Wednesday March 21, 2012 Day 29 Finished El Madrigal

Villarreal CF 1 - 1 Real Madrid

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  1. Nine-man Madrid stumble at Villarreal

    Nine-man Madrid stumble at Villarreal

    Sergio Ramos and Mesut Oezil both saw red as Real Madrid were reduced to nine men in a 1-1 draw at Villarreal in La Liga. More

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    Time:90'
    • Villarreal CF
    • Real Madrid
    • 22:51 So Real Madrid increase their lead over Barcelona to six points with 10 games to go, but with the Classico coming up and Mourinho's men faltering at a crucial point, this one looks like it could go the distance.
    • 22:49 And the cards aren't done yet as Higuain is booked after the whistle.
    • 90+4' FINAL SCORE: VILLARREAL 1-1 REAL MADRID
    • 90+2' De Guzman fouls Arbeloa on the edge of the Real box. That's a free kick to the visitors that they're certain to take their time over.
    • 90' Four minutes of stoppage time to be played.
    • 89' Villarreal are having a go here. Excellent ball chipped into the box by Senna. De Guzman can't get to it though as Marcelo intercepts.
    • 88' Sami Khedira goes into the book for a foul on Bruno.
    • 87' Ronaldo is trying to take Villarreal on by himself. Hangs on to the ball for a while in the opposition box, but eventually loses it.
    • 86' Make that nine. Ozil has been shown the red card too. He must have said something in reaction to the Ramos incident.
    • 85' Real down to 10 men.
    • 85' Ramos brings down Nilmar. Ooh, he's going to be booked here. It's his second yellow. He's off!
    • 85' Mourinho clearly wasn't impressed with the awarding of the free kick at all. he sarcastically applauds the referee... and he's sent from the dugout with it!
    • 81' Senna's free kick is deflected off the wall and finds the back of the net! A major failing in the Real wall there. It didn't hold firm at all.
    • 80' GOAL. VILLARREAL 1-1 REAL MADRID.
    • 80' Senna will take it, and he's scored some stunners from this distance in the past.
    • 80' Free kick to Villarreal on the edge of the Real Madrid area for a foul by Altintop on Oriol.
    • 80' Martinuccio nabs the ball of Khedira and finds de Guzman with a useful ball... but he cant' control it and Pepe wins the ball back for the visitors.
    • 77' Not before time either. Benzema hasn't had his shooting boots on today. That lame effort at the near post at the end of the first half the closest he's come.
    • 76' Real Madrid substitution: Higuain comes on to replace Benzema.
    • 75' Wonder if this will spice things up. Gonzalo Higuain is warming up on the Real bench.
    • 73' Not much attacking being done by either side at the moment.
    • 71' I can't remember when Villarreal last had the ball. Real are just passing it around with the utmost of ease.
    • 69' Final substitution for Villarreal as Martinuccio replaces Angel.
    • 68' Good work from Real. Benzema lays it off for Alonso, but his shot is both high and wide.
    • 67' The home side are hanging on here. No sign of an attack being mounted either.
    • 67' Ozil's corner finds the head of Ramos. It's blocked by Zapata inside the six yard box... KHEDIRA MUST SCORE... BUT IT'S CLEARED OFF THE LINE AGAIN!!!
    • 65' Awesome move from Ronaldo, Ozil and Marcelo, but it comes to nothing as Arbeloa fails to capitalise on his team-mates' work.
    • 63' Is that one going to be the opening of the floodgates?
    • 62' That's Ronaldo's 33rd league goal of the season, leaving him just one behind Senor Messi in the scoring charts.
    • 61' Just as the Villarreal subs come on and play resumes, Cristiano Ronaldo charges forward from the halfway line on the left, initiates a quick one-two with Ozil and then rounds Diego Lopez inside the area to slot the ball home.
    • 61' GOAL! Villarreal 0-1 Real Madrid
    • 60' And Marco Ruben goes off for Jonathan de Guzman.
    • 59' Cani goes off for Javier Camunas.
    • 58' Villarreal appear to be getting ready to make a double subsitution.
    • 57' High tackle from Marco Ruben on Marcelo. He's booked for it.
    • 56' Brilliant run from Marcelo. Bags of energy there. sets up Sami Khedira... but the German's low shot from outside the box is wide.
    • 54' It's surprising, given how difficult Real have found it to break down the home side in Open play, that Kaka is still on the bench; thje Brazilian having scored five times against the side in the past.
    • 52' Ramos is going into the book here for a foul on Nilmar.
    • 51' If Villarreal can hold Real to a goalless draw, it would complete the set against Spain's grandee clubs. They held Barcelona to the same result here at El Madrigal in January.
