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October 26, 2011
• Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Referee: Miguel Pérez Lasa
• Attendance: 80000
K. Benzema 6'
Á. di María 30'
Full time in Spain. Real Madrid go out comfortable 3-0 winners over Villarreal thanks to a fantastic first half performance. Thank you for joining us on Goal.com!
There are some whistles coming from the Real Madrid fans. Perhaps they have not liked the fact that their team has took it easy in the second half.
The game is winding down now. Villarreal have done well to stifle the play of Madrid but the hosts have took their foot well off the gas in the second half.
Villarreal have enjoyed more possession in this half, but have failed to create any concrete chances to bother Iker Casillas.
Xabi Alonso receives a standing ovation as he is replaced by Coentrao in the middle of midfield.
Arbeloa leading the charge forward as he drives into the Villarreal box and attempts to slide the ball in the corner, but Diego Lopez makes a smart save with his feet.
After a short delay, Ronaldo takes the free kick and it hits the wall with the Portuguese claiming for hand ball. Despite Real Madrid's domination, Ronaldo has been fairly anonymous tonight.
Goalscorer Karim Benzema comes off for Gonzalo Higuain just as Real Madrid have a free kick opportunity in a decent position.
A quiet period in the match at the moment. Real Madrid are having most of the possession but they are playing at an extremely leisurely pace.
Ángel Di María
Real Madrid make their first change of the match as Angel di Maria comes off for Mesut Ozil. An excellent display from the Argentine tonight.
The second half has very much been a midfield battle. Khedira and Xabi Alonso have dropped deeper into their own half and as a result, Borja has more room to orchestrate attacks for Villarreal.
Villarreal close down well to earn a corner kick. Maybe they can make the most of Madrid's drop in tempo.
Madrid are enjoying a lot of possession at the moment but their play is lacking the urgency they had in the first half.
Lovely play on the outside of the box from Madrid. Benzema exchanged a neat one-two with Khedira but the return pass came to Arbeloa who just lost control of the ball when coming inside.
Villarreal have started the second half better. Borja Valero is seeing more of the ball in midfield and they are keeping possession for longer periods.
Excellent take for Marcelo to control a cross field pass from Pepe. The Brazilian stopped the ball dead with his heel and attempted to slip a pass through to Benzema but Zapata defended well and cleared.
Yellow Card Marco Ruben
Yellow Card Kaká
Marco Ruben receives a yellow card after a nasty late challenge of Xabi Alonso. It may have been a foul, but Villarreal look more up for the game in this half.
Jonathan De Guzmán
Villarreal make a quick first half substitution as Jonathan De Guzman comes off to be replaced by Javi Camunas.
Very neat play from Borja Valero to just ease his way out of his half to take the pressure of his defence.
Ronaldo a whisker away from nodding home after a Xabi Alonso free kick into the box! It was a terrific delivery but the Portuguese missed getting contact by an inch.
Yellow Card Catalá
Villarreal kick off the second half in Spain. Real Madrid will look to power ahead get a few more goals. Villarreal will be hoping to install some pride in their performance.
The referee calls time on the half. Real Madrid have been outstanding in the first half and go in with a 3-0 advantage over Villarreal. It may be a case in the second period of how much the hosts take their foot off the gas. Join us in 15 minutes for the second half!
Madrid just easing off the tempo of their play. They are playing simple balls around the field at the moment.
Ronaldo is trying a bit too hard at the moment. He is two goals away from 100 for Real Madrid so maybe the Portuguese has his eye on the landmark.
Borja Valero drives the ball into the box and Iker Casillas dives out from goal to punch the ball away.
Chance for Villarreal now with a free kick on the left- hand side after Arbeloa brought down Ruben.
Real Madrid just patiently keeping the ball at the moment. They likely have the match won so they can just play at their own pace now.
Lovely play from Cani as the Villarreal man jinxes down the left wing before cutting inside and testing Iker Casillas with a decent shot, but the Madrid goalkeeper managed to hold on to the ball.
Assist Karim Benzema
Goal Ángel Di María
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR REAL MADRID!!! An unbelievably quick counter attack from the hosts as Marcelo bursts out from his own half to pick out Benzema who slides a lovely pass through the Villarreal defence to Di Maria for the Argentine to shuffle the ball onto his left foot and slot in the bottom corner.
Sergio Ramos is there again. This time the Spaniard managed to get in the way of a cross that looked destined for Marco Ruben standing on the penalty spot.
Good defending from Sergio Ramos to slide away a pass through to Ruben from Rossi. The Argentine eventually fouled the Real Madrid man. Brave play.
Outstanding play on the byline from Marcelo to evade tackles and slither through challenges, the ball eventually fell at the feet of Benzema who just slipped when hitting the ball and saw his effort go just wide of the right-hand post.
No escape for Villarreal at the moment. They are camped in their own half under the pressure of Real Madrid.
Yellow Card Xabi Alonso
Xabi Alonso receives a yellow card for a cynical foul on Marco Ruben on the half way line. Intelligent foul to concede as Villarreal were piling men forward.
Excellent interception from Gonzalo. The Argentine showed great pace to get across to the wing and nick the ball away from Marcelo, who had lots of space to run into had he got through.
Yellow Card Mateo Musacchio
Real Madrid have been absolutely outstanding in the opening minutes. Every single player is showing tremendous hunger for the ball and their speed on the counter attack is frightening at times.
Villarreal manage to get a shot on goal thanks to Giuseppe Rossi who drives forward and lashes a shot at Casillas. It was a speculative effort but it was an effort none the less.
Terrific save from Diego Lopez! Benzema latches on to a cross at the back post and headers towards goal but the Villarreal goalkeeper dives across to get his body behind the ball!
Assist Ángel Di María
Villarreal manage to clear the corner but they have been under severe pressure since the start of the match.
Ronaldo finds space just outside the box and fires a dipping shot to the right hand post but Diego Lopez manages to parry by the post.
Assist Ángel Di María
Goal Karim Benzema
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR REAL MADRID!!! Angel di Maria picks out Karim Benzema with an absolutely glorious pass over the top of the Villarreal defence and the Frenchman cheekily dinks the ball over Diego Lopez!
GOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR REAL MADRID! No! Wait! Xabi Alonso free kick into the box and Sergio Ramos heads home but he is just offside. Still, worrying for Villarreal.
Real Madrid kick off the match in Spain. Both sides are capable of producing some very nice football so an entertaining match is in store for this evening!
The last time Villarreal visited the Santiago Bernabeu, they took the lead twice in the game but eventually lost 4-2 to Real Madrid, with Cristiano Ronaldo netting a hat-trick so they will be hoping to rectify that tonight.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I will be reporting on the match for you this evening. You can follow me on Twitter at @MartinMac1 so feel free to post your thoughts and predictions on the match.
This is the starting XI of Villarreal: Diego Lopez; Zapata, Gonzalo, Musacchio, Catala; Bruno, Borja, Cani, De Guzman; Rossi, Marco Ruben
The teams are in and this is how Real Madrid will be lining up tonight: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Khedira; Kaka, Di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo; Benzema.
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