The game couldn’t have gotten off to a better start than a goal within three minutes from Ronaldo, after his free kick was deflected off the wall out for a corner, which Özil took and it found the head of Ronaldo who pummeled it into the net to make it 1-0 for the home side. The home side dominated from the kick off and within fifteen minutes had an impressive 73% to 27% possession. By the 23rd minute one of the new summer signings would be celebrating his first goal in the Bernabéu and what a goal it was, nothing less than sheer brilliance from the young man to record his first of the season and even better for his new team. A lovely pass from Higuaín found Özil on the right of the box, who shifted two defenders, faked– dropped them on their rear and hit a left-footed shot into the bottom left corner of the net to make it 2-0 to Madrid.
Deportivo were having a lot of trouble getting on the ball and when they did, promptly gave it back to the home team. In the 34th minute, who else showed up but the savior from mid-week, Di Maria to score his 2nd of the season but his first league goal of the season at the Bernabéu with a powerful header into the near post after he got on to a divine cross from Higuaín. At the end of the half Madrid had a tremendous amount of the possession 60% – 40% and their control of the game, demonstrates just how hard Deportivo had it getting out of their own half and going forward as at the half statistics show that Real had 5 shots on goal, 3 goals, while Deportivo had 0 shots on goal, 0 goal.
At the start of the second half Mourinho decided to make his first change taking off Khedira for Lass and it was a bit of a surprise as I thought Khedira had one of his better days in a Madrid shirt and even as a big fan of Lass, maybe he wasn’t needed in this match. However, who am I to complain, by then we were up 3-0 and playing well, controlling the game.
One of the stand-outs of the game for me and certainly my Man Of the Match, was Xabi Alonso. He was absolutely sublime in his passing, tackling, controlling the tempo of the game and he had a hand in 3 of the goals– Silent Operator!
Two minutes into the second half and Deportivo had something to hope for as a slip from Carvalho let Lassad in on goal but San Iker to the rescue, stood up like the big wall of Berlin, to block Lassad’s effort. Casillas had very little to do but when called up obliged to his duties.
Despite that momentary lapse, Madrid returned to total domination and created another opportunity that found the back of the net through Higuaín after a lovely pass from Ramos (by this time was playing as an extra midfielder), to find Di Maria inside the left of the box who then chipped a heavenly ball to Pipita who had no other motive but to bury it. Seven minutes later, in the 60th minute, Madrid would come knocking again and this time the source of the goal came from an embarrassing Ze Castro own goal as he placed the ball into the back of the net after a lovely touch-and-go play between Marcelo and Ronaldo down the left. After his disastrous own goal, Ze Castro had to come off with an injury– a sad end to what was a depressing night for the defender.
However, Rodriguez was able to put a bit of a smile on any Deportivo fans that were still watching on as their side were being demolished, as he pulled one back for his team to make it 5-1.
Youngster Juan Carlos made his debut in the 78th minute for Madrid. He came on to some good effect, running at the defense, touches and passing was good as well he is intelligent. A good debut for the kid in 12 minutes.
The fun was not over and the Madrid fans were treated to a sixth goal from the man that opened the scoring on the 3rd minute. Xabi Alonso again from deep in his half found Ronaldo with a lovely pass down the right which Ronaldo took one superb touch to take it around the defender then ran into the box and finished off the chance with his left foot into the bottom far corner.
In a previous press-conference Mourinho stated “sooner or later someone will have to pay for the broken plates…” and indeed he was right, the victims– Deportivo La Coruña.
Let the record show however, that as I had previously stated and have always done so, I will give Ronaldo his praises when deserved and indeed today it is deserved as he had an IMPECCABLE game, scoring two magnificent goals and had it not been for Xabi Alonso’s ingenuity then he would have been named my Man of the Match but he certainly had an excellent game and I hope he continues this way. Higuaín also, had a superb game and capped his performance with a goal and an assist.
With that I will chant ¡Así gana el Madrid!