Saturday April 14, 2012 Day 34 Finished Bernabéu

Real Madrid 3 - 1 Sporting Gijón

  • Higuaín 37’
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 74’
  • Benzema 82’
  • De las Cuevas 30’ (pen.)

  1. Real grind down Sporting as records fall

    Real grind down Sporting as records fall

    Cristiano Ronaldo broke his own Liga scoring record as Real Madrid overcame a stubborn test by lowly Sporting Gijon to win 3-1 at home. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Real Madrid
    • Sporting Gijón
    • 90+2 Late free-kick to Real on the right wing as Lora trips Di Maria. Taken short, Di Maria to Benzema, now Pepe but he's offside as he scores and that is it. Seven points clear of Barca, who are up next at Levante!
    • 90+1 Benzema fires well over, another chance for a fourth.
    • 90' Two minutes added time.
    • 89' MARCELO JUST WIDE! Should have been 4-1 but his finish did not match a fine run inside from the left.
    • 88' Di Maria with a low driv that is straight at Juan Pablo.
    • 86' Madrid win it back as they look for a fourth. And why not?
    • 85' Marcelo gives away a free-kick just inside the Sporting half.
    • 83' After what had been a scare for a while, this is looking comfortable for Real. Back with Casillas as they keep the ball for an age.
    • 82' GOAL REAL! Benzema with a sweet low finish into the bottom left after expertly controlling Ozil's fine pass. Record goal haul for Real now, 107 this season in La Liga.
    • 80' Madrid are looking for more now as they start craving Sporting apart.
    • 78' CANELLA IS SENT OFF. Already booked, he picks yo a second yellow for a trip from behind on Di Maria.
    • 77' Marcelo wins a free-kick on the left as Real look to build on this lead. Well, he doesn't actually, a throw given and he looks angry.
    • 76' Galvez fouls Ronaldo and is booked. Well, looked more like Castro to me, a Sporting sandwich. He's banned for the match against Rayo.
    • 75' Colunga shoots from range but well wide. Real make a change - Higuain off for Granero.
    • 74' GOAL REAL MADRID! Ronaldo breaks another record as he heads it past Juan Pablo after Di Maria's cross! In off the post!!! 41 for the Liga season - monster.
    • 73' Di Maria flies forward but Galvez - who has been excellent - intercepts to clear.
    • 72' Colunga with a driving run down the left but he has no support so, when he manages to get a cross in, no-one meets it.
    • 71' Ramos scoops it forward, Galvez heads clear, Ronaldo picks it up and slips Higuain in with Galvez on the dec but he blasts wide! Should have scored!
    • 70' Aimless ball by Arbeloa well beyond Ronaldo and into Juan Pablo's arms.
    • 69' Real laying siege on the Sporting goal as Ozil finds Ronaldo far post but his volleyed cut-back is blocked by Botia, corner.
    • 68' A long ball by Ramos is headed away by Galvez. Ronaldo gets it back but he falls over and Sporting clear.
    • 67' SPORTING SUB: They return to a one striker for the last 23 minutes as Barral replaces De las Cuevas.
    • 66' Juan Pablo booked for time wasting.
    • 65' Ronaldo turns and shoots with a touch and a half but well wide.
    • 64' Ronaldo is clearly offside as he gets on to a through ball. Mourinho not impressed.
    • 63' Now Benzema gets it back, Botia blocks and Khedira fires the rebound well over.
    • 62' Good ball in from Ramos, Benzema hooking it back. Di Maria goes down quite easily under a challenge by Galvez, no way.
    • 61' Ronaldo steps up, dipping the curling free-kick over again.
    • 60' Botia with a foul on Benzema 30 yards out, now he is booked.
    • 58' Castro's first touch is to kook it out. Sangoy was not happy about being subbed.
    • 57' SPORTING SUB: Sangoy strolls off for Castro. How Negative! 5-5-0 now.
    • 56' Trejo with a mazy run, slipping past Pepe who hauls him down. He asks for a card, which is shown.
    • 56' Galvez blocks Ronaldo as he prepared to pull the trigger from 20 yards. Parking the bus, they are.
    • 55' Benzema on the edge of the box slips away from a few defenders but his clipped through ball catches Higuain offside.
    • 54' Sporting have everyone bar Sangoy behind the ball.
    • 53' The corner is well cleared but Real come again - Benzema on the left fires over a cross that Ronaldo flies in to meet but just can't connect with.
