Saturday March 24, 2012 Day 30 Finished Bernabéu

Real Madrid 5 - 1 Real Sociedad

  • Higuaín 6’
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 32’, 56’
  • Benzema 40’, 49’
  • Prieto 41’

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    Real Madrid regained their six-point lead over Barca with a 5-1 win over Real Sociedad as Cristiano Ronaldo passed 100 goals in La Liga. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Real Madrid
    • Real Sociedad
    • - There is one more Liga match to come tonight. LIVE NOW: Getafe v Valencia
    • 90+2' And the final whistle confirms Madrid's re-establishment of their six-point lead over Barca.
    • 90' Real Madrid have only conceded one previous own-goal in the league under Mourinho: Arbeloa against Real Sociedad last season (4-1 win). The dubious goals committee, or equivalent, will debate the Ramos deflection on the away side's goal tonight - they could make it two.
    • 88' Zurutuza caught in the face by Higuain. A few players getting scarred despite the slow ending.
    • 86' Varane will be okay.
    • 84' It was Varane's header - soon after he was on the deck and Martinez stepped on him with the ball dead. It looked accidental, but he was booked for it.
    • 83' De la Bella clears off the line! Sahin's corner is met by someone's head and the left-back is in the right place at the right time.
    • 81' Real Madrid change: and Jesé makes his Liga debut, coming on for Ronaldo.
    • 80' De la Bella looks for Vela with a cross for the visitors, but Ramos is there to defend.
    • 79' Ronaldo with a superb cross for Coentrao to arrive and divert past the far post! Great chance.
    • 78' It is only Sahin's second Liga appearance, both as a sub, after moving from Borussia Dortmund - who he led to the title last season - in the summer.
    • 77' Real Madrid changes: Khedira and Benzema replaced by Nuri Sahin and Fabio Coentrao.
    • 76' Varane looking good down the flank, but Zurutuza deals with the danger of his cross.
    • 74' Real Sociedad change: Ruben Pardo on for Cadamuro.
    • 73' Alonso in late on Prieto, standing on his foot - and somehow avoids a second yellow card. Tsk.
    • 72' Benzema is hungry, moving across the face of the box to strike low for goal and force a save from Bravo. /// Michael via Twitter: "If RM keep up the intensity from 1st half, expect Marca to run a story tomm. morning that RM play better without Mourinho."
    • 70' Griezmann goes for goal for the away side, dragging his shot wide of the post with men in the middle.
    • 69' The lack of urgency is understandable: there is no goal difference in La Liga, with the head-to-head used when teams are level on points.
    • 67' Zurutuza with a great ball to put Prieto in on goal - but, symptomatic of their play tonight, he shows no urgency to go for goal and ends up turning away to keep possession.
    • 66' Illarramendi with a good challenge to nip another Madrid attack in the bud.
    • 64' Incidentally, Real Madrid have scored the most penalties in the competition this season (10).
    • 63' Marcelo fouls inside the box, but the referee does not give the spot-kick to La Real. Real Sociedad are the only side in La Liga yet to score a penalty this season.
    • 62' The home fans break out into song, confident that their men will not falter in the title fight. At least not yet.
    • 61' Benzema penalised for a foul as De la Bella brings the ball out of defence.
    • 60' A training match now. Madrid have had 61 per cent of the ball.
    • 59' This has been a poor and uncertain showing from an away side featuring three centre-halves.
    • 57' Real Sociedad change: Carlos Vela on for Agirretxe.
    • 57' It was teenager Varane that put the Argentina star free down the right. How can La Real continue to play the offside trap?
    • 56' ANOTHER GOAL FOR RONALDO! Higuain on the right crosses low for the Portuguese to finish from just outside the six-yard box. 5-1.
    • 55' Ball to the far post for Frenchman Griezmann... his header is weak and straight at Casillas.
    • 54' Loose pass straight out of play from Ronaldo as he looks to switch play from left to right.
    • 52' The game being played at walking pace. You wonder why away sides don't attack Real Madrid more - they will always concede against them, so why not take a chance?
    • 50' That is surely the three points for Real Madrid.
    • 49' FOURTH GOAL FOR REAL MADRID! Benzema lifts a lovely finish past Bravo after Sami Khedira's astute first-time pass. 4-1.
    • 48' Higuain slicing into the away defence on the left, cutting back for Ronaldo... who mis-kicks as he looks to shoot first time.
    • 47' Early ball with the hosts, who thought they were home and hosed before that strike for the visitors.
    • 46' The second half under way.
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    • 45+2' Varane deflects the kick from 40 yards out for a corner... but that is the end of the action in the first half.
    • 45+1' Xabi Alonso now sees yellow for a foul in his own half. Attacking free-kick for Real Sociedad.
    • 45' Real Sociedad change: David Zurutuza on for Gonzalez.
    • 44' Gonzalez is hurt and receiving treatment. He did it while blocking a Benzema cross to concede a corner.
    • 43' Ronaldo livid at the offside flag again - and again he looked level. There have been a few.
    • 42' Just when the match looked over... it still should end with a win for Madrid, but that has given Sociedad a slimmer of hope.
    • 41' LOVELY GOAL FOR REAL SOCIEDAD! XABI PRIETO FOR 3-1! He bends it into the far top corner via a deflection off the head of Ramos.
    • 40' THIRD GOAL FOR REAL MADRID - BENZEMA! An exquisite long ball from Xabi Alonso from his own half puts him in but the striker shows lovely control and a lob to finish.
    • 39' Again no joy for the home side from a dangerous free-kick position.
    • 38' Alberto de la Bella booked for a foul as a Real player crossed.
    • 37' Then inside the box Ronaldo hits the deck under a slightly clumsy challenge from Gonzalez - no penalty awarded. He went down like he'd been sniped on Call of Duty.
    • 36' Gonzalez takes out Marcelo as the Brazilian races down the left side. He is booked.
    • 35' Rare cross from the left for La Real, headed away by Real Madrid who then keep the ball in midfield.
