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Deportivo La Coruña
April 23, 2011
• Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
Referee: Miguel Pérez Lasa
• Attendance: 45000
Jordi Alba 85'
K. Benzema 23'
G. Higuaín 31', 43', 53'
Kaká 39', 62'
90' + 1'
And its all over at the Mestalla, and one of the games of the season has come to an end. Madrid win the match 6-3, and send a real message to Barcelona ahead of midweek. Thanks for joining us, on Goal.com!
The referee indicates three minutes of added on time.
Heading into injury time now - all credit to Valencia for making the match interesting, but Madrid have in truth eased off in the final minutes.
HUUUYYYYY!!!!! IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN 6-4!!! First Jonas, and then Soldado, both have efforts from close range, but somehow Casillas manages to keep both of them out.
GOOALLLLL!!!!!! GOAL GOAL GOAL!!!! VALENCIA!!! 6-3!! What a quite astonishing match this is. Jordi Alba, who has only just arrived into the action, was all alone in the penalty area, and calmly slotted past Casillas. It will count for nothing, but amazing nonetheless!
GOAAALLL!!!! GOAL GOAL GOAL!!!!!! VALENCIA, JONAS!!!! 6-2 now, Mata slipping the ball nicely inside for the Brazilian, who calmly slotted inside Casillas' near post from the edge of the area.
Valencia, to their credit, are continuing to attack and hunt for goals, but their play has lacked a conviction in the attacking third, in addition to their awful defensive lapses.
Into the final 15 minutes, and Valencia and their dejected supporters will want this one to end as soon as possible. They have been comprehensively thrashed here, and their confidence is already suitably damaged.
Madrid are hunting down goal number seven at the moment. Ronaldo looks lively and eager to get his name on the scoresheet. Meanwhile Pedro Leon is given a rare runout by Mourinho.
Just the sight a battered Valencia back line want to see - Cristiano Ronaldo comes on for the last twenty minutes to run them even more ragged.
Kaka's goal, to make it number six, means that Madrid have become the first-ever side to score six goals at the Mestalla. Impressive record to break, but sums up how terrible Valencia have been tonight.
Encouraging for Mourinho will be how efficiently his front players have finished this evening. Kaka, Benzema and Higuain have all been superb, and have did well to expose the deficiencies of the home side.
This is one incredible match. Madrid's defending hasn't exactly been secure, but compared to Valencia, they have been positively water-tight. This is a resounding beating, and a real warning to Barca ahead of the Champions League double-header.
GOOOOOALLLLL GOAL GOAL GOAL!!!!!! 6-1 MADRID!!! Normal service is resumed for the visitors, as the superb Karim Benzema once again finds space, and feeds Kaka who comfortably finishes to restore their 5-goal advantage. Easy.
GOOALLLLL!!!!!!! GOAL GOAL GOAL!!! Valencia pull a goal back, and Roberto Soldado, who has been in such good form recently, grabs a consolation, but one that is barely worth celebrating.
BENZEMA!!!! Almost six, but the striker can't finish this time. Madrid could rack up double figures at this rate, and in all honesty it wouldn't be an unfair reflection on the match.
For Madrid to be 5-0 up against La Liga's third-place side is not a good advert for the division in general. It simply shouldn't be this easy.
To call Valencia's performance so far tonight awful is an understatement. Their defending has been amateurish, to say the least, and although Madrid have finished well, Emery will be seething.
GOAAAAALLLL!!!! GOAL GOAL GOAL !!!!! REAL MADRID, HIGUAIN!!!! Hat-trick. Wonderful play from Kaka, who embarrassed Miguel to reach the byline, and give Higuain the simplest of tasks to roll the ball home. Valencia fans heading for the exits.
Hernandez gets in behind Carvalho but Casillas is equal to his run, and the assistant flags for offside in any case.
Valencia enjoying more of the ball at the start of the second half, although it is understandable if Madrid have decided to take their foot from the gas - their lead is insurmountable.
Back underway at the Mestalla. It's hard to give Valencia any hints as to how to approach this second half.
45' + 1'
And theres the whistles. Valencia 0-4 Real Madrid. Unbelievable. Join us in fifteen minutes for more!
I don't think the Valencia faithful can quite believe what is happening here. 4-0 down, and it could quite easily have been worse. The players should prepare for a chorus of boos at the break.
