Sunday August 19, 2012 Day 1 Finished Bernabéu

  1. Real Madrid held at home by Valencia

    Real Madrid held at home by Valencia

    Champions Real Madrid started the defence of their La Liga title with a frustrating 1-1 draw at home to Valencia. More

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    Time:90'
    • Real Madrid
    • Valencia CF
    • FT FT Real Madrid 1-1 Valencia. Real Madrid are held to a 1-1 draw in their opening game of the season.
    • 89' Piatti is booked for a cynical trip on Arbeloa.
    • 88' But he's not badly injured and play goes on. Real Madrid really pressing for a winner but it doesn't look like it's going to come, as Valencia clear Ozil's corner from the left.
    • 87' This time Xabi Alonso has suffered a clash of heads, colliding with Valdez.
    • 85' Real Madrid sub: Valdez on, Feghouli off
    • 84' Pereira sees yellow for a reckless challenge.
    • 83' Raul Albiol heads the resulting corner straight at Alves.
    • 82' Alves pulls of a tremendous save from Callejon. Ronaldo drives forward down the left and picks out Callejon, who hammers his shot at goal but Alves makes a flying save to deny him.
    • 81' Real work the ball back to Raul Albiol, who lets fly with an awful shot from 35 yards. High, wide and not very handsome.
    • 79' The corner is cleared out to Alonso, who spots Callejon's busting a gut to get into the box. Alonso picks him out, but Callejon cannot make contact as he slides in front of the goalkeeper.
    • 77' Callejon clips the ball in from the right towards Ronaldo, who forces a corner.
    • 76' Time running out for Real Madrid, who look a little short of ideas as they chase a winner.
    • 74' It's all Real Madrid again as Los Blancos try to wear down this Valencia defence. They have just 16 minutes left to survive.
    • 73' Ramos glances Alonso's corner wide.
    • 72' Chance out of nothing for Benzema after the Valencia defence falls asleep, and the Frenchman's low drive is turned around the base of the post by Alves.
    • 71' Real Madrid sub: Callejon on, Di Maria off
    • 70' Valencia sub: Parejo on, Soldado off
    • 69' Di Maria finds Ozil, but the German drives a left-footed shot from the edge of the box straight at Alves.
    • 68' Higuain hits the bar! Ozil spots his run and lofts the ball over the Valencia defence, but Higuain nods it onto the bar.
    • 66' Higuain fires a low ball in from the right and Alves spills it, but Valencia just about clear.
    • 65' Pereira checks Ronaldo in rather blatent fashion on the left wing. No yellow card, but a free-kick in a dangerous position for the champions.
    • 63' Ronaldo dances his way into a crossing position on the left. His low ball in is stabbed away for a Real corner.
    • 61' Real Madrid sub: Benzema on, Lassana Diarra off
    • 59' This time Gago is offside, and Real Madrid can regroup.
    • 57' Infact it was on side, according to TV replays. Real Madrid get lucky.
    • 56' Soldado rounds Casillas and puts the ball into the net. But to his disbelief, he is flagged offside. It was tight.
    • 54' Di Maria should score. Ozil rolls the ball into Di Maria's path and he strides into a shooting position 16 yards out - but drags his shot wide and holds his head in his hands.
    • 52' Anyway, play goes on and Alonso swings in a delightful free-kick to Albiol at the far post, but his header into the danger area is superbly palmed away by Alves.
    • 51' Soldado is now down after a clash with Arbeloa. Looked innocuous, and the Bernabeu crowd are letting him know that.
    • 50' Victor Ruiz sees yellow for a rash challenge of Higuain, who was running at the Valencia defence.
    • 48' Ozil delivers an excellent cross from the left that Mathieu has to hook away for a Real Madrid throw-in.
    • 47' Casillas has decided to come out for the second half. He looks better than he did 15 minutes ago, that's for sure.
    • 46' Real Madrid get the second half underway.
    • 46' Real Madrid sub: Albiol on, Pepe off.
    • HT How will the second half go? Let me know on Twitter
    • HT Plenty of talking points at half time. Real Madrid pegged back by Jonas's header after dominating much of the game. But Casillas's welfare will be of concern to Mourinho. Will be interesting to see whether the goalkeeper emerges for the second half.
    • HT HT Real Madrid 1-1 Valencia
    • 45'+4 Feghouli gets to the byline and attempts to cross in for Soldado, but Coentrao concedes the corner; a corner which Real clear.
    • 45'+3 Casillas looks in a bad way. A real chance he'll be replaced at the break.
    • 45'+2 Coentrao plays the ball in from the left but Higuain is beaten to it on the penalty spot. Jose Mourinho gesturing from the touchline, encouraging his players to pin Valencia back.
    • 45' Pepe is back on, but Casillas looks concussed despite playing on.
    • 45' Diarra is playing as a makeshift centre-back at the moment and he gives the ball straight to Soldado. But Diarra recovers to steal the ball back.
    • 44' Pepe has left the field to have stitches, while Casillas is still on the field receiving treatment.
    • 43' Casillas and Pepe have clashed heads here. Jonas got between them both and the Real Madrid pair clashed heads and this looks nasty.