    • 52' Galvez mis-hits a clearance and Real have a corner. He looks about 40 but is only 22.
    • 50' Ronaldo, obviously, will shoot even though it's wide. He drills it hard and low, a cross-shot, but they clear.
    • 49' Marcelo bouncs forward, now Ronaldo turns Suarez in and out before being pulled down by Botia but no free-kick. Throw given.
    • 48' Benzema almost but no quite connects with a free-kick. Juan Pablo gathers.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • 46' SPORTING SUB: Ricardo on for Hernandez.
    • 46' REAL MADRID DOUBLE SUB: Di Maria and Benzema on for Sahin and Callejon. Good decision.
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    • 45+1 Half-time, 1-1. Interesting!
    • 45+1 In the sole minute of added time as another Sahin free-kick from the left this time is cleared.
    • 45' Sahin on the ball again, Real keeping it short and now Callejon who shoots from an odd position, well wide.
    • 44' Ronaldo spreads his shoulders and feet as he steps back to power this free-kick... but Sahin with a surprise effort off the bar and over!!
    • 43' Khedira skps away from Botia, who brings him down on the edge of the box. Ronaldo range this is...
    • 43' Pepe does well to dispossess Sangoy before releasing Ronaldo. Wide to Ozil, who buys a corner off Canella. No, a throw, just by the flag.
    • 42' Ramos kicks it out of play after Sangoy goes down after rising for a header with Pepe. Mourinho is still very angry.
    • 41' Sporting manage to clear the corner but Real come again down the right as Ozil picks out Arbeloa with a fine pass, good cross too but Suarez nicks it away.
    • 40' JUST WIDE BY CALLEJON! Flying header to meet another fine Ramos cross, he didn't touch it in the end and the ref gives a corner. I thought it went straight out.
    • 39' Higuain appears to be blocked by Galvez but just a goal kick, much to Real's collective chagrin.
    • 38' Arbeloa pulls a low ball back for Ronaldo, just behind him but Marcelo is on the ball, Botia blocking his cross!
    • 37' Marcelo's cross is half-cleared but Callejon can't shoot. Real come again as Ramos spins in a wicked centre and Higuain flicks it in! 1-1! Lovely ball from Ramos on the left after cutting inside on to the right foot.
    • 36' Ozil is caught by Hernandez on the right, he rolls about looking for a ref card but he is ignored, just a free-kick.
    • 36' I think one of the Real subs has been booked. The complaint - which Mourinho initially made - was that Sporting staff deliberately kicked a ball on to the pitch to slow the game down.
    • 35' Canella goes in late on Arbeloa, he's already been booked... a theatrical reaction but he did catch him. Very lucky not to see red.
    • 34' Mourinho is freaking out about something on the sidelines. Not sure what his problem is.
    • 33' Ramos with a long-range effort but well wide.
    • 32' A booking for Canella after he leaves his foot in on Callejon.
    • 31' Khedira on the move now but he fires well wide from the edge of the area.
    • 30' GOAL SPORTING! A cool finish from De las Cuevas down the middle after waiting for Casillas to move to the left.
    • 29' PENALTY TO SPORTING! Brilliant run from Trejo, but he had lost the ball after Arbeloa's tackle before Ramos slid in - handling in the process. Handball.
    • 28' GOAL REAL MADRID! But the flag is up! Good defending from the visitors for the free-kick, moving up in unison. Higuain offside.
    • 27' A booking for Trejo, the first of the match for a foul on Khedira 35 yards out. Sahin to curl it in...
    • 26' Now Sporting have a free-kick won by Canella on the left, Arbeloa and Callejon with a joint foul.
    • 25' A bit of nonsense between Marcelo and Galvez after the former is caught by Sangoy. Ronaldo acts as peacemaker.
    • 24' Ozil with a mazy run but De las Cuevas takes him out, a free-kick on the left side of the box. Sahin and Ronaldo over it, surely not a shot from this angle? Yes it is a shot and it's miles over.
    • 23' Ramos swings a high ball in but Hernandez heads away and Galvez completes the clearance.
    • 22' Marcelo gets a shot on target but it's a daisy cutter than Juan Pablo gathers with ease.
    • 21' Sangoy stays onside this time but a dreadful couple of touches sees him run it out for a goal kick. Poor from the Argentine.
