La Liga

  • 56’ K. Benzema
  • 69’ Cristiano Ronaldo
0 Half Time 0
23/02/2015
La Liga
Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero
Attendance 31,512

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • EXTRA TIME
    • 90'
      SI Jesé SO Aaron Níguez
    • 90'
      K. Benzema is replaced with Jesé.
    • HALF TIME
    • 90'
      Rodriguez has a late shot blocked as Elche force a final period of pressure. Madrid stand firm at the back though. Too little, too late from the home side. Their fans have been resigned to defeat for a while.
    • 0'
      I'm Keeghann Sinanan and I'd like to thank you all for joining me here today! Take care.
    • 0'
      And that will do it! A fully deserved victory for Real Madrid, who ruthlessly exploit Barcelona's loss to Malaga to open up a four-point lead at the Liga summit. A massive win for Ancelotti's side, and that's three on the trot in all competitions now. Elche can have absolutely no complaints after th
    • 0'
      And that will do it for the first half. It promised so much for Madrid with a flurry of initial attacks, but Elche weathered the storm, and will be over the moon with this scoreline. Madrid were the victims of some crucial calls by the referee that went against them, including a perfectly legitimate
    • 0'
      Fran Escriba also follows suit with an unchanged crop of starters from their narrow 1-0 away win against Eibar. Leading scorer Jonathas, with nine goals, will lead the line on his own, with Faycal Fajr tucking in just behind him for support. It's a defensive formation from the hosts, with two banks
    • 0'
      Carlo Ancelotti keeps an unchanged side from the one that took care of Schalke 2-0 in the Champions League, but that's more out of necessity than by choice. With James Rodriguez, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric among a hefty injury list fot the Merengues, it's the strongext XI from the Italian coach ba
    • 0'
      Real Madrid (4-3-3): Casillas; Carvajal, Pepe, Varane, Marcelo; Lucas Silva, Kroos, Isco; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
    • 0'
      Elche (4-4-1-1): Tyton; Suarez, Roco, Lomban, Edu Albacar; Rodriguez, Adrian, Pasalic, Niguez; Fajr; Jonathas.
    • 0'
      Ronaldo may well fancy this game to get back to his best, having scored only four goals in his last 11 games. He scored four goals against these opponents in the reverse fixture at the Bernabeu earlier in the year. Madrid have won seven straight against los Franjiverdes, but have only kept one clean
    • 0'
      Barcelona's shock loss to Malaga yesterday is a tremendous opportunity for Carlo Ancelotti's team. They can open up a four-point lead over their great rivals with a win here. After that 4-0 humbling at the hands of Atletico Madrid, los Blancos have recorded consecutive wins against Deportivo and Sch
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Real Madrid's visit to Elche in La Liga. Los Blancos have begun to steady the ship after a wobbly start to 2015, while the hosts are trying to put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone. I'm Keeghann Sinanan, your guide for all the action.
    • 1'
      Here we go!
    • 3'
      Real Madrid nearly get caught out with a narrow offside on Jonathan, but replays show it was the correct call. It already looks set to be an expansive game here in the province of Alicante.
    • 5'
      CRACKED OFF THE WOODWORK! Benzema, as he loves to do, brings down a long ball with a silky touch, feeding Ronaldo on the left. The Portuguese slashes an effort around Tyton but the post comes to the keeper's rescue!
    • 7'
      Madrid are starting to dominate as Benzema is denied a considerable penalty claim when Suarez grabbed a large handful of his shirt inside the area. The referee wasn't interested and Elche are lucky not to have conceded their eighth penalty in the league this season!
    • 9'
      DOUBLE SAVE! An inswinging ball sees Benzema steals in front of Tyton to prod home, but the keeper makes the save. Ronaldo attacks the loose ball, but Tyton is there again! There was an offside flag on the play, but take nothing away from the keeper's one-on-one ability!
    • 11'
      Madrid are completely in control here and it seems only a matter of time before they break the deadlock. Tyton has been on song for Elche this season, but he needs more help from his teammates, who could be still stuck on the coach, for all the help they've offered so far.
    • 13'
      Madrid look hungry and why shouldn't they be. Malaga produced one of the shocks of the season to defeat Barcelona 1-0 at Camp Nou and hand los Blancos with a huge opportunity to essentially open up a two-game lead atop la Liga with a win here. They'll be four points ahead of the Catalans if they do
    • 15'
      Ronaldo takes the ball on the turn at the edge of the area and fires for the top corner. Tyton acrobatically pushes it away, but he was so well positioned that he could have probably caught that one. Still eye-catching stuff from the Elche shot stopper.
    • 17'
