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Deportivo La Coruña
February 23, 2013
• Estadio Municipal de Riazor, A Coruña (La Coruña)
Referee: Alfonso Alvarez Izquierdo
• Attendance: 30000
Deportivo La Coruña
G. Higuaín 88'
Full time at the Riazor! Madrid leave it late! Goals from Kaka and Higuain give Real Madrid a dramatic 2-1 win over a brave Deportivo side. The home side were the better side for the majority of the match, but inspired changes from Jose Mourinho eventually see Los Blancos claiming all three points. I'm Martin Macdonald, thank you for joining us on Goal.com! See you next time!
90' + 2'
Depor pushing up the field looking for an equaliser here! Only a minute or so left!
Yellow/Red Ángel Di María
Yellow Card Ángel Di María
Angel Di Maria is sent off! Incredible scenes! The Argentine was given a booking for not retreating far enough back at a free kick. Then, a minute later, is given a second booking for the same thing!
Assist C. Ronaldo
Goal Gonzalo Higuaín
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL FOR REAL MADRID!!! Kaka slips an awesome pass through the middle for Ronaldo, who unselfishly squares for Kaka to slam home!! 2-1!!
Ozill has been poor since his introduction. The German has continually lost the ball lost the ball when attempting to cut inside. He is being hounded by Depor defenders whenever he receives the ball, to be fair.
All Madrid at the moment. Depor look to have retreated into their own half now and are soaking up all the pressure. Just over five minutes to go for someone to find a winner here!
Ronaldo guilty of trying to do everything himself at the moment. He cuts in from the left and tries to beat a couple of men but the pass inside to Kaka was on. Deportivo steal possession and counterattack.
RONALDO!!! The ball is floated into the box and the Portuguese bullets a header towards goal, but it goes inches wide of the post! Aranzubia was rooted to the spot!
Great save from Aranzubia!!! Ronaldo shows fantastic skill to bet beyond Kaka and curl a strike to the bottom corner, but the Deportivo goalkeeper stretches out a leg to put the ball round the post!!
Ronaldo uses his pace and power down the left to get the better of Bergantinos and flash a cross into the box, but Depor, once again, manage to clear!
Madrid need to be considered favourites now. They have upped their game significantly since the substitutions, but Depor are still dangerous on the counterattack!
Last change of the match from Depor. Riki comes off for Nelson Oliveira.
Assist Ángel Di María
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLL FOR REAL MADRID!!! Kaka picks up the ball on the edge of the box and whips a lovely strike into the bottom right corner! 1-1! Game on!
Yellow Card Ayoze
Madrid definitely looking more dangerous here. They just need to improve their passing in the final third.
Another booking for Ayoze. Di Maria turns sharply on the right-hand side and drives towards goal but is cynically brought down by the Deportivo defender.
Khedira picks up possession in the centre of the park and sprays a lovely pass out to the left for Kaka. The Brazilian looks to take on Bergantinos but the Depor sub remains strong to make tackle.
Yellow Card José Callejón
Depor are still looking the more likely to score here. Madrid have improved since they changes but they are still to trouble Aranzubia in the goal.
Deportivo counterattack at pace through the centre!! Pizzi cuts in but is crudely fouled by Sami Khedira. The hosts have the free kick 25 yards from goal.
Ronaldo steps up and slams the free kick straight into the Deportivo wall. Disappointing from the Portuguese.
Yellow Card A. Aguilar
Free kick opportunity again for Madrid, and it's in Ronaldo territory. The Portuguese was hacked down 25 yards from goal by Aguilar. Let's see what they can make of this.
What a pass from Ronaldo!! The Portuguese slides a super ball through to Higuain, who turns and finishes! But the referee brings the play back for an offside! There was only a few yards in that.
Madrid look to have an added impetus after their change. Ronaldo and co. should add a lot more movement up top, and they need it.
Treble substitution from Madrid. Ronaldo, Ozil, and Khedira are all on in place of Essien, Modric, and Marcelo.
Madrid has a small penalty appeal there. The ball appeared to come off the hand of Ayoze, but the ref didn't appear to see it!
Yellow Card Marcelo
Great play from Modric! The Croatian takes on Ayoze down the right-hand side and eventually earns a corner kick. Madrid probing for the equaliser here!
Great block by the Deportivo defence!! Modric reverses the ball to the edge of the box and Marcelo drives a right-footed strike at goal, but the goal-bound ball is blocked 10 yards from goal!
Callejon!! Kaka gets to the byline and hits a cross on the half-volley to the back post! Callejon is there but heads wide of the right-hand post! Aranzubia was scrambling there!
Deportivo clear the ball up the park and counterattack! Pizzi drives down the left-hand and curls a cross to the back post, but Madrid manage to clear!
Free kick opportunity for Madrid. Kaka is brought down 25 yards from goal. Modric to take.
We are back under way!
Half-time at the Riazor. Deportivo deservedly lead Real Madrid going into the break. Pizzi's powerful strike is the difference so far in a match in which they hosts have looked extremely dangerous heading forward. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Jose Mourinho's men have been awful so far. They need to pick themselves up in the second half! Join us then, in 15 minutes!
Good save from Diego Lopez!! Bruno Gama runs in behind the Madrid defence and cuts inside on his left-foot before powering a left-footed strike at goal, but the Madrid 'keeper stretches out a hand to make the stop!
Madrid look incredibly uncomfortable here! Every time Deportivo attack they look like scoring!
Unlucky from Riki!!! He picks up the ball on the right-hand side and takes on Carvalho before cutting back on his right foot and flashing a shot across goal! It goes wide by a yard or so!
Marcelo clears off the line!!! Pizzi turns Pepe inside out in the Madrid box and looks to curl a strike into the far corner, but the Brazilian is there to make a goal-saving clearance from under the crossbar!
