Real Madrid vs. Real Valladolid: La Liga Live Score, Highlights and Recap
Real Madrid won a seven goal thriller at the Bernabeu to further enhance their grip on second place in La Liga.
It was Real Valladolid who took the lead in the first half, Oscar Gonzalez capitalizing on a sloppy pass from Angel Di Maria.
Madrid soon hit back though.
Di Maria's shot was deflected in off Marc Valiente, before Cristiano Ronaldo's deft header put the home side into the lead.
Javi Guerra leveled things up before the break, but Kaka and Ronaldo--his 199th for the club--put Madrid into a commanding position.
A wonderful strike from Lluis Sastre brought the visitors back into the match late on, but Madrid held out for the three points.
La Liga: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain (1400 ET, 2000 CET)
Real Madrid 4-3 Real Valladolid (Valiente OG, Ronaldo 2, Kaka - Oscar, Guerra, Sastre) (2nd half)
Real Madrid: Diego Lopez; Nacho Fernandez, Pepe, Ricardo Carvalho, Fabio Coentrao; Sami Khedira, Luka Modric; Angel Di Maria (Xabi Alonso), Kaka (Mesut Ozil), Cristiano Ronaldo; Karim Benzema (Gonzalo Higuain)
Subs: Iker Casillas; Raphael Varane, Michael Essien, Alvaro Morata
Real Valladolid: Jaime; Antonio Rukavina, Jesus Rueda, Marc Valiente, Mikel Balenziaga; Alvaro Rubio (Lluis Sastre), Víctor Pérez; Patrick Ebert, Óscar Gonzalez, Omar Ramos (Alberto Bueno); Javi Guerra (Manucho)
Subs: Dani Hernández, Carlos Peña, Henrique Sereno, Javier Baraja
What a game. Which seems surprising given the slow pace it started at.
The win takes Madrid nine points ahead of Atletico - who play Deportivo now - and eight points behind Barcelona - who play Real Betis tomorrow.
Valladolid remain in 12th on 40 points, although Levante could move ahead of them tomorrow.
Real Madrid 4-3 Real Valladolid
90 -- Three minutes added on
88 -- Valladolid pull one back!
The ball is headed clear from the Madrid area, but Lluis Sastre - on the volley - returns it into the back of Diego Lopez's net. What a great strike. Surely they can't make the draw?
GOOOOOOOOOOOOL DE VALLADOLID!
85 -- Fantastic effort from Oscar!
Valladolid's creative midfielder Oscar spots Diego Lopez off his line and tries an audacious chip from 40 yards. Madrid's keeper, thanks to his height, does just enough to tip it behind for a corner. Wonderful effort.
83 -- Madrid flow forward quickly
Ozil races down the right, drives inside and rolls the ball to Higuain, his shot is tame though and dribbles straight at Jaime.
81 -- Valladolid go close twice!
First Oscar stings the gloves of Lopez, then Bueno takes too long on the rebound and allows the Madrid keeper to recover to make a second save.
80 -- Valladolid substitution
Manucho - who scored two against Madrid in Valladolid - replaces Javi Guerra for the final ten minutes.
78 -- Valladolid break
Rukavina's delivery from the right deceives Diego Lopez and finds Ebert at the far post, he can only help it onto the roof of the net.
77 -- Mourinho watch...
...still doesn't seem to have smiled once. The way he's slouching can't be good for his posture either.
76 -- It's all Madrid now
There's surely no way back for Valladolid now, Madrid are pouring forward in numbers. Modric has fired wide and Ronaldo is chasing his 200th Madrid goal - can he do it?
72 -- Each side make a change...
Karim Benzema is replaced by Gonzalo Higuain, while Lluis Sastre comes on in place of Alvaro Rubio.
71 -- Madrid extend their advantage
Benzema comes close, but his shot is deflected wide for a corner which Ozil places on the head of Ronaldo. It is the 199th goal or the Portuguese forward in the white of Madrid.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOL DE MADRID
67 -- Real Madrid double substitution
And it's not a bad one at all. Mesut Ozil and Xabi Alonso replace and Kaka and Angel Di Maria.
64 -- Free kick for Real Madrid...
Victor Perez fouls Ronaldo and gives away a set piece within shooting distance...
...it's left for Modric to float in though, Pepe wins the header, but he can only help it over.
Kaka scored/assisted in 41 games for Real Madrid. Real Madrid won all.— SocialRMadrid (@SocialRMadrid) May 4, 2013
58 -- Ronaldo heads over
Fabio Coentrao beat his man with some great footwork, drives into the box and dinks the ball towards the far post where Ronaldo arrives, but he can only head a difficult chance over Jaime's bar.
55 -- Valladolid substitution
Omar Ramos is replaced by Alberto Bueno. It looks like a straight swap from Miroslav Djukic.
54 -- Guerra foiled at the far post
Guerra arrives to meet Omar's cross at the far post, but his shot is deemed to go wide without a touch by the referee and it's a goal kick for Madrid.
53 -- Madrid denied a penalty
Was is he inside the area or was he outside? It doesn't matter because the referee doesn't deem that Rukavina has handled the ball and play continues.
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