Saturday February 18, 2012 Day 24 Finished Bernabéu

Real Madrid 4 - 0 Racing Santander

  • Cristiano Ronaldo 6’
  • Benzema 45’, 89’
  • Di María 73’

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  1. Real Madrid ease past Racing

    Real Madrid ease past Racing

    Real Madrid moved 13 points clear of Barcelona at the summit of La Liga with a 4-0 win at home to 10-man Racing Santander. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Real Madrid
    • Racing Santander
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    • 90+2' Di Maria ready to come back on, but the ref blows up anyway. Madrid 4-0 winners and now 13 points clear of Barca. Racing stay in the relegation zone. Table
    • 90+1' Two minutes injury time have been allotted.
    • 90' Di Maria, returning after 11 games out, is hurt after a challenge with Christian.
    • 89' GOAL FOR REAL MADRID! 4-0. Benzema with a strike from 15 yards that deflects off Bernardo and into the roof of the net. Before that they had four on two in the box and Tono somehow saved!
    • 88' Di Maria dancing inside and crossing for Ronaldo - too far ahead of him.
    • 87' Carvalho booked for a late tackle on Torrejon. /// @SamBalinski via Twitter: "I think winning the classico's are important but I really don't think madrid will care this season."
    • 86' Ronaldo down the channel for Benzema, who turns it back inside to the Portuguese... Tono blocks his shot - just wide of the post. The keeper helps his opponent to his feet.
    • 85' Youngster Luque lets fly from the corner of the box, the ball flashing past the top corner.
    • 83' Marcelo and Kaka combine to feed Ronaldo on the left... his low ball into the six-yard box with the outside of his right foot is smothered by Tono.
    • 82' Another free-kick for the hosts, to be whipped in by Alonso. His delivery is poor. /// @alfonsusligiori via Twitter: "whoaa . . Di Maria goal kinda reminds me of his goal when Madrid meet Spurs on the previous UCL"
    • 81' So what is more important? Winning the Clasicos, or the title? /// @mk123mk1 via Twitter: "dont like Ramos on the right flank because he resumes his fav. hobby of collecting cards to plaster his bedroom wall with." Tell me on Twitter
    • 80' Real Madrid are averaging three goals a game, and they have kept up that record tonight.
    • 78' Racing change: Julian Luque, 19, on for Acosta.
    • 77' Arana delivers a free-kick into the danger area which comes off a head and away defender Torrejon throws himself into a spectacular scissor volley into the side netting. Was worthy of a goal.
    • 76' A fair few yards over the bar from Ronaldo. He looks to the heavens.
    • 76' Real change: Ricardo Carvalho on for Pepe.
    • 75' Benzema fouled and Ronaldo will be having a dig from here... 25 yards out.
    • 73' WHAT A GOAL FROM DI MARIA! 3-0. He cuts in from the right and unleashes a beauty inside the far post, halfway up, despite Tono getting fingers to it. Proper rolled around the corner of the net.
    • 73' Pepe and the tiny Munitis go in for a 50-50 and there are no prizes for guessing the outcome.
    • 71' Di Maria dinks a cross in for Ronaldo, who falls over and still manages to control the ball. Alonso then spins a ball out for a goal-kick. A bit ambitious.
    • 70' Real change: Sami Khedira on for Granero.
    • 70' Racing change: former Real player Pedro Munitis, now 36 years of age, on for Babacar to a warm ovation.
    • 69' Cristiano Ronaldo averaged 0.43 goals per game in the Premier League with Man United, compared to 1.09 per game in La Liga.
    • 67' Di Maria sneaks down the right side and looks to come along the byline, but runs out of pitch.
    • 66' Ramos sticks a leg out and Acosta could go down under the challenge but doesn't. For a moment it looked as though the defender might be heading for the tunnel...
    • 64' Diop caught late by Alonso and is seen to by the physio.
    • 63' Real change: Angel Di Maria for Ozil to a standing ovation.
    • 62' There must be a back-up system because things have brightened again. Racing take their corner... Marc Torrejon gets a head to the ball and it just dips over!
    • 61' Many of the floodlights have gone out! There are quite a few still in operation, so we can still see, but the light is dim.
    • 60' Alonso chips a ball into the box for Ronaldo, who is marginally offside.
    • 59' The free-kick is wasted, straight out of play.
    • 58' On a rare Racing attack, Acosta cuts through two players and is brought down by Ramos. Yellow card for the Spain star.
    • 57' The game is becoming disjointed.
    • 55' Ramos with a solid header just over from an Ozil corner. He attacked it with great enthusiasm.
