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Elche 0-2 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 52 goals in 118 international appearances for Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo moved up to third on Real Madrid's all-time top scorers list after he found the net in a comfortable away victory over Elche in La Liga.

The Portugal forward scored the 290th goal of his Madrid career to climb above Carlos Santillana and is now 33 goals behind Raul's record of 323.

Karim Benzema had put Real ahead with a scrappy opening goal before Ronaldo powerfully headed in a second.

Real's advantage over Barcelona at the top of La Liga is now four points.

Real Madrid had claimed on their website that Ronaldo reached the 290-goal milestoneexternal-link in their Champions League last-16 tie against Schalke on 18 February.

However, La Liga officially awarded a goal that the club had credited to Ronaldo in a game against Real Sociedad in September 2010, to Portuguese compatriot Pepe.

Coming into the game against Elche, Carlo Ancelotti's Real side were seeking to capitalise on Barca's 1-0 home loss to Malaga on Saturday, in the Italian's 100th game in charge.

Real Madrid's top goalscorers
Raul (1994-2010) 323 goals741 appearances
Alfredo Di Stefano (1953-1964)305 goals392 appearances
Cristiano Ronaldo (2009-present)290 goals281 appearances
Carlos Santillana (1971-1988)289 goals645 appearances
Ferenc Puskas (1958-1966)242 goals262 appearances

Benzema thought he had put the European champions ahead in the first half with a brilliant overhead kick that went into the bottom corner, but the referee whistled for an infringement.

The France striker scored with an altogether less spectacular effort that did count 11 minutes into the second half.

Ronaldo's cross from the left flank was deflected off Elche defender David Lomban on to goalkeeper Przemysław Tyton and into the path of Benzema, who tapped into a vacant net.

Ronaldo then made the points safe when he got on the end of Isco's left-wing cross to send a powerful header past Tyton.

Elsewhere, David Moyes's Real Sociedad moved up to 10th in the table after a 4-3 win over Sevilla at the Anoeta Stadium, Villarreal beat Eibar 1-0while Athletic Bilbao completed a narrow 1-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano.

Line-ups

Elche

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 25Tyton
  • 2Suárez
  • 3RocoBooked at 71mins
  • 4Rodríguez Lombán
  • 21Albácar GallegoBooked at 24mins
  • 17Rodríguez Romero
  • 8González MoralesSubstituted forHerreraat 81'minutes
  • 24PasalicSubstituted forGálvezat 75'minutes
  • 7Ñíguez EsclapezBooked at 52minsSubstituted forMendes Rodriguesat 64'minutes
  • 20Fajr
  • 22Cristian de JesusBooked at 40mins

Substitutes

  • 1Herrera Yagüe
  • 5Cisma
  • 9Herrera
  • 10Corominas
  • 11Mendes Rodrigues
  • 19Giménez Candela
  • 35Gálvez

Real Madrid

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Casillas
  • 15Carvajal
  • 3Pepe
  • 2Varane
  • 12MarceloBooked at 38mins
  • 11Bale
  • 16BorgesSubstituted forIllarramendiat 84'minutes
  • 8Kroos
  • 23IscoSubstituted forArbeloaat 89'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forRodríguez Ruizat 90+3'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 18Nacho
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 24Illarramendi
  • 26Medrán
Referee:
Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
Attendance:
31,512

Match Stats

Home TeamElcheAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home4
Away17
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Elche 0, Real Madrid 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Elche 0, Real Madrid 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Jesé replaces Karim Benzema.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rodrigues (Elche) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Faycal Fajr.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Arbeloa replaces Isco.

  6. Post update

    Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jonathas (Elche).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Asier Illarramendi replaces Lucas Silva.

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Rodrigues (Elche).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Elche. Cristian Herrera replaces Adrián.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jonathas (Elche).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Elche. Rafael Gálvez replaces Mario Pasalic.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  16. Booking

    Enzo Roco (Elche) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Enzo Roco (Elche).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Toni Kroos (Real Madrid).

  20. Post update

    Adrián (Elche) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 22nd February 2015

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