    • 33' That will calm any lingering nerves. Back to usual business for Madrid.
    • 32' GOAL FOR REAL MADRID! AND IT IS RONALDO'S 100TH LIGA STRIKE! He springs the offside trap and finishes inside the far post - it has taken him just 92 matches to reach the landmark.
    • 31' Little adventure from Philippe Montanier's side.
    • 30' Sergio Ramos bends a cross on to the head of Ronaldo inside the six-yard box but somehow the Portuguese glances it wide of the far post!
    • 29' The 18-year-old Varane attacking down the flank to earn a corner, which is sent long by Alonso.
    • 28' Lovely exchange of passes between Ronaldo and Higuain, with the former racing through only to see his shot from an angle saved by Bravo.
    • 26' Real Madrid are without a win in back-to-back league games for the first time since September (D2).
    • 25' Better move from La Real to cross halfway and get a cross in, but to no avail.
    • 24' Los Blancos have now scored in 25 consecutive league matches, something they haven't managed in a single season since 2001/02 (27 games).
    • 23' The free-kick from the right byline is dealt with by the visitors, who are doing a good job on aerial balls into the box.
    • 22' Striking counter-attack from Madrid with Inigo Martinez only stopping it with a foul on Benzema.
    • 21' Poor shot from Asier Illarramendi but Imanol Agirretxe now has the ball in behind on the left... his first touch is poor and Casillas deflects his effort over and on to the roof of the net.
    • 20' The game being played inside the Real Sociedad half.
    • 19' La Real deal with the danger. The Txuri-urdin have only won one of their last 14 matches in Madrid in the top-flight: 4-0 at Getafe in 10/11 (D2 L11).
    • 18' The corner finds Varane but is then cleared and when the ball comes back, Gonzalez executes a great sliding tackle on Ronaldo. He then flips over to blindly tackle the arriviong Kaka - or rather foul as he takes the Brazilian out on the corner of the box.
    • 18' Higuain with a flashing cross-cum-shot that Mikel Gonzalez has to turn behind for a corner. He was composed with the goal right in front of him.
    • 17' Liassine Cadamuro looks nervy despite having time on the ball, crossing poorly from the right for La Real. Madrid clear.
    • 16' Ramos meets that set-piece, but the ball is up in the air and Real Sociedad clear.
    • 15' Real Madrid have a free-kick this time near the corner flag, but the best they can do with it is earn a corner.
    • 14' There is frustration in the Madrid ranks as they perceive the away team to be picking up easy free-kicks. /// Michael via Twitter: "there still 9 games reminding, so both teams can drop points. and remember that both team will rest players before the CL."
    • 13' Ronaldo flagged offside as he heads through, very harshly as he was clearly level on the right wing when the ball was played.
    • 12' Check out this weekend's action in La Liga. Liga fixtures and results
    • 11' Ronaldo penalised in the opposition penalty area. He is looking for a 100th Liga goal tonight. And I predict that he will get it.
    • 10' Los Merengues' last four matches at home to Basque sides in the league have ended in big wins: two 4-1s and two 5-1s.
    • 9' Marcelo given space in behind on the left by Ronaldo but stumbles on the ball. Madrid get a corner out of it though.
    • 8' La Real are seeing some of the ball in midfield though and can cause problems for their hosts.
    • 7' "Take that, Barca!" I'm sure the home fans' version of that will be a little ruder though.
    • 6' OPENING GOAL FOR REAL MADRID! Gonzalo Higuain with it! Benzema plays it low to him from the right and the Argentina striker sweeps the ball home from 18 yards with a lovely finish.
    • 5' Antoine Griezmann with a high cross to no one. At the other end Karim Benzema sees a deflected shot saved by Claudio Bravo.
    • 4' Real Sociedad have drawn more league matches against Real Madrid than any other side (36 in 129 games), and also the most at the Bernabeu (16 in 64).
    • 3' Madrid will be well up for this after that game at the Madrigal. But there is apprehension inside the Bernabeu tonight. Could Barca catch them? Let me know on Twitter
    • 2' Alvaro Arbeloa penalised for a foul on Imanol Agirretxe. The free-kick is headed off target and does not trouble Iker Casillas.
    • 1' His cross on 12 seconds is hacked away. Madrid are kicking from right to left in all white, as you might expect.
    • 1' The first half kicks off, with Cristiano Ronaldo immediately attacking down the left flank.
    • 18:57 Real Madrid are on a run of five straight league wins against Real Sociedad, their best run since they managed 13 in a row between 58/59 and 69/70. Real Madrid team page
    • 18:52 Barca have won 2-0 at Mallorca to pile the pressure on Madrid - that Clasico is looking more tasty with every passing game... Mallorca 0-2 Barca
    • 18:52 Jose Mourinho did not speak to the media this week.
    • 18:52 Philippe Montanier: "I do not know if now is the ideal time to play at the Bernabeu after two draws from Madrid. It is always difficult to play there and it's a good challenge for us."
    • 18:49 Sociedad are missing Carlos Martinez and Markel Bergara due to fitness problems while Gorka Elustondo and Dani Estrada are also suspended.
    • 18:48 Real Madrid are without Mesut Ozil following his dismissal against Villarreal while Pepe has also been suspended for insulting a match official, joining Lassana Diarra on the sidelines. Sergio Ramos has had his red card chalked off and plays but coach Jose Mourinho also has a touchline ban following the stormy encounter. Ricardo Carvalho is out due to injury so Raphael Varane steps into defence, while Angel Di Maria is still missing from midfield.
    • 18:45 Real Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Xabi, Khedira; Cristiano, Kaka, Benzema; Higuain; subs: Adan, Sahin, Granero, Coentrao, Altintop, Albiol, Jese /// Real Sociedad: Bravo; Cadamuro, Mikel, Demidov, Inigo Martinez; De la Bella, Illarramendi, Aranburu, X. Prieto; Griezmann, Agirretxe; subs: Ramirez, Anso, Zurutuza, Pardo, Ifran, Vela, Llorente
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  • Summary

