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May 4, 2013
• Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
• Attendance: 52000
Á. di María 26'
Cristiano Ronaldo 32', 70'
Javi Guerra 35'
Lluis Sastre 87'
A fantastic game here at the Bernabeu as Real Madrid hold on to thwart Barcelona's title party. Keep it here on Goal.com for the match report and player ratings. I'm Mohammed Ali, and join me tomorrow for Ligue 1 action as PSG take on Valenciennes. Kick-off 21:00 CET, see you then!
FULL-TIME: Real Madrid 4-3 Real Valladolid.
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Ebert with a deep cross as the stadium begins to empty. Balenziaga with the delivery, but that appears to be the last of the action.
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@itz_barcode on Twitter: @mohammedali_93 Madrid have this game in the bag…It will be interesting to see how the Blaugrana respond
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Yellow Card Sastre
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Booking for Lluis Sastre for a late challenge. Meanwhile, the free-kick is wasted once more as Valladolid race in search of that fourth goal here. They have little under two minutes.
Into the first of three minutes of stoppage time here at the Bernabeu. Valladolid can't, can they?
Perez left standing by Ozil whose quick pair of feet sees him attempt to win a corner. Frustratingly enough, it cannons off him and out for a goal-kick.
A quite stunning goal by Lluis Castre sees the score brought back to 4-3. Are Madrid going to stumble here late on? They've got a corner, but it fails to materialise into something serious.
GOOOOOOOOAL WHAT A GOAL BY LLUIS SASTRE! An unbelievable strike from the substitute. Lluis Sastre gets on the ball which is headed away from a corner. First time volley, and it beats Diego Lopez. EXQUISITE!
DIEGO LOPEZ! GREAT SAVE! He is almost embarrassed by Oscar who chips from just off the halfway line, as he claws the ball away with one hand. And Iker wasn't even looking!
What of Valladolid goalkeeper Jaime? He's just made an easy save from Gonzalo Higuain, but nevertheless, and despite conceding four goals, has made a string of fine saves tonight.
@SG8Official with a good statistic on Twitter: @mohammedali_93 75% of Mesut Ozil's Real Madrid total assists have been accounted to Cristiano Ronaldo's career goals for the Los Blancos
Bueno with the corner, and this time Lopez saves easily. The camera cuts to poor Iker Casillas on the bench, as he watches intently. Do you reckon he'll get a game anytime soon?
Eleven minutes to go at the Bernabeu, and it appears that the visitors have resigned to their fate. Bueno with a dipping shot which Lopez spills, and Oscar fails to connect with the rebound. Should've been 4-3.
SUBSTITUTION: Javi Guerra is off for Valladolid, with Manucho on for the visitors. Surprising stuff from Dukic. Corner anyway.
Real Madrid set to go eight points adrift of Barcelona, who now cannot clinch the La Liga title whatever the result against Real Betis tomorrow.
Into the final phase of the game, as Madrid continue their attacking forays. Alonso tees up Ozil, who creates the chance towards Khedira. In towards Jaime, who needs to clutch the ball at the second attempt. Risky stuff. Almost 5-2
SUBSTITUTION: Gonzalo Higuain on for Karim Benzema. Madrid in cruise control now, 4-2 up against Valladolid whose resistance has been broken. Brilliant header from Ronaldo it was too.
@SG8Official on Twitter: @mohammedali_93 Jaime deserves to play for Liverpool.What a great day for him.I think he is the best today.
Assist Mesut Özil
Goal C. Ronaldo
GOOAL! REAL MADRID 4-2 REAL VALLADOLID! RONALDO! His 53rd goal of the season. From the corner, he rises highest to head into the bottom corner of Jaime's goal. One short of 200 for Los Blancos.
Madrid going for the two-goal advantage, as another substitute prepares to come on. Corner to Madrid however...
Ángel Di María
Di Maria gets an appreciative hand from Mourinho as he trudges off. Doubt Jose has been off his seat since the game's beginning. Meanwhile, Benzema into a good position after being passed to by Ronaldo, but Rubio with a good tackle to intercept.
SUBSTITUTIONS: Real Madrid - Mesut Ozil and Xabi Alonso come on for Angel di Maria and Kaka
Corner delivered in from the left, and it's deflected off Perez. Meanwhile, both substitutes coming on for Real Madrid.
Rukavina, into Alvaro Rubio as Bueno makes progress into the Madrid penalty box. Corner awarded. Two Madrid substitutes being readied in the meantime, however.
Yellow Card Víctor Pérez
Miroslav Dukic's side have tailed off in the last few minutes, with Madrid appearing comfortable in their lead thus far. 26 minutes left in this La Liga clash.
