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31.03.2012 » Osasuna 1-5 Real Madrid. Rocket Ronaldo is back!

Cristiano Ronaldo firing a rocket strike from long range, in Osasuna vs Real Madrid for La Liga 2012

Real Madrid pulled off the big guns in their visit to Osasuna's field, in a night where several remarkable goals were scored as the Merengues wiped out any Blaugrana hopes of shortening the gap in La Liga. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace and reached his 37th goal in the Spanish League, allowing him to be 1 goal ahead of Barcelona's Lionel Messi, in the Pichichi rankings.

Tremendous victory at the "Reyno de Navarra", as Real Madrid crushed Osasuna by 1-5 last night. Seen by many as one of the most difficult games the Merengues still had ahead of them in La Liga, Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates made a statement of how serious they are when it comes to being crowned champions this season. The Portuguese player was the MVP of game by scoring two great goals, first from an impressive 35 meters long range strike and later in the game from a free-kick. Karim Benzema with a Van Basten trademark goal and Gonzalo Higuaín with a brace, scored the remaining goals for Real Madrid, keeping the 6 points lead over Barcelona, since the Blaugrana also won their home game against Athletico Bilbao by 2-0.

Cristiano Ronaldo game photos in Osasuna vs Real Madrid
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Karim Benzema volley in Osasuna vs Real Madrid, like Van Basten goal for Netherlands in the Euro 1988

Real Madrid had one of their best first halfs of the season and it didn't take them more than 7 minutes to get the opener. And what a goal that was, with Cristiano Ronaldo taking a defender on the left, finding space to make a long cross and Karim Benzema responding with a spectacular first touch volley. Osasuna's goalkeeper could only stare at the ball, as he witnessed in first hand at a goal that had many resemblances with the epic Van Basten goal, scored in the EURO 1988.

José Mourinho's men didn't slow down and Osasuna didn't seem to be capable of holding Real Madrid's attacking firepower for much longer. With the clock marking 37 minutes, Cristiano Ronaldo was granted some space still 35 meters away from goal and didn't ask for permission to blast a long range rocket, making it 0-2 and scoring one of the best goals of his career so far. The celebrations were also distinctive, with Ronaldo pulling his shorts up and showing his right leg muscles. After the game, the Portuguese explained that the peculiar way of celebrating the goal, had to do with a joke about Adán (Real Madrid goalkeeper), since he never goes to the gym to work out his legs. With this impressive goal, CR7 certainly showed Adán the benefits of having a strong right leg...

Three minutes later, the Merengues added another to their count, this time in a counter-attack set up by Xabi Alonso, who assisted Gonzalo Higuaín for the Argentinian to finish in style. With the score at 0-3 and the game being controlled by Real Madrid, both teams headed up to the locker rooms, as half-time reached only minutes later.

Cristiano Ronaldo goal celebrations in Real Madrid vs Osasuna, by pulling his shorts up and showing his right leg muscles to the bench and Adán, in La Liga 2012

After the break, Osasuna came with a different attitude and they got rewarded with an early goal, close to the 48th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo lost a ball near the line, which allowed his opponent to make a long cross to the far post, that would end meeting Nino's head. The header was very accurate and Casillas didn't have much he could do to stop it. The crowd erupted in cheers and Osasuna would have their best 15 minutes period in the game, really putting Real Madrid into trouble for a while.

However, the Merengues showed their character and not only they held their advantage as they would also extend it further on, near the 70th minute of the game. For the first time this season in La Liga games, Cristiano Ronaldo finally managed to score from a free-kick, even though his shot got deflected by an opponent that was on the wall. The Portuguese player reached his 37th goal in La Liga, which allows him to lead the Pichichi table, 1 goal ahead of Barça's Lionel Messi.

Cristiano Ronaldo shooting in the air, with the Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII 8 cleats and boots, in Osasuna vs Real Madrid in 2012

There would still be time for a fifth goal, as Higuaín concluded another great assist from Cristiano Ronaldo, with an easy header from close range. The goal also had a special meaning since it was the club's 100th goal in La Liga this season, with 30 games played so far. The man of the match award has to be given to Cristiano Ronaldo, as he ended the night with 2 assists and 2 goals, helping Real Madrid to hold Barcelona 6 points below on the standings, just 3 weeks before the Merengues visit the Camp Nou for another exciting Clasico.

Cristiano Ronaldo technique controlling the ball in the air, with the new Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII 8 boots/cleats in 2012

Real Madrid line-up vs Osasuna:

Goalkeeper: Casillas
Defenders: Marcelo, Raul Albiol, Sergio Ramos, Arbeloa
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Granero
Attackers: Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Higuaín

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Real Madrid next game is for La Liga, against Osasuna, this next Saturday (31-03-2012). You can watch Juventus live stream, Real Madrid vs APOEL, Tottenham vs Swansea, Newcastle vs Liverpool, all from our soccer live streams section. Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be a starter when Real Madrid hosts APOEL, this next Wednesday.

Real Madrid vs APOEL kick-off time (04-04-2012):

Jakarta (Indonesia) | GMT+7: 02:45
(Madrid) | GMT+1: 20:45
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | GMT+0: 19:45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | GMT-2: 17:45
New York (United States) | GMT-5: 14:45
Los Angeles (United States) | GMT-8: 11:45
Beijing (China) | GMT-8: 11:45

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Cristiano Ronaldo shooting technique and knuckle ball strike, in Real Madrid 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo hugging Karim Benzema in Real Madrid 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo friendship and hug to Gonzalo Higuaín, in Real Madrid 2012

Gonzalo Higuaín goal for Real Madrid against Osasuna, in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo bumping into Gonzalo Higuaín and missing a great goal scoring chance for Real Madrid against Osasuna in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo dribbling and making a nutmet in Real Madrid 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo kissing Angel Di María on his head, in Real Madrid 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo hugging Real Madrid players in goal celebrations in La Liga 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo showing his right leg muscles after scoring a goal in Osasuna vs Real Madrid in 2012

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