Valladolid vs. Real Madrid: La Liga Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Real Vallodolid 2-3 Real Madrid, José Zorrilla, Full Time
Mesut Özil shone brightest for Real Madrid in what turned out to be a particularly entertaining clash at the Estadio Nuevo José Zorrilla.
The German playmaker managed to chip in with a deserved double including a cracker of a free-kick winner.
In the end, Manucho's two goals were for nothing but Miroslav Dukic will have some positives to take from his side's close loss to Real Madrid, who move to within eight points of league leaders, Barcelona.
Real Madrid Starting XI:
Casillas; Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Nacho; Xabi Alonso, Khedira; Callejon, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema
Real Madrid Subs: Adán, Varane, Kaká, Modric, Di Maria, Essien and Morata
Scorers: Benzema (12') Ozil (45', 72')
Real Vallodolid Starting XI:
Hernandez; Rukavina, Sereno, Valiente, Balenziaga; Alvaro, Victor; Ebert, Oscar, Omar; Manucho
Real Vallodolid Subs: Jaime, Pena, Baraja, Sastre, Neira, Bueno, Guerra
Scorers: Manucho (8', 22')
Although they've played a game more than their La Liga rivals, Real Madrid are now just eight points away from Barcelona after time is called at the Estadio Nuevo José Zorrilla.
Jose Mourinho will be pleased that his men had the resolve to come back twice from losing positions, but the manner in which they conceded their goals will not be encouraging for many at the Bernabeu.
Mesut Özil stood out on a night where he netted a very acute brace, contributing massively to the eventual 3-2 victory.
90'+3—VAD 2-3 RMA
Real Madrid are easily winding down the minutes now in the Real Valladolid half, passing the ball around unchallenged.
Frustrating night for El Pucela.
90'+2—VAD 2-3 RMA
While he may have gone down more than a tad too easily, Ronaldo is smart to slow down play, falling over after being allegedly obstructed by the opposition.
"Smart" is of course used very loosely on this occasion.
90'—VAD 2-3 RMA
Ronaldo does his best to increase the gap between his Real and Real Valladolid with a marauding solo mission into enemy territory, but Hernandez comforabaly stops his tame shot.
We're then informed that there'll be three minutes of added time at the José Zorrilla Stadium.
Valladolid attempt the 3rd most passes in First Division. But only 2 teams have taken fewer shots. I think that's been reflected tonight.— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) December 8, 2012
86'—YELLOW CARD (Di Maria)
The referee judges Angel Di Maria to be illegally wasting time at the corner kick, showing the winger a yellow card.
85'—VAD 2-3 RMA
Another Real Madrid rasper, another big, big save from Dani Hernandez.
You can be sure that, were it not for the Valladolid stopper, Sergio Ramos' well diverted header was adding to the goal tally but the hosts remain just one goal behind.
83'—YELLOW CARD (Oscar)
If you go into a tackle with your studs up, you're asking for punishment.
Although the contact is minimal, Oscar's attempted block on a Xabi Alonso pass is silly.
Correctly entered into the book for his troubles.
3 - Mesut Özil ha marcado tres goles en los dos últimos partidos del Real Madrid en esta liga, anteriormente solo marcó uno. Despierto— OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 8, 2012
78'—SUBSTITUTION (Real Valladolid)
While his side may be behind, Miroslav Dukic has pulled double-scorer, Manucho, off the pitch so that Javi Guerra can come on.
Playing the two would have seemed like the logical option, but then the campaign so far would suggest that Dukic knows what he's doing.
74'—SUBSTITUTION (Real Madrid)
Moments after earning the free-kick that eventually put his side ahead, Karim Benzema is pulled off so that the Madrid defence can be shored up.
Rafael Varane on in his place.
72'—GOAALLLLL!!!! (Real Madrid)
Will this turn out to be the most crucial moment of the night?
Karim Benzema is judged to have been pulled down illegally on the edge of the Valladolid area and Mesut Ozil gets his second of the evening with a delightfully whipped free-kick.
How fortunate Madrid are to have players capable of majesty like this. Hernandez didn't stand a chance of getting to the ball, curled beautifully into the top-right corner.
70'—YELLOW CARD!! (Ronaldo)
In characteristic fashion, Ronaldo finds himself being cautioned for dissent.
One of the best players in the world? Undoubtedly. Subject to the same rules as every other player? Most definitely.
68'—VAD 2-2 RMA
Stamina will obviously play a substantial part in the remainder of this second period, which is of massive contrast to the marvel of a first half we were treated to.
Is it a case of Real Madrid being just too powerful or will Valladolid be able to weather the storm?
66'—MADRID PUT THE BALL IN THE NET!
But it won't count as a goal, even though it should have.
Sergio Ramos latches onto a beautifully clipped through ball, shooting past Dani Hernandez when he was actually being played onside.
The linesmen was evidently influenced by the three visiting players who were standing very obviously offside, but a bad decision nonetheless.
49 - Özil has directly participated in more team goals than any other player in La Liga in the last 3 seasons (13 goals and 36 assists). Owl— OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 8, 2012
64'—VAD 2-2 RMA
It would appear that Xabi Alonso has converted to centre-back while Sergio Ramos moves over to the right side of the defence.
62'—SUBSTITUTION (Real Madrid)
Jose Mourinho shows that he's not content with one point, throwing on Luka Modric in place of Alvaro Arbeloa.
61'—IMPORTANT SAVE CASILLAS!
Just as I mention Valladolid's struggles from open play, the hosts get a shooting chance through Oscar from the edge of the area.
The Spaniard lashes a bouncing volley toward Iker Casillas, but the Madrid 'keeper is equal to it and Sergio Ramos prevents the lurking Manucho from getting a chance at goal.
58'—VAD 2-2 RMA
Fortunately for the home team, they've just earned yet another corner.
Benzema clears the ball skyward before Oscar gets a shooting opportunity ten yards from Real Madrid's goal. However, he fails to wrap his foot around the awkwardly bouncing ball, slicing several yards wide.
57'—VAD 2-2 RMA
With Manucho operating as a lone striker, Real Vallodolid are struggling to create anything from open play and have only threatened from dead ball scenarios.
It's of little surprise that their two goals came directly from corners.
Valladolid good to watch and play some nice stuff. But they don't half expose themselves.— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) December 8, 2012
52'—VAD 2-2 RMA
Playing out of position, José Callejon doen't look completely out of place as a left-back.
The 25-year-old is coming under some physical scrutiny, but is coping well as a "defender" so far.
49'—VAD 2-2 RMA
Real Madrid pick up where they left off in the first half and Hernandez remains busy in the Vallodolid net.
It' worth mentioning that this game makes it the first time that Mesut Ozil has scored in two consecutive La Liga games for Real Madrid since joining in 2010.
46'—SUBSTITUTION (Real Madrid)
Bizarrely, it's Nacho that has come off in place of Angel Di Maria with José Callejon seemingly moving to the left-back spot.
Managerial majesty or an example of Mourinho madness?
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