Portugal World Cup star CRISTIANO RONALDO of Real Madrid attempts to fend off the challenge of Real Mallorca’s veteran Portuguese captain, the 33-year-old centerback JOSE CARLOS NUNES, at the newly-renamed Estadio Iberostar in Palma on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca. (Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
Match Day # 1
0 – Real CD Mallorca
0 – CF Real Madrid
The much-anticipated debut of the highly successful JOSE MOURINHO as manager of traditional Spanish powerhouse REAL MADRID ends in a scoreless draw as Mediterranean islanders REAL MALLORCA defend resolutely.
Even though sluggish, Real Madrid still control play and total a 16-7 edge in attempts-at-goal but find Israel international goalkeeper DUDU AOUATE to be in fine form for Real Mallorca.
A satisfying result then for Real Mallorca’s 28-year-old central defender RUBEN GONZALEZ ROJAS, who came up through the Spanish capital club’s youth system and spent the first five seasons of his senior professional career mostly playing for Real Madrid B in the Segunda Division.
REAL MALLORCA : Aouate ; Pau Cendros, Ayoze, Ruben, Nunes ; de Guzman, Marti, Gonzalo Castro (Tomas Pina 72′) ; Sergi Enrich (Cavenaghi 46′) ; Nsue, Casadesus (Pereira 61′)
REAL MADRID : Casillas ; Marcelo, Carvalho, Arbeloa (Khedira 70′), Sergio Ramos ; Di Maria (Oezil 59′), L. Diarra, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Canales (Benzema 59′) ; Higuain, Ronaldo
The two midfielders from Germany’s 3rd place World Cup team in South Africa this summer, SAMI KHEDIRA (center) and MESUT OEZIL (right), started their league careers with Real Madrid on the substitutes’ bench for manager JOSE MOURINHO in the match against Real Mallorca. (Reuters photo)
SAMI KHEDIRA, who, like fellow German Mesut Oezil, came on as a second half substitute for Real Madrid, reacts after missing a goal-scoring opportunity on his Primera Division debut at the Estadio Iberostar in Palma. (Reuters photo)