Saturday March 12, 2011 Day 28 Finished Bernabéu

Real Madrid 2 - 0 Hércules CF

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  1. Real brush aside Hercules to close gap

    Real brush aside Hercules to close gap

    Karim Benzema bagged a brace as Real Madrid cut the gap on Liga leaders Barcelona to four points with a comfortable 2-0 win over Hercules. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Real Madrid
    • Hércules CF
    • 90'+2 There goes the whistle! And Benzema's brace is enough to see off the challenge of Hercules! The pressure is on Barcelona now...
    • 90' A couple of minutes of injury time to be played...
    • 89' Benzema! No! No hat-trick for the Frenchman as he blazes over the bar!
    • 87' Adebayor again! No! It's not his night as this latest effort is saved by Calatayud!
    • 85' The fans at the Bernabeu are in party mood and it looks like they'll be celebrating closing to gap to four points at the top of the table.
    • 83' Benzema tries to find Adebayor but the big man tumbles to the ground and a free-kick is given the other way!
    • 81' Madrid are ending the match strongly here. The points aren't in any doubt.
    • 80' Time for another Real Madrid change as Ozil is replaced by Canales.
    • 78' That's a poor challenge by Pulhac on Arbeloa and we'll have the first yellow card of the game, deservedly so.
    • 76' Real chance for a third! Adebayor is through on goal but he can't quite get his shot off in time! And Khedira can't find the net on the follow up!
    • 74' Benzema is still on the pitch, and perhaps that injury isn't as bad as first thought. It looks like he's run it off.
    • 73' Ozil fires a free-kick on target! Tipped over by Calatayud!
    • 71' Here comes another change for Hercules: Portillo off, Cristian on.
    • 67' And Madrid make a change with Granero, not Benzema, coming off. Xabi Alonso comes on in his place.
    • 65' Sendoa comes on for Hercules, as does Valdez, with Tiago Gomes and Thomert coming off.
    • 64' And that could be a real blow for Madrid with the Champions League game against his former club Lyon on the horizon.
    • 63' Benzema looks to be struggling with a knock here. Not sure if he will stay on the pitch too much longer.
    • 61' Oh dear, that's an awful effort from Farinos though, high and wide of Casillas's goal.
    • 60' Khedira raises his boot on Tiago Gomes right on the edge of the Real box and Hercules have a free-kick in a dangerous position. A goal here and maybe this one's not over just yet.
    • 59' Real make a change: Khedira on for Di Maria.
    • 57' And that should be that... Real are closing in on the victory that will see them close the gap on leaders Barcelona to four points.
    • 56' GOAL! Benzema doubles Real Madrid's lead with a wonderful individual goal! He's lucky to receive the ball in the first place after Paz misjudges the flight of the ball but there is nothing fortunate about the finish as he cuts back inside from the byline before sending a low drive past Calatayud and into the far corner!
    • 54' Di Maria cuts inside from the Real right but his eventual shot is weak and easy enough for Calatayud to gather.
    • 52' Ooh! Benzema close to a second after a wonderful bit of skill sees him dink the ball over a defender before he strikes on goal from a narrow angle! The keeper is equal to it...
    • 50' Adebayor isn't expecting the ball to reach him and he nearly makes a hash of things. He gets away with it this time though.
    • 49' Hercules win a corner - their sixth of the match so far!
    • 48' Ozil is penalised for flicking a hand in the face of Tiago Gomes - unintentionally - and the game loses its flow for a moment.
    • 47' Oooh! Adebayor! Off the bar! What an effort from the Madrid striker! He runs onto a long ball forward and sweeps it on first time in one swift motion! But the woodwork denies him this time!
    • 46' Here we go again! Back under way at the Bernabeu!
    • 45' There goes the half-time whistle and Real Madrid's 100 per cent record at the Bernabeu this season is still intact after the opening period against Hercules.
    • 44' Gomes lets fly from distance, but the ball sails well over the head of Casillas this time and into the stands.
    • 43' Potillo lets off an ambitious effort from a narrow angle, and Casillas is brought into action again, It's a comfortable save for the Real skipper though.
    • 42' Ozil waltzes into the Hercules box but his final ball finds a blue shirt instead of a white one.
    • 41' A poor touch from Di Maria sees another Madrid move forward break down.
    • 40' Marcelo and Benzema now link up well down the Real left, but the Frenchman's eventual cross is hacked clear.
