Sunday August 28, 2011 Kick off: 19:00 Day 2 Estadio La Romareda

Real Zaragoza v Real Madrid

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  • Live Commentary

    • 90+1' The full time whistle blows.
    • 90' We'll have one minute of added time.
    • 89' CHANCE!! Pepe gets on the end of a corner but volleys over with his left foot from 6 yards.
    • 87' GOAL FOR MADRID!! Ronaldo's got his hat-trick. Coentrao finds Kaka with an excellent through ball on the right. The Brazilian shoots but Roberto can only push the ball into the path of Ronaldo who side foots into the net. That's 14 in his last 5 La Liga matches.
    • 86' Juarez gets down the left and swings the ball into the box. Casillas is off his line in a flash to claim on the penalty spot. Good keeping.
    • 84' Roberto has been superb tonight but has still conceded five. It probably would have been double figueres though, if it wasn't for him.
    • 82' GOAL FOR MADRID!! Marcelo plays the ball to Kaka down the left. The Brazilian bursts into the box, shifts past his man before rifling the ball into the far corner from 15 yards.
    • 81' Zaragoza have a number of shots from the edge of the penalty area that are blocked. The ball rolls out to Higuain who bursts into the hosts’ half and then attempts to chip the keeper from 18 yards but it flies over.
    • 80' Callejon should score. Ronaldo backheels into the path of Marcelo who finds Callejon unmarked in the box. The substitute should shoot first time but doesn't. It allows Roberto to make the save.
    • 79' Ozil is replaced by Kaka.
    • 78' Ronaldo 'step-overs' his way into the penalty area before shooting at goal from 8 yards. The effort flies over the bar after a big deflection.
    • 77' The hosts continue to struggle. Lafita looks to find Uche down the left, but the pass is poor and Pepe ushers the ball out for a goal kick.
    • 76' Gonzalo Higuain replaces Benzema.
    • 75' Uche gathers the ball as he surges forward. His first touch is poor though, and allows Pepe to recover and make the tackle.
    • 73' Lafita takes on Alonso and shoots from 30 yards. It takes a deflection on the way out for a corner.
    • 72' Jose Callejon replaces Di Maria.
    • 71' GOAL FOR MADRID!! It's that No. 7 again. Great counter attack from the visitors. Ronaldo takes the ball out of his own half and reaches the edge of the Zaragoza box before squaring to Benzema. The forward then plays in Di Maria down the right, who sends the ball across the 6 yard box for Ronaldo to tap into an open net.
    • 69' Carvalho cynically blocks off Ponzio and is booked.
    • 68' The free kick is disappointing. It flies straight into the wall. Not one of his better efforts.
    • 67' Ronaldo is scythed down by Juarez on the edge of the penalty area. He'll take it this time.
    • 66' CHANCE!! Ronaldo rises highest from the corner but can't keep his headed effort down. Should have done better.
    • 65' Madrid win the ball back from the kick off and go on the attack. Benzema has a shot from distance but it's blocked into the path of Di Maria, who volleys into the head of Meira and out for a corner.
    • 64' GOAL FOR MADRID!! Following a shot from Angel Di Maria, the ball rolls to Alonso on the edge of the area. The midfielder sends a fierce drive into the bottom corner.
    • 63' Alonso takes the free kick this time and sends it too high and out for a goal kick. I think Ronaldo will be back on free kick duty.
    • 62' Ronaldo flies towards goal but is tripped by Da Silva. Free kick.
    • 60' Alonso makes a big tackle to win back possession. Di Maria receives the ball and squares it to Benzema who, in turn, plays it the same way to Ronaldo. The No. 7 shoots at goal with his left foot. Roberto saves.
    • 59' Zaragoza's corner falls to Da Silva at the far post. The defender volleys towards goal under pressure but can't keep it down.
    • 58' Ozil's cross cannons off Da Silva into the path of Marcelo who lashes a volley to goal. Juarez blocks it. Corner.
    • 57' Barrera has a header on towards the right of the penalty area. Casillas jumps up, hangs off his crossbar and watches the ball fly over.
    • 56' Edu Oriol replacess Abraham.
