15 May 2011
Fernando Porrero / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
Cristiano Ronaldo scored two extraordinary set piece goals against Villarreal that allowed him to equal Zarra and Hugo Sanchez's historic record of 38 strikes in one season in La Liga. He will have a chance to break it against Almeria. The Portuguese's incredible run during the present campaign makes him the favourite to win this year's Golden Boot award. Ronaldo's goals helped Real Madrid earn a sixth straight away victory with one game left in the championship.
Jose Mourinho used Kaka and Benzema in his starting lineup, leaving Ozil and Di Maria on the bench. Real Madrid kept possession of the ball, forcing Villarreal to feel out of place on their own turf. Marcelo proved dangerous down the left win and eventually scored the opener from a great lobbed shot (16').
The Whites scored a second strike only five minutes later: Kaka was tackled outside the box, a free-kick was awarded, and Ronaldo converted it with a spectacularly powerful shot.
Things changed after half-time. Villarreal stepped up their game and kept possession of the ball for longer periods of time. This resulted in their only goal of the evening, scored by Cani following a great combination between Rossi and Bruno (51'). The match became intense, but Real Madrid looked to hurt their hosts with quick counterattacks, while Villarreal in turn tried to net an equaliser through efforts from Cani and Rossi. However, Ramos, Pepe and Carvalho were solid in defence and put an end to all of the locals' chances.
There was still time for Cristiano Ronaldo to score yet another strike from another set piece. It came on the 92nd minute and allowed him to equal Hugo Sanchez and Zarra's historic record.
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Goal 22' 93'|
|Di María 64'|