TeamA: team line-up
TeamB: team line-up
Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Raúl Albiol,
Pepe, Arbeloa; Granero, Xabi Alonso (Drenthe 87'), Van der Vaart (Benzema 62'),
Marcelo (Diarrà 83'); Cristiano Ronaldo, Higuaín. 4-4-2.
Almería: Diego Alves; Michel Macedo, Chico, Acasiete, Cisma; Bernardello, M'bami; Juanma Ortíz, Soriano (Goitom 68'), Crusat (Piatti 80'); Kalu Uche. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 31. Sergio Ramos. Got above defence to head Ronaldo cross past Alves.
1-1. 58. Soriano. Drilled shot past Casillas after Crusat cross fell to him.
1-2. 61. Kalu Uche. Stabbed angled shot across keeper following corner.
2-2. 74. Higuaín. Curled shot wide of keeper after Acasiete failed to clear.
3-2. 82. Benzema. Following up after Alves saved Cristiano Ronaldo penalty.
4-2. 84. Cristiano Ronaldo. Got on end of Higuaín cross to shoot in on far post.
Yellow cards: M'bami 45', Michel 78', Alves 81', Ronaldo 84', 88' / red cards: Ronaldo 88'.
Real Madrid kept up the pressure on leaders Barcelona after a 4-2 win over Almería. Sergio Ramos started things off with a header from Cristian Ronaldo's cross on the half hour mark, but slack defending allowed Soriano and Kalu Uche to turn the scoreline around in a three minute period in the second half.
Higuaín took advantage of a mistake from Acasiete to square the match once again though, and Madrid had a chance to restore the lead when Diego Alves brought down Cristiano Ronaldo in the area. The keeper saved Ronaldo's spot kick, but Benzema drove home the rebound, and Ronaldo made up for his miss with a fourth goal a couple of minutes later.
The ex Manchester United forward blotted his copybook though when he was sent off after picking up two bookings in four minutes, the first for taking his shirt off after his goal and the second for a retaliatory kick on a defender. He will now miss next weekend's game at Valencia.