Madridistas in the UEFA Euro 2012: Coentrao and Khedira Shine in Germany’s Win

L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 09: Fabio Coentrao of Portugal crosses the ball past Jerome Boateng of Germany during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Lviv on June 9, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine.  (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

That headline describes pretty well how the game was. Germany managed to beat Portugal (with Jose Mourinho and his son in the stands) thanks to a late Mario Gómez goal, but the Mannschaft wasn’t as great as expected. It is true that Portugal showed big improvements since the last few friendly matches, but the German team clearly has more potential at reach. The Dutch team lost its game against Denmark, and that might be why Portugal and Germany were so respectful with each other’s chances.

Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Mesut Özil impacted the game. The Portuguese star played well at the end but was mostly invisible through the 90 minutes. Özil wasn’t key neither, probably because Thomas Müller and Lukas Podolski weren’t able to get through Portugal’s defenders. Coentrao was arguably Portugal’s best player alongside Manchester United’s Nani, and Sami Khedira was the reason why Cristiano Ronaldo performed so poorly.

Pepe, on his part, was brilliant as well. He even had a chance to score in the first half but the ball went off the post. With Bruno Alves’ help, he stopped Mario Gómez’s aerial game until the very end. Gómez was very lucky to get the ball in his late goal because Khedira’s cross was deflected by one of Portugal’s midfielders and that prevented Pepe and Alves from clearing the danger.

The Portuguese team probably played better than Germany. They didn’t enjoy as much possession, but had a lot of good scoring opportunities in the second half with Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, and Varela. Mourinho and his son were caught by the cameras complaining after Oporto’s player missed what was Portugal’s best chance to tie the game up.

Fábio Coentrao hasn’t performed this well with Real Madrid. If he’s at this level, Real Madrid has the world’s two greatest left backs on its roster. The Portuguese defender needs to shake up from his poor season at Real Madrid (and so does Marcelo) and be ready for next season. After Denmark’s win, Portugal will need to win Bendtner’s team in order to have a chance to get the ticket to the Quarterfinals. Paulo Bento’s team is capable of doing that, and if Cristiano Ronaldo finds his groove, Portugal can be very dangerous.

Euro Cup Matchday Two Open Thread: Cristiano, Özil and More Madridistas Kick Off Their Tournament

Portugal's men (photo via

After yesterday’s matches, it’s time for Real Madrid players to begin their tournament. Coach José Mourinho will be in the stadium supporting his German and Portuguese players on the field. All of them are expected to start: Pepe and Coentrao will be key in the defensive line of Portugal and Khedira will try to stop Cristiano Ronaldo. Mesut Özil will also have the chance to shine in another international tournament.

You can comment both this match and the previous one (Denmark-Netherlands) in this very post. Managing Madrid will recap how the madridistas performed in this game.

Real Madrid 4-2 Levante

Los Blancos run riot in the second half as the away side struggle after going down to 10 men, and the clinical Portuguese proved pivotal in deciding the thrilling contest.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick has edged Real Madrid closer to the Primera Division title after his heroics helped the league leaders to a 4-2 victory over Levante, and opened up a 10-point gap over Barcelona at the top.

After weathering the Madrid storm with 11 men in the first half, Levante failed to do the same with 10 in the second half, as Ronaldo completed his hat-trick and Karim Benzema scored a fine effort, leaving Jose Mourinho’s side in a dominant position at the summit of La Liga.

Despite Madrid starting brighter than their opponents, it was the away side that surprisingly opened the scoring as Gustavo Cabral poked home from close range after Sergio Ramos had inadvertently flicked Francisco Farinos’ free kick into his path.

Mourinho’s men found their stride after going a goal behind, and began to pepper Gustavo Munua’s goal with efforts. Eventually, their perseverance paid off minutes before half time through a Ronaldo penalty as Iborra was given a second yellow card for handball inside the Levante box.

Madrid came racing out of the blocks in the second half, with Ronaldo scoring his second and third goals of the evening within 15 minutes of the restart.

Higuain did superbly to set up the Portuguese’s second goal, beating his man down the right before lifting a fantastic cross into the penalty area, that Ronaldo headed firmly past Munua to give his side a deserved lead.

The goal that completed his hat-trick, however, was the pick of the lot. He picked the ball up 35 yards from goal, carried it 10 yards, before unleashing an unstoppable dipping effort with his right foot that found the top right hand corner of Munua’s net.

That strike, while also Ronaldo’s 13th hat-trick in the white of Madrid, also had historical significance – it was the club’s 4000th La Liga goal inside the Santiago Bernabeu since its opening in December 1947.

Levante had a part to play in the contest too, however, and scored a surprise second to make it 3-2 when Arouna Kone rose highest above Sergio Ramos and Pepe to plant a header past Iker Casillas, after an enticing ball from the left by Oscar Serrano.

Just as the game seemed to settle down, Benzema got in on the act for the home side to effectively end the match as a contest.

Ronaldo collected possession on the edge of the Levante area, before rolling to the left to Benzema, who shifted his body from left to right before wrapping his foot round the ball and sending a fine effort into the far corner of the net.

