First Division - Day 23

Sporting Gijón 0 - Real Madrid 4

Sporting: Lafuente; Sastre, Gerard, Iván Hernández, Canella; Camacho, Michel (Matabuena 60'); Luis Morán (Bilic 46'), Carmelo, Diego Castro (Kike Mateo 60'); Barral. 4-2-3-1.
Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos (Dani Parejo 79'), Cannavaro, Pepe, Heinze (Miguel Torres 60'); Higuaín, Lass, Gago (Javi García 70'), Marcelo; Huntelaar, Raúl. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Sporting: Canella, Camacho for Raúl Cámara, Matabuena / Madrid: Gago, Marcelo, Huntelaar for Robben, Sneijder, Van der Vaart.

0-1. 15. Raúl. Drove first time shot inside near post from Ramos's fierce cross.
0-2. 37. Huntelaar. Picked up Higuaín headed pass and guided shot past keeper.
0-3. 49. Marcelo. Ran on to Higuaín back-heel pass and scored with angled shot.
0-4. 76. Raúl. Ran ball in to net after Lafuente spilled shot from Higuaín.

Yellow cards: Michel 24', Marcelo 50'.

Real Madrid pegged back two points on leaders Barcelona after beating Sporting Gijón 0-4 on Sunday evening. Raúl started things off on the quarter hour mark, connecting with Sergio Ramos's cross to score his 308th goal for the club, taking him past Di Stéfano's old record.

Madrid continued to dominate, Higuaín and Raúl going close before Huntelaar picked up Higuaín's headed pass to beat Lafuente, his first goal since his winter signing. And Marcelo (playing a wide midfield role) made it three soon after the restart with his first Real Madrid goal after another assist from Higuaín.

Soon afterwards Huntelaar had a headed goal ruled out for a non-existent offside, and a few minutes later Raúl scored again after Lafuente spilled Higuaín's shot in to his path. Barral hit the post for the Asturians late on, but by then the game was over and Juande Ramos's side had their eighth win in a row. Still ten points off Barça, but there is a long way to go yet.