    • 54' CHANCE!! Should score. Da Silva passes the ball to Benzema on the edge of the penalty area. The Frenchman takes one touch into the box before shooting but can only find the body of Roberto.
    • 53' Pinter, who has just been introduced, picks the ball up 30 yards from goal and has an effort. Casillas is sprawling but it flies wide.
    • 52' CHANCE!! Should score. Ronaldo collects the ball 25 yards from goal with his back to Roberto. He takes a touch to his left before shooting. The keeper can only palm into the path of Di Maria, who shoots wide from 7 yards.
    • 51' Zaragoza are simply chasing Madrid shadows out there.
    • 50' Casillas plays Ramos into trouble on the right. The defender nutmegs his opponents before dropping to his knees. No foul.
    • 49' Uche receives the ball on the edge of the box and looks to find Abraham but plays the ball straight out for a goal kick under pressure.
    • 48' Ronaldo cuts inside from the left, shifts the ball past his man and then rifles an effort at goal. It flies wide of the right-hand post.
    • 47' The hosts look to build an attack down the right, but Juarez puts the ball straight into touch. Poor.
    • 46' The second half is under way.
    • 45+1' Benzema is sent down the right following a smart cross-field pass from Coentrao. The Frenchman gets into the box and crosses for Ronaldo, but the No.9 had barged into his marker. The half time whistle blows.
    • 45' Da Silva rises highest at the far post and heads just wide. The whistle had blown for a foul though, although there was absolutely nothing in it.
    • 44' Ramos is penalised for a foul on Uche. The defender gets the wrong side of his man and subsequently pulls him down to the floor.
    • 43' Madrid are now playing the ball around in their own half with a real confidence.
    • 42' It's on target again as it gets over the wall and dips viciously in front of the keeper, who does well to beat it away.
    • 41' Benzema is fouled outside of the penalty area. Zuculini trips the Frenchman when trying to nick the ball away. Ronaldo territory.
    • 39' Shot from Ronaldo. The Madrid No. 7 has some space forty yards from and lashes a fierce effort on goal. Roberto pushes it away for a corner.
    • 38' First decent shot for the hosts. Lafita gathers the ball on the edge fof the penalty area before rolling int to his right into the path of Barrera, who can only find Casillas.
    • 37' STAT: Ronaldo, with 40 official Primera Liga goals last season, scored more than the entire Zaragoza team in the same time period.
    • 36' CHANCE!! Benzema is put through on the left of the penalty area but shoots tamely wide. He'll be disappointed with that.
    • 34' Barrera crosses from the left. It's aimed towards Uche at the far post, but Marcelo gets in front of his man and watches the ball out.
    • 33' Ronaldo collects the ball on the left and bursts through the middle and down the right flank. Nobody can get anywhere near him.
    • 32' Zaragoza have 10 players inside their own penalty half. Marcelo finds Ronaldo inside the penalty area. The forward can only flick a left foot at it and the keeper makes a save.
    • 31' It is just utter domination for the visitors here. They are controlling play with ease.
    • 30' The home side look beaten already. This could be a long night if it continues like this.
    • 28' GOAL FOR MADRID!! Ronaldo lays the ball out wide to Ramos who gets to the byline before clipping the ball back. Ronaldo shapes for the overhead kick but pulls out of it. Marcelo controls the ball and finishes with his left foot.
    • 27' It has been all Madrid so far, as expected.
    • 26' Ronaldo shoots from 40 yards. It ricochets off the arm of Meira and flies out for a corner. That may have been given as a penalty as the captain moved his arm towards the ball.
    • 25' Di Maria is brought down. This time it is not a great challenge. Abraham is booked.
    • 24' GOAL FOR MADRID!! GOAL FOR RONALDO!! The Portuguese forward notches his first of the season. Benzema wins the ball on the half way line and feeds the ball to Ozil. Ronaldo makes a darting run into the box and is found by the German. His only touch flicks the ball past the keeper. Simple.
    • 23' Coentrao comes across and looks to tackle Ponzio but concedes a free kick.
