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Celta de Vigo
February 26, 2011
• Estadio Municipal de Riazor, A Coruña (La Coruña)
Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
• Attendance: 31000
Deportivo La Coruña
90' + 4'
Benzema with the ball in the penalty area! He goes down ! WAS HE CLIPPED FROM BEHIND? The referee does not blow his whistle, the ball is cleared and IT IS OVER! The curse of the Riazor continues! Real Madrid are now seven points behind Barcelona! Los Blancos will rue the missed opportunities as they were the better team tonight and even hit the left post twice. Benzema made costly misses in this game and there was controversy in the very end of the game when the striker collapsed in the penalty box after he was allegedly fouled by a Deportivo defender. It is good night from me, Vasil Kotsev! Stay with us for our post-match materials and join us tomorrow for our coverage of the most exciting games from Europe's biggest football leagues! Bye, for now!
90' + 2'
Adebayor and Sergio Ramos fail to win the ball in the air in Deportivo's penalty box and the defender even commits a foul against Aranzubia.
90' + 1'
Yellow Card Riki
90' + 1'
There will be four minutes of injury time ...
Benzema ... horrible. The striker received the ball on the edge of the penalty box, but lost it. There is no room for mistakes from Real Madrid now.
Lassad Nouioui is booked for kicking the ball after he was flagged offside in a rare Deportivo attack.
Yellow Card Esteban Granero
Real Madrid trying to break a resolute Deportivo defence, but are struggling to do so ... Has the Riazor curse returned for Los Blancos?
BENZEMA MISSES A SITTER! Horrible from the striker! Ronaldo did superbly to pick out Benzema from the right side of the the box, but the Frenchman failed to put away an easy chance from inside the six-yard box! That was Real Madrid's best opportunity so far.
Yellow Card José Sand
Some really breathtaking action at the Riazor. Real Madrid are going all guns blazing.
RONALDO! LEFT POST AGAIN! The Portugues ace powered through Deportivo's defence like train and sent in a powerful diagonal finish from the right that crashed against the post. Di Maria sent in a first time volley from the rebound on the, but Aranzubia managed to palm the ball away for a corner on the right.
ADEBAYOR! OFF THE POST! The Togolese striker was picked out on the left side of the box with a fine pass by Oezil, but his first time finish rebounded off the near post.
RONALDO! The Portuguese sent in a powerful shot, which Aranzubia somehow managed to deal with at the left post.
Real Madrid with the ball, looking for holes in Deportivo's defence ... Emmanuel Adebayor wins a free-kick on the left after some very good footwork.
Yellow Card Rubén Pérez
Ruben Perez is shown a yellow card after a very bad foul which could have earned him a red.
Deportivo has been the better team in the last ten minutes or so as Los Blancos struggle to get the ball out of the back.
Yellow Card Laure
Laure is shown a yellow card for allegedly hitting Di Maria in the face as they tussled for a ball on the left.
Oezil takes a free-kick on the left for Real Madrid, around 35 yards from goal ... it is hard to tell whether he was trying to shoot or cross, but the important thing is that the ball was claimed by Aranzubia in the end.
Now Deportivo win a corner on the left after Sergio Ramos cleared a free-kick by Adrian on the right. Nothing comes out of this set piece as Colotto fouled Pepe at the right post.
Angel Di Maria wins a corner for Real Madrid on the left ... Oezil takes it and picks out Adebayor who sends a weak finish and Aranzubia intervenes confidently.
Flurry of half-chances for Deportivo as Los Blanocs are looking very thin in terms of defensive players on the pitch.
Diarra is out together with Adebayor as Real Madrid are throwing the dice in search of the opener. This means Xabi Alonso will be on his own in the centre of the park.
Pepe pushes Perez from behind with the game stopped in order to get the ball ... He is booked for that and Casillas quickly tries to calm him down before it gets worse.
Ángel Di María
Yellow Card Pepe
Minutes ago Guardado was replaced by Pablo Alvarez in a somewhat puzzling decision by Miguel Angel Lotina ... Meanwhile, Real Madrid are ready to substitute Emmanuel Adebayor in.
OEZIL! Superb! The German international powered his way down the right with blistering pace and sent in a thunderous pass across the goalmouth from the byline, but Benzema was not there to finish past Aranzubia. The ball fell to Kaka who saw his meek shot deflected and latter collected by Deportivo's defence.
Jose Andrés Guardado
SAND! Oh, what a chance for the Argentinian attacker! Guardado sent a delightful pass right between Carvalho and Pepe, but just could not apply the needed finish!
Wonderful by Kaka! The Brazilian superbly managed to shield the ball from three challenges before picking out Ronaldo who in turned released Beznema. The French striker try to do too much by himself and was dispossessed by Deportivo's defenders.
Real Madrid are playing with fire in their bellies as they are looking for opener, but Deportivo are defending valiantly.