    • 42' GOAL! Real Madrid 1-1 Valencia (Jonas). Costa whips a dangerous free-kick into the box from the right and Jonas gets his head to it before Casillas and flicks it into the empty net.
    • 40' Alves races out of his goal to clear from Higuain. The ball goes straight to Ronaldo, who volleys it straight back at goal with an audacious volley from 40 yards. It drops well wide.
    • 38' Coentrao hits the deck in the box, but he's fairly tackled by Feghouli, who had tracked back from midfield.
    • 37' Di Maria picks out Ronaldo on the right. The Portuguese pulls it right back to Ozil on the edge of the box, but he miscues his shot. Higuain tries to improvise with an overhead kick to help the ball along, but it flies over the top.
    • 35' Coentrao, who is yet to score in a Real Madrid shirt, has wasted a good chance there.
    • 34' Coentrao is picked out by Ronaldo's wonderful first-time pass. Coentrao is through on goal but delays his cross to Higuain before eventually opting to shoot into the side-netting.
    • 32' Ramos is back on the field and Real win a corner as they look to keep the heat on the visitors.
    • 30' Feghouli completes an eventful few minutes for him with a yellow card for the challenge.
    • 29' Ramos has taken a blow to the head, and is receiving treatment.
    • 27' An even bigger miss by Feghouli - but luckily for him the flag is up. Feghouli is offside as he is put clean through, but fails to take the ball around Casillas. Casillas gets up quickly to smother the follow-up.
    • 25' We're over halfway through the first-half and Valencia have finally crafted a chance: Mathieu beats Pepe to the ball at the byline and hooks in a cross from the left to Feghouli, but he skies his shot under pressure from Coentrao. Big miss.
    • 24' Incidentally, Xabi Alonso only scored the one La Liga goal last season.
    • 23' Xabi Alonso goes very close as he tries to bend the ball in from a tight angle. An ambitious effort, but one that only missed the far post by a whisker.
    • 22' The incessant Real Madrid pressure continues, although they haven't created much since going ahead.
    • 20' Pepe makes a superbly-timed tackle on Soldado, who looked to be winding up a shot from the edge of the box.
    • 18' This is little more than an evening stroll for Real Madrid at the moment. Valencia just not posing any threat to Jose Mourinho's side.
    • 16' Alonso swings it into the danger area, but Valencia hack it away. They try to attack Real on the counter, but that man Diarra is there to break things up.
    • 15' Quick turn of pace by Coentrao sees him fly past two Valencia defenders before forcing a corner that Alonso will take.
    • 14' Chance for Valencia as Costa's free-kick into the box evades everyone and Casillas is forced to leap to his right and turn the ball around his post for a corner. Casillas almost caught out there.
    • 12' But Casillas watches the corner sail high over everyone in the box, and Real clear comfortably.
    • 11' Arbeloa concedes a corner as Valencia seek an immediate response.
    • 10' GOAL! Real Madrid 1-0 Valencia (Higuain). Higuain beats the offside trap but has to efforts saved well by Alves. But Higuain hammers it into the roof of the net at the third time of asking and Real Madrid lead inside 10 minutes.
    • 8' Valencia struggling to get a foothold into this one.
    • 6' Ozil takes a tumble in the box under pressure from Costa, but there was nothing in that at all. Ozil rather obviously looking for a penalty.
    • 5' Predictably perhaps, Real Madrid are all over Valencia in the early stages. Diarra really throwing himself about in the middle of the park. Diarra a surprise selection ahead of Khedira, of course.
    • 3' Real Madrid trying to test Alves early on. This time Di Maria's drive from 25 yards drifts just wide.
    • 2' Ronaldo collects the ball on the left, cuts inside onto his right foot, and fires a low early warning shot just wide of Alves's post.
    • 1' KICK OFF. Valencia get us underway
    • 17.59 Valencia start the match with two ex-Real Madrid stars in their starting XI. Roberto Soldado leads the line for the visitors and new summer signing Fernando Gago starts in the engine room alongside Tino Costa.
    • 17.57 For Real, there is plenty of talk as to whether Luka Modric will sign from Spurs. The deal is expected to go through on Monday. Today, Jose Mourinho has sprung a surprise in midfield, with Lassana Diarra preferred to Sami Khedira, who was a regular starter for the Spanish champions alongside Xabi Alonso last season.
    • 17.55 Valencia travel to the Bernabeu having not even scored a goal there since 2008.
    • 17.50 Real Madrid XI: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao; Lassana Diarra, Alonso; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Higuain. Subs: Adan, Albiol, Marcelo, Khedira, Kaka, Callejon, Benzema /// Valencia XI: Alves; Pereira, Costa, Ruiz, Mathieu; Gago, Tino, Feghouli, Jonas, Guardalo; Soldado. Subs: Rami, Albelda, Piatti, Barragan, Valdez, Parejo, Felipe.
    • 17.45 Hello everyone. It's the first weekend of La Liga and champions Real Madrid start with a tricky opener against Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu.
  • Summary

