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First Division - Day 29

Real Madrid 9 - Granada 1

Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Kroos (Illarramendi 57‘), James (Jesé 61‘); Bale, Benzema (Chicharito 61‘), Cristiano Ronaldo. 4-3-3.
Granada: Oier; Foulquier, Babin (Murillo 61‘), Mainz, Juan Carlos; Iturra, Fran Rico (Eddy 57‘); Robert Ibáñez, Rochina (Piti 53‘), Candeias; El-Arabi. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 25. Bale. Latched on to Kroos through ball and rounded keeper to score.
2-0. 30. Ronaldo. Picked up James reverse pass and struck angled shot past Oier.
3-0. 36. Ronaldo. First time volley past Oier after keeper pushed out Marcelo cross.
4-0. 38. Ronaldo. Cut in from left and curled in shot which keeper couldn’t stop.
5-0. 52. Benzema. Controlled long James corner and poked shot past keeper.
6-0. 54. Ronaldo. Far post header after Bale lifted over long Marcelo centre.
7-0. 56. Benzema. Shot which deflected in off Babín after Arbeloa laid ball back.
7-1. 74. Robert Ibáñez. Ran on to El-Arabi pass and turned shot past Casillas.
8-1. 83. Mainz (own goal). Turned Modric cross into own net trying to clear.
9-1. 89. Ronaldo. Steered far post header past Oier from wide Modric free kick.

Yellow cards: Piti 64’, Arbeloa 87’, Murillo 89’.

Real Madrid put the pressure on leaders Barcelona with a massive 9-1 win over Granada in the Sunday mid-day game, Cristiano Ronaldo scoring no less than five of those to overtake Messi in the goalscorers chart. Bale started things off midway through the first half after holding off his marker to round Oier and score, and Ronaldo scored three in an eight minute period soon afterwards, the first after latching to a reverse pass from James, the second after Oier could only push out a cross from Marcelo, and the third with a bender which went through the hands of the keeper. El-Arabi hit the crossbar just before the break, the ball bouncing onto the goal-line and away, but seven minutes in to the second half Benzema controlled a James corner before poking home the fifth. Two minutes later Ronaldo headed the sixth after Bale laid over a long Marcelo centre, and two minutes after that Benzema got the seventh with a shot which deflected in off Babín. With a quarter of an hour to go Robert Ibáñez gave the visiting fans something to cheer about with a shot wide of Casillas, but Mainz put through his own net and Ronaldo headed in the ninth for Madrid’s highest score in 47 years.