James Rodriguez scores stunning volley in Real Madrid win

By Patrick JenningsBBC Sport
James Rodriguez
Rodriguez's volley had shades of his stunning strike for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup

James Rodriguez's stunning volley set Real Madrid on their way to victory over Almeria as Carlo Ancelotti's side closed on La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Rodriguez opened the scoring with a first-time strike to lift the home side out of a disappointing first half.

Almeria's Mauro Dos Santos turned in under pressure from Cristiano Ronaldo for an own goal, with Alvaro Arbeloa adding the gloss as Real cruised home.

Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard, 16, was an unused substitute for Real.

The teenager could have become the club's youngest player but will have to wait for his first appearance since joining from Stromsgodset in January.

Barcelona's lead over Real at the top of the table is now two points with four games to play.

For much of the first half Real looked unlikely to respond to their rivals' 6-0 win over Getafe on Tuesday.

But just before half-time Rodriguez produced a moment of brilliance to fire home a stunning volley worthy of comparison with his goal of the tournament for Colombia at the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

Dos Santos was then unfortunate to turn into his own net from close-range attempting to clear a Toni Kroos low cross, with Ronaldo appearing to be in an offside position.

With his side looking comfortable, expectation grew around Ancelotti's possible introduction of Odegaard.

Capped four times by Norway, the 16-year-old was one of three youngsters named on the bench with regulars Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema all absent through injury.

It would have been a gentle introduction for the midfielder, as Real never looked like relinquishing their lead.

Arbeloa stole in front of Ronaldo to stab home a deserved third from a Javier Hernandez cross, leaving the Portugal forward kicking the net in frustration.

But Odegaard should still break Alberto Rivera's record, who made his Real debut in 1995 at the age of 17 years and 114 days.

James Rodriguez
Rodriguez's goal lifted the home side after a frustrating first-half performance
Martin Odegaard
Odegaard will have to wait for his Real debut, but should still become the club's youngest ever player
Alvaro Arbeloa
Arbeloa stole in just ahead of team-mate Ronaldo to add the gloss on Real's win
Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo was frustrated not to get on the scoresheet, kicking the net after Arbeloa stabbed home ahead of him

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 13Navas
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 3Pepe
  • 2VaraneSubstituted forNachoat 86'minutes
  • 5da Silva CoentrãoBooked at 76mins
  • 24IllarramendiSubstituted forBorgesat 65'minutes
  • 8Kroos
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forIscoat 65'minutes
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 14Hernández
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 1Casillas
  • 12Marcelo
  • 16Borges
  • 18Nacho
  • 23Isco
  • 41Odegaard
  • 43Mayoral Moya

Almería

  • 25Martinez Andrade
  • 4Navarro Jiménez
  • 6Dos Santos
  • 5Trujillo
  • 16Dubarbier
  • 7Garcia RabascoSubstituted forAzeezat 67'minutes
  • 22ParteySubstituted forEspinosaat 62'minutes
  • 17Méndez OrtegaSubstituted forSundy Zongoat 58'minutes
  • 15García Pérez-Roldán
  • 21Jiménez Ortiz
  • 10Hemed

Substitutes

  • 1Cuesta Díaz
  • 14Casado
  • 19Sundy Zongo
  • 24Espinosa
  • 26Sánchez Aguayo
  • 28Marín Molina
  • 31Azeez
Referee:
Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
Attendance:
63,813

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamAlmería
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home18
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Almería 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Almería 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jesé with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Pepe with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Mauro Dos Santos.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Javier Hernández with a through ball.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Javier Espinosa (Almería).

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tommer Hemed (Almería) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mauro Dos Santos with a headed pass.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Almería. Conceded by Nacho.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Javier Hernández (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo with a cross.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Nacho replaces Raphael Varane.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Real Madrid 3, Almería 0. Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Javier Hernández following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Ángel Trujillo.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Álvaro Arbeloa following a fast break.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Corona (Almería) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ramón Azeez.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Isco.

  18. Booking

    Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid).

  20. Post update

    Ximo Navarro (Almería) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 29th April 2015

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