    • 68' Higuain hits the bar! Ozil spots his run and lofts the ball over the Valencia defence, but Higuain nods it onto the bar.
    • 54' Di Maria should score. Ozil rolls the ball into Di Maria's path and he strides into a shooting position 16 yards out - but drags his shot wide and holds his head in his hands.
    • 42' GOAL! Real Madrid 1-1 Valencia (Jonas). Costa whips a dangerous free-kick into the box from the right and Jonas gets his head to it before Casillas and flicks it into the empty net.
    • 34' Coentrao is picked out by Ronaldo's wonderful first-time pass. Coentrao is through on goal but delays his cross to Higuain before eventually opting to shoot into the side-netting.
    • 27' An even bigger miss by Feghouli - but luckily for him the flag is up. Feghouli is offside as he is put clean through, but fails to take the ball around Casillas. Casillas gets up quickly to smother the follow-up.
    • 25' We're over halfway through the first-half and Valencia have finally crafted a chance: Mathieu beats Pepe to the ball at the byline and hooks in a cross from the left to Feghouli, but he skies his shot under pressure from Coentrao. Big miss.
    • 23' Xabi Alonso goes very close as he tries to bend the ball in from a tight angle. An ambitious effort, but one that only missed the far post by a whisker.
    • 10' GOAL! Real Madrid 1-0 Valencia (Higuain). Higuain beats the offside trap but has to efforts saved well by Alves. But Higuain hammers it into the roof of the net at the third time of asking and Real Madrid lead inside 10 minutes.
    • 17.50 Real Madrid XI: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao; Lassana Diarra, Alonso; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Higuain. Subs: Adan, Albiol, Marcelo, Khedira, Kaka, Callejon, Benzema /// Valencia XI: Alves; Pereira, Costa, Ruiz, Mathieu; Gago, Tino, Feghouli, Jonas, Guardalo; Soldado. Subs: Rami, Albelda, Piatti, Barragan, Valdez, Parejo, Felipe.
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      Yellow Card 6.9 -
      Substitution Out71′ 6.5 -
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  1. shameless Barca with their fans. Cheats always think­ others are like them. Time shall tell. Cheating scums­ in both champions and spanish league. I hope you scums­ remember what chelsea did to Barca home and away.­ Before Real madrid thrashed Barca. More will be done to­ Barca this season. I hope Chelsea did not pay the­ referees to beat chicken Barca home and away.

