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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Real Madrid 3 - Cadiz 1

I suppose the scoreline is the most important thing to take from this game because it certainly was not a flattering performance against one of the smallest teams in the Primera.

Cadiz had never won in 11 previous trips to the Bernabeu (10 losses and a draw), but that history did not prevent them from carrying the weight of the game for the first hour or so. Oh, possession-wise it was all Madrid (something like 70% in the first hour of the match), but the men in white were clearly lacking ideas for how to break-down the well-organized Cadiz defense. Other than a couple isolated moments of pressure on the Cadiz area, Madrid looked more likely to concede than to score themselves. Not helping, to be sure, was the unwhistled penalty courtesy of a Benjamin kick to Robinho's shin after the Brazilian had jiggled the ball past on the 45th minute.

The second half started as a continuation of what had transpired in the first, and Cadiz were duly rewarded with a goal in the 54th minute after a quick break forward and a mad scramble in the area during which Medina finally tucked it away to stun the crowd and send the well-numbered Cadiz supporters into frenzy.

A few minutes later Cassano came onto the pitch for Gravesen, who did not have a good match, as it became apparent that Madrid needed a bit of a spark and some chutzpah in its attack. Baptista moved back into the midfield, while Cassano was lone striker. Although Cassano did not figure prominently, there was some improvement and added quickness to the white attack, which was rewarded with a free kick from just outside the area. Roberto Carlos picked the perfect time to blast one through a hole that inexplicably opened in the Cadiz wall - a big mistake that was punished severely as Armando was left hung to dry.

That goal opened the floodgates, as minutes later, another foul in almost the same spot gave Beckham a chance to add his name to the scoreline - he did not disappoint, netting a beautiful shot curled up and over and into the upper right corner of the net. The only thing left was for Robinho to seal the game with a superb goal lobbed over Armando in the closing moments.

A rough scoreline for a Cadiz team that deserved a little more, but eventually succumbed to the pressure and class of Madrid's finishing.
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