      A searching early ball from Marcelo finds Ronaldo at the near post. It's an outstanding delivery, but the angle is always against the Portuguese. That doesn't faze him though, as he slaps it first time with the side of his boot, but it doesn't squeeze into the far corner nor is there a teammate to p
    • 19'
      ANOTHER penalty appeal for los Blancos that goes unheeded. The referee is not interested as Ronaldo writhes in agony after a challenge. He's certainly in the mood to let the game flow, the official. However, that runs the risk of encouraging Elche into some really rough play.
    • 21'
      A great cross from Bale into the six-yard area is attacked by Ronaldo at the far post, but a surgically timed slide from Roco blocks what looked like 1-0. The Portuguese star is chomping at the bit out here, relentlessly in search of a goal!
    • 23'
      Casillas is making his 500th league appearance for Real Madrid tonight. A monumental milestone, though it could have been reached a while ago but for the period when he was ousted from the starting XI by Diego Lopez and, cough, Antonio Adan.
    • 24'
      Edu Albácar is yellow-carded.
    • 25'
      Well it took the best part of half an hour, but Elche finally have been shown their first yellow card of the game. Albacar is the offender, for lunging into Bale. Won't be the last one either.
    • 27'
      Ronaldo shows Michael Jordan-level hops to suspend himself in the air to attack Kross' free-kick, but his looping header bounces wide of the far post! Madrid keep knocking at the door.
    • 29'
      Decent chance for Elche to launch one into the area from a deep free-kick. The hosts to just that, but Casillas shows great handling to pluck that one out of the night sky.
    • 31'
      Isco has a shooting opportunity but fires right down the throat of Tyton. Madrid's intensity is starting to fade a little, and Elche may feel confident that they've weathered the storm somewhat.
    • 31'
      Isco has a shooting opportunity but fires right down the throat of Tyton. Madrid's intensity is starting to fade a little, and Elche may feel confident that they've weathered the storm somewhat.
    • 33'
      That was strange. A high ball into the area sparks a miscommunication between Pepe and Casillas, and it bounces dangerously close to the far post. Could have been embarrassing.
    • 35'
      A bit of a lull in proceedings now. Elche are getting to the man on the ball a lot quicker now, and preventing Madrid from attacking in their characteristic waves. Interesting development.
    • 37'
      Elche, for all their improvement in the last few minutes, still are finding it hard to create anything in the final third. They'll be delighted if they can take this scoreline into the interval though.
    • 38'
      Marcelo is cautioned by the referee.
    • 39'
      Marcelo becomes the first Madrid booking of the game with a silly handball. Needless caution to pick up from the Brazilian in a crucial defensive position for los Blancos.
    • 40'
      Jonathas is yellow-carded.
    • 41'
      GOAL RULED OUT! Madrid could well have a dossier against thie referee already. Every borderline decision seems to have gone the way of the home side. Bale clips a ball into Benzema who finishes with a magnificent overhead kick, but there's a flag up for offside. He looked dead level to me on the rep
    • 42'
      The referee shows great dexterity to leisurely hop over a pass from Marcelo, before he's forced to be decisive moments later, booking Jonathas for a flailing forearm. Half time approaching fast.
    • 44'
      The first competent attack from Elche in a very long while. They work the ball from right to centre, and Pasalic has a great shooting chance at the top of the box, but fires well wide. Still searching for his first-ever goal in Spanish football, the midfielder.
    • 46'
      Here we go again.
    • 48'
      Nearly a shock opener for Elche! Victor is found in space inside the Madrid box, and smashes low and hard, but Casillas springs down to make the save! That would have set the cat amongst the pigeons!
    • 50'
      Benzema goes down in some pain after getting clipped on his heels, but the Frenchman appears to be in good enough shape to continue. Madrid could certainly do without another injury!
    • 52'
      Aaron Níguez is cautioned by the referee.
    • 52'
      Aaron is shown a yellow card for a lunge into Bale and having seen the replay twice, I'm convinced that this may be the worst call that has gone against Madrid so far. It was a malicious and despicable two-footer that should have been met with an immediate straight red.
    • 54'
      More half-chances for Madrid as Isco dribbles away from goal to manufacture space, before firing just wide of the far post. How much longer until Elche really start to believe!
    • 56'
      G K. Benzema Assist Aaron Níguez
    • 56'
      THERE'S THE OPENER! It was scrappy as anything, but Madrid don't care! Ronaldo races down the left after the visitors win possession and squares a low one across the face of goal. Lomban slides the ball into Tyton, and Benzema gleefully accepts the fortunate rebound!
