Guti and Benzema celebrate

Real Madrid went to Deportivo La Coruna’s, Riazor stadium, with a dismal record of not having won there in a shocking 18 years. Yes, we hadn’t won there since 1991 but that all changed today in January, 2010. Missing high profile names such as Cristiano Ronaldo (two match ban for a red card last week against Malaga) and Higuain (out due to injury) who have had a very positive impact on the teams performance this season in the league and in Europe.

Score Deportivo La Coruna Real Madrid
0-1 Granero
0-2 Benzema
1-2 Riki(penalty)
1-3 Benzema

Game started off exceptionally well for Real Madrid as we were threatening the Deportivo goal with many shots on target by Xabi Alonso and Benzema to prove that we were not out there to hold back.

It came as no surprise when we took the lead through Granero who headed in the ball after there was confusion in the box between two Deportivo players who went for the same ball, thus leaving the Spaniard free in the box who made no errors. Strongly heading it in to beat the diving keeper. (Deportivo La Coruna 0-1 Real Madrid, 13minutes)

A few minutes later, Benzema sprinted beautifully from the right hand side after beating the offside trap to cross the ball in for a speeding Raul in the center only to see him miss his chance by putting it wide in the 18th minute.

Another chance fell to, the captain, Raul’s feet three minutes later. Marceloa’s cross was met beautifully by Raul who fantastically kept the ball down but the keeper was equal to it to deny us from extending the lead. Superb ball, great effort and even better keeping to maintain a goal difference of one.

The second goal of the game and undoubtedly one of the smartest goals that you would have seen. In a counter attack, Real Madrid players sprang forward with Guti clear on goal with just the keeper to beat but he showed great vision and awareness to be awareness of his team mates as he back heeled the ball for Benzema who had an open goal to put the ball into. Classy play by Guti there to extend the lead by two goals. (Deportivo La Coruna 0-2 Real Madrid, 40 minutes)

This is how the first half finished, barely anything troubled Casillas while on the attacking front we were up by two goals. (Half Time 0-2)

Second half began in the same fashion as the first. Kaka was free one on one with the keeper in the 47th minute but had very little angle to work with. Seven minutes later, Kaka’s left footed shot again was saved by the keeper and this time around he pushed it away as Raul was lurking in the box.

Beyond this time, Deportivo began to create chances and build pressure on us to defend and have more men back defending the lead rather than pushing forward. In the 55th minute, a Deportivo players shot from twenty five yards was well over the bar but its safety was ensured by Casillas. Pablo’s effort was again gathered well by Casillas in the 59th minute.

The game continued to be dull in the second half with neither of the two sides being able to test the goal keeper. However, it all changed in the 87th minute when Marcelo gave the ball away in the midfield to allow Deportivo player to run into the box and Sergio Ramos gave away a penalty. Riki stepped up to the spot and didn’t miss. Casillas just missed in preventing that from creeping in. (Deportivo La Coruna 1-2 Real Madrid, 87 minutes)

The nervy moments from then on were thankfully averted when Benzema scored in the 91st minute off of a Arbeloa pullback. Second goal by the Frenchman and no reason to worry now. (Deportivo La Coruna 1-3 Real Madrid, 91 minutes)

This is how the game finished. At full time it was Deportivo La Coruna 1-3 Real Madrid.

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Positives

  • Benzema gets a double. Would definitely boost his morale and attitude from now onwards.
  • Real Madrid finally break the jinx at Riazor. And how!
  • Guti looks like getting back in form.
  • Defensively we looked solid except one moment where the goal was conceded.

Negatives

  • Raul looks down and out to me despite making a start. Had two decent chances, should have converted with the first one. Looked like he was invisible.
  • Kaka can still dribble beautifully, if only he could score a few too. Not a negative though.

That’s all the negatives that I had from tonights game. Wonderful performance throughout.  Hala Madrid!