Madrid went in search of a fifth as the game wore on, but were met by some resolute defending by Levante. However, they had did enough to ensure that the points remained in the capital, despite the best efforts of the visitors.

The win takes Los Merengues 10 points clear of second-placed Barcelona in La Liga and puts them firmly in control of the title race. Levante, meanwhile, remain in fourth place, despite not having won in the league since December 10.


Real Madrid vs Levante

Real Madrid will be out to avenge an embarrassing defeat to Juan Ignacio Martinez’s side earlier this season when they walk out at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

Los Merengues boss Jose Mourinho has been handed a boost ahead of Sunday’s Primera Division clash with Levante, with key duo Sami Khedira and Angel Di Maria returning to full fitness.

Germany international Khedira has been missing from action since early January with an ankle injury, while Di Maria has been nursing a thigh problem and is yet to feature in 2012. Both players are expected to be named on the bench.

The game is likely to come too soon for left-back Marcelo, who has been struggling with a thigh problem, while Hamit Altintop (calf) is also out.

Levante duo Jose Javier Barkero and Asier del Horno could recover from injury in time to make the trip to the capital.

Defender Juanfran is struggling with a foot complaint and is unlikely to feature, while Xavi Torres is suspended.




Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao
Granero, Alonso
Ozil, Kaka,

Venta, Ballesteros, Cabral, Del Horno
Iborra, Farinos
El Zhar, Barkero, Suarez



Sporting Gijon 0-3 Real Madrid

Goals from Angel Di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo were enough for Real Madrid to secure a 3-0 victory over Sporting Gijon in an ill-tempered La Liga game at El Molinon on Saturday evening.

The away side dominated the early stages of the game, with Lassana Diarra and Sami Khedira bossing proceedings from the centre of Madrid’s midfield, much to the vocal home support’s disdain.

Despite their early pressure, neither side created any chances of note in the opening quarter of an hour, although Ronaldo did begin to stamp his influence on the game, giving the Sporting wing-back Roberto Canella a fairly torrid time in the opening exchanges.

In fact it was Ronaldo who fashioned the first real chance of the game, finding space on the edge of the box but then shooting high and wide with his left foot.

Di Maria was then unfortunate to see his thunderous effort parried away by Juan Pablo after Marcelo had done well to pick out the Argentine on the edge of the Sporting box.

Marcelo was finding all sorts of joy getting forward from left-back as the half wore on with Sporting resorting to illegal means to stop the Brazilian at times.

The Uruguayan Sebastien Eguren was the first to find his way into the referee’s book, after scything down the left-back after 25 minutes, with Oscar Trejo and David Barral following him into Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez?’s book shortly afterwards.

Despite Gonzalo Higuain having a goal chalked off for offside Madrid did not have long to wait for their opening goal, just minutes later Di Maria robbed Damien Suarez of possession down the left before cutting inside and firing a cute finish past Juan Pablo from a tight angle.

Sporting perhaps should have equalised on the hour mark when Botia headed wastefully wide after Miguel de las Cuevas whipped an inviting free-kick to the back-post.

De las Cuevas then did well again to jink his way into the Madrid box, with the ball falling to David Barral just wide of the goal, but his tame effort was easily saved by Iker Casillas.

Ronaldo made it 2-0 to the visitors with 65 minutes gone, after he and Di Maria exchanged passes on the edge of the box. The Argentine winger then slid a perfectly weighted ball through to his Portuguese team-mate, who drifted past Juan Pablo before firing enthusiastically into an empty net.

A terrific save from Juan Pablo then denied Higuain from making it 3-0, after the forward had been played in by the in-form Ronaldo.

Sporting’s Sebastian Eguren was given his marching orders 10 minutes from the end, after receiving his second booking of the game.

Madrid did eventually add a third in injury time through Marcelo, after the Brazilian burst through on goal and fired a confident finish past Juan Pablo.

This victory cements Madrid’s position in first place of La Liga regardless of Barcelona’s result later on this evening, while Sporting remain in the relegation zone with just 12 points from 14 games. (

Real Madrid 4-1 Atletico Madrid

The Spanish capital is painted white after goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain earned Real Madrid a 4-1 victory over Atletico Madrid on Saturday at the Santiago Bernabeu.

After the visitors controlled the early stages of the contest, the home side managed to respond to secure the three points to ensure they remain top of the table after 13 rounds.

The rivalry got off to a cracking start just 15 minutes in and it was the visitors who took the lead when Adrian Lopez worked a quick combination on the right side before being sent into the box by Diego, where the young Spaniard punished Iker Casillas with a simply finish at the front post, bagging his fifth league goal of the season.

The home fans were silenced, but it would only be temporary as Los Blancos responded just six minutes later. Di Maria filtered a soft pass into the box, ultimately finding Karim Benzema, and the former Lyon man took a touch past Thibaut Courtois, who brought him down with his outstretched arms as a penalty kick was awarded in addition to a red card brandished to the on-loan shot-stopper.

