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Almeria 1-4 Real Madrid

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo
If Cristiano Ronaldo keep up his current scoring rate he could end the season with 66 league goals

Real Madrid sealed their 20th victory in a row in all competitions as Cristiano Ronaldo scored two more goals in a victory at Almeria.

Real have won every match since 13 September and are four off the world record of Brazilians Coritiba in 2011.

The visitors led 2-1 at half-time with Isco and Gareth Bale scoring either side of Verza's strike for Almeria.

Iker Casillas saved a Verza penalty before Ronaldo's late brace took his season tally to 32 goals in 23 games.

The last time Real Madrid failed to win a match was their 2-1 defeat by Atletico Madrid almost three months ago.

They broke Barcelona's Spanish record of 18 wins in a row on Tuesday against Ludogorets in the Champions League - and few predicted anything other than a comfortable 20th consecutive victory in Friday's trip to Andalusia.

Almeria, who dropped into the bottom three on goal difference with the defeat, had Miguel Rivera in caretaker charge for one game after the sacking of Francisco Javier Rodriguez, with Juan Ignacio Martinez taking over after this match.

It took Carlo Ancelotti's side 34 minutes to take the lead through Isco's fantastic curling effort, the midfielder starting in place of the injured James Rodriguez. But five minutes later Verza had levelled with a stunning half-volley.

However they trailed at half-time through Gareth Bale's header from Toni Kroos's cross.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale has scored 22 goals in 39 La Liga appearances

The turning point of the game came when Almeria won a penalty midway through the second half but Casillas guessed right to keep out Verza's effort.

Ronaldo had a poor game with his only contribution until the 81st minute being a yellow card - but he scored two late goals, with a near-post effort and a shot into an empty net, taking his tally to 25 goals in 14 La Liga games this season.

Real are now five points clear of Barcelona, who have a game in hand, as they prepare to go to Morocco for the Club World Cup.

They take on Cruz Azul or Western Sydney Wanderers in Tuesday's semi-final, with the final to be played next Saturday.

Real Madrid stat

Line-ups

Almería

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Martínez
  • 2Macedo Rocha Machado
  • 4Navarro Jiménez
  • 5Trujillo
  • 3Vélez JiménezBooked at 64minsSubstituted forGarcía Pérez-Roldánat 82'minutes
  • 7García RabascoBooked at 11mins
  • 22Partey
  • 17Méndez Ortega
  • 23SorianoBooked at 52minsSubstituted forWellingtonat 67'minutes
  • 16DubarbierBooked at 30minsSubstituted forSundy Zongoat 59'minutes
  • 10Hemed

Substitutes

  • 1Cuesta Díaz
  • 6Dos Santos
  • 8Wellington
  • 11González Casín
  • 15García Pérez-Roldán
  • 19Sundy Zongo
  • 31Azeez

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Casillas
  • 15Carvajal
  • 3Pepe
  • 2Varane
  • 12MarceloBooked at 57mins
  • 24IllarramendiBooked at 62mins
  • 8Kroos
  • 23Isco
  • 11BaleBooked at 24mins
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forda Silva Coentrãoat 85'minutes
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoBooked at 76mins

Substitutes

  • 5da Silva Coentrão
  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 18Nacho
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 26Medrán
Referee:
Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo
Attendance:
15,000

Match Stats

Home TeamAlmeríaAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home16
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Almería 1, Real Madrid 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Almería 1, Real Madrid 4.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Marcelo tries a through ball, but Gareth Bale is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marcelo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Isco.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Almería 1, Real Madrid 4. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Almería. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Fábio Coentrão replaces Karim Benzema.

  10. Post update

    Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan (Almería).

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pepe with a cross.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Almería. Corona replaces Fran Vélez.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Almería 1, Real Madrid 3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Gareth Bale tries a through ball, but Toni Kroos is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Ángel Trujillo.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Asier Illarramendi tries a through ball, but Toni Kroos is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Wellington.

  19. Post update

    Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Fran Vélez (Almería).