Madrid: Diego López; Nacho, Pepe,
Carvalho, Coentrao; Khedira, Modric; Di María (Xabi Alonso 67'),
Kaká (Özil 67'), Ronaldo; Benzema (Higuaín 70'). 4-2-3-1.
Valladolid: Jaime; Rukavina, Jesús Rueda, Marc Valiente, Balenziaga; Alvaro Rubio (Lluis Sastre 70'), Víctor Pérez; Ebert, Oscar, Omar Ramos (Alberto Bueno 54'); Javi Guerra (Manucho 78'). 4-2-3-1.
0-1. 08. Oscar. Intercepted Di María pass and ran on to shoot past Diego López.
1-1. 26. Valiente (own goal). Deflected Di María shot past keeper trying to clear.
2-1. 32. Ronaldo. Steered glancing header wide of Jaime from Di María cross.
2-2. 35. Javi Guerra. Got on the end of Omar cross to turn ball in from close up.
3-2. 49. Kaká. Picked up Benzema pass and fired angled shot wide of keeper.
4-2. 70. Ronaldo. Angled header down past Jaime from outswinging Özil corner.
4-3. 87. Lluis Sastre. First time volley past keeper after corner came out to him.
Yellow cards: Omar 37', Khedira 43', Víctor Pérez 62', Sastre 91'.
Real Madrid beat Valladolid 4-3 on Saturday evening to keep up their slim hopes of catching leaders Barcelona in the table. Mourinho's side found themselves behind early on after Oscar intercepted Di María's attempted pass to Carvalho to run on and beat Diego López. And although Marc Valiente deflected Di María's shot in to his own goal and Ronaldo headed in a Di María cross to turn the scoreline around, Javi Guerra made it all square again when he turned in Omar's cross shortly before the break. Ronaldo rattled the crossbar though with a house special free kick before the half time whistle, and three minutes after the restart Kaká restored the lead for the locals after running on to Benzema's deflected pass. A few minutes later Ronaldo headed the fourth from Özil's corner, and although Lluis Sastre closed the gap to one goal with an impressive volley, the strike came too late to change the result.