', 72'
Full time. A fantastic Mesut Ozil free kick proves to be the difference as Valladolid are defeated 3-2 by Real Madrid. Jose Mourinho made some very bold substitutions and los Blancos record a narrow victory. The gap at the top of the table between Madrid and Barcelona is cut to eight points. Thank you for joining us on Goal.com! See you next time!
Casillas makes an easy save. Bueno cuts in from the left and looks to catch the Madrid keeper' out at his front post but his shot is weak and goes straight into his hands. Needs to be better than that.
Ronaldo breaks forward down the right and attempts to outmuscle Valiente. He finds a yard of space and powers a shot towards goal but Hernandez makes a comfortable save.
Yellow Card Ángel Di María
The game has quietened down in the past five minutes or so. Madrid are doing well to stifle the atmosphere by keeping the ball along the back four. The hosts are running out of time.
Another great save from Dani Hernandez! Xabi Alonso floats in the corner kick and Ramos glances a header towards the top corner but the man between the sticks for Valladolid saves them again with another top stop!
Yellow Card Óscar
Modric picks up the ball in the centre of midfield and takes the pressure off his side with a run through the middle. He eventually earns a free kick after being brought down by Victor.
Yellow Card Mesut Özil
Horribly disappointing from Oscar. His free kick clears everyone and goes out for a Madrid goal kick. He should have done a lot better with that as Madrid have looked susceptible from set-pieces.
Ozil picks up a yellow card for a challenge on Omar. Free kick to Valladolid in a brilliant position on the left-hand side.
Ozil nearly bags his hat-trick!! The German picks up the ball just outside the box and drills a shot towards goal but Hernandez once again gets down to make the save. Callejon comes in and tries to score the rebound but the keeper' recovers to claim possession.
Miroslav Dukic makes his first change of the match. Javi Guerra comes on in place of Manucho. Just under 15 minutes for Valladolid to salvage something from this match.
Jose Mourinho responds quickly to going a goal up and introduces Raphael Varane into the action in place of Benzema. Three defenders on the pitch now for the visitors.
Goal Mesut Özil
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL FOR REAL MADRID!!! Mesut Ozil scores a brilliant free kick!! The German steps up and clips the ball off the crossbar and in from 25 yards! 3-2! Such a vital goal for Madrid!
Benzema is brought down just on the edge of the box. Free kick in a great position for Madrid.
Yellow Card Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo is booked for losing his head with the referee. The ball came of a Valladolid man but the ref gives the throw to the hosts. The Portuguese complains and is shown a yellow card. He's looking frustrated.
Valladolid on top at the moment. Mourinho is got a very, very attacking XI out there so the hosts will feel that they can steal a goal. There is definitely another goal in this.
Madrid get the ball in the Valladolid net but it is ruled as offside. The home defence step out and Ramos coolly finishes but the linesman had his flag up. Replays show that the Madrid man was onside. You wonder what Mourinho will say about that if his team don't win this.
Vital save from Dani Hernandez!! Khedira lifts the ball to the back post for Di Maria who lashes a half-volley towards goal but the Valladolid keeper' manages to make the stop! End-to-end stuff here!
Another change to report for Real Madrid, and it is another incredibly attacking substitution from Jose Mourinho. Arbeloa comes off for Luka Modric. Los Blancos now have two attackers in their full-back positions.
Madrid looking shaky here! Oscar hits a lovely strike towards goal and Casillas unconvincingly saves with his chest. The ball almost rebounds straight to the feet of Manucho but Pepe intercepts and clears the ball out for a corner. Terrific entertainment here!
A Valladolid corner comes in from the left but is cleared by Madrid. The ball is lobbed back into the box and finds Oscar in the inside right channel. He attempts to hit the ball on the half-volley but ends up horribly slicing his attempt wide.
Balenziaga runs on the overlap down the left wing and clips a cross to the back post. The ball reaches Oscar but he cannot get the ball out his feet. Xabi Alonso clears and Ronaldo counterattacks through the middle.
Yellow Card Omar
Omar Ramos goes into the book. Di Maria is running at pace down the right-hand side but the Valladolid man clips his heels. Di Maria does his customary roll around. Deserved booking, though.
Good save from Hernandez. Benzema cuts in from the left-hand side and powers a strike towards the bottom corner but the Valladolid goalkeeper gets down to his right and makes the stop.
Just wide form Ronaldo!!! Xabi Alonso whips an excellent free kick and the Portuguese heads the ball towards the bottom corner. Hernandez scrambles across to goal but the ball scrapes wide!
Valladolid, and in particular Manucho and Oscar, are pressing the Madrid defence deep into the half. Superb workrate from the duo.
Strangely, Jose Callejon has retreated into the left-back position. I think this is the first time we have seen the 25-year-old playing in defence. Lets see how he does.
Ángel Di María
A change to report for you. Angel Di Maria has been introduced into the action in place of Nacho.
We are back under way!
Half time. A late goal from Mesut Ozil makes the score 2-2 as we head into the break. A fantastic contest at the moment and the second half should be no different. Both sides looking dangerous. Join us in 15 minutes for the second period!
