|First Division - Day 26|
Recreativo Huelva 2 - Real Madrid 3
Sorrentino; Iago Bouzón, Beto, Martín Cáceres, Poli
(Ersen Martin 77'); Barber, Carlos Martins; Varela, Camuñas (Zahinos
69'), Aitor (Quique Alvarez 62'); Sinama-Pongolle. 4-2-3-1.
Team changes: Recreativo: Beto, Martín Cáceres, Poli, Barber, Varela for Edu Moya, Quique Alvarez, Dani Bautista, Jesús Vázquez, Gerard / Madrid: Diarra, Drenthe for Guti, Van Nistelrooy.
Real Madrid ended the day five points clear at the top of the table after they beat Recreativo 2-3 and their closest rivals Barcelona lost at Atlético Madrid. Robinho was the man who won the day for Bernd Schuster's side, coming on as substitute and scoring two late on to give his team their first victory in four games.
Madrid started badly though, Martín Cáceres losing Sergio Ramos before getting on the end of a long Carlos Martins free kick to open the scoring on the quarter hour mark. Raúl bravely scored an equaliser a few minutes later from Drenthe's cross, getting a punch in the face from Sorrentino for his pains, but Casillas had to be at his best before half time to keep out Martins and Sinama-Pongolle, who also headed another chance wide.
The Madrid keeper was in action again after the restart to save from Martins and Sinama again, but both sides were left with ten men after Beto got himself sent off for hitting Gago and then Sergio Ramos picked up a second booking. Raúl shot just wide, and Recre were down to nine after Iturralde González sent off substitute Quique Alvarez for a late tackle on Robben.
Schuster decided to bring on Robinho and it couldn't have worked better, as within a minute he latched on to a loose ball after Diarra was tackled to give the visitors the lead. Sinama and Ersen Martin both went close, but with a couple of minutes to go Robinho picked up a return pass and lobbed Sorrentino for Madrid's third. It was just as well, as Martins curled a free kick wide of Casillas into the net with the game in injury time. There was no time left though, and Deportivo's win meant that Recre drop down into the bottom three.