Madrid have a free-kick on the edge of the area. 30 yards out. Ronaldo and Modric on the end of this. Delivered in by the Croatian as Jaime misses it altogether, out for a goal-kick.
@ArafatDipta on Twitter: @mohammedali_93 i love Kaka, he gives his best performance of the year.
Still Valladolid on the ball, Balenziaga with the delivery from the left, with no less than three players into the box aiming to get on the end of that one. Good header away from Pepe, as Alvaro Rubio's shot is dragged wide.
Di Maria loses possession as Valladolid attempt a counter-attack, and the visitors are successful in that respect, winning a corner for their efforts. Delivered in deep, as Perez retrieves the ball. Into Rubio, and back to Perez as they aim to keep possession
RONALDO! Great header, but it was always rising. Madrid owning the left flank at the minute. Coentrao with a fine cross towards his international team-mate, who is unable to test Jaime there.
Bueno's first touch sees him tee up Perez in the middle of the park, before Ebert continues Valladolid's advance.The visitors' can't penetrate a solid Madrid defence at the minute, as offside is called on Oscar.
SUBSTITUTION: Alberto Bueno comes on for Omar Ramos in a first change of the game from Valladolid.
Good save by Jaime, who smothers the ball at the second attempt. Real Madrid break with pace again, and once again, they've hit the target. Low shot from Di Maria saved by Jaime, who races back to claim possession.
Balenziaga advances on the left, and his cross in towards Javi Guerra is deflected behind for a corner, which the referee instead gives as a goal-kick! Meanwhile, looking back at that Rukavina handball, and it should've been a penalty.
Penalty to Real Madrid? No says the referee. Rukavina clearly strikes the ball with his hand, and referee Borbalan waves play on. Whistles of disbelief here.
Ebert's corner is poor, as the ball flies out behind for a goal-kick for Diego Lopez. Madrid lead, and as it stands, Barcelona are unable to clinch the title this weekend.
Jaime with another good save, but he couldn't prevent Kaka's fifth goal of the season. Powerful effort from an acute angle. Can Valladolid get a third? They've raced forward, and have won a corner.
Assist Karim Benzema
GOAAL! REAL MADRID 3-2 REAL VALLADOLID! Great movement and a great goal. Di Maria at the centre of all things for Los Blancos today. Dinks a pass towards Kaka on the left, with acres of space. It's a powerful strike, off Jaime and into the net.
Comfortable from Madrid, who plough on forward aiming to start the second half in much the same way they finished the first. Modric forward, and his shot is well blocked by Jaime.
Referee David Fernandez Borbalan gets the second half started, Valladolid attacking from left to right. No changes to report.
Teams are out for the second half here at the Bernabeu.
@adeloy23 on Twitter: Jaime is a very good keeper Valladolid are still in this match
Don't forget to keep the chat coming in, to your right on the Goal.com MatchCentre, or via Twitter to @mohammedali_93. I'll be back in 10 minutes for the second half.
HALF-TIME: 2-2 at the Bernabeu, and it's been a brilliant first 45 minutes. Valladolid have played decently, with Madrid appearing a bit sketchy following their Champions League exit. Attacking pressure is unrelenting, with shots firing in from all angles. Goalkeepers have been busy.
HALF-TIME: Real Madrid 2-2 Real Valladolid
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And it's Jaime's turn to imitate Diego Lopez and jump off his line to punch the ball away. A breathtaking first half is brought to a close.
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Into one minute of stoppage time at the Bernabeu.
Corner taken short by Ebert, a fantastic delivery into the box, and it's forced Diego Lopez to launch off his goal-line and punch the ball away. Superb stuff.
Javi Guerra with a fine piece of control to chest the ball into the area, Nacho is forced to concede the corner after holding his own.
Yellow Card Sami Khedira
YELLOW CARD - Sami Khedira with a late challenge. Free-kick Vallodolid, to be taken by Balenziaga, who plays it behind.
RONALDO!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's OFF THE CROSSBAR! Amazing free-kick, hit with unbelievable power. Swerving all over the place as Jaime is forced to just watch. It's off the crossbar and post, which is still shaking! Unlucky.
Great control by Kaka, with a decent first touch. He's hacked down, amidst four or five Valladolid players, and it's a free-kick. Enter Ronaldo!
Di Maria with an unnecessary foul on Javi Guerra, and it's an easy free-kick for Valladolid, with four minutes of the half remaining. Ebert to take, and Lopez punches away.
Carvalho takes no chances amidst pressure from Javi Guerra in the Madrid box. Corner to the visitors here, with Ebert - heavily linked to Atletico Madrid - to take. It's wasted nonetheless, as Coentrao takes the ball.
