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Primera División

  • October 26, 2011
  • • 4:00 PM
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Miguel Pérez Lasa
  • • Attendance: 80000

Live Commentary

  • Full time in Spain. Real Madrid go out comfortable 3-0 winners over Villarreal thanks to a fantastic first half performance. Thank you for joining us on!
  • 89'
    There are some whistles coming from the Real Madrid fans. Perhaps they have not liked the fact that their team has took it easy in the second half.
  • 87'
    The game is winding down now. Villarreal have done well to stifle the play of Madrid but the hosts have took their foot well off the gas in the second half.
  • 85'
    Villarreal have enjoyed more possession in this half, but have failed to create any concrete chances to bother Iker Casillas.
  • 83'
    abi Alonso receives a standing ovation as he is replaced by Coentrao in the middle of midfield.
  • 80'
    SubstitutionXabi Alonso Fabio Coentrao
  • 76'
    SubstitutionMarco Ruben Marcos Senna
  • 76'
    After a short delay, Ronaldo takes the free kick and it hits the wall with the Portuguese claiming for hand ball. Despite Real Madrid's domination, Ronaldo has been fairly anonymous tonight.
  • 75'
    SubstitutionKarim Benzema Gonzalo Higuaín
  • 72'
    A quiet period in the match at the moment. Real Madrid are having most of the possession but they are playing at an extremely leisurely pace.
  • 70'
    SubstitutionÁngel Di María Mesut Özil
  • 69'
    Real Madrid make their first change of the match as Angel di Maria comes off for Mesut Ozil. An excellent display from the Argentine tonight.
  • 67'
    The second half has very much been a midfield battle. Khedira and Xabi Alonso have dropped deeper into their own half and as a result, Borja has more room to orchestrate attacks for Villarreal.
  • 65'
    Villarreal close down well to earn a corner kick. Maybe they can make the most of Madrid's drop in tempo.
  • 63'
    Madrid are enjoying a lot of possession at the moment but their play is lacking the urgency they had in the first half.
  • 62'
    Rossi is being rested for the team's next fixture, looks like Garrido is giving up on this one.
  • 60'
    SubstitutionGiuseppe Rossi Mario Gaspar
  • 60'
    Lovely play on the outside of the box from Madrid. Benzema exchanged a neat one-two with Khedira but the return pass came to Arbeloa who just lost control of the ball when coming inside.
  • 57'
    Villarreal have started the second half better. Borja Valero is seeing more of the ball in midfield and they are keeping possession for longer periods.
  • 55'
    Excellent take for Marcelo to control a cross field pass from Pepe. The Brazilian stopped the ball dead with his heel and attempted to slip a pass through to Benzema but Zapata defended well and cleared.
  • 54'
    Yellow Card Marco Ruben
  • 54'
    Rossi gets free but gets called off-sides. You can see the frustration in his face.
  • 53'
    Yellow Card Kaká
  • 52'
    SubstitutionJonathan De Guzmán Javi Camuñas
  • 50'
    De Guzman, brother of TFC's Juilian, is being pulled off and doesn't look happy.
  • 48'
    Ronaldo pushes forward and The nerves are kicking in for the winger.
  • 46'
    Yellow Card Catalá
  • 46'
    Real Madrid will look to power ahead get a few more goals. Villarreal will be hoping to install some pride in their performance.
  • 45'
    Villarreal kicks off, SECOND HALF BEGINS!!!
  • 45'
    That closes the first half. Madrid has impressed so far as DiMaria has looked ruthless.
  • 44'
    Ref calls one minute of extra time.
  • 43'
    Madrid just easing off the tempo of their play. They are playing simple balls around the field at the moment.
  • 42'
    Ronaldo is trying a bit too hard at the moment. He wants his landmark!
  • 38'
    Borja Valero drives the ball into the box and Iker Casillas dives out from goal to punch the ball away.
  • 37'
    Chance for Villarreal now with a free kick on the left- hand side after Arbeloa brought down Ruben.
  • 35'
    Real Madrid just patiently keeping the ball at the moment. They likely have the match won so they can just play at their own pace now.
  • 33'
    Lovely play from Cani as the Villarreal man jinxes down the left wing before cutting inside and testing Iker Casillas with a decent shot, but the Madrid goalkeeper managed to hold on to the ball.
  • 32'
    Good save by Casillas!!! He blocks a response from Rossi.
  • 30'
    Assist Karim Benzema
  • 30'
    Goal Ángel Di María
  • 30'
    GOAL!!! DiMaria continues his brilliance. He receives a pass from Benzema and does some fancy foot movement before aiming towards Lopez's left and scoring.
  • 26'
    Let's not forget Ronaldo is two goals away from reaching 100 goals with Real Madrid.
  • 25'
    Marcelo shows some crafty footwork for a left back as he does two behind the back step overs to beat two defenders into the box before losing the ball.
  • 23'
    Madrid fans are whistling in the stands. They want more goals!
  • 21'
    Yellow Card Xabi Alonso
  • 21'
    Xabi Alonso receives a yellow card for a cynical foul on Marco Ruben on the half way line. Intelligent foul to concede as Villarreal were piling men forward.
  • 18'
    Excellent interception from Gonzalo. The Argentine showed great pace to get across to the wing and nick the ball away from Marcelo, who had lots of space to run into had he got through.
  • 17'
    Poor pass by Ronaldo. He could have go towards his right and set up a 4 on 1 opportunity but went left and saw a chance go begging.
  • 16'
    Yellow Card Mateo Musacchio
  • 15'
    According to Opta Sports, DiMaria has the most assists in Liga BBVA with seven.
  • 12'
    Great save by Lopez!!!! Benzema was about to make it three goals but the Villarreal keeper saves the shot with his knees.
  • 11'
    Goal Kaká
  • 11'
    Assist Ángel Di María
  • 11'
    GOAL!!!! Kaka shows he's still got it. He receives the ball just outside of the box from Benzema and just taps in an accurate shot from his left foot.
  • 8'
    Villarreal manage to clear the corner but they have been under sever pressure since the start of the match.
  • 8'
    Villarreal's coach Garrido is definitely on the hot seat here, the team will fall into the relegation zone if the club doesn't at least draw.
  • 6'
    Assist Ángel Di María
  • 6'
    Goal Karim Benzema
  • 6'
    GOAL!!!!! Benzema receives a beautiful pass from DiMaria who powers past two defenders and chips a shot past Villarreal's keeper.
  • 3'
    Ramos almost scores!!!! He receives a beautiful free kick from Alonso but he was off sides.
  • 1'
    Rossi charges up the field but gets stopped immediately by Ramos.
  • Referee gives the signal and Real Madrid KICKS OFF!!!
  • Players from both sides are on the field. Game is about to begin. If you have any questions, hit me up on twitter @sportslab.
  • Real Madrid's players are walking off the team bus.
  • The last time Villarreal visited the Santiago Bernabeu, they took the lead twice in the game but eventually lost 4-2 to Real Madrid, with Cristiano Ronaldo netting a hat-trick so they will be hoping to rectify that tonight.
  • This is the starting XI of Villarreal: Diego Lopez; Zapata, Gonzalo, Musacchio, Catala; Bruno, Borja, Cani, De Guzman; Rossi, Marco Ruben
  • The teams are in and this is how Real Madrid will be lining up tonight: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Khedira; Kaka, Di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo; Benzema.
  • Hello readers, welcome to LIVE commentary of Real Madrid vs. Villarreal! This is Alex Labidou (@sportslab on twitter) and I will be giving you my insights and analysis throughout the match. Can Jose Mourinho's men embarrass the underachieving Yellow Submarine? Stay tuned.