A 1-1 draw over Villarreal last night has forced Real Madrid to collect only 1 point, and left them closer to second place Barcelona with 6 points margin. Cristiano Ronaldo’s one goal in minute 62 seemed to be wasted after the host managed to equalized the score 10 minutes before the game ended.
But the nightmare didn’t stop there, as Real Madrid had to lose at least 3 players on the next league match due to red card. Sergio Ramos, Mesut Ozil and Pepe all three will miss the match against Real Sociedad. The coach Mourinho will also miss the game after receiving a red card, and he’ll be replaced by Karanka.
Jose Mourinho has called up 20 players for the next league match against Villareal at Stadium El Madridgal tonight. The team arrived at Villarreal last night, and went straight to the hotel for some rest. They needed to be fit so that they can perform well since they can’t afford another draw match or worse, a defeat. Madrid is now 5 points away from Barcelona who collected 3 points after the victory over Granada yesterday, and a win against Villarreal will maintain their 8 points margin in the standings.
Team List :
Goalkeepers: Casillas, Adam and Jesus.
Defenders: Varane, Pepe, Arbeloa, Marcelo and Ramos.
Midfielders: Altintop, Sahin, Lass, Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Ozil, Granero, Callejon and Kaka.
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Higuain and Benzema.
Coentrao and Albiol will miss the game due to technical decision. While Angel di Maria and Carvalho still on recovery.
Real Madrid grabbed another victory in La liga with a 3-1 home victory over Zaragoza last night. On the same day, rival Barcelona failed to gain the same 3 points after a shocking 0-0 draw over Villarreal.
With the result, Real Madrid is currently 7 points ahead Barcelona, who now facing trouble due to injured players after the el Clasico.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 24th goal in La liga on the match, while 2 other goals came through Kaka and Ozil. Kaka and Ozil has showed a better performance this year, just about the right time when Angel di Maria and Khedira had to rest due to injury.
Cristiano Ronaldo is unstoppable !! He made another hat-trick yesterday against Villarreal, and recorded his collection by 22 goals. And not just that, he also helped Kaka made his first goal of the season.
Real Madridâ€™s La Liga encounter against Villarreal last Sunday came as an opportunity for talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to express solidarity for his devastated home land Madeira, to help Los Blancos bounce back from their Champions League defeat, and to extend his tally in the top scorers chart.
Cristiano Ronaldo made a bright start by scoring from a free-kick to break the dead lock and he pursued his dazzling form throughout the rest of the game.
In that match, there were eight goals: two went Villarreal’s way, while Real Madrid netted the other six – two of which were penalties.
The first one was controversially won by Gonzalo Higuain who appeared to have dived. Ronaldoâ€™s buddy and team mate Ricardo Kaka took the kick and scored to ease the pressure that has been surrounding him lately.
The second penalty came right at the end of the match after Robert Pires was disqualified for stepping on Cristiano Ronaldoâ€™s left foot in the box. Xabi Alonso claimed the right to score his first ever Real Madrid goal; he indeed accomplished his wish and thus rounded up the Spanish giantsâ€™ 6-2 victory over Villarreal.
Cristiano Ronaldoâ€™s performance in that match and the flurry of goals captivated the media, but that wasnâ€™t all in fact.
There was actually a little dispute between Xabi Alonso and Ronaldo according to TV station Canal +. The report revealed the discussion that took place before the last goal of the Real Madrid vs Villarreal match was scored.
Xabi Alonso: Cris, give it to meâ€¦ (Cristiano Ronaldo doesnâ€™t answer) because I havenâ€™t even scored one goal. Let me score one, let me.
Cristiano Ronaldo: The next one, I promise you
Xabi Alonso: No, stop. Give me this one. Come on, give me the ball
At that point, Xabi Alonso placed the ball and Cristiano Ronaldo decided to walk away.
Cameras also showed that man-of-the-match Ronaldo didnâ€™t take part in the celebrations after Alonso converted the penalty kick, according to the reports made by Canal +.
Meanwhile, this picture on the right was taken during the game – just after Xabi Alonso scored from the penalty spot.
Are the media trying to fabricate something through Cristiano Ronaldo and Xabi Alonso around the subject of unity in the Real Madrid squad?
Madeira native Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed an excellent night at the Santiago Bernabeu last Sunday as Real Madrid thrashed Villarreal 6-2 in La Liga. The Portugal captain scored from a free-kick to open the scoring. He thus sent a message of sadness to his country which was hit by mudslides during the weekend.
A day earlier, Barcelona had trounced Racing Santander 4-0 at the Camp Nou to open a five-point gap at the top of La Liga table.
This result somehow put Real Madrid under more pressure to get a positive result at the Santiago Bernabeu against Manuel Pellegrini’s former club, Villarreal.
Some might have bet that Los Blancos’ match against the Yellow Submarines would be a close contest, but at the end of the day it looked much like a one-sided affair thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s significant inspiration.
Real Madrid vs Villarreal: First Half (2-1 for Los Blancos)
Cristiano Ronaldo was certainly surrounded by emotions going into Sunday’s La Liga match after hearing the catastrophe that had killed over 40 people in his native island Madeira.