    • 54' Real spreading the ball at will from right to left and back again.
    • 53' Poor strike from Ronaldo, well off target again. He looks very sorry for himself.
    • 52' Alonso jumps over the challenge of Alvaro and Benzema is there to take possession and shoot - blocked by the Racing defence.
    • 51' Before today, 13 of Real Madrid’s 19 league goals in 2012 have come in the second half.
    • 50' Babacar is free in the box and heads just wide of the post with Casillas scrambling across his goal.
    • 49' Marcelo cushions the ball inside for Kaka, who allows it to drop before slamming a shot into the side netting.
    • 47' The ball drops on the edge of the Racing penalty area and Alonso slashes a first-time volley just wide of the post!
    • 47' Right-back Alvaro with a dangerous cross from the right to force a punch from Casillas under pressure from Babacar.
    • 46' The second half is under way. Real in all white kicking from right to left.
    • - Looked like he got the final touch to me - shame for Benzema if so as he did brilliantly to finish it off.
    • - @mk123mk1: "It's Ramos goal! Not Benzema's"
    • - My Egyptian/English colleague is covering the Juve-Catania game - and Catania have scored inside four minutes at the Juventus Arena! Follow Reda's commentary
    • - @ATJaved via Twitter: it was a clear second yellow, at least in la liga where every handball is met with a yella. Where's @Reda_Eurosport?
    • 45+2' And it is the last act of the half. 2-0 to Real at the break. Whose goal was it? Contact/follow Jonathan Symcox on Twitter
    • 45+1' It was a great finish from a tight angle and Ramos may have nicked it on the line as Bernardo tried in vain to clear, but the Spanish media are giving the goal to the striker.
    • 45+1' A SECOND GOAL FOR REAL MADRID! Benzema spins with the short free-kick into the box to leave Marcos Gullon trailing and dinks the ball over Tono.
    • 45' Ronaldo fouled by Alvaro, who goes into the book.
    • 44' Soon after he is the pivot in a one-two with Benzema - the Frenchman's low strike is well held by Tono.
    • 44' Marcelo with a snapshot that forces Tono into a flying save at his near post!
    • 43' Ronaldo wins the header at the far post from the Xabi Alonso set-piece, but the second ball is cleared.
    • 43' Racing change: a tactical one, due to the sending off - Christian on for Adrian.
    • 42' Alvaro booked for a late tackle on Kaka.
    • 41' The free-kick was cleared. Racing's job now positively mountainous. What did you think of the decision? Tell me on Twitter
    • 40' When the cross came in, he was the defender blocking it outside the box - it struck him on the hand but it was not deliberate. Also it wasn't an obvious touch, especially at full speed. Racing very hard done by there, although Cisma does not complain.
    • 39' Play has stopped... referee Gonzalez Gonzalez goes over to Ronaldo and shows Cisma a second yellow card!
    • 38' Ronaldo goes alone down the right and dips a cross in which is hacked away.
    • 37' Real pour forward but Racing stay in position and clear their lines.
    • 36' On the road, Juanjo Gonzalez’s men have won just one of their last 11 league games (D5 L5) - but they are still in this one at only 1-0 down.
    • 35' Brilliant exchange in the middle of the park from Racing to set Alvaro away on the left. His cross into the danger area is punched by a flying Iker Casillas, but almost straight up into the air... Acosta waiting beneath it controls, earns space and shoots, but his effort is blocked. Diop then tries his luck, also blocked.
    • 34' Kaka earns applause from the home fans as he chases down and blocks a clearance.
    • 33' Ronaldo cuts in and balloons a shot well over the crossbar.
    • 32' Perhaps I am being a bit harsh there, given the alarming discrepancy in TV money handed out to the respective clubs. There is a gulf in class between them.
    • 31' Racing had a spell there for a minute, but Real are back in control and the match again resembles a Copa del Rey tie against minnows.
    • 30' Kaka with quick feet in midfield - too quick, as Diop clumps into him.
    • 29' Bernardo with a solid challenge to win the ball and send Ozil flying at the same time. No free-kick.
    • 28' This is the Los Merengues’ second-best league start after 22 games, only taking more points in 60/61 (59, assuming three points for a win). Mourinho’s men have won 17 of their last 18 league games.
    • 27' Ozil with a one-two on the right and his cross for Benzema is excellent... he shoots as he falls and Tono scrambles the ball away at the foot of the post!
    • 26' Manuel Arana picks it up and wins a free-kick off Pepe. Diop's kick is again cleared and as Madrid break, Domingo Cisma throws up an arm to handball deliberately - the most obvious yellow card.
