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0-5: A goal-fest and a spectacular second half

REPORT | 23/11/2013 | Alberto Navarro

Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, who came off with a knock after 53 minutes, Benzema, Bale, Isco and Morata gave Real Madrid the three points in Almería's stadium.
  • Liga BBVA
  • Matchday 14
  • Sat, 23 Nov
Juegos Mediterráneos
Real Madrid returned to competition after the last break of 2013 due to international commitments and they did so in the Estadio Juegos Mediterráneos, which they had not visited since the 16th of January 2011. The match could not have started better. The Whites, who dominated possession from the kick-off, took the lead after three minutes of play. Isco set up an unmarked Cristiano Ronaldo, who guided the ball into the net with a subtle touch with his left foot.

The visitors had already scored and they came close to doing so again four minutes later. Esteban did his best to clear the fourth shot from the Portuguese in less than ten minutes but Benzema, who found himself alone in front of goal, was unable to make it two.

Real Madrid looked at ease on the pitch. They had possession of the ball and they frequently reached the opposition's box at the hands of an inspired Cristiano Ronaldo, who in less than 20 had already taken seven pops at the goal.

After half an hour of play, the Portuguese produced another spectacular move in which he waltzed past four opponents, but he was not up to the challenge posed by Esteban in the one-on-one. The goalkeeper saved his side on several occasions and was clearly the home team's best player. But there were no more goals in the first half, despite the fact that the Whites deserved to be further ahead. Their 15 shots, six on target, spoke for themselves.


The start of the second half was very similar to the first. Real Madrid were the first to take a shot. This time it was not Cristiano Ronaldo, who left the field after 53 minutes with a knock and was replaced by Jesé a minute later, but Carvajal, who shot across the goal after 51 minutes. Four minutes later a chance fell to Bale, who received an exceptional pass from Real Madrid's youth academy graduate, but he was off balance and his point-blank shot was wide of the mark.

It was Benzema who was next to find the net when the clock read 61 with a glorious strike from the edge of the box. The Frenchman's goal had a calming effect on his team and it was a tough blow for Almería, who had started to look like they might make a comeback. If there were any doubt that the match was done and dusted, Bale made sure it did not linger. The Welshman cleverly took advantage of a botched clearance from Dubarbier to score a simple looking goal after 72 minutes.

Three minutes later Isco joined the party with a top-class goal from the edge of the area. And in the 81st minute, Morata put the final nail in the coffin by beating Esteban with a beautiful lob. Casemiro could have even made it six, but his shot crashed into the post after 84 minutes. Real Madrid's plough on after their fourth consecutive win in La Liga.