Sunday September 2, 2012 Day 3 Finished Bernabéu

Real Madrid 3 - 0 Granada CF

  • Cristiano Ronaldo 26’, 54’
  • Higuaín 76’

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    Liga - Matchpack: Real Madrid v Granada

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  • Live Commentary

    • Real Madrid
    • Granada CF
    • 90+2' There goes the final whistle! Thanks for joining us for his match tonight. A 3-0 win for Real Madrid. Their first victory of the season in La Liga.
    • 89' We are into two minutes of time added on as Benzema thumps a shot wide of the goal.
    • 88' Khedira makes a run into the box. Tries to supply Marcelo, but the flag goes up again. A dubious offside call that one.
    • 87' An offside flag goes up against Benzama from Di Maria's cross into the middle. This game was over some time ago.
    • 86' Benzema tries to cut a dash into the Granada box, but the visitors wallop it long down the park.
    • 85' Nyom does well to snuff out the cross by Marcelo from out on his left.
    • 84' Higuain thrashes an effort wide of the target. Looks like Real may have to settle for three goals on the night.
    • 83' Di Maria on the deck. Looked in a spot of trouble after being caught by Iriney, but is up racing around the next second. Not too clever conduct. Unsporting.
    • 82' A few of the home fans begin to head for the exit door. Game over and many have seen enough.
    • 81' Granada going to remain third bottom of the table with one point, but they will have easier nights than this in the months ahead.
    • 80' Higuain chips the ball just wide of goal with Tono beaten. Was a real chance to add the fourth.
    • 79' Ball bobbling around in the visiting box before Tono comes out to collect the loose ball.
    • 78' Real Madrid hoping to add to their tally. Granada getting a bit of a going over. Not a huge surprise being a man down.
    • 77' Tono got a touch on the ball from Marcelo's driven shot at goal. Lovely ball across goal by Di Maria. Brilliant stop by the experienced keeper.
    • 76' Benzema seemed to be offside from the pass, but not too many appeals and that is a 3-0 lead against the 10 men. Poor decision by the officials.
    • 75' GOAL! Higuain taps the ball into the net from Benzema's pass and that is a 3-0 lead for the home side.
    • 74' We have the Barcelona v Valencia match coming right up for you after this. Follow..Barcelona v Valencia LIVE
    • 73' Flag goes up against Ramos, who is offside and perhaps guilty of a bit of fouling in the opposition box.
    • 72' Khedira is unhappy with Iriney about something or other as Alonso fails to pick out the head of Ramos with a corner.
    • 71' Superb run by Benzema before he knocks it off a visiting shirt for a corner to his side.
    • 70' The body language of the visiting players suggests they would be happy to get off this park with a 2-0 defeat.
    • 69' Ortiz departs to be replaced by Gabriel Torje.
    • 68' A yellow card here for Arbeloa. A deliberate handball stopping a Granada attacking move.
    • 67' Marcelo whips a shot at goal, but it deflects wide. Could easily have ended up in the back of the rigging.
    • 66' Ronaldo sitting watching the action with an ice pack on his left knee. Was a bit of a late one by Gomez that prompted the red card.
    • 65' Not much point in risking Ronaldo with the international break coming up. Looks like they are looking at Ronaldo's left knee. Might just be a dead leg.
    • 64' Ronaldo seems to be hobbling and is going to be replaced by Gonzalo Higuain.
    • 63' Khedira lays the ball off to Ronaldo, who thumps a shot wide of the goal. We remain at 2-0 in the home side's favour.
    • 62' El Arabi is going to depart the action to be replaced by Mainz for the visiting side.
    • 61' Surely Granada's last chance in this match disappeared up the tunnel with Gomez.
    • 60' Alonso tries his luck with a swerving, dipping effort from long range. Free-kick bounced just in front of Tono, but he gets down quickly enough to keep it out.
    • 59' A RED CARD FOR GOMEZ! He was booked in the first period and picks up a second yellow for a late challenge on Ronaldo. Not much to be said about that. Granada down to 10 men.
