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03.12.2011» Sporting Gijon 0-3 Real Madrid. They just can't stop winning

Cristiano Ronaldo smiling in La Liga 2011-2012

Real Madrid doesn't slow down and Sporting Gijón was nothing else than the 14th victim in a row. Angel Di María, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo scored the goals for Real Madrid, who will now host Barcelona next Saturday, with a 3-point lead margin, but still with a one game less disputed.

Real Madrid defeated Sporting Gijón by an unequivocal 0-3 win and extended the winning game-streak to 14, just 1 week before hosting Barcelona in the Santiago Bernabéu. The "Merengues" showed to be tremendously focused on this game and pulled off a valuable win in a pitch where it's never easy to get the 3 points. Angel Di María scored the opener and was followed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo, who dictated the final result into a 0-3 victory.

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As expected, the game wasn't easy and Real Madrid struggled to find the best way to put Sporting Gijón into trouble. Every play was being disputed with a lot of intensity and close to the 30th minute, there were already 5 yellow cards shown to several players. The Merengues would put themselves in the lead near the 34th minute, after Angel Di María seized an opportunity in the left wing, originated by a mistake from a Sporting Gijón defender. The Argentinian was fast to react and stole the ball to his opponent, which allowed him to then trick the goalkeeper with a shot using the outside part of his foot. The half-time would arrive 10 minutes later, with Real Madrid preserving the precious lead.

Angel di María goal with the outside part of his foot

The match wasn't settled and the 2nd half was promising an exciting show. Sporting Gijón was granted with their best goal scoring chance around the 57th minute, but Manuel Preciado men couldn't reach the equalizer after a Barral header miss, only by a few inches. Real Madrid proved that they keep maturing as a team as they didn't miss their chance to extend the lead, in another goal from Cristiano Ronaldo, after being assisted by Angel Di María. The Argentinian was keen to spot Ronaldo's movement on the defenders back and allowed CR7 to score his 21th goal for Real Madrid this season and his 17 in "La Liga".

Cristiano Ronaldo scoring his goal against Sporting Gijón

From that point on, few certainly still believed that Real Madrid could let this win slip away. José Mourinho replaced Di María, Higuaín and Ozil further on and the Merengues not only sustained the lead, as they would still extend it to 0-3 just before the final whistle. In a scrambled play from Karim Benzema, Marcelo received the ball already inside the area and managed to put himself in front of the goalkeeper. The Brazilian left-back showed that he also knows how to strike and left no chance Juan Pablo to stop his crossed shot. Real Madrid preserved their 3 points lead over Barcelona, but the Merengues still have 1 game less than the Blaugrauna. Both teams will face each other on next Saturday's "El Clasico".

Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid players jumping, in the goal celebrations against Sporting Gijón

Real Madrid line-up vs Sporting Gijón:

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas
Defenders: Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Lass Diarra
Midfielders: Sami Khedira, Fábio Coentrão, Ozil
Attackers: Di María, Cristiano Ronaldo and Higuaín

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Real Madrid next match is against Ajax, for the "UEFA Champions League" in the 7th of December. It's very likely that José Mourinho could give Cristiano Ronaldo some rest for this match, since next weekend Real Madrid will host Barcelona for "La Liga". This Tuesday, you can watch Barcelona vs BATE Borisov, and the day after Ajax vs Real Madrid, as well as Basel vs Manchester United, all available from our football live streams. You can see how much time is left for the next Cristiano Ronaldo game on the top right corner of all pages.

Ajax vs Real Madrid kick-off time (07-12-2011):

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 and Marcelo dancing in La Liga 2011-2012

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