Sunday March 4, 2012 Day 26 Finished Bernabéu

Real Madrid 5 - 0 RCD Espanyol

  • Cristiano Ronaldo 23’
  • Khedira 38’
  • Higuaín 47’, 78’
  • Kaká 66’

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    Real Madrid roared to a 5-0 victory over mid-table Espanyol at the Bernabeu to restore their lead at the top of La Liga to 10 points. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Real Madrid
    • RCD Espanyol
    • 90+2' And that's that. Five-goal stroll for the league leaders. Thanks for joining me tonight! Follow me on Twitter @liamhappe
    • 90+1' Just the one added minute to be played.
    • 90' He takes it himself, but Romaric heads clear.
    • 89' Kaka wins a corner out on the left.
    • 88' Ronaldo on the left again, tricks his way inside to square for Morata! Parried!
    • 87' Corner to real, which Ronaldo heads wide.
    • 86' Morata is caught offside latching onto Alonso's slide rule pass.
    • 85' Casual stuff now for Real, all but waiting for the final whistle and seeing how much fun they can have in the meantime.
    • 83' Raul Baena is booked for a foul on Marcelo.
    • 82' There'll be no hat-trick for Higuain. He is replaced late on by 18-year-old Alvaro Morata.
    • 81' Verdu places a distance shot wide.
    • 80' And now he's through for the hat-trick! No, great block by the legs of Casilla!
    • 79' Positively awesome stuff from Kaka on the left to beat his man before teeing up the Argentine to power into the roof of the net.
    • 78' It's five! And two for Higuain!
    • 77' 10 shots on target for Real so far to Espanyol's one.
    • 75' Didac fouls Higuain out on the right.
    • 74' Real have won all 16 previous league matches in which Kaka has found the back of the net. I'd suggest that it's going to become 17 fairly soon.
    • 73' Though initially cleared, Espanyol continue to graft and earn themselves another corner.
    • 72' Kaka is back to concede a corner and deny Garcia a crossing opportunity on the right.
    • 71' Lacking a sub icon for that one, apologies...
    • 70' Ozil, clearly tired after a international duty midweek, makes way for Jose Callejon who of course was temporarily sold to Espanyol before the buy-back clause was exercised.
    • 69' RONALDO! Over!
    • 68' Great slide in by Ramos to clear Weiss' low cross from the right.
    • 67' He dances past two challenges in the box out on the right before slotting low across Casilla.
    • 66' Kaka! Four!
    • 65' Ozil clips Forlin for a free-kick inside Espanyol's own half.
    • 63' Ronaldo heads Ozil's corner wide.
    • 62' Real corner coming up. Lopez with the final touch
    • 61' Rodriguez makes way for Jordi Amat. Sergio Garcia had replaced Vasquez in another half-time switch.
    • 60' Varane fouls Garcia around the halfway line.
    • 59' A cross from the right is overhit as Real continue to search for more goals.
    • 58' Superb ball by Higuain in for Ronado who's all alone in the box! Casilla stands his ground and makes a great one-on-one save!
    • 57' Ronaldo squares along the edge of the area for Kaka, whose shot is closed down.
    • 55' Forlin the next to see yellow with a foul on Kaka.
    • 54' Espanyol free-kick is sent in by Verdu, and Garcia almost guides it on-target with a volley at the near post.
    • 53' Verdu picks up a booking.
    • 52' Another neat play from Real runs through Ronaldo and Kaka before Marcelo, who had drifted central, tries to be too luxury and loses the ball.
    • 50' Handball by Arbeloa.
    • 49' Carvalho, on a booking, has been precautiously brought off for Raphael Varane. Meanwhile, Epanyol have withdrawn Phillipe Coutinho and introduced Raul Baena.
    • 48' Neat square pass from Kaka, in acres of space on the right flank, tees up a classy finish inside the near post for the striker's 15th of the campaign.
    • 47' I was going to talk you through changes to both sides during the break. But first... it's three. Higuain effectively ends the contest in the opening stages of the second half!
    • 46' The second half is up and running.
    • 45+3' No corner, that was the last act of the half.
    • 45+2' Speculative effort from Ronaldo is saved low by Casilla, but it dips up over him and lands on the bar before bobbling behind.
    • 45+1' Ronaldo's free on the left! Early low cross to meet the run of Higuain! Fantastic save from Casilla. Should have been buried. Ozil on the rebound... closed down.
    • 45' Two minutes of added time to be played.
    • 44' Lopez cross from the right is cleared by a diving header by Carvalho.
    • 43' Nasty crack of heads between Khedira and Romaric. The Real midfielder has come off worse, but the stretcher is sent back and he comes off the field of play of his own volition.
    • 42' Great run into the box by Kaka, who's a little too wide for a shot, and his cheeky backheel attempt to feed Khedira behind him is just short of the mark. Espanyol clear up.