    • 22' He does take the free kick and smashes it at goal. It's straight at the keeper who gathers at the second attempt.
    • 21' Ronaldo is down. Meira makes his first poor tackle and is booked. By the look of Ronaldo's face, he may have broke his leg. Oh no, he's back up and waiting to take the free kick.
    • 20' Di Maria chips the ball over the top of the defence for Marcelo. The defender doesn't look like he knows what to do and is beaten by Meira.
    • 19' Benzema and Ronaldo link well on the left. The Frenchman rolls the ball into the path of the Ronaldo inside the penalty area. Da Silva is across to make the block.
    • 18' It’s quite a bizarre formation to see when Zaragoza are defending. They drop into two banks of five and so far look pretty hard to break down.
    • 17' Benzema is sent through down the left hand side of the penalty area. The Frenchman has a shot at goal with his weaker foot. Roberto is down well to his right to save.
    • 16' Coentrao finds a ball in between the defence. Benzema looks to get on the end of it but Roberto is out well to clear from the edge of the penalty area.
    • 15' Coentrao finds a ball in between the defence. Benzema looks to get on the end of it but Roberto is out well to clear from the edge of the penalty area.
    • 14' Di Maria collects the ball 30 yards from goal and has a pop. It flies wide of the right post.
    • 13' Barrera, who was playing against Aldershot for West Ham in midweek, tries to beat Marcelo but is tackled.
    • 12' Very rash challenge from Pepe. The Madrid defender flies into a tackle with Lafita and crashes the forward to the floor. He's lucky not to be booked.
    • 11' Ramos attempts to get down the right flank but is hauled to the floor by Zuculini.
    • 10' Great save from Roberto. Ozil is put through on goal but lacks composure under pressure and toe-pokes the ball towards goal with his left. The keeper gets down well to beat it away.
    • 9' Di Maria is down yet again. It really doesn't take much. Frustrating.
    • 8' The hosts are doubling up on Ronaldo. He still manages to get two consecutive crosses in though. They'll need to stop that.
    • 7' Great ball in from Ronaldo. The forward produces some rapid footwork to cross into the 6 yard box. Nobody is there to attack.
    • 6' Di Maria is down. He’s body checked as he looks to overlap. It wasn’t too bad, but he went down like he’d been shot. I hope he’s ok...
    • 5' The hosts are sitting very deep. Casillas is allowed to collect the ball half way into Madrid’s half and coolly plays the ball out. This could be a long night of defending for Zaragoza.
    • 4' Uche, who only grabbed one goal last term, goes through on goal. He's offside though. Maybe that's why...
    • 3' Madrid go on the attack straight away. It’s very fluid. Coentrao bursts down the left and wins a corner.
    • 2' marti1700 thinks that the game will be a thriller - 5-4 to Zaragoza. hmmmm, I'm not too sure about that one. But you never know...
    • 1' The match kicks off. Real get it going.
    • 18:55 The two teams are just about to make their way onto the field ahead of the pre-match formalities before kick off. The big news tonight is that Real are without Sami Khedira, Nuri Sahin and Hamit Altintop. Real without midfield trio for opener
    • 18:50 With just ten minutes to go until kick off, what are your predictions for the match tonight? Let me know at the bottom of the screen or tweet me @JoshuaHayward99.
    • 18:45 The teams are in - Zaragoza: Roberto,Juárez, P. da Silva, F. Meira, J. Paredes, A. Minero, L. Ponzio, F. Zuculini, P. Barrera, A. Lafita, I. Uche - SUBS - L. Franco, M. Lanzaro, Pintér, Edu Oriol /// Real Madrid: I. Casillas, S. Ramos, Pepe, R. Carvalho, Marcelo, X. Alonso, F. Coentrão, Á. Di María, M. Özil, Cristiano Ronaldo, K. Benzema - Subs - R. Albiol, G. Higuaín, J. Callejón, Kaká, A. Arbeloa, Adán, R. Varane
    • 18:40 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Real Madrid's first Primera Liga game of the season as they take on Real Zaragoza at the Estadio La Romareda.

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    Manager: Javier Aguirre

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    Manager: José Mourinho

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