Tuesday November 22, 2011 Group Stage: Group D Finished Bernabéu

Real Madrid 6 - 2 Dinamo Zagreb

  • Benzema 2’, 66’
  • Callejón 6’, 49’
  • Higuaín 9’
  • Özil 20’
  • Beciraj 81’
  • Tomecak 90’

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  1. Real hit Zagreb for six

    Real hit Zagreb for six

    Real Madrid clinched top spot in Champions League Group D with an emphatic 6-2 win at home to Dinamo Zagreb. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Real Madrid
    • Dinamo Zagreb
    • 21:30 And that's all from me. Follow me on Twitter - @liamhappe
    • 90+3' And that's that. An entertaining game and plenty of goals. But Zagreb will be proud that they have finally scored at this level, and denied Real two chances to make history in the process.
    • 90+2' Cufre gets a booking late on. This is the second of two added minutes.
    • 90+1' Defensive mis-communication from Real allows Badelj to squeeze in a cross at the near post which Tomecak converts from a yard out.
    • 90' GOAL! Zagreb have a second! And it's Tomecak in the final minute!
    • 89' We finally have our first yellow card of the game. And it's for Beciraj. Altintop had committed a foul just beforehand, so I'm presuming it was for dissent.
    • 88' Granero puts a through pass into the box for BENZEMA! Great save by Kelava! Corner coming up.
    • 87' Real draw Ole! chants with each pass now. And they're racking up a few of them in succession.
    • 86' Real win a free-kick deep on the left flank but Granero's quick cross into the box is headed clear.
    • 85' He's the third goalscorer to require some treatment after Higuain and Benzema, and obviously Real are unable to bring on a sub in his place if he cannot return.
    • 84' The man who was initially referenced in that case of reporting deja vu, Callejon, is currently recieving treatment, leaving Real down to ten men for now.
    • 83' Benzema shows great skill to turn on the volley inside the box, and he tries the scissors kick finish... off the bar! What a hat-trick clincher THAT would have been!
    • 82' The final sub of the game immediately follows the goal - Sammir makes way for Ivan Tomecak.
    • 81' ZAGREB SCORE! It's Beciraj with the header! They finally have a goal in the Champions League and with it, they've ended Real's perfect defensive record in the group stages!
    • 80' Coentrao's cross from the left narrowly misses the runs of both Callejon and Altintop, and Dinamo clear their lines.
    • 79' The away side win a free-kick inside the centre circle.
    • 78' Leko heads a raking pass into the area from Sahin safely back to Kelava.
    • 77' Real scored seven in La Liga at the weekend. They're just one shy of it at the moment here, with well over ten minutes remaining.
    • 75' Granero's corner is straight towards Kelava, who catches comfortably.
    • 74' Callejon's cross is chested out by Cufre for a corner.
    • 73' Sahin floats the ball into the danger zone, but Dinamo eventually get it clear.
    • 72' Benzema wins Real another free-kick this, one about 30 yards out just to the right of centre.
    • 71' Corner comes to nothing but Dinamo continue to press until Beciraj triggers the offside flag.
    • 70' Beciraj collects a ball into the Real area and does well to evade the centre-backs before seeing his shot closed down well by Albiol.
    • 69' Granero will shoot from this one, but it's off target.
    • 68' Ibanez concedes a free-kick about 25 yards out.
    • 67' A shuffled one-two with Higuain sees the Frenchman move into the area and slot calmly into the far corner. Real have broken their home scoring record for a game in Europe.
    • 66' BENZEMA! It's 6 on 66!
    • 65' Callejon looks to run onto a long ball into the Dinamo area but Kelava gets there first.
    • 63' Arijan Ademi replaces Vida in Dinamo's second alloted change of the game.
    • 62' Now it's Benzema pulling up. He too looks fit to shake it off for now, though.
    • 61' Higuain is off the pitch for treatment as the corner is taken, but he returns after the set piece flashes across the Dinamo goal. Good thing he wasn't more hurt, obviously Madrid have used all of their subs at the interval.
    • 60' Poor defending by Tonel sees him clear the ball right into the path of Higuain, who sets up Benzema, who through passes to Callejon on the right-hand corner of the box... who'll go for the chip towards the far post! Kelava gets a hand to it! What a hat-trick clincher that would have been!
    • 59' Again, the home side play simple possession from the corner, losing it with a loft pass forward which finds Higuain offside. Just noticed that the striker received the armband from Ramos, too.
    • 58' HIGUAIN! Great save from Kelava after Benzema had been forced away from goal initially by good defending from Cufre.
