21 September 2011
Fernando Porrero / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
Real Madrid weren't able to win in Santander against Racing. The Whites failed to score despite dominating the entire match. Mourinho's men must now focus on Saturday's clash with Rayo Vallecano at the Bernabeu. The league is far from over and many points are still at stake.
New faces made Mourinho's starting lineup. Varane made his official debut, and Lass, Arbeloa and Callejon were also on the pitch, while Ramos and Di Maria sat on the bench. Racing focused on defending looking to counterattack. Minutes passed and Madrid didn't experience trouble in defence, but they also failed to have chances to score. Callejon had the clearest one from a header on the 45-minute mark, but Toño grabbed the ball with ease.
Di Maria came on for the midfielder after half-time and the team upped the pace of the game, although Casillas was forced to make a great save to clear a shot Serrano took from outside the box. Real Madrid reacted by keeping possession more often. Higuain came on for Ozil in the 67th minute, but still no goals were scored. With 15 minutes left in the game, Mourinho decided to replace Benzema with Kaka to freshen up the team's attack.
Marcelo nearly netted an opener on the 83-minute mark, but the shot was slightly off target. Racing no longer approached Casillas' goal and withstood all of Real's ventures in attack.
Controversy took centre stage in the 89th minute when Cristiano Ronaldo took a free-kick and the ball hit Cisma on the hand inside the box. The referee failed to award a penalty and the ensuing minutes saw the Whites putting a siege on the local goal but never scoring.
|Racing de Santander|
|Di María 47'|