    • 25' Ramos gives away a cheap free-kick down the left side of the penalty area, Acosta brought down. Senegalese Papakouli Diop bends it in, headed away.
    • 24' Excellent ball in is attacked by Acosta, but Ramos is there to head away inside his own six-yard box.
    • 23' Racing pulled apart as Marcelo crosses from the left. Bernardo, on loan from Sevilla, chests back the ball to Tono from a couple of yards out... brave!
    • 22' If they maintain their goals per game average, Real Madrid will score 129.5 goals this season, breaking the season record of 107 set by themselves in 89/90.
    • 21' Adrian Gonzalez on the left wins a corner via a deflected cross. Real clear the danger easily.
    • 20' Ronaldo looking for a one-two but finds the feet of a Racing man.
    • 19' Real biding their time, keeping the ball inside the away side's half. They look about three divisions higher than Racing so far.
    • 18' Successive corners are cleared by Racing, who are on a run of four league games without a win (D3 L1).
    • 17' He walks gingerly for a moment after that block tackle, but recovers quickly to chase down a ball on the other side of the penalty area.
    • 16' Great control from Ronaldo on the left. He looks to slalom his way into the centre of the box, but is crowded out.
    • 15' Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last nine league meetings with Racing (W8 D1); and Los Blancos have won nine of their last 10 league games at home to Racing.
    • 14' Marcelo again delivers from the left. Benzema is unable to get to the ball before it is cleared.
    • 13' Marcelo whips in a cross from the left and Racing hack clear.
    • 12' Racing were battered 6-1 in this match last season. Another shoeing on the cards? Or can they put up a fight? /// @mk123mk1 via Twitter: "I predict Real Madrid to win 5-1"
    • 11' Low shot for the far bottom corner from Ronaldo, from 25 yards out on the right. Held by Tono.
    • 10' Lautaro Acosta, on loan from Sevilla, on the prowl on the left but Sergio Ramos is back to put a foot in and win the ball.
    • 9' Racing are missing forward star Christian Stuani through suspension. Here Khouma Babacar, on loan from Fiorentina, looks to get in behind but has no joy.
    • 8' Well Racing are the last team to keep a clean sheet against Real, back in September, but won't be doing today.
    • 7' Suspicions of offside against the Portuguese, but it was almost impossible to tell with several players on, level or behind the byline/goal-line.
    • 6' GOAL FOR REAL MADRID! Kaka played down the right side of the box by Benzema, and his hard shot from an angle is parried by Tono. When the ball comes back to the Brazilian, he heads to the far post where Ronaldo is waiting to nod into the unguarded net.
    • 6' Kaka wins a free-kick down the left side of the box off Alvaro.
    • 5' Ronaldo against the post! His downward header from a corner should have been scored!
    • 4' Cristiano Ronaldo with a dipping cross from the left which Tono claims just ahead of Benzema.
    • 3' Ozil cuts in from the right and tries to thread a pass through, but it is a poor one.
    • 2' Marcelo attacking the left byline, lifting the ball into the box... headed away by the Racing defence under pressure.
    • 1' Karim Benzema flicked through by Mesut Ozil, but he was just offside.
    • 1' Racing get us under way, kicking from right to left and dressed in all black.
    • - The teams are out and ready to start. If you have any predictions, drop me a line on Twitter. Contact/follow Jonathan Symcox on Twitter
    • - Nuri Sahin is again left out of the Madrid squad. Raphael Varane gets a start, as does Esteban Granero.
    • - Real Madrid: Casillas; Ramos, Pepe, Varane, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Granero, Ozil, Kaka; Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema; subs: Adan, Coentrao, Khedira, Di Maria, Higuaín, Carvalho, Callejon /// Racing: Tono; Álvaro, Torrejon, Bernardo, Cisma; Diop, Guillon, Adrian; Arana, Acosta, Babacar
    • - Madrid's 10-point lead over Barcelona should be more than enough to secure a first title since 2008 - and the focus has shifted to whether Jose Mourinho's fearsome side can smash the records for points and goals. Real out to break records and Barca monopoly
    • - Real can go 13 points clear of Barca with a win today. They play Valencia tomorrow. Table
    • - Leaders Real have Angel Di Maria available after a thigh problem. Liga team news
    • - Welcome to live coverage of Real Madrid's home match against Racing - join us from 19:00 UK time for all the action from the Santiago Bernabeu.
  • Summary