    • 57' Leko's attempt at a final ball is poor, but the visitors are looking more capable going forward in this second half.
    • 56' Real string together a dozen or so passes of their own, but the back line are standing firm and denying them another chance to penetrate for now.
    • 55' Sahin cuts out a short Zagreb pass. Don't sound interesting enough? How about he did so with back-heeled tekkers?
    • 54' Superb defending by Real to deny their opponents a chance at goal. Dinamo passing the ball quite confidently for a sustained period there.
    • 52' Zagreb almost break from the ensuing corner but Beciraj is outnumbered three-to-one.
    • 51' Callejon launches a great cross from the right and it takes Vida's header to deny Higuain a near-certain brace of his own.
    • 50' He beat the offside trap to collect a ball dinked over the back line and calmly slotted home just inside the near post.
    • 49' Scratch that, it's five. And a second for Callejon!
    • 48' Slow start here in the second period, but then with four pairs of fresh legs, that's no surprise.
    • 46' Ramos, Ozil and Alonso make way for Albiol, Altintop and Granero. Meanwhile, Alispahic has been replaced by Jerko Leko.
    • 20:45 Dinamo kick off the second half, and we have THREE changes at the break from Real and one from the away side.
    • 45+2' And there's the half-time whistle. Real lead by four goals to nil.
    • 45+1' Mercifully for the away side, just the one minute of added time has been indicated.
    • 45' Higuain has a shot closed down before Benzema triggers the offside flag out on the left.
    • 44' Ibanez caps off the move for Zagreb by firing speculatively from even further back, and Adan sees that all the way.
    • 43' Baciraj's cross is headed only as far as Alispahic, whose shot from 20 yards is closed down.
    • 42' Mr. Kelly is forced to lecture a couple of overzealous players in the box before the corner is eventually taken and it's Benzema of all people who heads it away.
    • 41' Vida wins the visitors' first corner off Coentrao.
    • 40' A Benzema cross from the left pinballs off a couple of players before Kelava collects.
    • 39' Varane has to be strong to deny Baciraj from getting onto a through pass down the middle.
    • 38' And it's Benzema who almost pounces on a loose ball from the corner, 6 yards out - but Kelava just about gets there first.
    • 37' Ozil leads another Real counter on the left wing before pulling it back to Benzema, who pivots on the edge of the corner and strikes! Great effort tipped over for a corner!
    • 35' Diarra fouls Alispahic just inside the Dinamo half.
    • 34' Ozil's tame speculative shot is easy for Kelava to take.
    • 33' Almost another chance for Real but Higuain is unable to successfully turn past Tonel, the only Zagreb player with a CL goal to his name (two, in fact)
    • 32' Ozil has space in the box after a long ball forward but takes a touch too many and has to settle for a corner, which the home side take short and work all the way back to their own half.
    • 30' Callejon fires over from 25 yards when he had options for a pass to either channel. He's clearly got the taste of goals and fancies one or two more.
    • 29' Alispahic whips a 30-yard free-kick into the danger zone but it's right into the arms of Real back-up keeper Adan.
    • 28' Coentrao beats two defenders to get into the box on the left-hand side, prime position for a low cross but he goes for goal! Saved well by Kelava!
    • 27' Ozil tees up Callejon to drive from inside the 'D', and it's deflected over the bar for a corner which the keeper punches clear.
    • 25' The Dinamo forwards look to spark a counter attack but it's 2 on 5 and the numbers game soon takes over.
    • 24' Lightning-fast move by Real now, Ozil to Higuain on the left side of the box and the low cross to Callejon! Great interception from a defender but the flag went up anyway.
    • 23' If the decision had been given there, it would have been a certain red for Lass.
    • 22' Hold on, Beciraj is clean through! Diarra appeals to foul him but the referee isn't convinced. Looked harsh on Zagrab to me, though the striker did make a meal of his belated fall to the ground.
    • 21' A superb sliding challenge from Cufre denies Higuain a chance to go for his second and Real's fifth. And yes, this is indeed the 21st minute, no typo.
    • 20' Benzema fires wide from outside the penalty area, but Real attack again and HIGUAIN SHOOTS! Well saved by the keeper but it falls to OZIL! It's four!
    • 19' Diarra cuts out a promising move forward from the away side.
    • 17' Beciraj is off-target from the set piece.
    • 16' Sammir buys a free-kick just outside the Real area, sensing that a challenge was coming he knocks the ball away.