The Portugal captain was aiming to prove his concern for his beloved countrymen and he indeed succeeded. The match was goalless but when Cristiano Ronaldo broke the deadlock two minutes after a quarter of an hour, the flood gates opened.
It all started with Cristiano Ronaldo being awarded a free-kick after going down following an illegal block from Villarreal’s defender Mateo Mussachio. ”Rocket” Ronaldo stepped up to take the kick and he fired the ball over the wall and straight into the top right corner of the net for another ”Apollon 11 x4” goal.
The Portugal captain eventually celebrated emotionally, pulling up the front of his jersey and holding it with his teeth to show his underwear where he had hand written ”MADEIRA”. Scoring such an awesome free-kick was certainly the perfect way for Cristiano Ronaldo to send out a message of sadness to his native Madeira Island.
Real Madrid quickly doubled their tally, but their second goal was extremely controversial. Gonzalo Higuain made a blatant dive in the box and instead of being flashed the yellow card he was awarded a penalty kick. Ricardo Kaka calmly slaughtered the ball at the back of the net; Real Madrid led 2-0 after only 20 minutes gone down the clock.
But the visitors responded 10 minutes later. Like Cristiano Ronaldo, Villarreal’s captain Marco Senna scored from a free-kick to reduce his side’s deficit before half time.
Real Madrid vs Villarreal: First Half (5 more goals to witness)
It didn’t took Real Madrid long to widen the goal margin. Inside the 53rd minute of the match, Cristiano Ronaldo was sent clean in attack through Alvaro Arbeloa clever pass from the back. The Portuguese star winger beat the offside trap and raced down the right flank before squaring the ball to Gonzalo Higuain who eventually inscribed his name on the scoring sheet.
At 3-1, Real Madrid thought that they were safe but they were eventually mistaking. Villarreal broke in attack and Brazilian international Nilmar finished off a series of nice passes to set the score line at 3-2 after 65 minutes of game play.
The Spanish giants felt the need to kill before being stunned and killed. In another attacking opportunity, Cristiano Ronaldo set up Marcelo who squared the ball into the 6-yard box. Gonzalo Higuain was there to tap it into the net for an easy goal.
Real Madrid never stopped attacking and through Cristiano Ronaldo, they possessed the perfect touches to hit Villarreal’s defensive line. The Portuguese forward dribbled with precision inside the 18-yard box and fed Kaka’s feet instead of selfishly going for goal himself. The former AC Milan star made no mistake as he sent the ball across the goal line to clinch a brace and increase Real Madrid’s margin to three.
With four minutes of normal time remaining, Villarreal conceded another penalty. This time, the referee’s decision proved to be correct as Cristiano Ronaldo was brought down by ex-Arsenal player Robert Pires. Xabi Alonso scored from the spot kick to round up Los Blancos wonderful 6-2 victory at home to Villarreal.
So Real Madrid continued their amazing perfect run at the Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga this season. Their win against the Yellow Submarines of Villarreal was mainly inspired by the emotionally-hit Madeira boy Cristiano Ronaldo. The Spanish giants still lack behind Barcelona in the standings but the gap is only of two points.
Real Madrid have 56 points after 23 match-days. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo counts 12 goals in La Liga’s top scorers chart. He is 4 goals behind leader Lionel Messi and 2 goals behind third place and team mate Gonzalo Higuain.
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During Real Madrid’s La Liga match at home to Villarreal, Cristiano Ronaldo was captured by the media sending a clear message to his native country Madeira.
After scoring Real Madrid’s first goal, CR9 showed his underwear in celebration where he had written ”MADEIRA” with his own hand writing.
It was his way of sending a message of sadness to the island of Madeira following the big floods that hit the island on Saturday.Â More thanÂ 40 lives are currently feared dead in Cristiano Ronaldo’s native country and he was quick to react towards this issue, expressing his emotions:
”It is a huge catastrophe and a tragedy without precedent,” he said in a message posted on the official Real Madrid website this Sunday.
”Nobody can be indifferent when there is a tragedy of this magnitude and even more so in my case. I was born and grew up on that island, that gave me so much,” said Ronaldo, who added he was willing to help in any way he could.
”I want to say that I am available for that in any way that is possible, I can help the organizations and official bodies to try and minimize the suffering and help people get over the affects of this tragedy as soon as possible,” he added.
His message at the Bernabeu came on an emotional evening that also saw legendary forward Luis Molowny remembered with a minute’s silence.
In the first part of the 2009/2010 La Liga campaign, Real Madrid traveled at El Madrigal to play the Yellow Submarines of Villarreal and Cristiano Ronaldo unanimously emerged as the man of the match.
A very early goal from the world’s most expensive footballer immediately inflicted confusion on Villarreal who conceded again in the second half. Real Madrid consequently won 2-0.
But this story is now part of the past. Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid will now have to repeat that success at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday evening.
The gap between Los Blancos and Barcelona is currently of two points in La Liga and Real Madrid will have the chance to claim the top spot if the Catalans lose on Saturday against Racing Santander.