    • 58' Mourinho seems happy enough as he shakes the hand of the former Tottenham player in gratitude of his efforts.
    • 57' Modric is going to depart the action with Ozil given the nod after 58 minutes or so.
    • 56' A change coming here for Real as Mesut Ozil prepares to enter the action.
    • 55' Modric picks up the ball 22 yards out, but can only rattle a shot wide of the target. Better from the home side.
    • 54' Real heading for their first three points of the season then, but they will look to add a few more goals surely here with Ronaldo now on a hat-trick.
    • 53' Lovely ball by Di Maria to set up Ronaldo and suddenly without hitting top gear the Spanish champions lead 2-0.
    • 52' GOAL! Ronaldo scores for Real Madrid. Tono saved his first effort, but could not halt the second as he slipped it into the net. His 150th goal in a Real shirt.
    • 51' Modric was seeing plenty of ball in the opening 20 minutes, but Real Madrid appear to have stopped using him and their effort is all a bit predictable.
    • 50' An offside flag goes up against Flores. Real continue to struggle to trouble the visiting side.
    • 49' All very quiet in the Bernabeu this evening. Much of that is to do with the flatness of Real Madrid's play. Has been a real struggle for them.
    • 48' One change for the home side at the break with Angel Di Maria replacing Callejon.
    • 47' Decent play by Flores. Arbeloa getting a touch on the ball after Sergio Ramos missed the ball. Casillas forced to punch out Orellana's corner.
    • 46' We are off and running in this second period. Jose Mourinho will be expecting better in this second half surely.
    • 45' And there isn't! Real with the 1-0 lead at the break, but they have hardly been impressive in this first period. Can do a lot better.
    • 44' Looks like there is going to be little time added to the first period. Has hardly been a stoppage in this half.
    • 43' Another sloppy pass by Real Madrid towards the end of the half. Granada given cheap possession.
    • 42' Brilliant control by Ronaldo in the box. Delightful stuff, but he can't beat Tono with a powerful drive from inside the Granada area.
    • 41' Marcelo goes past Ortiz before picking out Benzema with a decent cross, but he drills the volley into the side netting. Another Real chance bites the dust.
    • 40' Easy to see why Real Madrid were held by Valencia and lost to Getafe last week with this level of performance. Nothing happening quickly enough for the Spanish champions.
    • 39' El Arabi with a decent header at goal from the cross by Siqueira. Real looking a bit sluggish tracking back. Ball drops a couple of yards wide.
    • 38' Pepe goes into the book for cutting down El Arabi. Granada enjoying their best moments of this match in the past 10 minutes.
    • 37' A yellow card for Pepe for a mistimed tackle. Perhaps a bit harsh, but he is in the book.
    • 36' Some real encouragement for the unfancied visitors. Real yet to catch fire in this match. Certainly not in the same way they were performing against Barcelona the other night.
    • 35' Another decent move by Granada as El Arabi tries to pick out Flores. Sergio Ramos doing enough to defend the danger. Nyom also looking lively to support the attack.
    • 34' El Arabi was scoring goals for fun in the Saudi Arabian league, but this is a bit of step up in class for him tonight against Real.
    • 33' Arbeloa forced to win the ball with Flores in there challenging. Vital he made that block with El Arabi taking up a good position in the box.
    • 32' Floro Flores wallops a shot wide from outside of the Real box. No real pace in the shot to beat Casillas.
    • 31' An offside flag stops Ronaldo in his tracks here. Granada playing a high line.
    • 30' Benzema tries to chip Tono from Marcelo's long hopeful ball, but wide of the target. On we go at 1-0 in the home side's favour.
    • 29' Real Madrid now up to over 71 percent of possession as Granada become more and more marooned in their own half. Real yet to catch fire tonight.
    • 28' Real Madrid collect the ball at the halfway line, but they are guilty of some sloppy play. Not overly impressive from either side.