    • 15' Ozil almost picks out Sahin inside the danger zone with a clever pass after good work on the right wing by Diarra. It's slightly over-weighted and rolls out for a goal kick.
    • 14' Superb Alonso ball allows Coentrao to bomb down the left but his cut-back is put over the bar by Higuain.
    • 12' Dinamo kept five clean sheets in a row domestically, but the gulf between the Croatian League and the Champions League has been made all too apparent thus far.
    • 11' Higuain regains his lead in the scoring charts over Benzema. He has 12 to the Frenchman's 11. Callejon is caught offside.
    • 10' Kelava looks crestfallen in the Zagreb goal. This could get even worse before half-time, to boot.
    • 9' Nice run from Lass down the right before cutting inside and making the through pass to the striker, who pulls back to beat his man and effortlessly chips home a THIRD goal in the opening stages.
    • 8' HIGUAIN! Oh my, it's three!
    • 7' Nice finish from the academy graduate for only his second goal for the club. Real are cruising!
    • 6' Benzema has space on the edge of the box again... this time he tees up the man whose head-on got him moving, Callejon - first time shot! 2-0!
    • 5' It takes some Madrid head tennis to eventually get clear a cross into their box, Zagreb's first meaningful move forward.
    • 4' Benzema is unable to properly bring down a wonderful long pass from the back which finds him onside. Good pressuring from his marker to make sure he didn't get in for two in four minutes.
    • 3' He feeds Ozil out on the left before moving into the area to receive the cut-back, which he expertly slots into the far bottom corner. Fantastic start from a much-changed Galacticos outfit.
    • 2' BENZEMA! 1-0! Real waste no time at the Bernabeu!
    • 1' Diarra plays at right-back tonight, with stand-in skipper Ramos at CB.
    • 19:45 The home side get the first half underway.
    • 19:40 “If Real Madrid triumph in style it would cap off a great day for me!!! Vamos Los Merengues!” From Justin, on Tue 22 Nov 4:39PM
    • 19:35 Tonight's referee is Alan Kelly of Cork, Ireland. Mr. Kelly officiated at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and has won PFAI's referee of the year award in four of the last five annual ballots.
    • 19:30 While you're here, why not open up an extra tab for our LIVE coverage of the other game in Group D as Ajax strive to secure their place alongside Real in the knockout stages at Lyon: Live updates
    • 19:25 Real Madrid have lost just one of their last 17 Champions League games, 0-2 at home against Barcelona in last season’s semi-final.
    • 19:20 To the surprise of few, Real rest several big hitters including Casillas and Ronaldo. Raphael Varane, the 18-year-old summer recruit from Lens starts, as does fellow newcomer Nuri Sahin in only his second game as a Madrid player following injury.
    • 19:15 TEAMS - Real Madrid: Adan, Diarra, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao, Sahin, Alonso, Callejon, Ozil, Benzema, Higuain. Subs: Casillas, Pepe, Khedira, Ronaldo, Granero, Altintop, Albiol. /// Dinamo Zagreb: Kelava, Cufre, Vida, Tonel, Ibanez, Calello, Kovacic, Milan Badelj, Milan Badelj, Sammir, Alispahic, Beqiraj. Subs: Loncaric, Ademi, Leko, Tomecak, Pokrivac, Rukavina, Krstanovic.
    • 19:10 Dinamo Zagreb are the only side yet to score a goal in this season's tournament, while Real Madrid are the only club yet to concede one.
    • 19:05 That aforementioned win for Madrid on Matchday One came on September 14th, and was the only previous meeting between the two sides in their histories. Report - Zagreb 0-1 Madrid
    • 19:00 Real Madrid boss Mourinho: "It's not a high-risk game where if you lose you are out, but Zagreb will be difficult because in the first leg we played with our best team and we won by the narrowest of margins (1-0). They are the Croatian champions and they have 10 points more than the second-placed team in their league. I have to make changes in my team because I have very tired players, not because the opponents will be easy."
    • 18:55 Dinamo Zagreb manager Krunoslav Jurcic: "This is something we expected. You arrive at a temple of football and play against one of he best teams. We have a lot of respect but nevertheless come to compete. I have asked my players to leave an impression and I hope they use this occasion to showcase the best of Croatian football."
    • 18:50 Jose Mourinho's side have already garnered enough points to guarantee a place in the last 16, but victory tonight will ensure top spot ahead of Ajax. Standings: Group D
    • 18:45 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Champions League Group D fixture between Real Madrid and Dinamo Zagreb!
  • Summary