    • 40' Coutinho had forced a good parry from Casillas just before the goal, which I had to give precedence in the 38' slot to get the goal icon spot on, but deserved a mention. Shame as an equaliser would have made things interesting whereas at 2-0 now, you wonder when Espanyol heads will begin to drop.
    • 39' Give and go with Ozil leads to a cool low finish into the left-hand bottom corner. Real in the driver's seat.
    • 38' KHEDIRA! Two for Madrid, and the German's first league goal for Real!
    • 37' Ronaldo concedes a foul with a needless barge on Lopez.
    • 35' The corner is punched clear by Casilla.
    • 34' Marcelo wins the hosts another corner with good work on the left.
    • 33' Carvalho with a last-ditch slide on Coutinho who tried to wriggle his way through three defenders and into the area. More impressive with him now on a booking.
    • 32' Ronaldo is caught offside as Alonso tries a through pass.
    • 30' First booking goes to Carvalho for handball.
    • 29' Treatment for Romaric now, who took the shot in the face while part of the wall. He's certainly been involved in a lot so far.
    • 28' Ozil's shot from the set piece is blocked by the wall.
    • 27' Ronaldo buys a free-kick just behind the right-hand corner of the box from a clumsy Romaric.
    • 26' Marcelo cross is caught by Casilla.
    • 25' Casillas looks equally fragile at the other end as the visitors surge forward, but gets away with his error as the ball is mis-controlled out for a goal kick. The Spaniard was hesitant receiving another poorly-weighted back pass.
    • 24' Rodriguez caught messing around at the back which Ozil punishes first-time by feeding Higuain, who slips it through to Ronaldo to slot home the opener.
    • 23' Ronaldo is put clean through on the left-hand side of the box.......... 1-0!
    • 21' Romaric fouls Arbeloa on the right wing, but Alonso's free kick delivery is headed away from goal.
    • 20' Kaka goes for the finesse finish from the left-hand corner of the box, and it's a good parry from Casilla to keep it out. Didac is furious, as are his coaching staff, that he has had to wait so long to be allowed back on.
    • 19' Treatment for Didac but play will continue.
    • 18' Poor back pass to Casillas but he manages to get there just ahead of Romaric and punt it out for a throw in desperation.
    • 17' That's four corner kicks already for the hosts. Espanyol yet to force one.
    • 16' Marcelo cuts one back from the left-hand side and Moreno concedes the corner before Ronaldo can connect. Casilla fails to catch the delivery, but blocks the quick shot from Higuain. There is complaints there should have been a free-kick, but Ronaldo looked to be challenging fairly with the keeper.
    • 15' Ronaldo rounds the outrushing goalkeeper but takes himself too far wide on the right as a result. He sends in a cross in hope that a team-mate has run into the six yard box, but they have not and it's seen away from goal.
    • 14' Ozil's bobbled low cross from the left is a little too far ahead of the Argentine striker, and Casilla collects.
    • 13' Higuain is caught offside twice in a minute, making it three times in the opening 13 minutes the back line of Espanyol has got the better of his runs.
    • 12' Ronaldo flicks the ball up for a self-made volley, which goes low and wide.
    • 11' Vasquez almost sent clean through by a long punt upfield, but the first bounce is too heavy and it's back safely with Casillas.
    • 10' There's a bit of pushing and pulling in the area as the delivery comes in, however, and a free-kick is awarded to the away side.
    • 9' Foul on Alonso leads to a 30-yard free-kick, which is played through to Kaka after a faked loft delivery and the Brazillian's cross is deflected behind for Real's third corner.
    • 8' Higuain meets a cross from the left in acrobatic fashion, but was offside.
    • 7' Romaric fires wide at the other end.
    • 6' The delivery, followed by a second corner 30 seconds later, is caught by Casilla.
    • 5' Now Marcelo's move down the left is put behind for the game's first corner.
    • 4' Rodriguez intercepts an Ozil dribble to get the ball back to his keeper, who clears.
    • 3' Higuain is fouled by Moreno.
    • 2' Real already have the ball in the Espanyol net, but Higuain was offside collecting Khedira's pass down the right before squaring for the eventual shot.
    • 1' And we're off.
    • 20:30 Pre-kick off, Real's basketball team contingent parade their newly-won championship on the pitch. Odds are in their favour that they'll be celebrating a dual-sporting success in 2012 come May.
    • 20:25 The teams are out on the pitch at the Bernabeu. Kick-off is coming up next!
    • 20:20 TEAMS - Real Madrid: Casillas, Ramos, Carvalho, Marcelo, Arbeloa, Alonso, Khedira, Ronaldo, Ozil, Kaka, Higuain. Subs: Adan, Varane, Albiol, Diarra, Granero, Callejon, Morata. /// Espanyol: Casilla, Moreno, Rodriguez, Didac, Lopez, Romaric, Forlin, Coutinho, Wiess, Vasquez, Verdu. Subs: Edgar, Amat, Uche, Baena, Gomez, Thievy, Garcia.
    • 20:15 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE text commentary of the Liga showdown between Real Madrid and Espanyol!
  • Summary

