REPORT | 22/02/2015 | Alberto Navarro (Elche) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Ángel MartínezGoals from Benzema and Ronaldo seal the win against Elche for a Real Madrid side that are now four points ahead of second place.
- Liga BBVA
- Matchday 24
Despite a goalless first half, Real Madrid left few doubts at the beginning of the game that they wanted a win. With a very active Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale and total dominance over the ball, only a lack of shooting accuracy and some inspiration from Tyton prevented Madrid taking the lead before the half-hour mark.
The clearest chance came in the 4' minute. Benzema intelligently took advantage of a wayward pass from Albacar in order to rob the ball and pass it to the Ballon d'Or winner. Ronaldo got the ball, cut inside with his heel and whipped in a shot that hit the post after the goalkeeper had got his fingertips to it. The visitors kept attacking, but Tyton once again shone in a one-on-one with Bale in the 11th minute and three minutes later with a Cristiano Ronaldo shot from the edge of the area.
The Portuguese player could also have scored in the 19th minute, but he failed to hit the target from the penalty spot following a pass from the Welshman. Elche shook off the danger as they best could and 30 minutes in, the game went to sleep. That was until Bale put in a cross and Benzema pulled out a bicycle kick from up his sleeve in the 39th minute, however Iglesias Villanueva ruled out the goal for a debatable off-side from the French player.
Benzema broke the deadlock
All the luck that Real Madrid had lacked in the first half came in the move that opened the scoring. Isco fought for a free ball in midfield, and Marcelo, with his first touch, linked up with Cristiano Ronaldo in the 56' minute. The Portuguese player got away from his marker with a great move by letting the ball pass, he moved into the area and crossed to the penalty spot. Lombán arrived before Benzema but his clearance hit off Tyton and the ball stopped dead for the French man to score with delight.
The well-deserved goal from the Whites led to a storm that ultimately decided the game in the 69th minute. Isco, leaning to one side, controlled the ball and crossed with his left foot. Cristiano Ronaldo did the rest. He got away from his marker and headed the ball with lots of power. Tyton was unable to prevent the goal with a stretching attempted save. The Portuguese player could even have scored a brace but his free-kick in the 72' minutes was centimetres off target. Real Madrid's solidity did the rest. The third consecutive game unbeaten and a hard-fought victory to take the advantage to four points over Barcelona and seven over Atlético.