Real Madrid continue the strike after thrashing (5-0) Granada in the first game at Santiago Bernabéu in La Liga. Los Blancos continued with the high level shown in Copa del Rey against Sevilla and they opened the gap with Barcelona, who will travel to Villarreal on Sunday.
Los Blancos played again a perfect game. Very focused, pressuring very high and accurate with the ball, Real Madrid were far much better than the rival, struggling to avoid the relegation this year. Isco in the first half was the best man of the game, although all the players in the midfield played at a great level.
Before the game we could see the tribute from Real Madrid to Cristiano Ronaldo for his fourth Ballon D’Or. Raymond Koppa, Michael Owen, Luis Figo, Ronaldo Nazario and Zinedine Zidane -all winners of the Golden Ball- were in the pitch to surround Cristiano Ronaldo in the homage from Santiago Bernabéu stadium.
The party didn’t distract the team, who started the game very focused and concentrated. They wanted to take the lead in the game and they find the net very early with a goal from Isco, after a ball stolen by Toni Kroos. The gap got bigger very early because Benzema found the net again in the 21st minute, although he was in offside the referee didn’t see it. Real Madrid didn’t stop and they continue to look for Ochoa’s goal and Cristiano Ronaldo scored the third goal with a header after a great assist from Marcelo. It was only the minute 27th.
Real Madrid were a machine. Pressuring, playing… and the fourth came in the 31st. This time the assist was made by Modric and Isco again tapped in. The former Málaga player could even score his hat trick before the half time but Ochoa saved his shot from outside the box.
In the second half, James Rodríguez came in instead of Toni Kroos. With some physical problems, Isco also had to leave the pitch and Marcos Asensio replaced him. Isco could scored the third one in the last action when he headed a great cross from Carvajal. Isco was one of the best players in the pitch, competing with James Rodríguez for a place in the line up.
The party didn’t end with the changes. Casemiro scored in the 58th minute after a foul kicked by James Rodríguez. Granada players were more aggressive in the second half and Los Blancos couldn’t score another goal in the last minutes. However, it was a perfect game, again, for Zidane’s side without conceding any chance and having plenty of opportunities to score more goals. Real Madrid are in a sweet moment and they have to continue with the run. This was the 39th unbeaten game in La Liga, a record in the history of the competition.