Real Madrid maintained their domination and exhuberent style of play in La Liga. The club continued their winning run at home this season by putting Real Mallorca through a tough test and emerged outstanding 2-0 winners. Higuain and Granero were on the scoresheet but there could have been plenty more goals by Kaka and Ronaldo to make it another trouncing.
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The first half and the second half both reflected the clubs total dominance on the pitch. Mallorca had very little to bother Iker Casillas with. Inclusion of Kaka and Gago in the starting line up was appreciated by many Madridistas. From the onset the club were in the attacking mode and testing the Mallorcan defence and goalkeeper, Aouate.
Higuain however proved to be the difference maker as he beat one player and his curling effort from the left foot beat the keeper with a desperate dive to save it. Although that proved unnecessary as it was totally unstoppable and put Los Blancos one up in as little as seven minutes. (Real Madrid 1-0 Real Mallorca, 7 minutes)
Two other chances fell to Kaka and Ronaldo which definitely deserved to be put in the back of the net. Kaka’s chance involved a one on one with the keeper which the Brazilian should have scored from. The other chance involved Ronaldo controlling an Albiol cross beautifully but only to shoot it wide.
One decent chance fell to Mallorca, which was their only respectable scoring chance for the whole 90 minutes. A cross from the right wing found Aduriz free in the box only to head the cross wide even with Casillas left open.
The second half ended at 1-0 with Real Madrid definitely needing a bigger cushion to ensure safety. Complete domination by The Whites. (Half Time, 1-0)
The second and the cushion didn’t take long to arrive as seven minutes into the second half, Granero’s neat finish at the back post from a Higuain cross put the club 2-0 ahead and warm their hands with applause amidst the snowy weather at Santiago Bernabeu. (Real Madrid 2-0 Real Mallorca, 52 minutes)
Plenty of chances were created for both Kaka and Ronaldo who kept missing the target on various ocassions. Further chances fell to Higuain and Granero to extend their goal scoring rates in the game.
Polite applause decended the stadium when Guti came on for Xabi Alonso in the 85th minute. The Spaniard hadn’t played for the club since the Copa Del Rey shocker to Alcorcon and the rumour mill churning and linking him to various destinations abroad. Despite missing plenty of games, he didn’t show any signs of lack of match practice and still had it in him to dribble very well and make cutting edge passes.
It finished 2-0 as we went top although Barcelona were set to follow.
1. Great all around play. Spectacular when going ahead and also in defence.
2. No yellow cards given out to our players which in my view is a great thing.
3. Concentrating on certain players, it was great to have Kaka, Gago and Guti back playing. All of them played exceptionally well even if they don’t see their name on the score sheet.
4. Casillas barely had any save to make. However, there was a scary moment when he went down due to a collision.
1. No negative as such but what has come out worst from this game is the injury to Rafael Van der Vaart. Xabi Alonso also niggled out when he was replaced with Guti. Not good news!
2. Ronaldo given his talent and class definitely should have scored at least one and made it safer than what it is.
3. I have no defensive question marks this week as it was a remarkable performance. Well done!