In a game which ended with a very unexpected result, Real Madrid were able to finally come out with the three points and delay Barcelona’s league win by at least one more week
Jose Mourinho decided to make a few changes to the team that played against Borussia Dortmund last week with Alvaro Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, and Marcelo unable to play due to injury. The starting lineup consisted of: Diego Lopez, Nacho, Pepe [C], Ricardo Carvalho, Fabio Coentrao, Sami Khedira, Luka Modric, Angel Di Maria, Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema.
Just like the first meeting earlier in the season, Real Valladolid were able to score an early goal through Oscar after only 8 minutes of the game. Real Madrid were able to ‘wake up’ and almost get the equalizer soon after as Kaka, Luka Modric, and Angel Di Maria were able to get opportunities but their attempts were off-target. Los Merengues kept on trying though and finally got the equalizer after a shot by Di Maria was deflected off Valiente and found the back of the net on the 26th minute. Real Madrid were finally able to take the lead on the 32nd minute through a great header by Cristiano Ronaldo after three consecutive crosses from Di Maria. Unexpectedly though, Valladolid were able to get the equalizer through Javi Guerra only three minutes later after some poor defending.
The second half began and it was Real Madrid’s turn to get the early goal as a great through ball by Karim Benzema found Kaka who was able to get the ball into the net on the 49th minute to make it 3-2. After some changes to the squad, Real Madrid kept dominating as Cristiano Ronaldo was able to score a brace after finding yet another header find the back of the net after a corner by Mesut Ozil to make it 4-2 on the 70th minute. Real Valladolid were not planning to let Madrid off that easily as Sastre made it 4-3 on the 87th minute to give Real Madrid a nervy ending to the game as they finally won and got the three points.
It was a slightly unconvincing win for the Men in White but they cannot really be blamed after a heartbreaking exit from the UEFA Champions League. In the end, they were able to do what mattered and win the game as they have delayed Barcelona’s celebrations for at least one more week…