GOAALLLLL!!!! GOAL GOAL GOAL!!!! REAL MADRID, HIGUAIN!!!! Number two for the striker!!!! Valencia's defending is disgraceful, but Kaka takes full advantage, unselfishly rolling the ball across goal, allowing Higuain the simplest of tasks to roll home. 4-0 before half-time - incredible!!!!
HUUUUYYYY!!!! Benzema!!! This is becoming embarrassing for Valencia, Benzema is tearing them apart. The former Lyon man finds far too much room again, with Mathieu giving him all the freedom in the world, but Guaita shows strong wrists to beat away his strike.
GOOOALLLLLL!!!! GOAL GOAL GOAL!!!! REAL MADRID, KAKA!!!! Another incisive move, with Benzema finding space to play in Higuain, and the strikers ball across goal was calmly converted from close range by Kaka. All too easy for Madrid, 3-0!!!
Madrid once again look dangerous, with Benzema cutting inside Miguel, who lost his footing, but his effort was well blocked by the body of Ricardo Costa.
Hernandez is the man at the heart of the action again for Valencia, finding space inside the area, but his curling shot whistles wide of the upright, and in truth never threatened the corner.
Valencia's suicidal defending today has been nothing short of farcical, and not befitting of a team who are comfortably the third-best side in Spain. Madrid should be even further clear at this stage.
GOOALLLLLL!!!!! GOAL GOAL GOAL!!!! REAL MADRID! HIGUAIN! Awful defending from Jeremy Mathieu, who cut across the path of the Argentine and attempted to shepherd the ball back to Guaita, but the striker got past him to poke the ball past the keeper. 2-0, and it could be game over already.
Pablo Hernandez is attempting to drag the home side back into this contest. After a cross rebounds back to him, he tries to defeat Casillas at his near post, but can only drag his shot into the side-netting.
Valencia are struggling at the moment to remain in this contest. Madrid continue to attack in droves, and look as if they could score with every attack.
GOOOALLLL!!!!!! GOAL GOAL GOAL!!!! REAL MADRID!!! BENZEMA!!! Great goal from the visitors, with Higuain bursting down the right flank, to play a ball low across the goal that Guaita misjudged, allowing Benzema to bring the ball down and slot home! 1-0 to Mourinho's men!
HUUUYY!!!! Chance for Canales, the playmaker skips through the centre and gets his shot away on the stretch, but Guaita does well to beat the ball to safety. Madrid turning the screw...
HUUUYYYYY!!!!! Benzema!!!!! The Frenchman found space on the right, and attempted to find the target from a tight angle., but lashed his strike against Guaita's crossbar, with the keeper helpless.
Granero showing great energy in the opening stages for the visitors, fitting into the absent Khedira's boots extremely well.
Casillas makes a Hollywood save to dive across his goal and palm the ball away from Soldado at the near post, but Valencia definitely coming more into the game now.
Soldado manages to find space in the right channel, breaking away from the Madrid defence, but his first-time shot is deflected out of play for a corner, which eventually comes to nothing.
The match is being played a breathtaking pace, flowing from end to end, and it has all the makings of an exciting encounter so far.
Madrid have enjoyed the better of the early exchanges here, no doubt. The team appears to still be buzzing with confidence after their midweek triumph. Valencia need to remain vigilant.
HUUUUUYYY!!! Early chance for Madrid. Granero finds room on the right hand side of the area, but his side-foot shot is blocked, and as the ball broke out to Canales, the young Spaniard's shot was deflected wide of the target.
Juan Mata has been in sensational form of late for Valencia, as has Soldado, and both of those attackers will undoubtedly cause Madrid troubles today.
Lively start to this one, with a number of Madrid's fringe players with something to prove to Jose Mourinho, it seems.
We are underway at the Mestalla.
Now Real Madrid, who give a start to both Benzema and Higuain: Casillas; Albiol, Garay, Carvalho, Nacho; Lass, Granero; Kaka, Canales, Benzema; Higuain
First of all the home side, Valencia, who line-up like this: Guaita; Miguel, Stankevicius, Ricardo Costa, Mathieu; Maduro, Topal, Ever Banega; Pablo, Soldado, Mata.
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of Valencia versus Real Madrid from the Mestalla! Mourinho's side return to the scene of their Copa del Rey victory in midweek, but will field a much-changed line-up for this match. Teams are on the way!
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