    • 89' GOAL FOR REAL MADRID! 4-0. Benzema with a strike from 15 yards that deflects off Bernardo and into the roof of the net. Before that they had four on two in the box and Tono somehow saved!
    • 77' Arana delivers a free-kick into the danger area which comes off a head and away defender Torrejon throws himself into a spectacular scissor volley into the side netting. Was worthy of a goal.
    • 73' WHAT A GOAL FROM DI MARIA! 3-0. He cuts in from the right and unleashes a beauty inside the far post, halfway up, despite Tono getting fingers to it. Proper rolled around the corner of the net.
    • 62' There must be a back-up system because things have brightened again. Racing take their corner... Marc Torrejon gets a head to the ball and it just dips over!
    • 61' Many of the floodlights have gone out! There are quite a few still in operation, so we can still see, but the light is dim.
    • 45+1' A SECOND GOAL FOR REAL MADRID! Benzema spins with the short free-kick into the box to leave Marcos Gullon trailing and dinks the ball over Tono.
    • 39' Play has stopped... referee Gonzalez Gonzalez goes over to Ronaldo and shows Cisma a second yellow card!
    • 35' Brilliant exchange in the middle of the park from Racing to set Alvaro away on the left. His cross into the danger area is punched by a flying Iker Casillas, but almost straight up into the air... Acosta waiting beneath it controls, earns space and shoots, but his effort is blocked. Diop then tries his luck, also blocked.
    • 27' Ozil with a one-two on the right and his cross for Benzema is excellent... he shoots as he falls and Tono scrambles the ball away at the foot of the post!
    • 6' GOAL FOR REAL MADRID! Kaka played down the right side of the box by Benzema, and his hard shot from an angle is parried by Tono. When the ball comes back to the Brazilian, he heads to the far post where Ronaldo is waiting to nod into the unguarded net.
    • 5' Ronaldo against the post! His downward header from a corner should have been scored!
    • - Real Madrid: Casillas; Ramos, Pepe, Varane, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Granero, Ozil, Kaka; Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema; subs: Adan, Coentrao, Khedira, Di Maria, Higuaín, Carvalho, Callejon /// Racing: Tono; Álvaro, Torrejon, Bernardo, Cisma; Diop, Guillon, Adrian; Arana, Acosta, Babacar

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  • Real Madrid

    Manager: José Mourinho

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    Manager: Juan José González

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