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Summary

  1. Casillas saves Almeria penalty at 2-1
  2. Real's 20th win in a row
  3. Now lead La Liga by five points
  4. World record is Coritiba's 24 consecutive wins

Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for joining us for Real Madrid's 20th consecutive win - five off breaking the world record.

Join us for Premier League action tomorrow and David Moyes's first Basque derby on Sunday.

Almeria 1-4 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo, a modern-day Dixie Dean has now scored 32 goals in 23 games this season. He's notched 25 in 14 in the league (he's missed one game)! If he keeps up his rate he will score 66 league goals!

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Robin M: That's what the best do. Play bad but still score.

Almeria 1-4 Real Madrid

That really is incredible, for 80 minutes it was quite tense. And in the end Real Madrid could have scored six.

So what does that do for the table?

Real Madrid are now five points clear of Barcelona (who are in action tomorrow), while Almeria drop into the relegation zone on goal difference thanks to Real's late show.

FULL-TIME

Almeria 1-4 Real Madrid

Almeria 1-4 Real Madrid

Almeria have totally collapsed, Gareth Bale puts the ball in the net but he's offside.

Almeria 1-4 Real Madrid

Marcelo forces another Ruben save and Fabio Coentrao is unable to get the ball out of his feet to score the rebound.

This is all very flattering for the visitors.

Almeria 1-4 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale almost makes it five! He fires a shot straight at Ruben and his effort from the rebound is just wide.

GOAL

Almeria 1-4 Real Madrid - Cristiano Ronaldo

Unbelievable. Twelve minutes ago I suggested it was his worst performance of the season. Well he's just scored his second. Dani Carvajal goes on a great jinking run and squares the ball to Cristiano Ronaldo who smashes the ball past Ruben at his near post from 14 yards out.

SUBSTITUTION

Almeria 1-3 Real Madrid

Real Madrid shoring up at the back now, as defender Fabio Coentrao comes on for striker Karim Benzema.

Almeria 1-3 Real Madrid

That's goal number 31 for Cristiano Ronaldo in 23 Real Madrid games this season. Remarkable.

Real now up to 74 goals in their last 20 games (all wins unless they blow this).

GOAL

Almeria 1-3 Real Madrid - Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo
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It wouldn't feel like a Real Madrid win without a Cristiano Ronaldo goal. Even after a poor performance he still finds the net. The Portugal international is outside the box and plays a ball out wide to Karim Benzema, who squares the ball back for Ronaldo to slot into an empty net.

TEN MINUTES TO GO

Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid

If we're being honest, did any of us think this game would still be in the balance with 10 minutes left?

YELLOW CARD

Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo is booked for a knee in the back of Ximo Navarro. Maybe the worst performance of the season for the Portuguese.

(Cue him probably scoring a hat-trick now)

Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid

Karim Benzema makes a proper hash of that attack, the ball bobbles off his shin as he runs through on goal and his marker comes across to receive the ball.

If that had been either Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale, that's a race they would have won.

Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo goes for a volley but he totally gets it wrong. It looks like it's going out for a throw-in but it doesn't even go that far - maybe the worst shot of his career. Will this be a very rare night off the scoresheet for him?

SUBSTITUTION

Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid

Wellington Silva - who is on loan from Arsenal - comes on for Fernando Soriano for Almeria.

He's been at the Gunners since 2011 apparently - Almeria are his fifth Spanish loan club from the London side.

And straight away the Brazilian whips in a good cross but his team-mate can't turn it home.

Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid

Real Madrid go straight on the attack after that huge let-off and Isco fires off target from distance. It was a similar strike to his goal but without any curl.

PENALTY SAVED

Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid

Verza goes to Iker Casillas's left and the Spain keeper guesses right! What a wasted chance for Almeria.

PENALTY TO ALMERIA

Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid

Edgar Mendez speeds into the box and Marcelo brings him down, he might have got a slight touch on the ball but he's definitely brought the Almeria player down. Drama.

PENALTY APPEAL

Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo is furious, he thinks he should have a penalty as he is pulled by Fran Velez - hard to know either way whether he had a point. Inconclusive replay.

Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid

It's an open game now as Almeria start to push for a second equaliser. Fernando Soriano slices a shot, which doesn't even go out of play.

Real Madrid counter and Cristiano Ronaldo forces a good save from Ruben with a drive.

Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale
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It's nearly 3-1 - it should be. Gareth Bale uses his pace to fly away from the Almeria defence and I'm not sure if it's a shot for the far corner or a pass for Cristiano Ronaldo to slide in at the post but either way it's past Ronaldo and the post. Goal-kick.

Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid

Opta statistician Duncan Alexander on Twitter: ‏"Gareth Bale - 22 goals in 39 La Liga apps.

"Angel Di Maria - 22 goals in 124 La Liga apps."

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James, Oxford: Ronaldo has shone regardless of the team around him. He is up with Pele and Maradona - but their national teams were far better than Portugal.

Bertie in London: So sick of the argument that you need to play well at a World Cup to be considered a great. Maradona and Pele weren't born in Portugal.

Phill, Wirral: By that rationale George Best was a Sunday league player!

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Jerry Worley: It's all about opposition. My cub team had a winning run of three years on the trot - about 60 games. So they've got a long way to go.

Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo wins a corner as his shot from out wide is deflected out of play.

Even if he scored one goal tonight, that would take his average for the season down.

As things stand he has none. Can he remedy that in the next 40 minutes or so?

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Neil Murfin: How would Real & co cope against the mighty Hull, Burnley, Stoke, QPR, Leicester, Palace, WBA, Sunderland etc

KICK-OFF

Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid

Real Madrid get the second half going.

Under-pressure managers

Sami Hyypia
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Sami Hyypia, whose managerial career seems to be nosediving after a decent start with Bayer Leverkusen, could be under even more pressure tonight as his Brighton side trail 1-0 to Championship relegation rivals Millwall.

Another manager with future uncertain is Ally McCoist, who resigned at Rangers, who can't afford to pay him off. His side (with him still in charge) are losing 1-0 to Queen of the South in the Scottish second tier.

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Joe in Rotherham: Re Tim Meager, the top teams such as Bayern, who they ripped to shreds in the Champions League semi-finals last season? Or Barca that they have played and won 3-1?

Story of the first half

Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid

Stats
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Real Madrid only had two shots on target...

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Matthew Turner: Real Madrid have such talent that the world record of 24 straight wins could and should be beaten.

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Kevin in Hornchurch: Ronaldo just cannot be compared to Pele and Diego Maradona, mainly because they delivered on the greatest stage at World Cups and Ronaldo didn't or hasn't yet. Until that time not comparable.

So basically you're saying Cristiano Ronaldo is no Oleg Salenko?

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Tim Meager: Can't wait for them to actually face a proper competition, played Atletico Madrid and lost. All they have played against are Celta Vigo etc. Can't wait to see them play Chelsea, Bayern and other top quality sides!

Andy Ryan: Two and a half team league - more predictable than the Scottish Premiership, just pays more.

How can a league with three teams (at least) challenging for the title be more predictable than the Scottish top-flight minus Rangers?

HALF-TIME

Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid

Almeria caretaker Miguel Rivera will be heartened but frustrated by what he's seen so far.

Real Madrid halfway to win number 20.

GOAL

Almeria 1-2 Real Madrid - Gareth Bale

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Toni Kroos crosses the ball in for Gareth Bale, who is in absolutely loads of space, to head home past Ruben.

Almeria 1-1 Real Madrid

Real Madrid go straight on the hunt for another goal and win a corner almost immediately...

GOAL

Almeria 1-1 Real Madrid - Verza

Real Madrid are shellshocked, this is a stunning goal. Real Madrid only half-clear a cross to Verza, who smashes the ball in on a half-volley from 25 yards. It flies past Iker Casillas into the net. Amazing.

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Rian Hoskins: Asier Illaramendi needs to perform in LUka Modric's absence. Cost a lot and was talked about as the next Xabi Alonso. Hasn't delivered.