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Primera División

  • January 7, 2012
  • • 2:00 PM
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: César Muñiz Fernández
  • • Attendance: 72000

Live Commentary

  • That's it! Madrid wins 5-1 after a masterful second half display. Granada asked some questions in the first half, but were powerful to resist Mesut Ozil and company, who ran out comfortable winners. That's it from me, Nick Rosano, but remember you can always catch me on Twitter: @nicholasrosano. Thanks for following!
  • 89'
    Goal Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 89'
    ...and there it is! GOOOOL DE MADRID! Ronaldo finally gets the goal he was looking for, slamming home a shot from the edge of the area after a helpful bounce.
  • 87'
    Cristiano Ronaldo has been quiet tonight, but really wants his goal as his deflected effort flashes just wide of Roberto's goal.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionGonzalo Higuaín Hamit Altıntop
  • 81'
    Callejon continues to look active since his entry onto the field and has tested Roberto a few times with shots on target as he looks to continue his run of good form.
  • 79'
    It's been a slow back and forth these last 10 minutes. Both sides have pushed forward looking for a little more, but both also seem to realize that the outcome is already beyond doubt.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionCarlos Martins Abel
  • 69'
    Granada goes close with Martins, but it's unlikely to make much of a difference at this point as the clock winds down.
  • 67'
    SubstitutionMesut Özil Kaká
  • 67'
    It's a free kick for Madrid just outside the area, but Cristiano Ronaldo cannot get it back down after looping his effort over the wall.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionIghalo Alex Geijo
  • 66'
    Madrid has done an excellent job of moving the ball, and even when Granada has started to ask questions, Ramos has been excellent at marshaling the defense, especially in the second half.
  • 62'
    SubstitutionHassan Yebda Fran Rico
  • 61'
    Martins and Dani Benitez, who have been two of Granada's better players on the day, continue to look for a way back, but can't find it at a miscue gifts possession back to Madrid via a goal kick.
  • 60'
    Yellow Card Gonzalo Higuaín
  • 57'
    They may be three goals up, but Madrid is looking for more, retaining possession around Granada's area. Mesut Ozil, who already has three assists to his name, is directing everything.
  • 53'
    SubstitutionKarim Benzema José Callejón
  • 53'
    Bad news for Madrid...just after netting his second of the evening, Benzema is forced off with an ankle injury, and he looks to be in some pain.
  • 52'
    Madrid was underwhelming despite scoring twice in the first half, but Jose Mourinho has set his team in order as they scored two goals to open the second half and put the game beyond reach for the plucky visitors.
  • 50'
    Assist Mesut Özil
  • 50'
    Goal Karim Benzema
    GOOOOOOL DE MADRID! ...and that could well be a wrap. Benzema shows great control to bring down a long pass and place his finish.
  • 47'
    Assist Marcelo
  • 47'
    Goal Gonzalo Higuaín
    GOOOOOL DE MADRID! The merengues are off to a flier in the second half as Higuain fires a shot that manages to evade all defenders and roll into the net.
  • The second half is underway at the Santiago Bernabeu!
  • 45'
    The whistle blows for halftime and Madrid lead, but not necessarily in comfortable fashion. Mikel Rico pegged the home back immediately after Karim Benzema opened the scoring, but Sergio Ramos' header has given Madrid the lead at the break. Both sides have had other chances go missing.
  • 41'
    Benzema is in behind, and gets a shot off from a dangerous position, but Roberto had his near post covered and collected the effort.
  • 40'
    Carlos Martins has a cannon on him and he lets fly a sizzling shot from a long ways out, but it's too close to Casillas, who knocks it down and easily collects.
  • 40'
    Carlos Martins has a cannon on him and he lets fly a sizzling shot from a long ways out, but it's too close to Casillas, who knocks it down and easily collects.
  • 38'
    Great save from Roberto in the Granada goal as a Marcelo shot from outside the area takes a deflection, but not enough to fool the goalkeeper.
  • 37'
    Granada isn't about to lie down, though, as Uche flashes a curling shot wide that sent Iker Casillas flying just in case.
  • 34'
    Assist Mesut Özil
  • 34'
    Goal Sergio Ramos
    GOOOOOOL DE MADRID! Ramos stuns the upstart visitors as he rises above his marker and turns home a corner to restore Madrid's lead.
  • 31'
    Granada shows no fear as Ramos has to clear a cross behind his own goal with the Granada attackers lurking behind him.
  • 29'
    Would you look at this! Granada with a bit of possession and Madrid's defense is unlocked by some intelligent play from Carlos Martins, but Rico's attempt at a second goal is well-saved by a diving Casillas.
  • 28'
    Madrid is still applying plenty of pressure and stroking the ball around with some ease, but the goal certainly reinvigorated Granada, which could be more difficult to break down than originally thought.
  • 24'
    Yellow Card Roberto
  • 22'
    Assist Uche
  • 22'
    Goal Mikel Rico
    GOOOOL DE GRANADA! Incredible, Granada pulls it right back! Carlos Martins finds Uche, who dashes to the byline and lifts a cross up for Mikel Rico. The midfielder was left wide open and gave Casillas no chance with a header that rolled in off the post.
  • 19'
    Assist Mesut Özil
  • 19'
    Goal Karim Benzema
    GOOOOL DE MADRID! It's a beauty as Ronaldo chips a ball into the center, and Ozil backheels it in the air to a lurking Benzema, who is left with the easy finish.
  • 16'
    First chance for Granada as Dani Benitez cuts inside and fires a low shot from a tight angle, but Casillas scoops it up easily.
  • 13'
    Marcelo makes a great run down the left to meet a deflected pass, and crosses right to Ronaldo, who heads over. As expected, it's all Madrid right now.
  • 9'
    Siqueira makes amends with a fantastic clearance! Ronaldo had caught the Granada defense off guard with a clever cross with the outside of his foot, but Siqueira made a perfectly timed sliding clearance with Benzema lurking at the back post.
  • 9'
    Immense pressure from Madrid now, which nearly fores a horrendous error out of Siqueira as he's forced to loop a clearance from well outside the area behind his own goal.
  • 8'
    Now the shots are coming in. Ramos rises up to get his head on a corner, but turns it just wide.
  • 7'
    Great control from Benzema as he uses a soft touch to control a long ball and beats his man to cut to the byline and send the ball across the face of goal, but Cristiano Ronaldo was too far out and could only hit the side netting.
  • 6'
    It's been a fairly quiet opening here – Madrid has seen most of the ball, but Granada has been sturdy at the back to this point.
  • 1'
    The game is underway, and already Madrid is pressuring Granada's goal, but can't get a shot on target.
  • Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain will be starting for Real Madrid tonight, while Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira are all included as starters as well.
  • Hello and welcome to's live commentary for Real Madrid's showdown with Granada, I'm Nick Rosano. Jose Mourinho's side will be looking to open up a six point lead and put pressure on Barcelona, which faces Espanyol in the Barcelona derby tomorrow. Granada, meanwhile, will simply be looking to shock the Spanish soccer world.