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Copa del Rey
January 3, 2012
• Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
• Attendance: 80000
S. Khedira 68'
G. Higuaín 70'
K. Benzema 78'
Sergio Sánchez 10'
M. Demichelis 29'
What a lovely contest filled with goals and even more excitement as Khedira, Higuain and Benzema lead the comeback. Thanks for joining Goal.com's LIVE text commentary. Be sure to stick with us for the match report and player ratings. I'm Roger Gonzalez, and it's been a pleasure.
90' + 2'
Yellow CardXabi Alonso
90' + 2'
The match is over! What an amazing comeback by Real Madrid. The final is 3-2 to the home side in the first leg of the Copa del Rey round of 16 clash!
Ronaldo with another chance, but the former Man United attacker fires wide of the right post from the top of the box. Moments left.
Couple minutes left in the contest.
Benzema!!!!!! On the counter, Ronaldo sprays a pass across the face of goal, finding the striker, who can't make solid contact, sending it wide. He really should have done better there.
Marcelo tries to double up the lead with an ambitious shot from outside the box, but his effort flies into the stands.
Just around 10 minutes left now as Benzema nearly finds the net from close, but Cabellero is there to scoop up the effort, headed to the right post.
Yellow CardJérémy Toulalan
The comeback is complete! 3-2 now! Ronaldo flicks a lovely ball to Benzema, who marches towards goal, fights off a defender and finishes into the left.
Yellow card to Pepe for a foul results in a free kick for Malaga. Cazorla tries his luck from outside the box, but finds the fans instead of the back of the net.
Wow. Two goals in two minutes. Real Madrid are in complete control now. Can they find a winner?
Goal Real Madrid. 2-2 now! Higuan takes advantages of Sanchez's poor pass back, pouncing on it before slipping past Caballero, finishing from a tight angle.
Goal Real Madrid! 2-1 now! Khedira scores a brilliant goal with a run from the top of the box, chipping the ball over the leg of a defender before firing low into the left.
Benzema!!!!! Higuain chases down a ball on the wing, with a clearance deflecting off the former River Plate man, finding the French attacker. Benzema, takes a couple quick touches in air to get by the defenders, before firing a shot that goes just wide of the right post.
A foul just at the top of the box results in a free kick for Real Madrid. Ronaldo takes the effort, aiming towards the back post but finds row e.
With Real Madrid attacking with numbers, the counter is there for Malaga as just under 30 minutes remains.
Ruud Van Nistelrooy
Van Nistelrooy comes off as Rondon comes on. Lots of praise for the Dutch attacker.
Yellow CardSergio Sánchez
Goal Khedira! 2-1! Oh wait. Offside! No goal! Ronald's pass finds the German, who slots home from inside the box, but he was clearly off.
Nice save by Casillas on Van Nistelrooy! The Real Madrid custodian denies the Dutch attacker on the right, using his feet to stop a low effort.
Goodness me! Benzema and Ronaldo both gets looks from inside the box but fail! A cross from the right finds the former Lyon man at the back post, where he fired a low shot that was saved well by Caballero. Ronaldo goes for the flick on goal but misses as he is denied the the goalkeeper. Unbelievable!
Hectic beginning to the second half as Real Madrid push. They are going forward with everything they have, but Malaga remain strong as a cross from Marcelo on the left is sent out for a corner.
The second half has begun!
Halftime! Wow, 2-0 lead to Malaga. A rethink is needed for Real Madrid. What do they need to change? It's been an ugly performance as the visitors look to sneak out with a vital victory. The second half will begin shortly!
Lovely effort from Lass, who looked to infiltrate the box with speed and cuts, but again, the Malaga defence is there.
Mourinho is already headed to the tunnel. Wonder what his words will be at the break? Couple minutes left here in the first half.
Each team has had three chances on goal, but Malaga have obviously taken theirs.
Ronaldo! Off a corner, the former Man Utd man heads an effort towards the right side of the goal, but it is blocked by a defender.
Real Madrid simply can't do anything with the ball despite having it in the attacking half. Time after time, Malaga are there to eliminate threats. But, can they hold on?
The break can't come soon enough for Madrid, who look uninspired. Karim Benzema is warming up on the side, as the home team look to find a spark in attack.
Can you believe this? It's 2-0 Malaga! Demichelis heads home from a corner as the Madrid defenders are caught napping! A lovely cross from the left side finds the Argentine alone, who gets a touch on the ball before Casillas could. Wow!
Yellow CardGonzalo Higuaín
Malaga deserve a lot of credit in the first half, really suffocating the Real Madrid attack as the fans begin to whistle. It's been a poor showing from the home side, who can't seem to string together much of anything.
Ronaldo takes the free kick, sending in one of his normal, swerving balls, but it goes nowhere near the goal.
Foul on the left side of the box, and a decent chance coming for Real Madrid. A decent look on goal here?
A flurry of physical collisions that are not ruled upon by the ref as play continues. Real Madrid have yet to really settle down. Ronaldo looks more than frustrated. Malaga are putting the pressure on often.
Ronaldo is taking down by Cazorla at the top of the box, but no call. Moments later, Callejon looks to put an effort on goal from inside the box, but Demichelis does well to block it.
Quite a shock beginning as Malaga are in control with the early goal. Real Madrid are looking to respond now.
Oh my, it's 1-0 to Malaga! Sergio Sanchez, waiting at the back post on a corner kick, beats Higuain to the ball, heading it into the right side of the net. Casillas had no chance.
What a chance for Malaga! Cazorla takes a shot from the top of the box, but his soft effort is saved well by Casillas. Really should have done better there.
Nothing of note in the early instances as Casillas comes out to eliminate a threat from the wing before Seba could make contact. Ronaldo is trying to get going in attack but nothing to show for it.
Lass looks to change fields, but drills a ball over everyone and out of bounds. Ugly beginning here.
Little going on in the opening minutes as both teams look to settle down. Interesting to see what Van Nistelrooy can do against his former club.
The match has begun!
The match is set to begin in moments!
For the Madrid giants: Casillas; Arbeloa, Pepe, Albiol, Marcelo; Lass, Xabi Alonso; Callejon, Kaka, Ronaldo and Higuain.
The starting XI for the visitors: Caballero; Sergio Sanchez, Demichelis, Mathijsen, Monreal; Isco, Toulalan, Apono, Cazorla; Fernandez and Van Nistelrooy.
Real Madrid reached this stage by winning 7-1 on aggregate over Ponferradina, while Malaga squeaked by Getafe 3-2.
Hope everyone had a nice end to 2011. Here, both teams will be making their 2012 debut. Starting XI for each side coming shortly.
Welcome ladies and gentleman to Goal.com's LIVE text commentary of Copa del Rey action. I'm Roger Gonzalez, and I'll be providing updates from arguably the week's top contest, as Real Madrid host Malaga. This is the first leg of the round of 16 clash, with the second leg coming on the 10th of this month. As always, you can get involved on Twitter by sending thoughts and predictions to @RCGonzalez10
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