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December 8, 2012 2:00 PM EST
Estadio Municipal José Zorrilla — Valladolid
Referee:‬ Pedro Pérez‎
Attendance:‬ 22714‎
 
7′ Manucho
22′ Manucho
Mesut Özil 45′
 
Mesut Özil 72′
Top of the Match
Mesut Özil
Mesut Özil
Real Madrid
Mesut Özil
Mesut Özil
Real Madrid
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Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid

Valladolid 2-3 Real Madrid: Awesome Ozil spares Blancos' blushes

The Germany international scored two goals of immense quality to help inspire the reigning champion back from the dead against Miroslav Djukic's positive side.

By Tom Webber

Real Madrid twice came from behind to emerge as a 3-2 winner over an impressive Valladolid side at the Jose Zorilla stadium.

Some sloppy defending typified the early exchanges as after Manucho put the home side ahead early on, but Karim Benzema leveled just five minutes later. Manucho added his second from a corner in the 22nd minute but one goal either side of halftime from Mesut Ozil guided the desperate champion to a much-needed victory.

Madrid has been poor on the road so far this season and it seemed as though the club's woes would continue as some awful marking from a corner enabled the home side to take a seventh-minute lead. Drawn to the ball, Sergio Ramos left Manucho free in the area and the Angolan pounced on Alvaro Rubio's pass to open the scoring.

However, Valladolid soon became the culprit of some dire defending as Jose Callejon latched onto a short back pass from Omar Ramos. Combined with a slip from Marc Valiente the Madrid man was able to lay the ball on for Benzema to slot in a simple equalizer.

Los Merengues had responded well to going behind but their good work was undone at the midway point. Patrick Ebert's corner was met by Manucho who out-jumped Ramos at the near post to head his side back into the lead.

Callejon missed a chance to draw level immediately after as his poorly-struck lob dropped wide of the goal and on the half hour mark it was Ronaldo's turn. The Portuguese sent a venomous strike at Dani Hernandez's goal but he turned it behind with a strong hand.

But the persistence finally paid off on the stroke of halftime as Ozil found Benzema after a mazy run in from the left. The striker held the ball before rolling it back to the German and his effort squeezed under Dani and into the net.

Jose Mourinho took young left back Nacho off at halftime but in introducing Angel di Maria, the Portuguese subsequently moved Callejon back into the defense.

Despite it being a clear signal of intent from the visitors, Valladolid was unperturbed and a powerful strike from Oscar was unconvincingly kept out by Iker Casillas in the 60th minute.

Mourinho was once more spurred into action and two minutes later he replaced Alvaro Arbeloa with Luka Modric, moving Alonso back into the defense.

It seemed to galvanize his side and los Blancos' gambles finally paid off with 18 minutes remaining. A cheap free kick was given away by Henrique Sereno and Ozil took a short run up before bending a majestic effort towards the top corner which crashed in off the bar.

Dani made another great stop in the closing stages to keep out Ramos but ultimately Valladolid's run of five games without defeat at home came to an end, with Mourinho's men moving to within two points of second-placed city rival Atletico Madrid in the process.

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Valladolid

22
D. Hernández
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
3.00
4
Marc Valiente
Defender
3.00
-
Sereno
Defender
3.00
24
Balenziaga
Defender
3.00
-
Óscar
Midfielder
83′
4.00
-
Omar
Midfielder
53′
3.00
18
Álvaro Rubio
Midfielder
7′
3.50
20
Patrick Ebert
Midfielder
22′ 30′
3.50
7
Víctor Pérez
Midfielder
3.50
9
Manucho
Striker
7′ 16′ 22′ 78′
4.50

Real Madrid

3.00
1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
Pepe
Defender
3.00
4
3.00
17
Arbeloa
Defender
62′
2.50
18
2.50
6
Sami Khedira
Midfielder
4.50
11
Mesut Özil
Midfielder
45′ 72′ 82′
3.00
14
Xabi Alonso
Midfielder
2.50
7
4.00
9
3.50
7

Substitutes

1
Jaime
Goalkeeper
 - 
17
 - 
8
 - 
-
Sastre
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
9
 - 
-
Bueno
Striker
30′
3.50

Substitutes

 - 
1
Adàn
Goalkeeper
2.50
2
 - 
-
Michael Essien
Midfielder
3.50
19
Luka Modric
Midfielder
62′
3.50
22
 - 
22
Kaká
Midfielder
 - 
21
Morata
Striker

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0