Sunday September 2, 2012 Day 3 Finished Bernabéu

Real Madrid 3 - 0 Granada CF

  • Cristiano Ronaldo 26’, 54’
  • Higuaín 76’

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  1. Ronaldo reaches 150 goals as Real finally win

    Ronaldo reaches 150 goals as Real finally win

    Real Madrid notched their first victory of the La Liga campaign when Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice in a 3-0 win at home to Granada. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Real Madrid
    • Granada CF
    • 90+2' There goes the final whistle! Thanks for joining us for his match tonight. A 3-0 win for Real Madrid. Their first victory of the season in La Liga.
    • 89' We are into two minutes of time added on as Benzema thumps a shot wide of the goal.
    • 88' Khedira makes a run into the box. Tries to supply Marcelo, but the flag goes up again. A dubious offside call that one.
    • 87' An offside flag goes up against Benzama from Di Maria's cross into the middle. This game was over some time ago.
    • 86' Benzema tries to cut a dash into the Granada box, but the visitors wallop it long down the park.
    • 85' Nyom does well to snuff out the cross by Marcelo from out on his left.
    • 84' Higuain thrashes an effort wide of the target. Looks like Real may have to settle for three goals on the night.
    • 83' Di Maria on the deck. Looked in a spot of trouble after being caught by Iriney, but is up racing around the next second. Not too clever conduct. Unsporting.
    • 82' A few of the home fans begin to head for the exit door. Game over and many have seen enough.
    • 81' Granada going to remain third bottom of the table with one point, but they will have easier nights than this in the months ahead.
    • 80' Higuain chips the ball just wide of goal with Tono beaten. Was a real chance to add the fourth.
    • 79' Ball bobbling around in the visiting box before Tono comes out to collect the loose ball.
    • 78' Real Madrid hoping to add to their tally. Granada getting a bit of a going over. Not a huge surprise being a man down.
    • 77' Tono got a touch on the ball from Marcelo's driven shot at goal. Lovely ball across goal by Di Maria. Brilliant stop by the experienced keeper.
    • 76' Benzema seemed to be offside from the pass, but not too many appeals and that is a 3-0 lead against the 10 men. Poor decision by the officials.
    • 75' GOAL! Higuain taps the ball into the net from Benzema's pass and that is a 3-0 lead for the home side.
    • 74' We have the Barcelona v Valencia match coming right up for you after this. Follow..Barcelona v Valencia LIVE
    • 73' Flag goes up against Ramos, who is offside and perhaps guilty of a bit of fouling in the opposition box.
    • 72' Khedira is unhappy with Iriney about something or other as Alonso fails to pick out the head of Ramos with a corner.
    • 71' Superb run by Benzema before he knocks it off a visiting shirt for a corner to his side.
    • 70' The body language of the visiting players suggests they would be happy to get off this park with a 2-0 defeat.
    • 69' Ortiz departs to be replaced by Gabriel Torje.
    • 68' A yellow card here for Arbeloa. A deliberate handball stopping a Granada attacking move.
    • 67' Marcelo whips a shot at goal, but it deflects wide. Could easily have ended up in the back of the rigging.
    • 66' Ronaldo sitting watching the action with an ice pack on his left knee. Was a bit of a late one by Gomez that prompted the red card.
    • 65' Not much point in risking Ronaldo with the international break coming up. Looks like they are looking at Ronaldo's left knee. Might just be a dead leg.
    • 64' Ronaldo seems to be hobbling and is going to be replaced by Gonzalo Higuain.
    • 63' Khedira lays the ball off to Ronaldo, who thumps a shot wide of the goal. We remain at 2-0 in the home side's favour.
    • 62' El Arabi is going to depart the action to be replaced by Mainz for the visiting side.
    • 61' Surely Granada's last chance in this match disappeared up the tunnel with Gomez.
    • 60' Alonso tries his luck with a swerving, dipping effort from long range. Free-kick bounced just in front of Tono, but he gets down quickly enough to keep it out.
