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January 23, 2011
• Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Referee: Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez
• Attendance: 74000
K. Benzema 61'
The referee brings the game to an end at the Bernabeu. Mallorca will be very happy with their display in the game, they certainly gave Real Madrid a hard game, with only the single goal separating the teams. Thank you for joining us on Goal.com !
Webo with a chance for Mallorca in the last seconds of the game , bearing down on Iker Casillas on the by line, but the Real Madrid captain makes a vital save with his feet !
Madrid are doing as expected and keeping the ball in the corners, Mesut Ozil and Di Maria are frustrating the Mallorca players at the moment.
Karim Benzema with a great chance to see the game out for Real Madrid as he goes through on goal but the Frenchman takes too many touches and Aouate manages to make the save at his feet.
Madrid may look to tighten things up in midfield and at the back in the last five minutes of the game. They have been searching for their second goal but it may be time to close the game out.
Yellow Card Nunes
Yellow Card Lassana Diarra
Lassana Diarra and Nunes each receive a booking after Diarra goes in hard on the Spaniard and both players push and shove one another until the referee intervenes.
Ronaldo hits the bar with a towering header at the far post after some brilliant work by Ozil and Di Maria down the left hand side for Madrid. Intricate passing and a cushioned cross to the far post and the Portuguese was unlucky not to double the lead of Real Madrid.
Karim Benzema with a decent opportunity for Madrid 10 yards from goal after a headed pass from Ronaldo. The bouncing ball and good defending from Ramis results in the Frenchman blasting his shot well over the bar.
HUUUUUUUUUUY Just wide of the right hand post from Ronaldo after a brilliant freekick !
Yellow Card Iván Ramis
Cristiano Ronaldo with a freekick opportunity just on the edge of the box. The foul was very close to being a penalty.
Diarra has done well since his introduction in to the game, the Mallorca midfield has had a smaller effect on the game since his arrival.
Real Madrid with a great counter attack after a corner from Mallorca, Ronaldo driving down the left flank and trying to switch the ball to the un-marked Benzema but Aouate does well to intercept the ball.
Mallorca perhaps have to be a tad more ambitious if they are to level the game. Nsue, Castro, and Webo are their only real attacking threat at the moment.
Mallorca with a couple of shots at goal from Pereira and Castro but they do not cause the Real Madrid defence any real problems.
Another opportunity for Mallorca as Ratinho whips in a cross to Castro who flicks the ball to the far post but Webo does not show enough instict to get on the end of the cross.
Mallorca with a half chance from a corner kick, a scramble in the penalty box but Madrid manage to clear the ball away from danger.
Lassana Diarra comes on to replace Esteban Granero for the last thirty minutes of the game. The young Spaniard has had a decent game for Los Blancos this evening.
Assist Esteban Granero
Goal Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema scores for Madrid after receiving the ball on the edge of the box and shifting the ball on to his left foot to power a shot in the bottom left hand corner !
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL for Real Madrid !
Real Madrid have been very disappointing from their set-piece opportunities so far in the game.
Madrid with a fast counter attack down the right hand side, the ball finds its way to Ronaldo who has another couple of shots at goal, but again the Mallorca back line defend well to block the attempts.
Yellow Card Esteban Granero
Good play by Real Madrid just outside the Mallorca box , Di Maria and Ronaldo linking up with a one-two but the Argentinian winger cant get the ball from under his feet and the Mallorca defenders pounce to clear the danger.
Cristiano Ronaldo is starting to get more in to the game, he has attempted his first shot in anger at the Mallorca goal but the ball deflects out for a corner.
Di Maria manages to get on to a pass on the by line by Ronaldo and chips in a great cross to the back post but no Real Madrid player can manage to get on the end of it.
Very open start to the game at the Bernabeu. End to end play by both teams, we are sure to see some goals soon !
Webo with a great chance for Mallorca ! Swivelling in the Real Madrid box and powering a left footed volley at goal but the ball is too close to Iker Casillas who makes the save. Good play again from Mallorca !
The second half has kicked off , Real Madrid have made some changes by bringing on Xabi Alonso for Gago and Ozil for Kaka. These changes may serve to ignite Los Blancos.
The referee brings the first 45 minutes of the game to an end. Mallorca will be very happy with their first half display and should really be leading the game going in to the break. Real Madrid look out of sorts and with basically no chances created, Jose Mourinho may look to change his tactics at half time.
Yellow Card Sergio Tejera
Pierre Webo is wrongly flagged offside as he latches on to a mistake by Ricardo Carvalho. The Cameroon international was neither offside on the original pass and not on the touch by Carvalho as he beared down on goal.
Real Madrid have been uncharacteristically wasteful in possession so far in the game, many potential attacks have failed due to badly executed passes.
Cristiano Ronaldo is wandering from his position on the left in order to try and get the ball and influence the game.
Decent play from Castro down the left hand side , but his cross was just behind Pierre Webo , who could not get any conviction on his header at goal.
Mallorca have looked extremely solid at the back, they are very well organised and the Real Madrid players are showing signs of frustration.
Yellow Card Sergio Ramos
Mallorca goalkeeper Aouate, who is now into his eighth season in La Liga , has not been troubled by Los Blancos forward line so far in the game.
Pierre Webo is currently down with a head injury after an arm to the face from Sergio Ramos , which resultes in the Spaniard receiving a yellow card.
Real's most influential players , Kaka and Ronaldo, have struggled to get a foot-hold on the game so far.
Yellow Card Nsue
Mallorca have stuck to their tactics well , they clearly plan to hit Madrid on the counter attack , and they look dangeous when heading forward.
The game has been fairly scrappy in the opening minutes , Real Madrid have not created any clear cut chances from their large chunk of the possession.
Mallorca need to give Webo some more support in the Real Madrid half , he is isolated when in possession
Granero has been bright for Madrid in the opening stages, he is doing a decent job at filling in for Xabi Alonso in the first twenty minutes.
Ronaldo with a great run down the left hand side for Madrid , leaving 3 Mallorca players for dead , but a last ditch tackle from Ratinho stopped the rampaging Portuguese.
Di Maria has been Real Madrid's best player so far , the Argentinian has looked very sharp down the right hand side and looks dangerous when coming in-field.
Real Madrid made a very lucky escape there , they must be very weary of the pacey counter attack of Mallorca for the rest of the game.
HUUUUUUUUUUUY ! So unlucky for Nsue ! Running down the right hand side bearing on goal and smashing a shot across Casillas that the Real Madrid goalkeeper somehow manages to tip on to the post !
Nsue has looked sharp for Mallorca down the right hand side in the opening minutes.
Madrid have made the brighter start to the game but Mallorca just need to retain possession better and give Webo some support up front.
All of the opening moments of the game have took place in the Mallorca half. Webo is struggling to hold up the ball at the moment.
Mallorca are defending in numbers at the moment , the Madrid players are camped outside the box trying to find an opening but the away side are defending well.
Very bright start to the game , both teams love to play football and the pace of the match from the kick off has been promising.
The game has now kicked off , and with some changes to the Real Madrid side , Jose Mourinho will hope his replacements can earn a call for a first team place. Mallorca will be going in to the game with nothing to lose , and with Real Madrid drawing their last La Liga game against Almeria , the Islanders will hope they can get something from the game.
This is the first eleven of Mallorca: Aouate, Ratinho, Nunes, Ramis, Kevin, Joao, Tejera, Nsue, Castro, Pereira, Webó.
This is how Real Madrid will be lining up tonight : Casillas, Arbeloa, Ramos, Carvalho, Marcelo, Granero, Gago, Di María, Kaká, Cristiano, Benzema.
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