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Played
August 29, 2009 9:00 PM BST
Santiago Bernabéu
Referee:‬ Fernández Borbalán‎
 
25′ Raúl
Riki 29′
34′ (PG) C. Ronaldo
Valerón 47′
 
90′ +2
Guti with a long range effort, but it's way over the bar...
 
90′
Oooo, the ball bobbled about, but Mista gets pulled up for dangerous play, as his attempted bicycle caught Ronaldo in the face...
 
89′
Higuain goes down in the box seeking a penalty, but he was always looking for that...four minutes added on, as Depor win a corner...
 
88′
Ronaldo blasts wide of the right hand post from distance...apart from the penalty, he hasn't had the best of games, looking a bit off the pace...
 
87′
Casillas with a couple of dodgy kicks there, but all danger is eventually averted...
 
84′
Time running out now for the visitors...but there are definitely some nervous spectators at the Bernabeu...
 
82′
Substitution Kaká Guti
 
81′
Final sub then, as Guti replaces Kaka...
 
80′
Yellow Card Lafita
 
80′
Depor have wasted a few set pieces of late, as another one finds the first man...they can't afford to let these chances go...
 
77′
Madrid dominating possession now, and they should be able to hold on...but Depor will remain hopeful as long as the margin remains at one goal...
 
74′
Great chance Higuain! Ronaldo drifts it in from the lift, but the Argentine forward smashes it over the bar from about six yards out...
 
72′
Benzema's now replaced by Madrid's best players from last season, Gonzalo Higuain...Mista is on for Depor, replacing Riki.
 
72′
Substitution Riki Mista
 
72′
Substitution Karim Benzema Gonzalo Higuaín
 
71′
Yellow Card Raúl Albiol
 
69′
Brilliant play from Ronaldo to get past the defender, but Aranzubia denies him at the near post...
 
68′
That's the end of Valeron's match...he'll be pleased with the goal, but disappointed with the sitter he missed...Juan Perez replaces him...
 
68′
Substitution Valerón Iván Pérez
 
67′
Another dangerous shot from Kaka, but this is inches wide of the far post...Depor can't keep allowing him to shoot from distance, because he's getting closer...
 
66′
Depor just look shattered after that last goal, especially as they had such a great chance moments earlier...they really need to lift, quickly...
 
63′
Substitution Pablo Álvarez Lafita
 
63′
Meanwhile, Pablo is replaced by Lafita for Depor...
 
62′
Substitution Raúl Esteban Granero
 
61′
The end of the night for Raul, who is replaced by Esteban Granero...
 
60′
Off the bar! Aranzubia should have saved Alonso's first shot from distance, but he parried it straight into Benzema's path...he should have slotted home, but the keeper makes amends with a point blank stop, tipping it onto the bar...
 
59′
GOOOOOLLLLLLL!!!! Diarra!!! Probably the best player on the park thus far, and he fires in an absolute rocket from distance, that flies into the bottom right hand corner! It's 3-2! What now?
 
59′
Goal Lassana Diarra
 
57′
How on earth did Valeron miss?! Again, acres of space for Guardado down the left, he picks out Valeron in the six yard box...and having scored a belter earlier, he somehow manages to miss a virtually open goal!
 
54′
Yellow Card Lassana Diarra
 
54′
There's a few tasty challenges flying in now, as this game really begins to heat up...the crowd are making their feelings known in no uncertain terms as well...
 
51′
Close from Ronaldo! He picks the ball up on the edge of the box and fires a left-footed shot in, but it drifts just wide of the far post...
 
50′
Depor are suddenly looking full of confidence...they appear to have decided that their best chance is to attack, rather than sitting too far back...
 
47′
GOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! And there's the answer! Valeron makes it 2-2! Tons of space for Guardado on the left, who finds the veteran on the edge of the box...and he fires an unstoppable shot into the bottom right corner! Game on, again!
 
