Real Madrid took on Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga this Saturday night at Santiago Bernabeu. hoping to restore their 6 points lead at top of the table. Zidane gave a rare start to James Rodriguez who came close to scoring couple of times but fluffed his lines. Without Ronaldo and Benzema Real Madrid were always going to struggle but they dig deep in second half even after going 2-1 down and produced a late flurry with Mejia and Sergio Ramos scoring late to secure important three points.
Sergio Ramos popped up with yet another injury time goal to not only save Real Madrid but keep their 6 points lead at top of the table established for another week. Now Real Madrid travel to Japan where they will play semifinal and possible the final on 15th and 18th december resepectively.
Real Madrid 3-2 Deportivo La Coruna Highlights
[ Spanish La Liga 2016-17 Match ]
45* [ Half-time report ] Madrid might have dominated possesion and chances created but they failed to break down the deadlock at Santiago Bernabue in opening 45 minutes.
50′ 1 – 0 Alvaro Morata
63′ 1 – 1 Joselu
65′ 1 – 2 Joselu
84′ 2 – 2 Mariano Mejia
90′ 3 – 2 Sergio Ramos
Preview & Lineups: Real Madrid are coming into this game on the back of a massive 1-1 draw against arch rivals Barcelona which kept their lead at top of the table to 6 points. Barcelona played better and should have won the game but thanks to a late Sergio Ramos header Real Madrid were able to snatch that points and kept their unbeaten run alive.
Deportivo La Coruna are struggling in the league having won just 3 matches off the first 14 which put them 16th in the table just 2 points away from safety. Its hard to see any other result than a easy win for Real Madrid in this one.
Zidane is expected to go with a Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Ronaldo in attacking midfield roles behind Karim Benzema while Modric and Kroos to play in central midfiel roles. Carvajal and Marcelo should continue as full backs with Sergio Ramos and Pepe playing in central defense. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on saturday.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in first half to ensure a comfortable win against Deportivo La Coruna but it was not enough as Barcelona won their game winning the title by just 1 point. Ronaldo started the game against Deportivo in sublime form scoring first goal inside 7th minute while he could have had 4-5 more with the kind of chances fell for him. It was another incredible goal scoring season for Ronaldo who reach 50 goals this season yet again and still one more game to play for later in the month against Atletico.
Real Madrid needed a win against Deportivo and a Barcelona loss against Granada to win the league title and they started in best possible way when Ronaldo scored in just 7th minute. However Barcelona scored twice in their own game to pretty much seal the title while Real Madrid secured their 12 consecutive league win in La Liga but fell short of the title by just 1 point.
Real Madrid got off to a winning start under new manager Zidane. Karim Benzema’s faint flick opened the scoring in 15th minute while Gareth Bale added another with a superb header to make it 2-0 to settle the nerves of players and fans alike. Real Madrid were not finished there as Bale scored his second just after the break to make it 3-0.
Gareth Bale and Benzema were at it again late in second half scoring goal a piece again to make 5-0 for Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo had several chances but he failed to join on the scoresheet having seen his header hit the woodwork and missing narrowly couple of times.
Zidane Took charge of Real Madrid for the very first time in the home game against Deportivo La Coruna. Real Madrid were 2-0 upside first 25 minutes with goals from Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale while Welshman was on target again at the start of second half to make it 3-0 and put the result to bed before he and Benzema added another 2 to make it 5-0. Watch match highlights of the game below