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Played
May 5, 2012 8:00 PM BST
Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes — Granada
Referee:‬ Clos Gómez‎
Attendance:‬ 22000‎
 
C. Ronaldo 81′ (PG)
 
David Cortés 90+2′ (OG)
Top of the Match
Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema
Real Madrid CF
C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Real Madrid CF
Flop of the Match
Moisés Hurtado
Moisés Hurtado
Granada
David Cortés
David Cortés
Granada

Granada 1-2 Real Madrid: Jose Mourinho's men on course for 100-point season after late drama

An uninspired Blancos side had two late goals to thank as they turned the game on its head to earn three points against the relegation-threatened Andalusians

By Luke Matthews

Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid

Real Madrid left it late as they laboured towards a 2-1 away victory against Granada to remain on course to finish the Liga campaign on 100 points.

Franco Jara grabbed the opening goal of the game in the fifth minute as an under-strength and under-par Los Blancos struggled to create anything of note. However, Cristiano Ronaldo's late penalty brought Madrid back into the game before David Cortes' inexplicable own-goal during injury time sent the newly-crowned champions onto 97 points.

Granada lost their discipline at the full-time whistle as Moises Hurtado and Guilherme Siqueira picked up red cards with Resino's side's survival in the Spanish top flight still in doubt.

After being given a guard of honour by the home side, Madrid made a shaky start to proceedings and the Spanish giants found themselves a goal down in the fifth minute. Picking the ball up on the halfway line after dispossessing Marcelo, Jara stormed past Ricardo Carvalho into the box before coolly slipping the ball underneath Antonio Adan's legs to find the back of the net.

Resino's men were nearly in wonderland two minutes later as they came mightily close to adding a second. Odion Ighalo's shot from the edge of the area was parried away by Adan before the Nigerian's rebound effort was cleared off the line by Marcelo - the Brazilian appearing in the right place at the right time to save his team further embarrassment.

Despite fighting their way back into the game, Los Blancos struggled to create goalscoring opportunities and had to wait until the 36th minute to have a shot at goal. Nuri Sahin picked the ball up 25 metres from goal before unleashing a swerving drive which narrowly cleared the crossbar.

Mourinho's men saw their first clear-cut chance of the match appear in the 42nd minute and Ronaldo was guilty of missing a glorious opportunity from close range. Karim Benzema held the ball up well before clipping a clever cross into the six-yard box yet his Portuguese team-mate could only screw his header wide of the target, much to the relief of Julio Cesar in the Granada goal as the home team headed into the interval 1-0 up.

The 2011-12 champions started the second period brightly after Gonzalo Higuain replaced Kaka and Xabi Alonso came in for Sahin, and they came close to the equaliser on 58 minutes. Marcelo's cross-field delivery evaded the Granada defence and found Benzema on the right side of the box. The Frenchman took one touch to bring the ball under his control before smashing it towards the top corner from a narrow angle; a shot which Cesar was equal to, parrying the ball out for a corner.

Seven minutes later Higuain slipped a clever through-ball into the path of Ronaldo but the former Manchester United man was faced with an angle too tight as his eventual effort was easily blocked by the goalkeeper.

Madrid were handed their opportunity back into the match in the 79th minute when Moises was penalised for wrestling Ronaldo to the ground in the box, earning himself a yellow card in the process. The Portuguese attacker stepped up to take the penalty himself, slamming his spot-kick in the bottom corner sending the keeper the wrong way to bag his 45th league goal of the season.

Los Blancos were to deal Granada a bitter blow when Benzema's cross into the box in injury time was turned into his own net by David Cortes to gift Mourinho's side all three points as Moises and Siqueira saw red cards after the final whistle.

Real finish their championship-winning campaign at the Bernabeu next weekend against Mallorca needing a win to set a new Liga record of 100 points in a single season, while Granada visit Madrid to face Rayo Vallecano in a direct scrap for survival.



Granada

13
Júlio César
Goalkeeper
3.00
16
2.50
21
Íñigo López
Defender
2.50
9
Borja Gómez
Defender
92′
2.50
-
David Cortés
Defender
88′ 92′
2.00
11
Dani Benítez
Midfielder
80′ 90′
3.00
17
Mikel Rico
Midfielder
3.00
17
Carlos Martins
Midfielder
74′
3.00
20
Moisés Hurtado
Midfielder
79′ 95′
2.00
7
Ighalo
Striker
86′
2.50
11
Franco Jara
Striker
5′ 61′
3.00

Real Madrid CF

3.50
1
Adàn
Goalkeeper
2.00
2
2.00
12
Marcelo
Defender
80′
2.50
33
2.50
2
2.00
18
Nuri Sahin
Midfielder
46′
2.50
25
2.00
22
3.00
7
C. Ronaldo
Midfielder
81′
2.00
22
Kaká
Midfielder
46′
2.50
9

Substitutes

1
José Juan
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Allan Nyom
Defender
 - 
-
Lucena
Defender
 - 
20
Jaime Romero
Midfielder
90′
 - 
23
Abel
Midfielder
74′
2.50
15
Uche
Striker
 - 
9
Alex Geijo
Striker
86′
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
-
Mejías
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Pepe
Defender
 - 
18
 - 
-
3.00
14
Xabi Alonso
Midfielder
46′ 72′
2.50
9
2.50
7

Coach/Manager

-
3.00

Coach/Manager

 - 
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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
26 4
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0