    • 83' De la Bella clears off the line! Sahin's corner is met by someone's head and the left-back is in the right place at the right time.
    • 79' Ronaldo with a superb cross for Coentrao to arrive and divert past the far post! Great chance.
    • 73' Alonso in late on Prieto, standing on his foot - and somehow avoids a second yellow card. Tsk.
    • 56' ANOTHER GOAL FOR RONALDO! Higuain on the right crosses low for the Portuguese to finish from just outside the six-yard box. 5-1.
    • 49' FOURTH GOAL FOR REAL MADRID! Benzema lifts a lovely finish past Bravo after Sami Khedira's astute first-time pass. 4-1.
    • 41' LOVELY GOAL FOR REAL SOCIEDAD! XABI PRIETO FOR 3-1! He bends it into the far top corner via a deflection off the head of Ramos.
    • 40' THIRD GOAL FOR REAL MADRID - BENZEMA! An exquisite long ball from Xabi Alonso from his own half puts him in but the striker shows lovely control and a lob to finish.
    • 32' GOAL FOR REAL MADRID! AND IT IS RONALDO'S 100TH LIGA STRIKE! He springs the offside trap and finishes inside the far post - it has taken him just 92 matches to reach the landmark.
    • 30' Sergio Ramos bends a cross on to the head of Ronaldo inside the six-yard box but somehow the Portuguese glances it wide of the far post!
    • 28' Lovely exchange of passes between Ronaldo and Higuain, with the former racing through only to see his shot from an angle saved by Bravo.
    • 21' Poor shot from Asier Illarramendi but Imanol Agirretxe now has the ball in behind on the left... his first touch is poor and Casillas deflects his effort over and on to the roof of the net.
    • 6' OPENING GOAL FOR REAL MADRID! Gonzalo Higuain with it! Benzema plays it low to him from the right and the Argentina striker sweeps the ball home from 18 yards with a lovely finish.
    • 18:45 Real Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Xabi, Khedira; Cristiano, Kaka, Benzema; Higuain; subs: Adan, Sahin, Granero, Coentrao, Altintop, Albiol, Jese /// Real Sociedad: Bravo; Cadamuro, Mikel, Demidov, Inigo Martinez; De la Bella, Illarramendi, Aranburu, X. Prieto; Griezmann, Agirretxe; subs: Ramirez, Anso, Zurutuza, Pardo, Ifran, Vela, Llorente

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    Manager: Philippe Montanier

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