Fourth place Real Madrid hosted Deportivo La Coruna, wallowing in 19th place. With Pepe back from suspension, Mourinho moved Ramos wide again, where he belongs. Di Maria also got the start, along with Ozil and Ronaldo behind Higuain. In a steady rain, Ronaldo got things going with a header off a corner kick in the 4th minute, putting Real Madrid ahead 1-0. Twenty minutes later they earned their second, with Alonso pushing it through to Ronaldo, who fed it to Higuain, who sent it through to Ozil, who cut it back so he could dribble through three guys before smacking it off the inside of the far post. Madrid only waited 10 minutes for their next one, with Alonso sending Higuain down the left flank, where he crossed it to Di Maria, who flicked in a fantastic header, beating the keeper on the near post. In the 53rd minute, Ronaldo brought the ball up the left flank, centered it to Ramos (mistaken for a central midfielder?), who sent a through ball to Di Maria coming in from the right, who crossed it back to Higuain in the center. Madrid were up 4-0. Feeling left out, one of Deportivo’s defenders got in on the next one. In the 60th minute, Alonso pushed it forward to Ronaldo, who flicked it over to Marcelo, who sent it back to him, who sent it back to Marcelo, who tried to send it back to Ronaldo, but one of the defenders grew weary of all that passing and just kicked it in past his goalkeeper. Deportivo did get one for themselves in the 78th, with a header that Marcelo failed to mark – and then tried to Suarez it off the line, but he just got in Casillas’ way. In the 89th, Alonso did it again, sending a ball to Ronaldo who beat his defender and then the goalie, scoring his second of the night and making it 6-1 for Real Madrid. And with Barcelona drawing at home against the tiny resort island of Mallorca, this victory moves Real Madrid ahead of their rivals – and gives them more goals as well, not to mention doubling Barca’s goal differential.
Other News Of Note
Americans Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson started together for Fulham against West Ham, sans Spector. But the real news was Dempsey scoring a proper goal against Robert Green, whose mishandling of Dempsey’s goal was one of England’s darker 2010 World Cup memories. Newly promoted Blackpool beat soon-to-be-relegated Liverpool 2-0. That’s right, Liverpool is groveling in 18th place. It may be early in the season, but it’s still the relegation zone. Nigel de Jong broke a players leg in Man City’s 2-1 defeat of Newcastle.