REPORT | 01/11/2014 | Alberto Navarro (Granada) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Helios de la RubiaA brace from James and goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema saw the Whites claim their eleventh consecutive victory.
- Liga BBVA
- Matchday 10
After 2', Modric passed with the outside of his boot to Carvajal, who - in an ideal example of the confidence levels running through his team - fought for a ball that appeared lost, stole it from Murillo and fed Benzema. The Frenchman saw the run of Cristiano Ronaldo on the penalty spot and the Portuguese did the rest, exactly the same as in the Whites' 11 games before this one: he hit the net.
The scoreline was going their way, and the performance was hardly lacking either. They were moving the ball with speed and precision from one side to the other, and were producing constant openings in attack. Isco and James, both with shots from the edge of the area, could have increased their side's lead on 7’ and 16’.
After 25’, the visitors' best move deserved a different finish. The Whites put together more than 20 touches, including another outside-of-the-boot pass from Modric, an exquisite side-step from Isco in which he left three opponents in his wake, and a backheeled assist from Cristiano Ronaldo. However, Carvajal's shot was off target.
Six minutes later came James's exquisite moment. With the previous move still fresh in the memory, a better one came about. Carvajal took the throw-in, Benzema fed James with his heel and the Colombian surprised Roberto with a volley struck with his left instep. A work of art and the best possible way to round off a spectacular half an hour of play from Madrid. The only blemish in the first half came after 37', as Carvajal was forced off with an injury problem and was replaced by Arbeloa.
The show continues after the break
It was a tall order for the Whites to play better than they had in the first half, but this Real Madrid side has no limits and in the second period gave a display that was, at the very least, equally as exceptional. Ancelotti's men were enjoying themselves, and that's how the match's third goal came about. On 64', the roles were reversed from the first goal as Cristiano received on the edge of the box, put his foot on the ball, waited for Benzema's run and served up a backheeled assist. The Frenchman, one on one with Roberto, did not miss.
Madrid's superb attacking show was not done yet and, two minutes later, Marcelo hit the bar with a powerful effort from outside of the area. At this point Granada sought to stretch the guests and created some danger in their opponents' box, but Ramos and Casillas did well to thwart the three clearest chances that fell to the Andalusians.
The visitors, meanwhile, were offering no let-up and scored their fourth after 86'. Arbeloa, highly incisive on the right flank, crossed for Ronaldo. The Portugal star could only get a foot to the ball, and James pushed in on the goalline. This Real Madrid side is unstoppable.