    • 20' Galvez races away before cutting inside, Sangoy is offside so he runs at the defence but can't get past Pepe.
    • 19' Great cross from Pepe that Juan Pablo just about manages to palm away with Ronaldo and Higuain flying in!
    • 18' Another free-kick to Real as Arbeloa is fouled by Canella. Sahin swings it in but, under pressure, Juan Pablo punches away.
    • 17' An aimless ball from Sahin is straight to Juan Pablo. Poor from the Turkey midfielder.
    • 16' Sporting manage to clear that free-kick before Sangoy nearly gets away, but Trejo had fouled Arbeloa.
    • 15' Galvez clears to touch as Real swarm in, before Ronaldo is tripped by the midfielder. Free-kick on the left.
    • 14' The corner is cleared and Trejo is somehow in behind the defence, Arbeloa fluffing his lines but getting back to put Trejo off, whose finish is too close to Casillas! Corner.
    • 13' Good pass from Khedira to release Ronaldo, his first touch is unusually heavy but he could still be in but for a timely intervention by Garcia Rosa.
    • 12' Marcelo wins a free-kick back in his own half. All Real at the moment.
    • 11' Ozil almost sneaks a through-ball to Ronaldo, but Sporting have bodies back and clear in the end. Ronaldo then turns in from the left but drags a weak low shot well wide.
    • 10' Sangoy flies into Khedira as they challenged for a header, Real free-kick on halfway.
    • 9' Trejo fouls Khedira. Free-kick Real around 30 yards out, Marcelo over it. C-Ron may shoot too, yeah why not? He shoots, low, but it doesn't get past the three-man wall.
    • 8' A marginal offside on Sangoy, who was arguably still in his own half as well as being level with Pepe.
    • 7' Callejon holds it up for Sahin, but his lofted ball for Marcelo getting inside from the left is headed clear by Suarez.
    • 6' The tackles fly in from both sides on the edge of the Real box but the end result is Pepe bringing it away.
    • 5' Sporting come forward with Canella on the left but he rns into Arbeloa.
    • 4' Sangoy leads the counter for Sporting but Pepe shows good pace to get across and ease it clear.
    • 3' Ronaldo bustles in down the left but Higuain can't control his ball inside.
    • 2' Real with the early pressure as they look for a good start..
    • 1' The first half is underway!
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    • 19:59 Sporting are on a run of nine league games without a win on the road (D2 L7); But Real are without a win in their last three league matches against Sporting at the Bernabéu in the month of April (D1 L2). Last season the rojiblancos were the only side not to concede a goal at the Bernabéu in the league.
    • 18:57 FACT: Real Madrid have lost just two of their last 14 league meetings with Sporting (W10 D2); The Asturians have conceded 26 goals in their last 10 league meetings with Madrid, scoring just four.
    • 18:56 Sporting, meanwhile, bring Gaston Sangoy in for David Barral after the Argentine striker scored a late winner against Levante last week. Pedro Orfila has a hamstring problem. Gregory, Camel, Eguren and Mendy are all out.
    • 18:55 No surprises for Real, with a Germanic feel to the midfield with Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil and Germany-born Turkey midfielder Nuri Sahin getting a rare start with Xabi Alonso suspended. Cristiano Ronaldo starts despite being one booking away from missing El Clasico.
    • 18:55 TEAMS - Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Khedira, Sahin, Ozil, Callejon, Ronaldo, Higuain; Subs: Adan, Albiol, Coentrao, Granero, Di Maria, Kaka, Benzema /// Sporting: Juan Pablo, Suarez, Botia, Hernandez, Garcia Rosa, Canella, Galvez, De las Cuevas, Lora, Trejo, Sangoy; Subs: Ricardo, Ayoze, Castro, Nacho Cases, Colunga, Cuellar, Bilic
    • 18:50 Sporting, meanwhile, are 18th but seven points shy of safety after Villarreal's stiring revival under Miguel Angel Lotina. Along with Zaragoza and Racing, Sporting should go down.
    • 18:45 Real are four points clear of Barcelona atop La Liga, and they really must win this after their mini-slump coincided with a Barca revival. They had been 10 points clear almost exactly two months ago.
    • 18:45 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Real Madrid's Liga clash with Sporting Gijon, kicking off at 7pm UK time.
  • Summary