47′
Goal Valerón
 
46′
Here we go again! Depor chasing the game, lets see what they've got...
 
 
And that's the half! Madrid have done enough to earn the lead, but Depor know that there are still gaps at the back to exploit...can they do so? Find out in around 15 minutes...
 
45′
Brilliant chip through by Raul for Benzema, but the Frenchman fires wide of the near post...
 
43′
Ronaldo takes a free-kick from distance...and that is way, WAY over the bar...into the second tier.
 
41′
Kaka bursts forward with purpose now, but his left footed effort flies just over the bar...
 
39′
Depor have certainly had enough of the ball, but they need to commit more men forward...here's a free-kick on the right, but Guardado hits it far too long.
 
36′
Now a corner gets whipped right across the face of goal, but no-one gets a touch...
 
35′
Ronaldo's in the mood now...brilliant dribbling on the left, gets past two and sets up Raul, and Madrid's captain really should have done better, shooting straight at Aranzubia...
 
34′
Yellow Card Dani Aranzubia
 
34′
Penalty Goal C. Ronaldo
 
34′
GOOOOOOLLLLLLLL!!!!! Ronaldo opens his account! Smashes the ball in low to the right, Aranzubia guessed correctly, but there was too much power behind that...2-1!
 
33′
Penalty!!! Raul is taken down by Aranzubia, and the ref points to the spot! There was certainly contact there, and those are usually given...Ronaldo to take...
 
31′
Kaka fires a shot in which takes a deflection, but Aranzubia does well to adjust and smother the ball...
 
29′
GOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! Riki levels the scores! Free-kick in from the right, and Riki rises, unmarked, to head past the helpless Casillas...familiarly poor defending from Madrid, and it's 1-1! Game on!
 
29′
Goal Riki
 
28′
So close Ronaldo!!! Kaka whips in a menacing free-kick from the right, and Ronaldo should really have headed that in...Los Merengues looking threatening now though...
 
27′
Depor look for an immediate response, but Riki fires wide from the left...there was a suspicion of offside for Benzema, but replays indicate that he judged it perfectly...
 
25′
GOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLL!!!! It's Raul!!!! Sublime through ball from Kaka to Benzema, who hits it past Aranzubia...it bounces off the post, leaving Raul with the easiest finish of his life...1-0!
 
25′
Goal Raúl
 
23′
Arbeloa flings a cross in from the right, Aranzubia misjudges it slightly, and has to punch behind for a corner...which comes to nothing.
 
21′
Decent effort by Pablo from distance, but Casillas makes a comfortable save, low down to his left...
 
19′
Neat flick from Benzema to tee Raul up on the edge of the box, but his shot is immediately blocked...and now Kaka fires wide from distance...
 
16′
A free-kick on the right for Kaka to swing in, but he smashes it straight into Guardado, standing about five metres away...
 
15′
Depor have clearly set their stall out to defend, with Riki looking quite lonely up front...but they've done fairly well to keep Madrid out so far...
 
12′
No fewer than SEVEN new faces in Madrid's starting line-up today, while Depor have just one...Juca.
 
9′
Ronaldo appears to have taken up a position on the right in these early stages, with Kaka drifting towards the left...
 
6′
Guardado fires a free-kick in from the right, but that's over the bar...the away side just beginning to settle in now...
 
5′
First attack for Depor, as Filipe charges into the box down the left, but his cross is gathered by Casillas...
 
3′
First free-kick at the Bernabeu for Ronaldo, but his effort from wide on the left flies into the stands...
 
2′
Kaka comes close!!! Nearly a dream start for Madrid, Lass plays a fantastic ball through to Kaka in acres of space, but he drags his effort wide from the right...worrying signs for Depor...
 
1′
And we're off! So it all begins...Ronaldo, Kaka, Benzema, Xabi Alonso & Raul all find their way into the starting line-up, while Higuain must be content with a place on the bench...
 
 
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0