    • 90' GOAL! Zagreb have a second! And it's Tomecak in the final minute!
    • 88' Granero puts a through pass into the box for BENZEMA! Great save by Kelava! Corner coming up.
    • 83' Benzema shows great skill to turn on the volley inside the box, and he tries the scissors kick finish... off the bar! What a hat-trick clincher THAT would have been!
    • 81' ZAGREB SCORE! It's Beciraj with the header! They finally have a goal in the Champions League and with it, they've ended Real's perfect defensive record in the group stages!
    • 66' BENZEMA! It's 6 on 66!
    • 60' Poor defending by Tonel sees him clear the ball right into the path of Higuain, who sets up Benzema, who through passes to Callejon on the right-hand corner of the box... who'll go for the chip towards the far post! Kelava gets a hand to it! What a hat-trick clincher that would have been!
    • 58' HIGUAIN! Great save from Kelava after Benzema had been forced away from goal initially by good defending from Cufre.
    • 51' Callejon launches a great cross from the right and it takes Vida's header to deny Higuain a near-certain brace of his own.
    • 49' Scratch that, it's five. And a second for Callejon!
    • 37' Ozil leads another Real counter on the left wing before pulling it back to Benzema, who pivots on the edge of the corner and strikes! Great effort tipped over for a corner!
    • 28' Coentrao beats two defenders to get into the box on the left-hand side, prime position for a low cross but he goes for goal! Saved well by Kelava!
    • 22' Hold on, Beciraj is clean through! Diarra appeals to foul him but the referee isn't convinced. Looked harsh on Zagrab to me, though the striker did make a meal of his belated fall to the ground.
    • 20' Benzema fires wide from outside the penalty area, but Real attack again and HIGUAIN SHOOTS! Well saved by the keeper but it falls to OZIL! It's four!
    • 14' Superb Alonso ball allows Coentrao to bomb down the left but his cut-back is put over the bar by Higuain.
    • 8' HIGUAIN! Oh my, it's three!
    • 6' Benzema has space on the edge of the box again... this time he tees up the man whose head-on got him moving, Callejon - first time shot! 2-0!
    • 2' BENZEMA! 1-0! Real waste no time at the Bernabeu!
    • 19:15 TEAMS - Real Madrid: Adan, Diarra, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao, Sahin, Alonso, Callejon, Ozil, Benzema, Higuain. Subs: Casillas, Pepe, Khedira, Ronaldo, Granero, Altintop, Albiol. /// Dinamo Zagreb: Kelava, Cufre, Vida, Tonel, Ibanez, Calello, Kovacic, Milan Badelj, Milan Badelj, Sammir, Alispahic, Beqiraj. Subs: Loncaric, Ademi, Leko, Tomecak, Pokrivac, Rukavina, Krstanovic.

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    Manager: José Mourinho

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    Manager: Krunoslav Jurcic

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