Yellow Card Ricardo Carvalho
Carvalho receives a yellow card after a late challenge on Guardado. The resulting free-kick amounts to nothing.
KAKA! Badly played out by the Brazilian! The ball is whipped in the box from the left wing and after a peculiar ricochet falls to Kaka who takes too much time to shoot and is well closed down by Aranzubia. The chance goes begging.
RONALDO! The Portuguese ace wastes no time and sends a powerful low drive from the left wing, which Aranzubia manages to parries for a corner kick at the near post.
The second half begins ...
45' + 2'
The referee blows his whistle for the end of the first half. Los Balncos have been the better of the two teams, but have failed to make the chances count. Deportivo have been dangerous on the break, and will fancy their chances to hit Los Blancos with pace and efficiency. It promises to be an interesting second half. Join us after the break for the second period.
45' + 1'
There will be a minute of injury time.
What a tackle by Diarra! Adrian released Jose Sand with a cheeky back heel in the centre of the box, but Diarra makes an outstanding challenge as he dispossesses the striker and sets Real Madrid on the counter.
Marcelo puts a horrible finish to a magnificent combination involving Kaka and Ronaldo as he fouls Lopo, sending the ball over the bar in the process.
Marcelo is penalised for a foul on Sand on the left flank. Moments later the Brazilian concedes a throw-in. The left-back has failed to shine so far for Real Madrid tonight.
OEZIL! The Germany international receives the ball just outside the box and sends in a thunderous shot which fizzles wide of the right post!
The tempo has increased in the last ten minutes or so and there have been plenty of chance in front of both goals ...
Marcelo fails to deliver a decent cross in the six-yard box after being released on the left side of the penalty area and Deportivo start a counter attack ... the ball is sent forward to Sand, but Pepe and Casillas manage to cooperate and clear the danger.
Oezil is taken down by Guardado in the centre of the pitch, and the referee is lecturing the Mexican.
And Ronaldo again! The Portuguese ace is picked out in the centre of the box by Oezil with a cross from the right, but places his header over the bar.
Ronaldo! Goal! No! Offside! The striker was picked out near the penalty box and finished into the net with a deft touch, but it was ruled for offside. Correct decision by the referee.
Yet another set-piece for Real Madrid on the left after Marcelo somehow managed to earn a foul after being surrounded by no less that three defenders. Whipped in, but Deportivo manage to clear the ball, despite Benzema's best efforts to win it back.
Benzema once again on the end of a Xabi Alonso corner on the left, but this time the striker tried to head back in the six-yard box. His header, however, was clear by Deportivo's defence.
BENZEMA! The French striker found himself on the end of Alonso's delivery and headed the ball at goal, but his finish lacked power and was claimed by Aranzubia.
Xabi Alonso is about to take a corner on the left side. Moments earilier Benzema almost managed to power his way down the left side of the box only to see the ball cleared off his boot for a corner.
ALONSO! Oezil picked out Cristiano Ronaldo just outside the box from the right wing, but the Portuguese could not turn with the ball and instead teed it up for the ex-Liverpool man Xabi Alonso who blasted a thunderous shot over the bar.
RONALDO! The Portuguese ace sent a crashing drive, but Aranzubia was equal to his shot.
Perez has a tame long strike claimed by Casillas as Depor are trying to take the game to Los Blancos. He sends another strike over the bar shortly after ...
Los Blancos are slowly taking control of the game as their are now trying to lower the tempo in order to stifle Depor urgency in attack.
KAKA! Over the bar! The Brazilian was picked out just outside the box, but sent his thunderous finish way over the bar! The ex-Milan man, however, should be credited for his great ball control here as he expertly managed to tame the ball and free space to shoot.
Very energetic and industrious movement by the Deportivo players who are not shy in their efforts to hassle Los Blancos all over the pitch. At one point this season the hosts used five defenders, so their attacking approach tonight is a pleasant surprise.
What a clearance by Carvalho! The Potruguese shows great agility by making a spectacular overhead clearance before it could reach a player in blue and white.
Deportivo attacked dangerously down the right flank with Laure dribbling past Alonso before sending a cross which was dealt with by Los Blancos' defence.
Ronaldo hits the wall with his direct shot, the ball, however, was collected and crossed back into the penalty area. Ramos had all the time to time his finish from the left side of the box, but sent his volley way over the bar.
Lopo brings down Ronaldo after the Portuguese was released through the centre. The centre-half receives a warning from the referee and Real Madrid are rewarded with a free-kick.
Carvalho clears the danger with an assured header ...
Adrian goes down after a crunching tackle by Lassana Diarra 30 yards from goal ... Andres Guardado takes the free-kick ...
The first half begins ...
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of tonight's clash between Deportivo and Real Madrid. Barcelona recorded a victory over Mallorca tonight, courtesy of goals by Lionel Messi, David Villa and Pedro, so Los Blancos are under pressure to take the three points from the Riazor. My name is Vasil Kotsev and I will be keeping you company for the next two hours or so ...
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