YELLOW CARD! Omar Ramos picks up the first booking of the evening with a lunging challenge on Luka Modric. He'll miss Valladolid's next game.
Yellow Card Omar
Shots flying from all angles here. Jaime with another save to deny the hosts as Benzema picks up with an effort from outside the area. Comfortable in the end for the opposition goalkeeper.
BENZEMA! GOAAAAAL! BUT OFFSIDE! The referee's whistle has gone. Superb, and it appeared to have been 3-2 there for Madrid, but it's chalked off. Rukavina had appeared to put the Frenchman onside. Amazing stuff.
RONALDO! Great shot, and great save from Jaime. It's all end to end here at the Bernabeu. Valladolid score, and Madrid almost do so at the other end. Out for a corner.
Again another lapse in concentration from Madrid at the back allows Valladolid to steal back an equaliser. Unbelievable attacking intensity here.
Goal Javi Guerra
GOAAAL! REAL VALLADOLID EQUALISE!! Unbelievable. Javi Guerra with the goal, a wonderful pass from Oscar from the left as Madrid suffer a lapse in concentration. Into the path of the striker, who taps it in.
Cristiano Ronaldo's 52nd goal of the season, and Real Madrid lead here after arresting Valladolid's improvement from the first 15 minutes. Imperious CR7 turns it around in Los Blancos' favour.
Assist Ángel Di María
Goal C. Ronaldo
GOAAAAL! REAL MADRID 2-1 VALLADOLID! Superb header. And a fantastic delivery from Di Maria after Khedira salvaged the chance from a wasted corner. Ronaldo rises highest to dink the ball past Jaime. No stopping those.
Half an hour gone at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, and Madrid look to have awoken from their brief malaise. Ronaldo with another shot, off Rueda and out for a corner. Madrid upping the tempo!
PEPE! WHAT A SAVE BY JAIME! An unbelievable save from the Valladolid goalkeeper there. Fantastic delivery from the corner, as Pepe rises highest with a bullet header at close range. Jaime with an instinctive save off his left arm.
RONALDO! What a free-kick, and what a chance. Another deflection from the set-piece, and it flies narrowly wide from Jaime's left post and out for a corner.
It probably will be credited to a Marc Valiente own goal, with the defender seeing it late before being able to get out of the way, but a superb goal nevertheless, and great work from Di Maria. Meanwhile, Real Madrid have a free-kick, and it's just outside the area.
Assist Karim Benzema
Goal Ángel Di María
KAKA! Great shot, and really good save from Jaime. The Brazilian is teed up outside the area and sees his strike from distance parried away by the goalkeeper.
Better from Real Madrid who attack in numbers, as Alvaro Rubio and Jesus Rueda combine well, before Jaime clears it away. Confident and professional at the back from the mid-table side.
Pepe gestures to the referee witht he short pass towards Diego Lopez seeing the goalkeeper rush to clear the ball away. Benzema, it has to be said, looks non-existent at the moment.
Ebert with a cross towards Javi Guerra, who is beaten to the aerial ball by Pepe as Real Madrid hurry the ball out of their half. Valladolid nevertheless, continue their progress through Marc Valiente and Rukavina, who start another move.
Reminder: If Real Madrid fail to win this evening, then Barcelona can clinch the La Liga title tomorrow against Real Betis.
Camera pans on Jose Mourinho, who just stares into the distance with his hands on his lap. Doesn't seem interested at all! Interesting body language from the 'Special One' there.
Ebert penalised for a foul, and Madrid capitalise quickly as they search for an equaliser. Ball played towards Nacho on the right wing, and his cross towards Ronaldo is too powerfully hit, and goes out for a goalkick.
Omar Ramos brings the ball forward for Valladolid, supported by Alvaro Rubio but they can't quite make progress into the Madrid penalty box. Kaka on the counter, but that too fizzles out almost immediately.
Quarter of an hour gone here as a confident Valladolid attack furiously again, before Real Madrid counter. Ball is played towards Ronaldo on the right, whose deft chip comes off a player - he appeals for handball, but it's not given. Rightly so.
Julio Campos comments: Come on Madrid! Kaka is making magic here - remember to keep your comments coming in via the MatchCentre, or via Twitter to @mohammedali_93
KAKA! That's three decent chances in the last few moments. The Brazilian superstar marauds through the defence and when it looks like he'll go all the way, he opts for power and sees his shot fly horribly over the bar.
MODRIC! Superb from Kaka who is pulling the strings in midfield for the hosts. Nevertheless, he's looking for a penalty, which is waved away as Modric picks up the ball, bursts into the area and finds his shot flash narrowly wide across goal. If only there was a striker at the far post....