Assist Karim Benzema
Goal Mesut Özil
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL FOR REAL MADRID!!! Superb move from the visitors!! Mesut Ozil shows superb composure running into the box and exchanges an exquisite one-two with Benzema before squeezing a shot under Hernandez! 2-2!
A small break in play at the moment as Manucho is currently down. The goalscorer was slammed in the back by Pepe and Valladolid have the free kick. The Madrid defender gets a telling off from the referee.
Ramos pick up the ball inside his own half and looks to pick out Ronaldo with a launched pass up the wing. The Portuguese runs at break-neck speed down the right in an attempt to catch the ball but it just runs too far. Excellent commitment from Ronaldo.
Ozil whips in a free kick but Valiente commandingly heads the ball away. The ball comes to Benzema on the right and the Frenchman earns a corner kick out of Balenziaga. Valladolid under the cosh at the moment!
Valladolid under a lot of pressure now. A sizeable amount of crosses are being floated into the box but, for now, the hosts are remaining solid. Manucho heads clear and Madrid have yet another corner kick.
A corner comes in from the left and both Ramos and Ronaldo rise high and attempt to head towards goal. A scuffle ensues but the ball eventually finds its way into the hands on the grateful Hernandez.
Fantastic challenge from Valiente!! Ronaldo picks out Benzema with a lovely pass in behind the Valladolid defence. The Frenchman looked poised to shoot on goal but the defender comes in with a superb tackle. Hernandez comes out to claim the ball.
Great save from Hernandez! Ronaldo, who has had two or three shots in the past couple of minutes, lashes a strike towards the bottom corner but the keeper' manages to stretch and turn the ball round the post!
Some unfortunate news for Valladolid. Patrick Ebert pulls up and it looks like he has suffered a hamstring injury. Alberto Bueno comes on to replace the German.
Valladolid go close again!! Patrick Ebert steps up and rifles a low free kick towards goal but it goes wide of the left-hand post. That had Casillas scrambling!
What a miss from Callejon! What is he doing there!? The ball breaks to the Madrid man and he is through on goal, but he attempts to lob Dani Hernandez only to mishit the ball!
Assist Patrick Ebert
GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL FOR VALLADOLID!! Manucho again!! Ebert whips in a corner kick and the former Manchester United man out-muscles Ramos at the near post to bullet home a header! 2-1!
Real Madrid counterattack! Ronaldo evades challenges and drives through the middle. He attempts to pick out Ozil on the right but the pass is far too heavy and the ball goes out for a goal kick. Valladolid let off the hook there!
Hernandez saves from Ronaldo!! The Madrid man drives a free kick towards goal from 30 yards and the Valladolid keeper' elects to bat the ball away rather than catch it. Probably the right decision as the ball was moving all over the place!
Yellow Card Manucho
Sergio Ramos returns to the field of play to a chorus of boos from the home fans. I think the duel between Manucho and Pepe and Ramos is going to get more interesting as the game progresses. The Valladolid man is putting himself about up there.
Manucho receives the first booking of the match. The Valladolid goalscorer leads with his arm and jumps into the back of Sergio Ramos. A deserved yellow card.
Well, what a start to the game in the Jose Zorrilla. It really is a cracking contest.
Assist José Callejón
Goal Karim Benzema
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL FOR REAL MADRID! An instant reply!! A horrible pass from Omar at the back is intercepted by Callejon and the Madrid man gallops forward before setting up Benzema inside the box for an easy finish! 1-1!
Ronaldo drives down the left-hand side but is surrounded by three defenders. He manages to find space and whip a cross in but it deflects out for a corner kick. I think Ronaldo will be double marked all night.
Vallaolid have been superb in the opening stages! They look extremely confident and are chasing down everything in the final third. The atmosphere in the stadium is fantastic! We may be in for quite an evening!
Assist Álvaro Rubio
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL FOR VALLDOLID!!! A corner comes in from the left-hand side and Madrid fail to clear! Manucho pops in the six-yard-box to smash home! 1-0 and the crowd go wild!
Electric start to the match here! Both teams are really going for it in the opening stages!
Dani Hernandez makes his first save of the match. Callejon cuts in from the right-hand side and screws a shot towards goal but the Valladolid goalkeeper gets his body behind the ball and makes a comfortable stop.
Ronaldo goes close! The Portuguese picks up the ball 25 yards from goal and unleashes a thunderbolt towards goal but it goes just over the bar! He is making his intentions knows early!
We are under way!
Promoted side Valladolid are performing above expectations this season. They are are currently in seventh position, only four points away from a Champions League slot.
Real Madrid are currently 11 points behind rivals Barcelona in La Liga. They can provisionally cut the deficit to eight points with a win against Valladolid.
Jose Callejon perhaps the biggest surprise in the Madrid team. He's certainly in there on merit, though, he was outstanding against Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday.
This is the starting XI of Real Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Nacho; Xabi Alonso, Khedira; Callejon, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema
This is how Real Valladolid will be lining up tonight: Hernandez; Rukavina, Sereno, Valiente, Balenziaga; Alvaro, Victor; Ebert, Oscar, Omar; Manucho.
THE TEAMS ARE IN.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be reporting on the match this evening. The last time Real Madrid played the Pucela, they ran out 4-1 winners with Gonzalo Higuain bagging a hat-trick and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring. Will the Portuguese net again this evening?
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