    • 49' Altintop makes his prescence felt immediatley. A hefty tackle on Oriol.
    • 48' Faria has only just completed a touchline ban, and now he's staring down the barrell of another.
    • 47' The referee is heading over to the Real bench. The fourth official has heard or seen something, and the referee has sent Rui Faria from the dugout.
    • 46' We're underway for the second half.
    • 21:59 Another substitution for Real Madrid as Hamit Altintop comes on for Callejon, who picked up a knock from a tackle by Bruno at the end of the first half.
    • 21:58 We're about to get underway for the second half.
    • 21:48 So a reasonably open first half then, with Real having slightly the better of the chances, albeit from set pieces only. Neither side has covered themselves in glory defensively though.
    • 46' HALF TIME.
    • 46' That tackle looked 50/50. But it's Pepe's name that is taken down.
    • 45' One minute of stoppage time to be played.
    • 45' Pepe is booked for a tackle on Mateo Musacchio.
    • 44' Marcelo to Ronaldo, but Mario, who has done a pretty good job of limiting the Portuguese to a role out on the left wing, gets in the way again.
    • 43' Ronaldo finds the advancing Arbeloa, who crosses in from the right towards Benzema... but Zapata is equal to the challenge and heads the ball out of play.
    • 42' Marcelo has the ball on the edge of the Villarreal box, lovely pass to Benzema... wong decision from the Frenchman as he shoots towards the near post. Easy for Diego Lopez.
    • 40' Ramos and Marco Ruben have been inseparable (by and large) this evening. This time Real win a free kick as the Villarreal striker uses a tad too much force.
    • 38' Good pressure from Marco Ruben on Sergio Ramos as he steals the ball... but can't keep control.
    • 36' Bruno whips it in with the left foot, but Bruno's header from the edge of the box lacks anything resmbling pace.
    • 36' Alonso hacks Cani down and is going into the book for that.
    • 35' What are the Villarreal defence playing at? That's four times they've let oen of Real's big men escape at the far post and had to rely on Diego Lopez.
    • 34' Free kick. It's whipped in by Alonso... Pepe and Ramos are both in the clear... Pepe heads straight into the hands of Diego Lopez.
    • 34' And now it's Angel going into the book. He clips Marcelo's heels as the Brazilian bursts through.
    • 33' Free kick comes in low and towards the near post from Ozil... Calm save from Diego Lopez, and Pepe, who was advancing in on the near post, looks gutted he didn't get a foot to it.
    • 32' Yellow card for Mario for a foul on Ozil. Angel was in there too. The German midfielder did look like he went down a bit softly though.
    • 28' Free kick is taken and this time it's Karim Benzema with the header. Off target again.
    • 28' REAL MADRID SUBSTITUTION: Diarra's going off. Is that a punishment for his early booking? On comes Callejon.
    • 27' Oriol brings down Ronaldo on the far right edge of his own box. Free Kick Real.
    • 26' There certainly seems to be too much width between Marco Ruben and Nilmar on the Villarreal front line, and they're looking isolated. Then when the midfield joins the attack, they're looking dreadfully exposed to the Real counter-attack.
    • 25' Lovely play by Villarreal. Cani cuts back from the right side of the box and lays across a sweet pass into the danger zone.... But there's nobody there to shoot.... Senna arrives late with a bullet of a shot, but it's wide. A real opportunity there for the home side.
    • 22' Real have a free kick from the right touchline. A challenge from Oriol on Ozil. Ozil punts it into area, caught AND DROPPED by Diego Lopez, and out for a corner, which comes to nothing.
    • 21' Twenty minutes in and this game is proving very open. Real have had the majority of the ball and the better of the chances, but don't look self-assurred at the back; perhaps a hangover from the draw last Sunday....
    • 19' And in among all of that there was a booking for Marcos Senna too.
    • 19' It's a corner to Villarreal, but Zapata can't do much with the header from 12 yards out as the ball sails over the bar.
    • 19' Ramos with a massive blunder as he totally fails to cut out the pass from the right. Nilmar picks up the ball just outside the box, and is denied by an excellent save from Casillas.
    • 16' And immediatley Real go down the other end; Marcelo with the shot well over the bar.
    • 16' Best chance yet for the home side as Cani hits the ball first time from 20 yards out. It's wide, but only by a yard or so. Casillas looks like he may have had the cross-body shot covered though.
