Aouate Eats Up Real Madrid


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Argentina World Cup striker GONZALO HIGUAIN of Real Madrid, who finished second in the Spanish Primera Division with 27 goals in 32 games last season, attempts to round Israel international goalkeeper DUDU AOUATE (13) of Real Mallorca but is thwarted at the Estadio Iberostar in Palma on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca. (Reuters photo)
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There can be little question as to who the Man of the Match was for the much-anticipated debut game of highly acclaimed Portuguese coach, JOSE MOURINHO, in charge of traditional Spanish powerhouse CF REAL MADRID for the very first time in La Liga.

Israel international goalkeeper DUDU AOUATE, entering his eighth season in the Primera Division, made every play that was required of him to ensure Real Mallorca earned their share of the points against Real Madrid to start the new season.

The 32-year-old veteran made two critical saves from Portugal World Cup star CRISTIANO RONALDO, who finished third in Spain with 26 league goals last season, and Argentina World Cup striker GONZALO HIGUAIN in the closing stages to keep the clean sheet.

In all, Aouate, who has earned 51 caps for Israel and originally transferred to Racing Santander in Spain, made five important stops for Real Mallorca to hold the star-studded visitors at bay.

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(Reuters photo)
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Already bandaged about the head, Real Mallorca’s Israel international goalkeeper DUDA AOUATE (13) has a collision with Germany World Cup midfielder SAMI KHEDIRA in the opening match of the 2010-11 Spanish league season. (Reuters photo)
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At the conclusion of the match with Real Madrid, the goalkeeper AOUATE (13) joins substitute TONI PINA (28) as well as defenders PAU CENDROS (22) and AYOZE (17) in saluting the Real Mallorca supporters at the Estadio Iberostar in Palma. (Reuters photo)

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