    • 39' Benzema looks to find strike partner Adebayor but his clipped ball through doesn't make it this time.
    • 37' All of a sudden, the Real Madrid keeper is a busy man! Fantastic response by the visiting side to going behind!
    • 36' Kiko! Oooh! Another great effort and another great save by Casillas!
    • 35' Oooh! Great effort by Thomert on the volley that Casillas is forced into action to save!
    • 33' Marcelo does well to clear his lines for Real as another Hercules attack breaks down.
    • 32' Jose Mourinho is in deep discussions with his assistants on the bench...
    • 31' Half an hour gone and Real lead, deservedly so on the balance of play.
    • 30' Straight down to the other end and Kiki sends over a dangerous looking cross to the near post where Casillas has to be alert to gather.
    • 29' Di Maria finds the run of Ozil as Madrid come forward once again. But the German's deflected cross is claimed by Calatayud.
    • 28' Nothing come of the corner, but Real are in the ascendency now. They should be able to use that goal as the platform on which to build a victory here.
    • 27' Adebayor! Ooh! What a header from the Togo hitman! He rises like a salmon to meet a cross with a thumping header that Calatayud does really well to tip over the bar!
    • 26' Here come Madrid again with a lovely, flowing move involving Ozil, Adebayor and Benzema. They can't add another to their tally this time though.
    • 25' That's a blow for the visitors... they'd done well up until that point.
    • 24' GOAL! There's the opener, created by Ozil and finished by Benzema! It's a beautifully weighted pass by Ozil to open up the Hercules defence and play in Arbeloa down the right. His cross is met by Benzema, who has the simple task of sidefooting home!
    • 22' Ozil tries to unpick the lock to the Hercules defence with a little clipped ball into the box... headed clear.
    • 21' What a lovely flick by Benzema... he nearly sets Di Maria free. That really would have been fantastic.
    • 19' Hercules are holding their own so far tonight. They're not overawed by their more illustrious opponents in the slightest.
    • 17' Pamarot, once of Portsmouth, heads over the bar as Hercules again threaten!
    • 16' Granero steps up... but he fires just over the bar. The keeper had it covered anyway.
    • 15' Ozil looks to tease the Hercules defence, and the Germany star wins a free-kick on the edge of the box. Granero over it...
    • 14' Hercules win another corner - their second of the game - but Raul Albiol is there to head clear for the hosts.
    • 13' Real can cut the gap on Barca to four points tonight, with the leaders facing a tricky test against Sevilla tomorrow.
    • 12' Real pour forward again with Di Maria... he has Benzema and Adebayor alongside him, but he chooses to go it alone. Bad choice: his shot is blocked by Paz and the move breaks down.
    • 9' Portillo now breaks free and manages to fire a shot on target! Casillas is well behind it, but that's the first time the visitors have threatened tonight.
    • 7' Hercules are looking for their second giant killing of the season, having disposed of Barcelona 2-0 at the Nou Camp back in September.
    • 6' Heres's the first chance of the game! It falls to Di Maria, but he prods wide of the far post from a narrow angle after some odd defending by Paz!
    • 5' Again nothing comes of the good position though and Hercules are able to clear their lines.
    • 4' It's Granero who takes it... off the wall and behind for the first corner of the game.
    • 3' Di Maria hits the deck and Real have a free-kick in a decent position. Ozil over it....
    • 2' Hercules in their traditional blue and white stripes today, Madrid in their usual all white.
    • 1' And we're off! Hercules get things underway at the Bernabeu!
    • 18:57 No Pepe or Xabi Alonso in Real Madrid's midfield today, with Mourinho perhaps keeping one eye on their Champions League clash with Lyon this week.
    • 18:56 Real Madrid: I. Casillas, Á. Arbeloa, S. Ramos, R. Albiol, Marcelo, E. Granero, L. Diarra, Á. Di María, M. Özil, K. Benzema, E. Adebayor /// Hercules: J. Calatayud, Juanra, A. Paz, N. Pamarot, C. Pulhac, F. Farinós, A. Aguilar, Kiko, T. Gomes, O. Thomert, J. Portillo.
    • 18:55 Real will have to make do without Cristiano Ronaldo though - the Portuguese forward has been given the day off to recover from a muscle strain.
    • 18:50 Barca currently top La Liga by seven points and nothing less than victory against third from bottom Hercules will do for Los Merengues. Barca play Sevilla in the late game on Saturday.
    • 18:45 Real Madrid welcomes Hercules to the Bernabeu with Jose Mourinho's side looking to keep up the pressure on league leaders Barcelona.
  • Summary