    • 27' Granada will be feeling a bit sheepish about that. Will Real relax after opener? Jose Mourinho is certainly relaxed. He has his jacket off and is kicking back in the technical area.
    • 26' Callejon with the pass, but the shot has gone through the legs of Tono. Slight deflection, but he should have saved Ronaldo's effort.
    • 25' GOAL! Ronaldo scores for Real Madrid. The home side lead. Not sure how that ball managed to beat Tono from that angle, but it slides into the net.
    • 24' Granada win a corner. That is a turn up for the books, but Marcelo is first to deal with the corner as he heads clear.
    • 23' Modric certainly enjoying his night out so far. Looks like he was meant to play on this stage. Which at close to £35 million, he probably was.
    • 22' Benzema slides the ball to Ronaldo, who again wallops a shot wide after some clever play by Modric.
    • 21' Marcelo doing well to win the ball and rolling it back to Casillas. And on we go with this pattern of Real pass, pass, pass. Granada forced to chase it.
    • 20' Ortiz fouled by Modric and the visiting side creep into the home half. Not for very long. Granada toiling to make any real advances.
    • 19' Ronaldo decides to try his luck from 20 yards out or so, but smashes the drive wide of the target. We remain at 0-0.
    • 18' Real Madrid trying to run the legs off the opposition as they move the ball from side to side.
    • 17' Real Madrid have also brought Michael Essien in from Chelsea for the rest of the season. He is not involved tonight, but may well be for the Champions League campaign.
    • 16' Marcelo on the run for Real Madrid. Granada with plenty of bodies back. Content to let the home side play in front of them.
    • 15' Modric involved before Khedira challenges Tono, but the goalkeeper makes a brave stop and earns the free-kick.
    • 14' Granada being pinned back. Not exactly a huge surprise, but at least the visitors haven't conceded which is the vital aspect of this assignment.
    • 13' Ronaldo fires the free-kick at goal, but it hits off the wall before spinning well wide of the target.
    • 12' Modric slides in the corner, but no takers at the near post before Gomez is booked for a blatant shoulder challenge on Khedira.
    • 11' Nyom manages to get a good tackle in to block the run of Ronaldo as the home side earn a corner kick.
    • 10' Flores fires a hopeful shot at goal from distance, but charged down by Real. Decent movement by Granada.
    • 9' El Arabi on a strong, surging run into the home box. Appeals for a handball on the edge of the Real box by a home shirt, but nothing doing.
    • 8' Ronaldo tries to set up Modric with an ambitious backheel pass, but that is loose and out of play. Granada happy to gain a foothold in this match.
    • 7' Granada have only won once at the Bernabeu which suggests this could be a long night for them. Tono out of his goal quickly again to collect a loose ball.
    • 6' Alonso bundled to the deck as Real prepare to float in a free-kick from out wide. Alonso knocks it in, but Benzema is miles offside.
    • 5' Lovely ball by Modric to send Callejon through on goal, but Tono is out quickly to make a fine stop. Almost a dream opening for the home side.
    • 4' Real getting on the ball early on. Granada looking a bit edgy out there. Perhaps understandable for a side that avoided relegation by a point last season.
    • 3' Teams: Real Madrid: Casillas, Pepe, Ramos, Khedira, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Marcelo, Xabi Alonso, Arbeloa, Modrić, Callejón///Granada: Toño, Nyom, Siqueira, Iñigo López, B. Gómez, Mikel Rico, Ortiz, Iriney, Orellana, El Arabi, Floro Flores
    • 2' Difficult to believe that Real Madrid are seeking their first win of the season in their third Liga match. Modric caught offside in the opening moments.
    • 1' We are off and running with Granada getting the action started.
    • 18.45 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of Real Madrid against Granada.
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  • Real Madrid

    Manager: José Mourinho

  • Granada CF

    Manager: Juan Antonio Anquela

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