In a game that could have ended very differently on any other day, Real Madrid were able to beat Real Zaragoza 4-0 after two late goals.

Jose Mourinho had some great news ahead of this game, which was the return of Alvaro Arbeloa from injury to ease the headache with choosing the back four. His starting lineup consisted of: Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Raul Albiol, Alvaro Arbeloa, Michael Essien, Luka Modric, Mesut Ozil, Angel Di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Gonzalo Higuain.

The first half started and Real Madrid were ready to win it as chances came from the beginning from Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo but nothing seemed to really be working just yet. They were finally able to take the lead on the 23rd minute when Gonzalo Higuain scored a rebound after Raul Albiol’s header was saved by Roberto. It only took two minutes for Angel Di Maria to score and make it 2-0 after seeing his first attempt saved. The rest of the first half went by rather smoothly as both teams were trying to score.

As the second half began, Real Zaragoza were piling the pressure and Iker Casillas made a few fantastic saves to keep the score at 2-0. Real Zaragoza were able to score through Helder Postiga but saw the goal incorrectly ruled for offside. Real Madrid didn’t seem their usual selves and Zaragoza were finding ways to get the ball past the defense who didn’t seem ready to deal with any type of pressure. Ronaldo was able to get the hosts back on track after a wonderful free kick hit the crossbar. From then on, Madrid were trying a little harder and it was Michael Essien who was able to score his first ever goal in a Real Madrid shirt after a great assist from the substitute, Karim Benzema, on the 89th minute. It didn’t take long for Real Madrid to make it 4-0 in added time through Luka Modric’s far shot, which saw him also score his first ever goal for Real Madrid.

It was a good ending to the game but the score is a bit exaggerated in my opinion as Real Zaragoza may have deserved just a little more from the game. In the end, it was Real Madrid who were able to walk out with the three points to see themselves take third place from Malaga, who lost 2-1 earlier against Rayo Vallecano.

Real Madrid now have to get their minds on the midweek fixture against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in what proves to be a big game for both teams. The last time they met, Dortmund came out the winners with a 2-1 win in Germany.

La Liga Points and Ranks:

1. Barcelona – 28 Points
2. Atletico Madrid – 25 Points
3. Real Madrid – 20 Points
4. Real Betis – 19 Points
5. Malaga – 18 Points
6. Levante – 17 Points
7. Sevilla – 15 Points
8. Real Valladolid – 14 Points
9. Valencia – 14 Points
10. Getafe – 13 Points
11. Rayo Vallecano – 13 Points
12. Real Zaragoza – 12 Points
13. Real Mallorca – 11 Points
14. Athletic Bilbao – 11 Points
15. Celta Vigo – 10 Points
16. Deportivo La Coruna – 10 Points
17. Real Sociedad – 10 Points
18. Espanyol – 9 Points
19. Granada – 8 Points
20. Osasuna – 5 Points