Atletico Madrid 1 - 4 Real Madrid (Spanish League Day 33)

Real Madrid had a one point cushion over the runners-up at the start of the derby and enlarged it to four by the end thanks to a stellar performance from Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick and increased his tally in the championship to 40.

Cristiano Ronaldo's league

Coentrao played as left back and Kaka also made the starting lineup in midfield. Ramos was positioned in the centre of defence again after last week's suspension and the match had a tense start worthy of a derby. Atletico pressurised in attack and looked for fast transitions, while Real Madrid tried to have long possessions. Di Maria shot from a distance two minutes in forcing Courtois to make a stretch, and a Falcao shot inside the box hit Coentrao and was sent out by Casillas (9').

Possession became even until Atletico conceded a free-kick and Ronaldo converted it in spectacular fashion (24'). Real became calmer and Atletico continued to pressurise in search of an equaliser.

The Whites used the space the locals left in their half of the pitch to look for more strikes and Benzema missed a header by inches (32'). Courtois conceded a corner kick five minutes later from a Ronaldo shot in the area just before half-time.

Ozil came on for Kaka in the second half and the Madridistas set their own pace to the match but weren't able to seal it. They eventually paid for this with a Falcao header (55') that only spurred them to put a siege on Courtois' goal while the locals tried to pull off counterattacks.

Cristiano Ronaldo pulled rank again and tallied another strike from a powerful shot from outside the box that silenced the stands (68'). This hit Atletico hard and they hardly created danger from then on, but Real did not trust them and continued their search for more goals and found a third through a penalty on Higuain that was converted by Ronaldo. Callejon replaced Di Maria on the 83-minute mark and netted a fourth for his side by finishing off a Ronaldo counterattack.


Stadium: Vicente Calderon
Attendance: 54,000
Goals: 0-1, m. 24: Cristiano Ronaldo. 1-1, m. 55: Falcao. 1-2, m. 68: Cristiano Ronaldo. 1-3, m. 81: Cristiano Ronaldo (pen). 1-4, m. 87: Callejón.


Real Madrid home jersey 2012-2013

Althought the first half of the footballistic year has not finished, some pictures of the new Real Madrid jersey that team will wear for the next season have been showed. Some teams are looking to reinvent or to turn their style when they launch a new outfit, meaning that a new era or stage for the team comes with the uniform.

Real Madrid home jersey 2012-2013
Real Madrid home shirt 2012-2013

But Real Madrid do not want to turn the style this time. The possible home shirt of Real Madrid for the next tournament is already known, however, although there is nothing clear about these photos, the design could have marks related to 110th anniversary of the club. To commemorate this important date for the white team, there will be a patch on the sleeve with a design that refers to the dates that are part of these 110 years.

Adidas, the sportswear brand which wears the white club, has made some modifications with respect to the present jersey. The gold disappears as the main color. Now the main color is the black with the blue in the background. The blue appears on the sleeves and neck and the shirt continues with the three stripes on the sleeve, black the next season, a classic detail at Real Madrid and also distinguishes Adidas.

The home shirt will bear the shield of the LFP (League Association) in one sleeve and the Champions logo will be on the other at European Cup matches. As usual, on the left side at the front, Real Madrid will wear the shield and on the right the logo of the sports brand.

Still nothing is known of the sponsor to be displayed on the shirt. The bookmaker bwin could go on the jersey as shown in the leaked photos. The other candidate is an airline company known for all (Fly Emirates)


Real Madrid 0 - 0 Valencia (Spanish League Day 32)

Despite doing their best throughout the encounter Real Madrid were unable to defeat Valencia, partly due to an excellent performance by Guaita and a bad performance from the referee, who failed two award to penalties in favour of the locals. Casillas also made some excellent saves in solid Valencia chances, but the Madridistas were superior overall and, despite the draw, remain leaders in the league.

Cristiano Ronaldo upset after the match

Albiol and Khedira made the starting eleven, the former replacing the suspended Sergio Ramos. Ronaldo, Higuain and Benzema played together once more and created danger for the visitors early on with a turned shot from the Portuguese that missed the mark by inches (3'). Ronaldo forced Guaita to clear a shot four minutes later and Valencia started to react and create danger for Casillas. Ronaldo had the best chance of the first half with a shot inside the box that Guaita saved again (18').

Emery's men could have taken the lead when Ricardo headed the ball to one of the posts (24'), and nine minutes later Casillas miraculously cleared a Piatti shot from inside the area. The match became a tight affair just before half-time.

Di Maria came on for Higuain in the second half and made his mark with an impressive assist in the 46th minute that Cristiano used to pull off a crossed shot inside the box that Guaita cleared with the tip of his fingers. Di Maria deepended the Whites' attack and helped create faster transitions, but Valencia were solid in defence and had dangerous counterattacks that resulted in a spectacular shot by Tino Costa that bounced off the top left corner of Casillas' goal (25').

Real Madrid knew they couldn't afford to drop points at their stadium and went all out for a goal. Di Maria had a double chance in the 60th minute that was thwarted again by Guaita. Four minutes later, Benzema controlled the ball and Victor Ruiz grabbed him and brought him down in the area, but the referee failed to award a penalty. With no goals scored yet, Mourinho decided to replace Khedira with Kaka (71').

Guaita made the most amazing save in the match on the 76-minute mark by clearing an impressive Di Maria strike from outside the box. The crowd, who roared in every local effort, had even started to celebrate a strike. The goalkeeper again frustrated a Benzema double chance a couple of minutes later. Valencia started to take advantage of spaces left by Real Madrid in their search of a goal and forced Casillas to make an impressive save on the goal-line.

Madrid tried to the end and the referee again failed to award a penalty when Ronaldo was clearly grabbed and brought down by Victor Ruiz during a set piece. Di Maria had the last chance in the game, but his weak shot was easily grabbed by Guaita.


Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu
Attendance: 79,000
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