    • 88' Ronaldo on the left again, tricks his way inside to square for Morata! Parried!
    • 80' And now he's through for the hat-trick! No, great block by the legs of Casilla!
    • 78' It's five! And two for Higuain!
    • 69' RONALDO! Over!
    • 66' Kaka! Four!
    • 58' Superb ball by Higuain in for Ronado who's all alone in the box! Casilla stands his ground and makes a great one-on-one save!
    • 47' I was going to talk you through changes to both sides during the break. But first... it's three. Higuain effectively ends the contest in the opening stages of the second half!
    • 45+1' Ronaldo's free on the left! Early low cross to meet the run of Higuain! Fantastic save from Casilla. Should have been buried. Ozil on the rebound... closed down.
    • 38' KHEDIRA! Two for Madrid, and the German's first league goal for Real!
    • 23' Ronaldo is put clean through on the left-hand side of the box.......... 1-0!
    • 16' Marcelo cuts one back from the left-hand side and Moreno concedes the corner before Ronaldo can connect. Casilla fails to catch the delivery, but blocks the quick shot from Higuain. There is complaints there should have been a free-kick, but Ronaldo looked to be challenging fairly with the keeper.
    • 20:20 TEAMS - Real Madrid: Casillas, Ramos, Carvalho, Marcelo, Arbeloa, Alonso, Khedira, Ronaldo, Ozil, Kaka, Higuain. Subs: Adan, Varane, Albiol, Diarra, Granero, Callejon, Morata. /// Espanyol: Casilla, Moreno, Rodriguez, Didac, Lopez, Romaric, Forlin, Coutinho, Wiess, Vasquez, Verdu. Subs: Edgar, Amat, Uche, Baena, Gomez, Thievy, Garcia.

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  • Real Madrid

    Manager: José Mourinho

  • RCD Espanyol

    Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

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