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Real Madrid vs. Mallorca 2013: Top Takeaways from Los Blancos' Comeback Win

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 16:  Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid CF celebrates after scoring Real's 4th goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RCD Mallorca at estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 16, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 16, 2013

Real Madrid produced a thrilling second-half performance to defeat Mallorca 5-2, despite heading into the half-time break trailing 2-1 to the away side.

Some brilliance from Giovani dos Santos in the first half had the relegation battlers wondering if the impossible could be achieved—leading Madrid 2-1 at half-time. However, thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema, Madrid would storm back to victory and earn their sixth consecutive La Liga win.

What were the top takeaways from Los Blancos' comeback win?

Read on and find out.

 

Mesut Ozil Is Real Madrid's X-Factor

For all their attacking weapons—and they certainly have a lot of them—Madrid's biggest difference maker again proved to be Mesut Ozil, with the German international completely changing the flow of this fixture once introduced at half-time.

Ozil gave Madrid that spark in their midfield once more—picking up two assists in the second half to inspire the reigning champions to another league victory. He also led the team in goal-scoring opportunities created, despite only being introduced at half-time.

For all their weapons, Ozil is the one player who seemingly holds it all together in the middle, and the player who can best bring them all together. He proved that once again in the 45 minutes that he showed at the Bernabeu Stadium this weekend. 

 

Luka Modric Is Explaining Huge Transfer Fee

After struggling for a first team position through most of the season and not exactly setting the world on fire when on the field, many were starting to question whether Luka Modric was indeed worth the £30 million that Madrid paid to Tottenham Hotspur for him.

Yet, with another strong performance for the Spanish champions here, Modric is showing that he can be a vital part of their midfield in 2013 and beyond.

The Croatian international netted another sensational goal for Los Blancos—much like his phenomenal strike that knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League last week.

Yet, he was very strong in the passing game as well—finishing with a team-high 79 passes at a team-high 95 percent completion rate. He also created four goal-scoring opportunities, led the team in successful dribbles and was accurate on all 11 of his long balls throughout the match.

A very strong performance from Modric indeed, who continues to stake his claim for a permanent spot in Jose Mourinho's starting team this season. 

 

Madrid Are in Devastating Form, Primed for Strong Rest of 2013

With their sixth domestic victory in a row and no real tough opponent in La Liga until they play Atletico Madrid on April 28, Madrid are simply cruising right now.

Their struggles earlier in the year have cost them a chance at defending their title—with Barcelona all but confirmed as the new Spanish champions—but that's not at all to suggest that Los Blancos aren't certainly capable of triumphing over the Catalan club and being the best team in La Liga.

As they showed twice in a week recently, they most certainly are.

And with those victories—plus a thrilling win over Manchester United—Mourinho's men are seemingly primed for a very strong remainder of the 2013 season. They are in the quarterfinals of the Champions League against Galatasaray (a fixture they should win) and are in the final of the Copa del Rey also.

If they can continue their form and keep their deep squad all playing well and healthy, then Madrid could be primed for a very strong rest of 2013.

Even without the domestic title to fall back on this season.

 

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