MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 24: Cristiano Ronaldo (#7) of Real Madrid CF celebrates with Kaka after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad de Futbol at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 24, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Real Madrid won the three points again after two consecutive losses. The team earned a 5-1 win with both Benzema and Higuaín in the lineup. The whole team played great and started the game right by dominating the possession and creating good chances.
It was just the sixth minute when Gonzalo Higuaín received the ball from Karim Benzema from the right flank. The Argentinian player only needed one touch to put the ball inside the net from outside the box. It was obvious that Real Madrid was going to score sooner or later during the game, but the team now had to pass another test. Málaga and Villarreal managed to tie the game up after Real Madrid went ahead on the scoreboard. Today, Real Madrid put the game away.
The team knew that the game was almost over, but the players still wanted to score to finish up all the speculation about their form. Karim Benzema fought for the possession of the ball with a Real Sociedad defender and beat Claudio Bravo with a chip shot. His move reminded some Real Madrid fans of Ronaldo Nazario, and some people on the stands even stood up and gave Karim Benzema a warm standing ovation.
Real Sociedad's first chance came in the next play. Xabi Prieto received the ball in the left part of Real Madrid's box and shot it. Sergio Ramos jumped and touched the ball with his head, changing the path of the shot. Casillas was already beaten, so Real Madrid again had to finish the game without a clean sheet.
The first half ended with the 3-1 result in the scoreboard. Four minutes after the second half started, Karim Benzema scored his second goal of the game. The French player confirmed again that he is one of the best strikers in the world, just like Higuaín. If these two players could coexist knowing their respective roles, Real Madrid would probably have the best pair of strikers in the world.
Kaka substituted for Mesut Özil gave one assist and ran the counterattack very well. Marcelo also played great, dribbling Real Sociedad's players down and creating dangerous plays with Real Madrid's attackers. But the player that once again surprised every Real Madrid fan was Raphael Varane. This young French defender will certainly start for the team in the future. Real Madrid paid 10M€ to Lens for his rights an some people commented that this was a very expensive transfer, but he will turn out to be very cheap. The team should ask Zinedine Zidane for some more scouting reports, as his first one turned out to be a great prospect.
The game was already done, and both teams had a lot of space to counterattack as the players weren't helping on defense as much. But Cristiano Ronaldo had time to score one more goal to add to his stats. The Portuguese player now has 35 goals on 29 Liga games, but he has more to accomplish if he wants to score his hundredth Liga goal in a Real Madrid uniform in just 92 games. If he stays in the club and scores at this rate, Cristiano Ronaldo will beat these records.
Mourinho (or Karanka, since the Portuguese wasn't on the bench due to his sanction) then introduced midfielder Nuri Sahin, Fábio Coentrao and canterano Jesé Rodríguez to let them play some minutes. These players had almost twenty minutes on the pitch to develop their game with the club.
Real Madrid now starts the tough part of the schedule, visiting APOEL Nicosia for the Champions League fixture this Tuesday and Reyno de Navarro to play against Osasuna next Saturday.
Who was the Man of the Match?
Karim Benzema (119 votes)
Cristiano Ronaldo (58 votes)
Higuaín (9 votes)
Kaka' (49 votes)
Other (I'll tell you in the comment section) (6 votes)
241 total votes