Monday, 21 January 2013
Valencia downed 5-0 by Real Madrid
On January 20th Real Madrid finally showed its critics they are still a team with a lot of fight left in them. Entering into the weekend Madrid took advantage of a rare Barcelona loss to make up some points in the La Liga standings, now 15 points behind the leaders. Madrid was rampant straight from the kick-off with a sense urgency to take full points from the match. Higuain hit the target first when he slotted in Di Maria's cutback following a rapid counter-attack to make it 1-0. By the 34th minute Madrid made it 2-0 with the trick footed Ronaldo turning Ricardo Costa inside out before sending over a low cross that an unmarked Di Maria tapped home at the far post. Madrid relentless pressure allowed Ronaldo to scamper free from the halfway line and drill a low shot past the keepers near post. It was 4-0 in the 41st minute when Di Maria's cross to the far post was knocked back by Ozil to Ronaldo, who thrashed home his second of the night. Madrid were not finished there either, and on the stroke of half-time Di Maria added his second after being put through by Ozil and coolly slotting past the keeper. This stunning first half in which Madrid scored all 5 of his goals was fueled by 2 individuals that have come under some scrutiny this season; Di Maria and Ronaldo. Let’s hope that this will be the start to a great second half of the season!!!!