    • 15' That's twice in the last five minutes that the Villarreal defence has been caught napping by some excellent deliveries by the Real midfield. They'd better sharpen up or they'll be behind soon.
    • 14' Another Real free kick from the same kind of area as the last one. About 20 yards from goal and on the right side. This time it's Ozil who curls it in with his left.... RAMOS ATTEMPTS THE HEADER but it's wide.
    • 12' Nilmar is up for this game. He muscles the ball off Sergio Ramos and heads towards the area... Pepe gets in his way though and Real Madrid have posession back.
    • 11' Great ball from Senna.. Marco Ruben could be in here for Villarreal. He's clear of the defender... but Casillas is too quick to get to the ball before the striker can attempt a low shot at goal from 10 yards out.
    • 9' Alonso whips it into the box... PEPE GETS UP AT THE FAR POST... but Zapata scoops the goal-bound header off the line with his toe. Great stop!
    • 8' Free kick for Real for a foul by Cani on Ronaldo.
    • 7' No attempt to play the ball there by Ramos as he shoves the chasing Marco Ruben into the advertising hoarding. The Real defender was probably spared a booking there by the fact that the ball probably had too much momentum on it anyway.
    • 6' Villarreal corner is whipped in towards Zapata, who gets up for the header... but it's well off target and too high for Nilmar to get his foot to.
    • 4' An early booking for Lassana Diarra. A high challenge. In fact, he catches Marcos Senna in the chest with his studs.
    • 3' Villarreal pump the ball forward through Angel. Nilmar is in a great position, but is flagged for offside.
    • 2' Real Madrid are looking like they're going to go all-out attack in this one. Cristiano Ronaldo jinks by his marker and managed to get a shot away from the edge of the box. He blazes it miles over the bar though.
    • 1' And we're underway...
    • 20:59 Ready for the kick off....
    • 20:58 THE TEAMS ARE IN! VILLARREAL: Diego Lopez; Oriol; Musacchio; Angel; Nilmar; Marco Ruben; Cani; Zapata; Mario; Marcos Senna; Bruno. REAL MADRID: Casillas; Pepe; Ramos; Khedira; Ronaldo; Benzema; Ozil; Marcelo; Alonso; Arbeloa; Diarra. Subs: Adan; Kaka; Granero; Altintop; Varane; Higuain; Callejon
    • 20:54 Miguel Angel Lotina: "I have come to an important team in Spain that is in an uncomfortable situation. I have an exciting team though, and I am delighted to be here. It's an exciting challenge. I want to speak to everyone individually to see how they are emotionally. I can see they want to improve but they are obviously worried. Football is an emotional game. It would have been nice to have the full week to prepare for my first game in charge, but Real Madrid is good test!"
    • 20:52 Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho: "I have no reason to be critical. It is normal to draw or lose every now and then. I'd have had reasons to be critical if it was the result of a poor attitude, but that's not the case. We got plenty of chances to score. I always take into account that we can win, draw or lose. We always do our utmost to win, but we had to settle for a draw. That's La Liga."
    • 20:50 TEAM NEWS: Lotina makes two changes for the home side. Out go Castellani and Martinuccio. In come Angel and Cani. Carlos Marchena is suspended following his sending off against Levante and star striker Giuseppe Rossi is still out injured.
    • 20:45 TEAM NEWS: One change for Real as Alvaro Arbeloa comes in for Kaka. Expect the former Liverpool man to head to left-back, which will allow Lassana Diarra to revert back to his familiar midfield role and Xabi Alonso to take up a more advanced position behind the front three.
    • 20:40 REAL MADRID: For the past 24 hours it's been Barcelona's Lionel Messi dominating the headlines after his hat-trick against Malaga made him the club's all time leading goalscorer. But It's still their bitter rivals Real who sit at the top of the Liga table by five points. A 1-1 draw at Malaga at the weekend prevented Jose Mourinho's side making it 12 wins in a row.
    • 20:35 VILLARREAL: The home side begin life under new manager Miguel Angel Lotina with a match against the side currently five points clear at the top of the table. Lotina was appointed on Monday to replace Jose Molina; sacked after the 1-0 defeat by Levante on Sunday that leaves the side only one place above the relegation zone.
    • 20:30 Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Liga tie between Villarreal and table-topping Real Madrid from Estadio el Madrigal.
  • Summary