Yellow Card Pizzi
Di Maria whips in a much better free kick but the Deportivo defence remain solid to head the ball away. Modric picks up the loose ball and looks to launch another attack.
Another free kick opportunity for Madrid. Pizzi brings down Di Maria on the right-hand side with a late tackle and earns a booking for his trouble. Silly yellow card, really.
No more than Depor deserve. Madrid have shown no cutting edge whatsoever and Riki and Pizzi have been very busy getting in the faces of the defence of Mourinho's men.
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL FOR DEPORTIVO!!! What a strike!!! Riki makes a lovely run in between Pepe and Carvalho and lashes a cracking left-footed shot into the near post! Very poor goalkeeping from Diego Lopez but it was definitely well struck! 1-0!
Deportivo certainly looking the more dangerous going forward here, despite surrendering a lot of the possession.
Good goalkeeping from Diego Lopez. Aguilar makes a run from deep on looks to get on the end of a through pass from Valeron, but the Madrid 'keeper rushes out from his goal to clear the ball away. He had to be on his toes there.
Pizzi again!!! So unlucky!! The Portuguese cuts in from the left-hand side and curls a fantastic shot towards the top right corner, but it misses by inches! That certainly had Diego Lopez worried!
Pizzi!! The Depor man takes the ball out of the air with a terrific touch and blasts a half-volley towards goal! It was well struck but it never really looked like bothering Diego Lopez in the Madrid goal.
Madrid just don't look fluent whenever they enter Deportivo's half. Modric, Essien, and Kaka are all seeing plenty of the ball but there has been a distinct lack of movement whenever they pick up possession. They need to up the tempo.
An early change needed for Deportivo. Silvio has picked up a knock and will be replaced by Alex Bergantinos.
Deportivo defending well at the moment. Any time that Madrid pick up the ball in the final third they are being faced with a blue and white wall.
Poor miss from Callejon!!! Kaka curls a lovely pass to the back post and his team-mate somehow misses his header! He may have thought Depor defender, Silvio was getting to the ball but he should have been ready!
Really good work down the left from Riki. The Depor man shows strength to hold up the ball and eventually earns a corner kick out of Pepe.
Madrid on top at the moment. Los Blancos are having the majority of the possession but there have been no clear goalscoring chances as of yet.
Close for Higuain!! Di Maria drives a wonderful pass towards his compatriot inside the box but the striker just couldn't manage to take the ball down. Aranzubia collects and punts up the park.
Yellow Card Ricardo Carvalho
First yellow card of the match goes to Ricardo Carvalho. The former Chelsea man leaned with his arm into the back of the head of Juan Valeron.
Kaka fouls...Kaka!! The Madrid man brings down the Depor defender deep in the home half. Free kick to the hosts.
Good save from Aranzubia!! Di Maria steps up and whips the free kick over the wall and towards the bottom corner, but the Depor goalkeeper stretches out a hand to turn the ball round the post.
Free kick opportunity for Madrid. Essien turns to face goal and drives forward but is bundled over 25 yards from goal. Who will take the set-piece in the absence of Ronaldo?
Lovely play from Madrid down the left. Di Maria, Modric, Essien, and Arbeloa are all involved and the Croatian eventually flicks a lovely back-heel inside. Di Maria looks to latch on to it but Silvio comes in with the interception.
Depor probing here!! Riki drives down the right and lashes a cross into the box, which Carvalho clears. The ball comes back in and Pepe is forced to chest out for a corner kick to the hosts.
Di Maria has the opportunity to whip a free kick into the box from the right-hand side, but his cross if very poor and is cleared away at the front post.
Higuain!!! Wait, no!! The Argentine looked to have broke the Depor offside trap and was bearing down on goal, but luckily for the hosts, the play of brought back as Higuain was ahead of play. That was tight!
A small break in play at the moment as Silvio is currently down. The Deportivo defender was clattered by his own goalkeeper as Aranzubia came out to punch the ball out of the box. Looks as if he'll be okay.
Mistake by Lopez!!! Riki picks up the ball on the left-hand side and fizzes a strike towards goal, which the Madrid 'keeper fumbles into the six yard box! Lucky for him that Pepe is there to clear to safety.
Modric looks to pick out Di Maria with a fantastic pass over the top of the Depor defence but the Argentine's touch is poor and the ball runs through to the grateful Aranzubia.
Bright start from the hosts. Depor are beginning the match with plenty of intensity in there their pressing of Madrid in the middle of the park. The visitors look to calm things down though.
We are under way at the Riazor!
However, Jose Mourinho's men have won just one of their last six away matches across all competitions. Some encouragement can be taken from that by Depor.
Los Blancos, on the other hand, have registered wins in five of their last six meetings with Deportivo.
Depor have won just three games at home this season.
The Galician outfit are on a five-match losing streak and have conceded 54 goals in their 24 Liga matches, more than any other club.
The stats do not make good reading for Depor fans...
Some big news there then! Cristiano Ronaldo has been left on the bench this evening. Jose Mourinho looks to have one eye on El Clasico against Barcelona on Tuesday.
Real Madrid subs: Adan, Coentrao, Albiol, Khedira, Ozil, Ronaldo, Morata
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Diego Lopez; Arbeloa, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo; Essien, Modric; Di Maria, Kaka, Callejon; Higuain
Deportivo subs: Subs: Oliveira, Dominguez, Bergantinos, Vazquez, Camunas, Salomao, Lux
Deportivo (4-2-3-1): Aranzubia; Silvio, Kaka, Marchena, Ayoze; Abel Aguilar, Assuncao; Gama, Pizzi, Valeron; Riki.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking your through the action this evening. Here's hoping we have an entertaining game!
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