    • 89' MARCELO JUST WIDE! Should have been 4-1 but his finish did not match a fine run inside from the left.
    • 82' GOAL REAL! Benzema with a sweet low finish into the bottom left after expertly controlling Ozil's fine pass. Record goal haul for Real now, 107 this season in La Liga.
    • 78' CANELLA IS SENT OFF. Already booked, he picks yo a second yellow for a trip from behind on Di Maria.
    • 74' GOAL REAL MADRID! Ronaldo breaks another record as he heads it past Juan Pablo after Di Maria's cross! In off the post!!! 41 for the Liga season - monster.
    • 71' Ramos scoops it forward, Galvez heads clear, Ronaldo picks it up and slips Higuain in with Galvez on the dec but he blasts wide! Should have scored!
    • 44' Ronaldo spreads his shoulders and feet as he steps back to power this free-kick... but Sahin with a surprise effort off the bar and over!!
    • 40' JUST WIDE BY CALLEJON! Flying header to meet another fine Ramos cross, he didn't touch it in the end and the ref gives a corner. I thought it went straight out.
    • 37' Marcelo's cross is half-cleared but Callejon can't shoot. Real come again as Ramos spins in a wicked centre and Higuain flicks it in! 1-1! Lovely ball from Ramos on the left after cutting inside on to the right foot.
    • 30' GOAL SPORTING! A cool finish from De las Cuevas down the middle after waiting for Casillas to move to the left.
    • 28' GOAL REAL MADRID! But the flag is up! Good defending from the visitors for the free-kick, moving up in unison. Higuain offside.
    • 14' The corner is cleared and Trejo is somehow in behind the defence, Arbeloa fluffing his lines but getting back to put Trejo off, whose finish is too close to Casillas! Corner.
    • 18:55 TEAMS - Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Khedira, Sahin, Ozil, Callejon, Ronaldo, Higuain; Subs: Adan, Albiol, Coentrao, Granero, Di Maria, Kaka, Benzema /// Sporting: Juan Pablo, Suarez, Botia, Hernandez, Garcia Rosa, Canella, Galvez, De las Cuevas, Lora, Trejo, Sangoy; Subs: Ricardo, Ayoze, Castro, Nacho Cases, Colunga, Cuellar, Bilic

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Real Madrid

    Manager: José Mourinho

  • Sporting Gijón

    Manager: Javier Clemente

  • Line-up

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      Goalkeeper
      7 6
      Defenders
      5.4 5
      Yellow Card 6.3 7
      Yellow Card 6.9 6
      7.2 7
      Midfielders
      6.4 6
      Substitution Out45′ 6.7 6
      Substitution Out45′ 6.2 5
      7.5 6
      Goal 7 6
      Strikers
      Goal Substitution Out76′ 7.1 7
      Subs
      Substitution In45′ Goal 7.5 7
      Substitution In76′ 6.5 6
      Substitution In45′ 7.4 7
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      Goalkeeper
      Yellow Card 6.6 6
      Defenders
      Yellow Card 6.3 7
      Yellow Card 6.3 6
      Substitution Out45′ 6.6 6
      6.4 6
      Red Card 6.2 5
      Midfielders
      6.3 6
      Goal Substitution Out67′ 7 7
      6.4 6
      Yellow Card 7 7
      Strikers
      Substitution Out57′ 6.5 6
      Subs
      Yellow Card
      Substitution In45′ 5.8 6
      Substitution In57′ 6.5 5
      Substitution In67′ 5.5 6