    From Bobby, on Tue 21 Aug 16:58
  2. is kaka going to manchester united

    From Marmion, on Tue 21 Aug 11:25
  3. I wonder why Mourinho still not believing Kaka even­ though Kaka showing his great performance all time...­ It's pretty sad when Kaka is not in the first­ team... To me , Kaka is the best Real Madrid's­ assist so far....

    From Sonny, on Mon 20 Aug 17:43
  4. hahaha can't believe that real drew with valencia!!­ we won 5-1! this year is barca's year

    From Basil, on Mon 20 Aug 15:38
  5. Only the First game of the season and the #$%$ Spanish­ officials have already started favouring Madrid with­ these decisions. Last year Mallorca should have been­ two up with a goal which only GOD knows how it was­ disallowed, and already this year a blatant goal­ disallowed for Soldado. Disgusted!

    From Mohammed Sanur, on Mon 20 Aug 12:09
  6. NO chance for Real CHEATING madrid to win La Liga this­ year!!! All they can do is to BUY it and/or ­ bribe their way to the top - like they did last year

    From Ronaldinho, on Sun 19 Aug 22:22
  7. Pretty clear, no surprise here & summary of the­ game : - NO red cards to Valencia, NO non-existent­ penalty kicks for Real + FAIR UNBIASED referee = NO win­ for real bribing madrid This season real m cheaters­ will have to put aside even greater amount of money­ (then last year) to pay off referees and Spanish fa

    From Ronaldinho, on Sun 19 Aug 22:18
  8. Dis just da beginin of deir waterloo....d vain-glorious­ purported holy-one wil pack his luggage­ soonest...loquacious inepts wil start blamin refs 4 his­ ineptitude....Barca all d way!.

    From Ohwevwo Joshua, on Sun 19 Aug 22:00
  9. real madrid win the title again .first match is draw no­ problem.next match real madrid come back the match and­ kik barcelona #$%$

    From Jamseen, on Sun 19 Aug 21:15
  10. Winstone Churchill is one of my lifelong heroes. The­ Winstone Chruchill on here needs to spend a lot more­ time looking at football leagues year by year because­ he knows nothing about it. This game, Winstone, was the­ first game of the season. For example in the English­ Premier League last season, Manchester City were way­ out in front, then Manchester United took a lead and­ everyone said it was all over with 3 games to go. The­ end result was City won the title on goal difference,­ and that was with a goal with the last kick of last­ game. Just the first game kid

    From Brian, on Sun 19 Aug 20:22
  11. I think soldados goal shoulda been counted...anyhow,­ let see if madrid pays for throwing away the victory -­ knowing how close the end of season points diff btwn­ barca/real is these past few seasons... i think this­ might impact it. Time to watch barca play :)

    From Jibran, on Sun 19 Aug 20:09
  12. ok

    From Jibran, on Sun 19 Aug 20:07
  13. Good god. Why use Özil and Diarra when they lose the­ ball all time?? Khedira and Kaka are so much better.­ Put Ramos as RB because he cannot defend. Bring in­ Varane at CB. Use Marcelo when facing teams who park­ the bus as he is better in attacking than Coentrao. ­ Oh, and we should have had a penalty when Gago fouled­ Di Maria in the box.

    From Tk, on Sun 19 Aug 20:06
  14. madrid think they can just show up and win ,think­ again,work harder!!

    From robert, on Sun 19 Aug 19:57
  15. I wish them worst than this, Down to­ Realllllllllllllllllll

    From basir sadat, on Sun 19 Aug 19:57
  16. kaka should get a deal and leave rm...if he isn't­ even getting in before callejon, then there is no­ hope...this opener is a foreshowing of things to­ come...go to psg

    From Winston Churchill, on Sun 19 Aug 19:53
  17. real madrid is the most corrupted team in the world­ they will lose

    From ramy belloul, on Sun 19 Aug 19:51
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    Come on Madrid,win this match by 3-1!!!#HalaMadrid!!!

    From Depek Persie, on Sun 19 Aug 19:46
  19. Minute 6: Ozil takes a tumble in the box under pressure­ from Costa, but there was nothing in that at all. Ozil­ rather obviously looking for a penalty.

    From Alonzo, on Sun 19 Aug 19:46
  20. keep cheating mad rid

    From mohamed, on Sun 19 Aug 19:27
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