Real Madrid probably played the best so far this season as they smashed Deportivo La Coruna with a 6-1 scoreline. Goals came courtesy Ronaldo (4th minute and 89th minute) , Ozil (14th minute) Di Maria (24th minute), Higuain (53rd minute) and an own goal by Castro in the 60th minute. Deportivo got their lone goal through Rodriguez in the 78th minute.
Starting lineup : Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Ricardo Carvalho, Pepe, Marcelo, Sami Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Mesut Özil, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuaín & Angel Di María.
Ronaldo put us ahead in as early as the fourth minute when he connected his header neatly with Ozil’s left footed corner kick.
The second goal arrived ten minutes later through Mesut Ozil. Higuain supplied the through ball to the unmarked German who took his time rounding off two defenders and then shooting past the keeper who did get a hand to the ball but the power was too much for it to become a save.
In the 34th minute, Alonso’s accurate pass for an onside Higuain down the flank gave the Argentine enough room to setup a first time cross for fellow Argentine Di Maria who had positioned himself well on the near post and Di Maria made no mistake in putting the whites up by 3 goals in a little over half an hour by heading the ball in.
At half time, Real Madrid lead 3-0 versus a pretty hapless Deportivo.
Eight minutes after play resumed it was the turn of Di Maria to turn provider and Higuain to be the finisher. Sergio Ramos played a neat through ball for Di Maria who chipped the ball for Higuain who was unmarked in the box and made no mistake in making it 4-0.
In the pouring Bernabeu rain, Carvalho slipped in the second half and since he was the last man, Lassad Nouioui found himself clear on goal with only Iker to beat. But its easier said than done. Casillas made himself big and didn’t go down completely forcing Nouioui to go for a bigger angle which eventually Casillas was able to save. Brilliant save!
In the 60th minute, two poor touches by Ronaldo and an attempt between him and Marcelo for a one-two didn’t materialise but a comedy of ricochets between Marcelo and Deportivo players resulted in an own by Ze Castro.
Deportivo pulled one back as a consolation goal in the 78th minute when Rodrigues found him unmarked in the box as Marcelo went to sleep. His header was on target and Marcelo was on the line and the ball touched his hand and went inside the goal. Had it not been a goal, the referee would have definitely booked Marcelo or maybe would have sent him off.
Ronaldo made the scoreline look like a tennis set in the 89th minute when he went solo and shot with his left foot which proved to be the final attack of the game.
At full time, the scoreline read Real Madrid 6-1 Deportivo La Coruna.
- The goals finally started to come!
- Through balls and intelligent runs was the biggest positive and needs to be used efficiently for all games. Needs off the ball movement.
- The game saw Juan Carlos, a Castilla player getting some playing time which is always great to see. Hope Mateos gets some playing time very soon as well.
- Pepe was extremely solid and not rash in his challenges. Guess he’s learning something from Carvalho! :)
- All the critics and football fans who lament Real Madrid for playing boring football can (hopefully!) shutup for some time.
- Only negative from the game would be the goal conceded. One error and lapse of concentration made us concede and the clean sheet be cancelled out.
Overall a fantastic performance. What did you make of the game? While you’re at it, please explain what Ronaldo’s goal celebration after the sixth goal meant?!