    • 59' A RED CARD FOR GOMEZ! He was booked in the first period and picks up a second yellow for a late challenge on Ronaldo. Not much to be said about that. Granada down to 10 men.
    • 58' Mourinho seems happy enough as he shakes the hand of the former Tottenham player in gratitude of his efforts.
    • 57' Modric is going to depart the action with Ozil given the nod after 58 minutes or so.
    • 56' A change coming here for Real as Mesut Ozil prepares to enter the action.
    • 55' Modric picks up the ball 22 yards out, but can only rattle a shot wide of the target. Better from the home side.
    • 54' Real heading for their first three points of the season then, but they will look to add a few more goals surely here with Ronaldo now on a hat-trick.
    • 53' Lovely ball by Di Maria to set up Ronaldo and suddenly without hitting top gear the Spanish champions lead 2-0.
    • 52' GOAL! Ronaldo scores for Real Madrid. Tono saved his first effort, but could not halt the second as he slipped it into the net. His 150th goal in a Real shirt.
    • 51' Modric was seeing plenty of ball in the opening 20 minutes, but Real Madrid appear to have stopped using him and their effort is all a bit predictable.
    • 50' An offside flag goes up against Flores. Real continue to struggle to trouble the visiting side.
    • 49' All very quiet in the Bernabeu this evening. Much of that is to do with the flatness of Real Madrid's play. Has been a real struggle for them.
    • 48' One change for the home side at the break with Angel Di Maria replacing Callejon.
    • 47' Decent play by Flores. Arbeloa getting a touch on the ball after Sergio Ramos missed the ball. Casillas forced to punch out Orellana's corner.
    • 46' We are off and running in this second period. Jose Mourinho will be expecting better in this second half surely.
    • 45' And there isn't! Real with the 1-0 lead at the break, but they have hardly been impressive in this first period. Can do a lot better.
    • 44' Looks like there is going to be little time added to the first period. Has hardly been a stoppage in this half.
    • 43' Another sloppy pass by Real Madrid towards the end of the half. Granada given cheap possession.
    • 42' Brilliant control by Ronaldo in the box. Delightful stuff, but he can't beat Tono with a powerful drive from inside the Granada area.
    • 41' Marcelo goes past Ortiz before picking out Benzema with a decent cross, but he drills the volley into the side netting. Another Real chance bites the dust.
    • 40' Easy to see why Real Madrid were held by Valencia and lost to Getafe last week with this level of performance. Nothing happening quickly enough for the Spanish champions.
    • 39' El Arabi with a decent header at goal from the cross by Siqueira. Real looking a bit sluggish tracking back. Ball drops a couple of yards wide.
    • 38' Pepe goes into the book for cutting down El Arabi. Granada enjoying their best moments of this match in the past 10 minutes.
    • 37' A yellow card for Pepe for a mistimed tackle. Perhaps a bit harsh, but he is in the book.
    • 36' Some real encouragement for the unfancied visitors. Real yet to catch fire in this match. Certainly not in the same way they were performing against Barcelona the other night.
    • 35' Another decent move by Granada as El Arabi tries to pick out Flores. Sergio Ramos doing enough to defend the danger. Nyom also looking lively to support the attack.
    • 34' El Arabi was scoring goals for fun in the Saudi Arabian league, but this is a bit of step up in class for him tonight against Real.
    • 33' Arbeloa forced to win the ball with Flores in there challenging. Vital he made that block with El Arabi taking up a good position in the box.
    • 32' Floro Flores wallops a shot wide from outside of the Real box. No real pace in the shot to beat Casillas.
    • 31' An offside flag stops Ronaldo in his tracks here. Granada playing a high line.
    • 30' Benzema tries to chip Tono from Marcelo's long hopeful ball, but wide of the target. On we go at 1-0 in the home side's favour.
    • 29' Real Madrid now up to over 71 percent of possession as Granada become more and more marooned in their own half. Real yet to catch fire tonight.
    • 28' Real Madrid collect the ball at the halfway line, but they are guilty of some sloppy play. Not overly impressive from either side.
