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27.11.2012 » Real Madrid 3-0 Alcoyano. The canteranos got the job done

Denis Cheryshev playing for Real Madrid in 2012-2013

Real Madrid and Alcoyano met for the second time this season, in a game played at the Santiago Bernabéu that ended with another Merengues victory. José Mourinho's men got through to the last-16 round in the Copa del Rey, after winning tonight's match by 3-0 (7-1 in aggregate). Cristiano Ronaldo stayed on the bench during the entire game, as there was no need to bring on the Portuguese star into the action on the pitch.

Apart from Cristiano Ronaldo staying on the bench during the entire game, there were no surprises at the Santiago Bernabéu this Tuesday night, as Real Madrid defeated Alcoyano by 3-0. After having already won by 1-4 on the first leg (7-1 in aggregate), this time the Merengues only managed to secure the victory deep in the 2nd half, with goals from Angel Di María and Callejón (2). The Merengues will now have to wait for the 2nd leg of the Almería vs Celta de Vigo match, in order to know who will be their opponent at the last-16 round stage. What we know in advance though, is that a possible Real Madrid vs Barcelona clash in the Copa del Rey may only happen later in the competition, and only if both teams end up reaching the semi-finals. Those two leg "Clasicos" would take place in the last week of January 2013.

Real Madrid 3-0 Alcoyano goals and highlights:

As soon as it has been confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo was to start on the bench against Alcoyano, one could say that tonight's game immediatly lost a significant part of its interest. Nevertheless, the possibility of watching several Real Madrid canteranos in action (young players from Real Madrid Castilla and the club's youth formations), as well as the good chance of still seeing Ronaldo coming off the bench as a sub and still give his contribution in this game, were certainly good reasons to stay hooked to the match. Unfortunately, none of the Canteranos really impressed this Tuesday night and neither José Mourinho felt the need to bring Ronaldo into the game...

Alcoyano's resistance to Real Madrid's firepower has lasted until late in the second half, as the visitors managed to keep a clean sheet for roughly 70 minutes. Before the opening goal took place, the Merengues naturally dominated most of the ball possession and actually had the best goalscoring chances. Not that the same trend wouldn't keep on after the goals started to pop out, but with an unusual attacking trio composed by Callejón, Denis Cheryshev and Alvaro Morata upfront, Real Madrid seemed to always struggle at the task beat the last man from Alcoyano's defense. Things would only start changing after José Mourinho decided to bring on Angel Di María and Karim Benzema already during the 2nd half...

Cristiano Ronaldo looking upset in Real Madrid bench as a substitute in 2012-2013

Angel Di María came in at the 61st minute, replacing the Russian talent Denis Cheryshev, while Benzema took Alvaro Morata's place, just a few minutes later (69th minute). A couple minutes after that second subsitution, Alcoyano conceded the first goal of the night and unsurprisingly, it was Di María who scored it, after an assist from Karim Benzema. The Argentinian winger picked up a low pass from the French striker with his right foot and found no problems to beat Alcoyano's goalkeeper by striking the ball into near the far post. The visitors got frustrated with the goal and their protests against the linesman's decision for not disallowing the play for offside, led them to be reduced to 10 men, as Selvas got shown the red card.

With 89 minutes on the clock, Mesut Ozil assisted Callejón for a 1-on-1 situation with a brilliant pass, and with only Alcoyano's goalkeeper in front of him, the Spanish winger didn't miss such a good opportunity to put his side two goals up. Real Madrid was far from having a good performance this Tuesday night, but at least the scoreline was more in line with what we had seen so far in this match.

Everyone was already preparing to go home, but there was still time for another goal and once again, scored by José Callejón. The 25-years old player, who by curiosity was born in Granada, ended up scoring a brace tonight, after being assisted by Angel Di María as added time was already being played. Callejón showed he had saved a lot of energy to still put at his team's disposal for the final minutes and after reaching the ball before Alcoyano's goalkeeper, he striked it with the tip of his toes, setting the final score into a fair 3-0. The Merengues will now start preparing next weekend's derby against Atletico Madrid, as they will look to cut distances not only to their opponents that night, but also to Barcelona, who still leads La Liga with 37 points.

Luca Modric magical and sublime back heel touch, in Real Madrid 2012-2013

Real Madrid line-up vs Alcoyano:

Goalkeeper: Adán
Defenders: Albiol, Varane, Ricardo Carvalho, Nacho
Midfielders: Modric, Jesé Rodriguez, Ozil
Attackers: Callejón, Denis Cheryshev and Alvaro Morata

Match stats provided by www.ronaldo7.net
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Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Real Madrid will be against Atletico Madrid, for the Spanish League "La Liga", next Saturday (01-12-2012). You can watch Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid, Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao, Manchester United vs West Ham, and Tottenham vs Liverpool, all matches provided from our football live streamings section.

Real Madrid next game:
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid
kick-off time (01-12-2012):

Jakarta (Indonesia) | GMT+8: 04:00
Spain
(Madrid) | GMT+2: 22:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | GMT+1: 21:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | GMT-1: 19:00
New York (United States) | GMT-4: 16:00
Los Angeles (United States) | GMT-7: 13:00
Beijing (China) | GMT-7: 13:00

Sources: ronaldo7.net / yahoo.com / cbssports.com / realmadrid.com

Alvaro Morata striking the ball in Real Madrid 3-0 Alcoyano, in 2012-2013

Angel Di María celebrating a goal, using the ball as if it was a baby beneath his Real Madrid shirt, in a soccer game in 2012-2013

Angel Di María scoring the opening goal in Real Madrid vs Alcoyano, in 2012-2013

Denis Cheryshev in action, in Real Madrid vs Alcoyano, in 2012-2013

Fábio Coentrão chasing the ball against Alcoyano, in a Real Madrid game in 2012-2013

José Callejón goal celebration for Real Madrid against Alcoyano, in 2012-2013

José Mourinho following Real Madrid game from the bench, in 2012-2013

Mesut Ozil making an hand gesture to a colleague, in Real Madrid vs Alcoyano, for the Copa del Rey in 2012-2013

Nacho Fernandez playing as right-back for Real Madrid first team, in 2012-2013

Ricardo Carvalho defending, in Real Madrid vs Alcoyano, in 2012-2013

Raphael Varane and Alvaro Morata looking at the ball, in Real Madrid 3-0 Alcoyano, for the Spanish Copa del Rey in 2012-2013

José Mourinho hidden in the shadows of the darkness, in Real Madrid in 2012-2013

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