    • 58'
      Well if that doesn't spark an Elche surge, then nothing will. They were becoming increasingly assured defensively and to be fair, that goal was a cruel stroke of misfortune against them. However, they've struggled to create in attack. That has to change now.
    • 60'
      An hour gone and Madrid are still in control, but they will want the second goal to make sure of it here. The lack of an Elche goal threat should not detract from the fact that a single goal will bring this gall square.
    • 62'
      Ronaldo takes aim from the top of the box, but Tyton is in position to make the save. Madrid have fashioned many half chances, but in this half, genuine openings have been more infrequent.
    • 64'
      SI Garry Rodrigues SO Aaron Níguez
    • 64'
      Garry Rodrigues comes on for Aaron Níguez.
    • 64'
      Penalty? Pasalic may have gotten away with a handball inside the area and Elche get another controversial decision in their favour. The referee will surely be the main topic of conversation if Madrid don't close this one out!
    • 66'
      Ronaldo is drawing two and three defenders towards him every time he runs with the ball. If he gets better at releasing the ball, then Madrid could notch up a second before long.
    • 68'
      Ronaldo feeds Bale inside the area, and the Welshman drives to the byline before cutting back for the Portuguese and Benzema, who had arrived late. However, Roco clears it!
    • 69'
      G Cristiano Ronaldo Assist Aaron Níguez
    • 69'
      Assist by Isco.
    • 69'
      RONALDO GETS HIS! MADRID SURELY HAVE DONE IT NOW! Isco meanders his way to the byline and clips in a tempting cross, before Ronaldo attacks the ball with a sumptuous header that nearly bursts the roof of the net!
    • 71'
      E. Roco goes into the referee's book.
    • 71'
      Hard to see a way back for Elche now. Ancelotti will be delighted that Ronaldo has broken a three-game duck in the league. The capital side need him in rampant form with the business end of the season fast approaching.
    • 73'
      Ronald speeds in front of Roco but is shoved by the defender just before the Portuguese enters the box. Fifth yellow card of the season for Roco, meaning that he misses the next match.
    • 74'
      Ronaldo goes for goal from the resulting free-kick. He drills the ball through a gap in the wall, but misses the target by about a foot as Tyton looked to have the post covered in any case.
    • 75'
      SI Rafa Gálvez SO Aaron Níguez
    • 75'
      Rafa Gálvez comes on for M. Pašalić.
    • 76'
      Crucial period in the game now. Madrid continue to dominate and they could probably have a third if they really want it. Should Elche upset the odds and pull one back, then the last quarter of an hour becomes very interesting indeed.
    • 78'
      Kroos fails to add to his solitary goal for his new club with a wild effort from long distance that flies off target. Madrid are getting closer to opening up that crucial four-point gap at the Liga summit.
    • 80'
      Fran Escriba's men have responded in the opposite way that a side chasing a two-goal deficit should. No attacking urgency and not a single valid chance in this game outside of that Victor effort at the start of the half.
    • 81'
      SI Cristian Herrera SO Aaron Níguez
    • 81'
      Adrián is replaced with Cristian Herrera.
    • 82'
      Possession continues to be dominated by the visitors who are taking the sting out of the game and picking their moments to get forward.
    • 84'
      SI Illarramendi SO Aaron Níguez
    • 84'
      Illarramendi enters play, replacing Lucas Silva.
    • 84'
      Illarramendi replaces Silva for the final minutes. The midfielder has seen his game time dry up even further with the addition of the Brazilian to Madrid's first-team ranks.
    • 86'
      Casillas nearly gets caught napping as he languishes on the ball, from which he's nearly robbed of possession inside his own six-yard area! Nearly an egg-on-face moment.
    • 88'
      Isco has had himself a fine game and the crowd recognize it with a standing ovation to see him off. On comes Arbeloa for the final stretch.
    • 89'
      SI Arbeloa SO Aaron Níguez
    • 89'
      Arbeloa enters the game and replaces Isco.
    • 90'
      Benzema feeds Ronaldo down the left and he whips in a really special cross that is inches over the head of Bale. I swore for a second that the Welshman was about the thump that one home!
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE
    Midfielder
    spain
    Víctor Rodríguez
    8
    Defender
    spain
    Daniel Carvajal
    2
    Defender
    brazil
    Marcelo
    12
    Captain

    SUBSTITUTES

    Defender
    spain
    Nacho
    6
    Midfielder
    spain
    Isco
    22
    89'Substituted

    MANAGERS

    spain
    Fran Escribá
    france
    Zinedine Zidane

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 17 6
    Yellow Cards 4 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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