Well, quick recap of that Oscar goal just moments ago. It was from nowhere. A poor pass across field into Carvalho was intercepted brilliantly by the midfielder, who showed incredible composure to race into position and beat Lopez. Great goal, and a shock lead for Valladolid!
DI MARIA! Ouff. Madrid almost issue an instant response. Fantastic break from the hosts through Kaka, who tees up Ronaldo. The Portuguese international fails with an audacious bicycle kick but Di Maria fires from the rebound, slightly over the goal.
GOAL! SHOCK LEAD! Real Madrid 0-1 Real Valladolid - OSCAR! Wasteful from the hosts, who are caught in possession. Excellent finish on the back of an awful pass. Oscar steals in past Carvalho, with a superb finish under Diego Lopez. Wow.
Poor effort from Victor Perez as Diego Lopez claims possession of the ball. Meanwhile, free-kick afforded to Real Madrid as Cristiano Ronaldo is on the receiving end of a rash challenge. Subdued start at the Bernabeu.
Great play from Miroslav Dukic's side as Omar and Oscar combine in the Madrid half. A cross from Rukavina into the path of Ebert is slightly over hit as Diego Lopez watches that go over.
Di Maria advancing as he picks out Modric with a nice pass. Onto the right, towards Nacho, but Valladolid regroup well to reclaim possession on the ball. The visitors have started decently here.
Elsewhere in Spain this afternoon, two results - results which may have an impact on the Champions League places. Valencia beat Osasuna 4-0 as Malaga lost 1-0 to Granada.
Comfortable start from a slightly rotated Real Madrid side as Di Maria loses possession through the middle. Valladolid are without a win here in 13 years, as Rukavina's weighted pass flies out of play.
UNDERWAY IN MADRID! Referee David Fernandez Borbalan gets us going in the capital. Madrid attacking from left to right. The Decima dream may be dead for another year, but what response can Madrid give tonight?
Mourinho all smiles as he takes his seat in the Madrid dugout as that famous Blancos anthem rings out. The teams are out, let the match commence!
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TEAM NEWS Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Alvaro Arbeloa are all injured, with Raul Albiol suspended, meaning Nacho and Carvalho come into the side. Kaka returns, as Cristiano Ronaldo leads the line with Karim Benzema. Valladolid are as they were except for one change, with Omar displacing Larsson up front.
REAL VALLADOLID: Jaime; Rukavina, Rueda, Valiente, Balenziaga; Álvaro Rubio, Víctor Pérez; Ebert, Óscar, Omar; Guerra.
REAL MADRID: Diego López; Nacho, Pepe, Carvalho, Coentrão; Khedira, Modrić; Di María, Kaká, Cristiano Ronaldo; Benzema
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
A few statistics for fans of both teams ahead of kick-off. Valladolid's record at the Bernabeu reads W3 D3 L34. La Pucela have on just one of their last eight matches in La Liga and finally, Los Merengues are on a 28-match unbeaten streak on home soil in La Liga stretching back to December 2011. - This all points to a Madrid win of course!
Nevertheless, the 'Special One' is wary about the threats that Valladolid pose, telling the club's official website: “We’re playing against a team that in the best possible situation: they’re calm, they’ve accomplished their goals, they don’t feel pressured and they can come to the Bernabeu to try and win the match."
The reigning Spanish champions nevertheless are in the mood to delay Barcelona's relentless surge to the Liga title. They sit 11 points behind currently, but a win today ensures that Tito Vilanova's side cannot reclaim the crown this weekend.
But there is football to be played, as Madrid aim to continue their fantastic home record in La Liga. They face a Valladolid side sitting comfortably in mid-table, having picked up a win and two draws from their last three encounters. Can Miroslav Dukic's men pick up a shock victory? Their first away at the Bernabeu since May 2000?
Safe to say it's been a torrid week for Los Merengues. A valiant defeat in the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Borussia Dortmund, winning 2-0 only to narrowly exit 4-3 on aggregate was the real disappointment, after such a bright start. Add to Jose Mourinho's ranting press conference yesterday with the Portuguese boss set to quit the Spanish capital this summer, and you can sense that all is not well.
I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be guiding you through today's events for the next two hours. Don't forget to use Twitter to send us your predictions, musings and comments and tell me what you think throughout the 90 minutes - the handle is @mohammedali_93. Also, don't forget to interact with the Goal.com MatchCentre, on the box to your right.
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! text commentary from La Liga. Tonight sees Real Madrid host Valladolid at the Bernabeu as the hosts aim to put off the Barcelona title party for at least another week. Kick-off and team news shortly.
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