REPORT | 12/12/2014 | Alberto Navarro | PHOTOGRAPHER: Víctor CarreteroA Cristiano Ronaldo brace and goals from Isco and Bale secured a twentieth consecutive victory in a match that saw Casillas save a penalty.
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- Matchday 15
The Whites started to look more and more dangerous but lacked accuracy in terms of their final pass as well as their shooting. That was until Isco carved out a cracker in the 34’, a goal that was not only significant as a work of art but also because it offered some respite in a game that could have quite easily become a complicated affair. The Spanish international's control alone would make watching the reply worthwhile. His technique, which saw him create space for himself with two dummies before dispatching a precise shot that a fully stretched Rubén could do nothing to prevent, a fact that added even more beauty to the goal.
The hardest job was now done, but a courageous Almería was not willing to throw the towel in and the complexion of the game changed within the space of three minutes. That was the amount of time that passed between Verza's wonder goal from a volley in the 39’ until Bale's header in what was the British man's 50th La Liga win. Kroos crossed the ball in from the right and the Welshman, who timed his jump to perfection, put his team in front once again.
While the end of the first half was crazy, the beginning of the second matched it for excitement. Indeed, Bale had a chance to get his second nine minutes after the break. A Benzema back-heel set up the arriving Welshman, but his shot was blocked by Rubén in the one-on-one. The Whites were on top, but Almería also looked dangerous.
And they missed an opportunity to equalise in the 67th minute when Álvarez Izquierdo blew for a penalty after Marcelo took down Edgar in the box. Spot-kick specialist Verza, who had converted eight of his previous nine penalties in the championship, shot and Casillas guessed right with a full-stretch save. The Real Madrid captain was centre stage after saving his eleventh La Liga penalty.
Real Madrid went all out to kill the game off after that and managed to do so in the 81’. Benzema provided the assist and Cristiano Ronaldo the goal, with the Portuguese star got another a few minutes later. This time the pass did not come from Benzema but from Carvajal, who burst into the box and cut the ball back to his team-mate. Ronaldo has now scored 25 goals, and with four matchdays still to go, has already broken his previous best goalscoring record during the first half of the season. He is as unplayable as the rest of his team. Now on 20 consecutive wins, the Club World Cup awaits.