    • 86' Make that nine. Ozil has been shown the red card too. He must have said something in reaction to the Ramos incident.
    • 85' Ramos brings down Nilmar. Ooh, he's going to be booked here. It's his second yellow. He's off!
    • 80' GOAL. VILLARREAL 1-1 REAL MADRID.
    • 67' Ozil's corner finds the head of Ramos. It's blocked by Zapata inside the six yard box... KHEDIRA MUST SCORE... BUT IT'S CLEARED OFF THE LINE AGAIN!!!
    • 61' GOAL! Villarreal 0-1 Real Madrid
    • 25' Lovely play by Villarreal. Cani cuts back from the right side of the box and lays across a sweet pass into the danger zone.... But there's nobody there to shoot.... Senna arrives late with a bullet of a shot, but it's wide. A real opportunity there for the home side.
    • 19' Ramos with a massive blunder as he totally fails to cut out the pass from the right. Nilmar picks up the ball just outside the box, and is denied by an excellent save from Casillas.
    • 16' Best chance yet for the home side as Cani hits the ball first time from 20 yards out. It's wide, but only by a yard or so. Casillas looks like he may have had the cross-body shot covered though.
    • 14' Another Real free kick from the same kind of area as the last one. About 20 yards from goal and on the right side. This time it's Ozil who curls it in with his left.... RAMOS ATTEMPTS THE HEADER but it's wide.
    • 9' Alonso whips it into the box... PEPE GETS UP AT THE FAR POST... but Zapata scoops the goal-bound header off the line with his toe. Great stop!

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      Defenders
      Yellow Card Substitution Out69′ 5.9 -
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      Midfielders
      Goal Yellow Card 7.2 -
      5.9 -
      Yellow Card 5.9 -
      Substitution Out61′ 6.9 -
      Strikers
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      Substitution In61′ 6 -
      Substitution In61′ Yellow Card 6.4 -
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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      Yellow Card 4.8 -
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      Yellow Card 4.6 -
      Yellow Card Substitution Out29′ 4.5 -
      Strikers
      Red Card 5.9 -
      Goal 5.8 -
      Substitution Out77′ 6.1 -
      Subs
      Substitution In45′ 5.3 -
      Substitution In77′ Yellow Card 5.8 -
      Substitution In29′ Substitution Out45′ 4.9 -

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