REPORT | 09/12/2014 | Alberto NavarroGoals by Ronaldo, Bale, Arbeloa and Medrán against Ludogorets make Real Madrid the team with the most consecutive wins in the history of Spanish football.
- Champions League
- Matchday 6
The sense of danger surrounding Real Madrid in the Bernabéu was colossal and with the sixth corner in the space of just 20 minutes came the first goal of the night. Kroos took the corner and Varane, unplayable in the air, met it with his head, but Marcelinho prevented the ball from going in with his hand. The Brazilian was sent off and Cristiano Ronaldo compounded the punishment masterfully from the penalty spot.
Madrid, sheer joy
The second could of come three minutes later, but Kroos's strike from outside the box, which was denied from going in with authority by Stoyanov, came off the post. The Real Madrid players, with an extra man, were enjoying their football, as Coentrão made clear on the half-hour mark with a bit of interplay between the defenders. A 20-yard pass from Varane found the Portuguese man who controlled the ball with his first touch and, without letting it drop, dispatched a shot with his second. The away team's goalkeeper once again showed his fine form.
Just like the first goal, the second came through a corner. Kroos was the set piece taker once again in the 38’ and Bale got on the end of his cross with his head. The way in which the ball smashed off the crossbar before going over the goal line made it an even more beautiful finish. It was the tenth goal coming from a corner this season and the second in the elite continental competition. The others came in La Liga (6) and the Copa del Rey (2).
The first half ended with Bale centre stage and the second started in similar fashion. The Welshman was found with a spectacular pass from Kroos in the 52’ from midfield, but was unable to get the better of Stoyanov in the one-on-one. Marcelo and Jesé, who came on for Kroos and Coentrão, added more directness to the Madrid attack and Chicharito came close to making it three nil in the 68’. His skewed effort from inside the box was sent out for a corner by the Bulgarian keeper.
Only a lack of accuracy and the woodwork prevented Real Madrid from widening the gap even further. That was the case in the 73’. Jesé swung in a cross and Arbeloa, arriving from behind, saw his header come off the bar. That was the Whites' second time to hit the frame of the goal, but they were able to seal their goal fest in the 80’. Yet another goal coming from a dead ball situation. Ronaldo turned a corner goalwards and Arbeloa was able to meet it with a volley. Stoyanov got a hand to the shot, but it was too late as the ball was already adjudged to have crossed the line.
Medrán gets off the mark
That was not to be the last goal of the night. That honour went to Medrán, who was making his Champions League debut. The youth academy player's shot from outside the box in the 88’ took a big deflection off one off the away side's defenders and caught Stoyanov off guard. That was how the game ended, with Real Madrid once again finishing undefeated. The Whites have not conceded in five of their last six matches.