An Adebayor hat-trick and braces from Benzema & Ronaldo, who scored his 39th and 40th goals of the campaign, consigned Almeria to a miserable last day in la Liga...
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo became the most prolific goal scorer in a single La Liga campaign, surpassing Telmo Zarra and Hugo Sanchez’s record of 38 goals in one season in his sides’ 8-1 win over an Almeria team resigned to playing in Spain’s Segunda division next term.
Ronaldo opened the scoring and Emmanuel Adebayor doubled Madrid’s lead midway through the first half, only for Kalu Uche to respond within seconds of the Togolese’s goal to give Roberto Olabe’s side a lifeline at half-time.
Almeria came to within the width of the post of restoring parity before a Madrid rout evolved. Karim Benzema and Adebayor rotated the next four goals between them as los Blancos scored their 100th league goal.
The 101st goal came from the boot of Cristiano Ronaldo before youngster Joselu provided Madrid with their eighth goal of the match, as los Blancos brought their season to an impressive end.
Real Madrid took the lead within four minutes when Xabi Alonso's freekick deliver was headed into the path of Cristiano Ronaldo who tapped home from close range to score his record-breaking 39th league goal.
Karim Benzema came close to doubling los Blancos’ lead when he burst toward goal before seeing his strike from 25 yards rise over the bar.
A pulsating period ensued as Adebayor provided a fine finish after Mesut Ozil had supplied the former Arsenal striker with a superb through ball.
Almeria responded in emphatic fashion from the restart, Juanma Ortiz sent in a cross which landed at Kalu Uche’s feet via a deflection leaving the striker the simplest of tap-ins to half Almeria’s deficit.
Madrid looked to restore their two-goal buffer after a determined Ronaldo touched the ball to Benzema who thumped a ferocious effort against Esteban’s crossbar.
The second half began in the same fashion as the first had ended, when Albert Crusat rose highest but was left helpless as he watched his effort hit the post denying Almeria an equalising goal.
Madrid’s response was lethal; Benzema charged towards Almeria’s goal and with no defender challenging the Frenchman, he burst through before poking a finish underneath Esteban.
Almeria conceded their fourth soon after when Ronaldo rounded the ‘keeper presenting the Portuguese striker to score his 40th goal of the season, only for Carlos Garcia to make a superb goal-line clearance. Adebayor was the man in waiting, however, and he hammered the ball home from all of six yards out.
Madrid continued to dominate and their fifth strike was a showmanship of teamwork. Sergio Ramos thumped a long ball forward from the back to Ronaldo, whose audacious back-heel in mid-air found Adebayor. The Togolese immediately released CR7 down the wing, and the Portuguese took one touch to drill a low close to Benzema, who slotted the ball beyond Esteban.
It soon became 6-1 when Pepe rose highest to flick Esteban Granero’s corner into the path of Adebayor and the on loan striker completed his hat-trick in resounding fashion by stabbing home from close range.
Ronaldo finished the season with 40 goals to his name after he waltzed past Almeria's static defence before blasting in a low shot into the bottom corner from outside the box. Straight after the goal, Jose Mourinho decided to withdraw goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, who was given a standing ovation by the fans and a guard of honour by his team-mates in his final game for the capital club.
Madrid still had enough time to match their goal tally from last season of 102 goals through substitute Joselu when the youngster fired home from close range following a scrumptious lifted ball into the far post from Ronaldo.
With both sides resigned to their fates ahead of this game, Madrid showed what they are capable of, albeit against a lesser opposition, ahead of next season in the hope of usurping Barcelona as la Liga champions, whilst Almeria will hope to return to the top division after dropping down to the Segunda division.