Sergio Asenjo came on to replace Thibault as Diego was sacrificed. Ronaldo took the spotkick for Madrid, faking out the goalkeeper before finishing inside the left post to level proceedings.

There were no further goals in the first half but just three minutes into the second, Di Maria put Jose Mourinho’s side in front. Ronaldo darted down the left side into the box to draw out Asenjo, before sending in a low ball that found the quick Argentine alone in the middle of the area and he finished well into the top of the net with an open goal.

In complete control, the home side extended their advantage in the 65th minute after Higuain chased down a ball that Diego Godin failed to clear as he strode into the box before making a move past the goalkeeper and finishing into the open net.

It went from bad to worse for Atleti with 10 minutes to go as they were reduced to nine men. Diego Godin was given his marching orders when he brought down Higuain inside the box which resulted in another penalty kick. Ronaldo stepped up again and sent his shot into the same side of the goal to wrap up the 4-1 win.

With the numerical advantage, the home side had a few more chances as the game reached its end and were able to control the Atletico attack to ensure the points to Jose Mourinho’s team.

With the victory, Real Madrid now have 34 points and remain in first place in La Liga, while Atletico Madrid sit mid-table with 16.(

You can see the goals on the page Videos

Malaga 0-4 Real Madrid










Real Madrid C.F. demonstrated their power in the match against Malaga. Everything was resolved after 38 minutes of play.

Galacticos recorded as their sixth consecutive victory at La Rosaleda (in all competitions) with an impressive goal-difference of 25:3 and this caused an ambitious Malaga this season’s first home defeat, and the second in a row.

Everything was solved in the first half, so that in the score in the 38 minute turned out it’s going to be the final score 0-4 in favor of the royal club. Gonzalo Higuain scored the first goal, and continued to dominate in the 11th minute of the match. After that Cristiano Ronaldo scored three goals  (hat-trick) in 15 minutes.

Malaga played much better in the second half, but they didn’t score any goals. Real Madrid is now 1. in La Liga, with 19 points, Barcelona is behind by 2 points, and Levante is third with 17 points, and they are goinf to play a match today against Villarreal.

Real Madrid 4-2 Getafe









Real Madrid C.F. beat Getafe in a hard match with 4-2. The royal club took the advantage of Barcelona slip.


Real Madrid prooved to Getafe that it will be hard for them to “rip off” a point of the Galacticos when Karim Benzema scored in the 14th minute of the match. Real Madrid 1-0 Getafe

Getafe played very offensive after that goal and that payed off for them. Miku scored a goal in the 39th minute of the match. Real Madrid 1-1 Getafe


Real Madrid just couldn’t “break” Getafe’s defense but then Ronaldo was fouled, and CR7 scored the goal from the penalty in the 60th minute of the match. Real Madrid 2-1 Getafe

Karim Benzema played a great match and he prooved that when he scored his second goal in the 69th minute of the match. Real Madrid 3-1 Getafe.

Miku made Real Madrid players nervous when he scored his second goal on the match in the 74th minute. Real Madrid 3-2 Getafe.

Gonzalo Higuain scored the “match decider” in the 88th minute of the match and brought Real Madrid an important win.


Real Madrid is now ahead of Barcelona by 2 points. You can see the goals in the page videos.

14′ [1 – 0] K. Benzema
21′ C. Ronaldo J. Valera
39′ [1 – 1] Miku
45′ F.J. Casquero
60′ [2 – 1] C. Ronaldo (pen.)
68′ R. Carvalho
69′ [3 – 1] K. Benzema
74′ [3 – 2] Miku
83′ X. Alonso
85′ M. Torres
89′ [4 – 2] G. Higuain


Zaragoza 0-6 Real Madrid









Real Madrid stated the season on a fantastic way, crushing Zaragoza with 0-6. The Whites wanted to show Barcelona on the beginning that they can deal with them, so Galacticos played a spectacular match and prooved Barca that they are bigger than ever.


Real Madrid played offensive from the first minute of the match, so the porteguese scored his first of 3 goals in the 24th minute. Zaragoza 0-1 Real Madrid

Marcelo Vieira scored the second goal in the 28th minute of the match. Zaragoza 0-2 Real Madrid

After these goal Zaragoza’s players were crushed, but they managed to keep they’re net intact.


And in the second half Real Madrid literally crushed Zaragoza. In the 64th minute Xabi Alonso scored for 0-3. Zaragoza 0-3 Real Madrid

After that Ronaldo scores again, for 4-0 in the 71th minute of the match. Zaragoza 0-4 Real Madrid

Then Kaka scored his first goal for Real Madrid this season in the 82nd minute of the match for 0-5. Zaragoza 0-5 Real Madrid

And finally Cristiano scored his third goal (hattrick) in the 87th minute for 0-6. Zaragoza 0-6 Real Madrid

Zaragoza 0 – 6 Real Madrid
24′ [0 – 1] C. Ronaldo
28′ [0 – 2] Marcelo
64′ [0 – 3] X. Alonso
71′ [0 – 4] C. Ronaldo
82′ [0 – 5] Kaka
87′ [0 – 6] C. Ronaldo


You can see the goals on the page videos.