REPORT | 19/10/2013 | Alberto NavarroGoals from Di María and Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real Madrid three points in the game immediately following the international break against a Málaga side with an inspired Willy Caballero.
- Liga BBVA
- Matchday 9
- Sat, 19 Oct
The game started vibrantly and both sides had chances. The first went to the visitors, however Diego López was able to save comfortably from a Jesús Gámez effort from the edge of the box after 3 minutes. The second, which arrived five minutes later, was much more clear cut. Khedira recovered the ball and he played it to Isco, who spotted Ronaldo unmarked. The Portuguese took on Gámez, and saw his lobbed effort come back off the crossbar.
Real Madrid weren’t only attacking well but they were also putting pressure on their opponent’s as they tried to clear their lines. A dispossession by Khedira created the previous opportunity, and the next one too. The German laid the ball off to Di María, who started a scintillating counterattack that ended up at Cristiano Ronaldo’s feet. The Portugal captain was one-on-one with Willy, and he put his effort only centimetres wide.
Málaga couldn’t hold on to the ball for very long and The Whites continued to enjoy goal scoring opportunities. Morata tried on the 18th minute with a header, and three minutes later he had a goal chalked off for offside. Half an hour had passed, and another stolen ball found Ronaldo thwarted by Willy, who was having an outstanding game.
Madrid had deserved to score one of the eight opportunities that they’d enjoyed up until now, but the opener had to wait until the second half. It came after only one minute of play. Di María crossed the ball in, and as it evaded Ronaldo it also snuck past the visitor’s goalkeeper.
It was no less than they deserved. In the first half the Whites couldn’t beat Willy despite having eight chances, whilst in the second half they scored straight away. The match didn’t change a bit. Real Madrid continued dominating possession and creating chances, whilst Málaga were suffocated by the pressure that The Whites put them under.
Modric replaced Isco just before Ronaldo brought the best out in Caballero from a free kick in the 73rd. Four minutes later Bale took to the pitch in place of Morata. With nine minutes remaining, Jesé, who had come on for Di María, set up Ronaldo. His effort was once again blocked by Willy, who had a terrific game, and in the 83rd minute he showed his sparkling form again, clawing out Jesé’s effort.
In added time, Bale went down in the area and Ronaldo sealed the win from 12 yards. A deserved win to start a week that sees Juventus visit the Bernabéu on Wednesday, and a visit to the Camp Nou for Carlo Ancelotti’s side on Saturday.