Thursday, October 1, 2009

Real Madrid 3-0 Olympique Marseille
Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid showcased their power again by defeating Olympique Marseille 3-0 in the Champions League. The victory makes the Whites leaders of Group C. Cristiano Ronaldo netted two strikes and Kaka scored one goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká y Benzema, juntos
Real Madrid tried to win the match from the start. Manuel Pellegrini devised a 4-3-3 system in which Xabi Alonso took on central midfielder duties, Gago and Guti -who had great liberty throughout the match- shared the midfield, Cristiano Ronaldo ran down the left wing, Kaka down the right and Benzema was the striker.

Olympique tried to up the pace in the opening minutes with with a fast and vertical game; Fernando Morientes and NIag pulled off a dangerous venture in attack in which the latter put Iker Casillas' prodigious reflexes to the test.

Real Madrid gradually started to dominate in midfield and Guti began to serve excellent passes to the Kaka-Ronaldo-Benzema trident. The French striker had the clearest chance when he came close to scorting from a bicycle kick.

The Whites found that extra finishing touch they needed in the second half and scored on the 57-minute mark when Ronaldo, who received a long pass from Pepe after running past the defence, managed to defeat keeper Mandanda with a low shot. The Portuguese star then controlled the ball in midfield, dribbled past two defenders and was brought down inside the box, getting a penalty for Real Madrid that Kaka converted. Cristiano scored the team's third in the 60th minute after receiving a great pass from Benzema, who had previously triangulated beautifully with Kaka.
Guti buscó el último paso

Real Madrid came close to scoring more goals, but three sufficed to give them their seventh straight victory and make them the leaders of Group C.


Real Madrid
Sergio Ramos
Garay 73'
Xabi Alonso
Guti H.
Kaká Goal 62'
Raúl 79'
Cristiano Ronaldo Goal 59', 65'
Higuaín 71'
O. Marseille
Lucho González
Rodríguez 63'
Ben Arfa 88'
Brandao 64'

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