The mission for the Spanish giants is comprised of three things:
To extend their run of 11 consecutive victories on home soil this season and thus keep the momentum alive, to keep pace with Barcelona, and to bounce back from the defeat which they suffered in the hands of Lyon in midweek.
On the other hand, Villarreal are aiming to put an end to their torrid record at the Santiago Bernabeu. They’ve never won there and the best that they could manage in Madrid in their last 10 meetings were 3 draws.
Cristiano Ronaldo could haunt the Yellow Submarines of Villarreal again to the benefit of his club, Real Madrid, as they chase La Liga title.
Results seem to indicate that there is not more to Real Madrid than Cristiano Ronaldo.
So far this season, the Spanish Giants have had three tests: a match against Manuel Pellegriniâ€™s former club Villarreal, a clash in Andalusia against Sevilla, and a gigantesque battle against AC Milan in the Champions League lately.
Out of these three games, Real Madrid have won one and lost two.
Against Villarreal at the El Madrigal, Cristiano Ronaldoâ€™s goal in the opening minute considerably raised the game for Real Madrid. Kaka then rounded up the score line with a penalty in the second half to seal Los Blancosâ€™ victory against the Yellow Submarines.
Unfortunately for Cristiano Ronaldo, the match against Villarreal has been his first and last important game for Real Madrid. The talented Portuguese play-maker then sustained an ankle injury against Marseille in the Champions League, which has sidelined him for up to a month.
So the Spanish Giants had to cop without the services of Cristiano Ronaldo against Sevilla in the league and AC Milan in Europe.
Coincidently, Real Madrid lost both of these games. Dangerous mistakes in defense and inefficiency inside the 18-yard box have cost Real Madrid dearly.
Although the referee was to blame in Wednesday nightâ€™s 3-2 defeat at home to AC Milan, some Madrid players could be singled out for failing to assume their responsibilities â€“ mentally as well as physically.
There is a sense that Cristiano Ronaldo carries a big part of Real Madridâ€™s strength in depth and psychology.
In seven words, one could say it: Madrid flop in big games without Ronaldo
Well, such a conviction could be completely false in reality.
However, as things stand now, the pressure is on Manuel Pellegrini and his men to put value on the hundred millions of pounds that Florentino Perez used to create this new-look squad.
Four in a row! Cristiano Ronaldo has entered in Real Madridâ€™s record book by scoring in each of Los Blancos four games since the start of the season.
The current world player of the year scored the opener against Villarreal on Wednesday night to help Real Madrid clinch all the three points from what was a thrilling encounter. There was also a goal celebration for AC Milanâ€™s former Brazilian superstar, Ricardo Kaka.
How it happened:
It was a stunning performance from Manchester Unitedâ€™s former number 7. For the second time in three days, Cristiano Ronaldo scored with less than three minutes gone down the clock. He dribbled past defenders throughout the midfield area before firing a shot from the edge of the penalty box. Suddenly, Real Madrid found themselves on the train track whereas Villarrealâ€™s crowd were left in shock.
El Madrigalâ€™s stadium is always a difficult place to play but on Wednesday evening, Cristiano Ronaldo made things look entertaining rather than frustrating.
The fleet-footed winger showed a lot of his tricks and pace on the ball kept astonishing Villarrealâ€™s defense. Gonzalo Rodriguez was left helpless in his job of containing the mega star. The defender â€“ who fouled Ronaldo twice and Kaka as well â€“ finally saw red for two bookable offenses.
At the break, the score remained 1-0 to Real Madrid and Villarreal were lucky that Los Blancos couldnâ€™t find the perfect finish at times. Credits should also have gone to Diego Lopez who made two impressive saves to prevent Higuain and Ronaldo widening the score line.
In the second period, Kakaâ€™s glorious moment arrived when Angel appeared to have handled the ball from Marcelo’s cross in the box. The Brazilian midfielder, who had gone under some early criticism from the Spanish media for failing to score since his arrival at the Bernabeu, converted the penalty perfectly.
At this point, 10-man Villarreal couldnâ€™t do anything to revive their wounded spirits. Real Madrid had completely sealed their well deserved victory to make it four wins out of four matches in La Liga.
After the encounter, man of the match Cristiano Ronaldo described his sincere joy.
”I’m very happy with the win and also because I am scoring goals,â€ Ronaldo gladly declared.
”Villarreal is a tough team at home, but we did it. They had a lot of the ball, but we scored first and in the second half.
â€œWhen Kaka scored, we were a lot more calm.”
Wednesdayâ€™s 2-0 victory at the El Madrigal stadium put Real Madrid level with Barcelona at the top of La Ligaâ€™s table. Manuel Pellegriniâ€™s side shares a 100% win record like the Catalans. They have the maximum twelve points and a +11 goal difference just like Barcelona.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo remains on course to win this seasonâ€™s top scorer award. Out of the seven goals that he has scored in all competitions for Real Madrid, five come in the Spanish Primera Liga. Cristiano Ronaldo is equal with Barcelonaâ€™s Lionel Messi who scored a double against Racing Santander on Tuesday.