    • 89' Benzema! No! No hat-trick for the Frenchman as he blazes over the bar!
    • 87' Adebayor again! No! It's not his night as this latest effort is saved by Calatayud!
    • 76' Real chance for a third! Adebayor is through on goal but he can't quite get his shot off in time! And Khedira can't find the net on the follow up!
    • 73' Ozil fires a free-kick on target! Tipped over by Calatayud!
    • 56' GOAL! Benzema doubles Real Madrid's lead with a wonderful individual goal! He's lucky to receive the ball in the first place after Paz misjudges the flight of the ball but there is nothing fortunate about the finish as he cuts back inside from the byline before sending a low drive past Calatayud and into the far corner!
    • 52' Ooh! Benzema close to a second after a wonderful bit of skill sees him dink the ball over a defender before he strikes on goal from a narrow angle! The keeper is equal to it...
    • 47' Oooh! Adebayor! Off the bar! What an effort from the Madrid striker! He runs onto a long ball forward and sweeps it on first time in one swift motion! But the woodwork denies him this time!
    • 36' Kiko! Oooh! Another great effort and another great save by Casillas!
    • 35' Oooh! Great effort by Thomert on the volley that Casillas is forced into action to save!
    • 27' Adebayor! Ooh! What a header from the Togo hitman! He rises like a salmon to meet a cross with a thumping header that Calatayud does really well to tip over the bar!
    • 24' GOAL! There's the opener, created by Ozil and finished by Benzema! It's a beautifully weighted pass by Ozil to open up the Hercules defence and play in Arbeloa down the right. His cross is met by Benzema, who has the simple task of sidefooting home!
    • 6' Heres's the first chance of the game! It falls to Di Maria, but he prods wide of the far post from a narrow angle after some odd defending by Paz!
    • 18:56 Real Madrid: I. Casillas, Á. Arbeloa, S. Ramos, R. Albiol, Marcelo, E. Granero, L. Diarra, Á. Di María, M. Özil, K. Benzema, E. Adebayor /// Hercules: J. Calatayud, Juanra, A. Paz, N. Pamarot, C. Pulhac, F. Farinós, A. Aguilar, Kiko, T. Gomes, O. Thomert, J. Portillo.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Real Madrid

    Manager: José Mourinho

  • Hércules CF

    Manager: Estebán Vigo

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • I. Casillas
      • Á. Arbeloa
      • S. Ramos
      • R. Albiol
      • Marcelo
      • E. Granero Substitution Out (68′)
      • L. Diarra
      • Á. Di María Substitution Out (59′)
      • M. Özil Substitution Out (80′)
      • K. Benzema Goals×2
      • E. Adebayor

      Subs

      • X. Alonso Substitution In68′
      • E. Garay
      • S. Khedira Substitution In59′
      • Pepe
      • S. Canales Substitution In80′
      • A. Adán
      • &. Morata
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Calatayud
      • Juanra
      • A. Paz
      • N. Pamarot
      • C. Pulhac Yellow Card
      • A. Aguilar
      • F. Farinós
      • Kiko
      • T. Gomes Substitution Out (66′)
      • O. Thomert Substitution Out (66′)
      • J. Portillo Substitution Out (72′)

      Subs

      • D. Cortés
      • N. Valdez Substitution In66′
      • P. Velthuizen
      • M. Fritzler
      • M. Sarr
      • Cristian Substitution In72′
      • Sendoa Substitution In66′
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