    • 27' Granada will be feeling a bit sheepish about that. Will Real relax after opener? Jose Mourinho is certainly relaxed. He has his jacket off and is kicking back in the technical area.
    • 26' Callejon with the pass, but the shot has gone through the legs of Tono. Slight deflection, but he should have saved Ronaldo's effort.
    • 25' GOAL! Ronaldo scores for Real Madrid. The home side lead. Not sure how that ball managed to beat Tono from that angle, but it slides into the net.
    • 24' Granada win a corner. That is a turn up for the books, but Marcelo is first to deal with the corner as he heads clear.
    • 23' Modric certainly enjoying his night out so far. Looks like he was meant to play on this stage. Which at close to £35 million, he probably was.
    • 22' Benzema slides the ball to Ronaldo, who again wallops a shot wide after some clever play by Modric.
    • 21' Marcelo doing well to win the ball and rolling it back to Casillas. And on we go with this pattern of Real pass, pass, pass. Granada forced to chase it.
    • 20' Ortiz fouled by Modric and the visiting side creep into the home half. Not for very long. Granada toiling to make any real advances.
    • 19' Ronaldo decides to try his luck from 20 yards out or so, but smashes the drive wide of the target. We remain at 0-0.
    • 18' Real Madrid trying to run the legs off the opposition as they move the ball from side to side.
    • 17' Real Madrid have also brought Michael Essien in from Chelsea for the rest of the season. He is not involved tonight, but may well be for the Champions League campaign.
    • 16' Marcelo on the run for Real Madrid. Granada with plenty of bodies back. Content to let the home side play in front of them.
    • 15' Modric involved before Khedira challenges Tono, but the goalkeeper makes a brave stop and earns the free-kick.
    • 14' Granada being pinned back. Not exactly a huge surprise, but at least the visitors haven't conceded which is the vital aspect of this assignment.
    • 13' Ronaldo fires the free-kick at goal, but it hits off the wall before spinning well wide of the target.
    • 12' Modric slides in the corner, but no takers at the near post before Gomez is booked for a blatant shoulder challenge on Khedira.
    • 11' Nyom manages to get a good tackle in to block the run of Ronaldo as the home side earn a corner kick.
    • 10' Flores fires a hopeful shot at goal from distance, but charged down by Real. Decent movement by Granada.
    • 9' El Arabi on a strong, surging run into the home box. Appeals for a handball on the edge of the Real box by a home shirt, but nothing doing.
    • 8' Ronaldo tries to set up Modric with an ambitious backheel pass, but that is loose and out of play. Granada happy to gain a foothold in this match.
    • 7' Granada have only won once at the Bernabeu which suggests this could be a long night for them. Tono out of his goal quickly again to collect a loose ball.
    • 6' Alonso bundled to the deck as Real prepare to float in a free-kick from out wide. Alonso knocks it in, but Benzema is miles offside.
    • 5' Lovely ball by Modric to send Callejon through on goal, but Tono is out quickly to make a fine stop. Almost a dream opening for the home side.
    • 4' Real getting on the ball early on. Granada looking a bit edgy out there. Perhaps understandable for a side that avoided relegation by a point last season.
    • 3' Teams: Real Madrid: Casillas, Pepe, Ramos, Khedira, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Marcelo, Xabi Alonso, Arbeloa, Modrić, Callejón///Granada: Toño, Nyom, Siqueira, Iñigo López, B. Gómez, Mikel Rico, Ortiz, Iriney, Orellana, El Arabi, Floro Flores
    • 2' Difficult to believe that Real Madrid are seeking their first win of the season in their third Liga match. Modric caught offside in the opening moments.
    • 1' We are off and running with Granada getting the action started.
    • 18.45 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of Real Madrid against Granada.
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  • Real Madrid

    Manager: José Mourinho

  • Granada CF

    Manager: Juan Antonio Anquela

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