UD Almeria 1 – Real Madrid 1


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With the pair of UD Almeria defenders, JUANMA ORTIZ (17) and CARLOS GARCIA (21), on his tail, Portugal World Cup striker CRISTIANO RONALDO of Real Madrid, who has already scored 31 goals in all competitions for Los Blancos this term, attempts to bust a move at the Estadio del Mediterraneo in Andalusia on the southeast coast of Spain. (Francisco Bonilla/Reuters)
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LA LIGA
Matchday # 19
1/15/2011

1 – UD Almeria ——————– Ulloa 60′
1 – Real Madrid ——————- Granero 77′

A late bid for the match-winner by the most expensive man on the planet was rejected by the crossbar and condemned visiting REAL MADRID to a costly 1-1 draw with cellar-dwellers UD ALMERIA in the Spanish Primera Division.

In spite of being heavily outshot by Real Madrid on the whole of the match, UD Almeria, who were annihilated at home 8-0 by La Liga leaders FC Barcelona in late November, took a surprising lead very much against the run of play just before the hour.

21-year-old Argentine striker PABLO PIATTI’s strong run into the box ended in a pile-up with Real Madrid’s Spain World Cup champion defender SERGIO RAMOS, but the ball rolled to another striker from Argentina, LEONARDO ULLOA, who quickly dispatched a left-footed shot into the lower right hand corner for a 1-0 UD Almeria advantage.

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UD Almeria goalkeeper DIEGO ALVES CARREIRA, who was the deputy for the bronze medal-winning Brazil squad at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, secures a high ball under pressure from Real Madrid’s Spain World Cup champion fullback SERGIO RAMOS at the Estadio del Mediterraneo. (Sergio Torres/AP)
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The frustration was clearly written all over the faces of Real Madrid immediately upon concession; Portuguese manager JOSE MOURINHO withdrew a central defender in favor of an attacking midfielder shortly thereafter.

The move paid dividends within a quarter of an hour as the substitute midfielder ESTEBAN GRANERO, who was bought from CF Getafe for a measley 4.0 million Euros in the summer of 2009, received a ball in the box from France international striker KARIM BENZEMA, another second half substitute sent on by Mourinho, and blasted a shot into the roof of the net.

A bit unfortunate, then, for UD Almeria’s Brazilian goalkeeper DIEGO ALVES, who had a solid match and was credited with nine saves in all.

The planet’s most expensive player who arrived with a price tag of 94.0 million Euros, Portugal World Cup striker CRISTIANO RONALDO, might have pulled a rabbit out of the hat and saved Real Madrid with a late free kick in the end…but the crossbar of Diego Alves’ UD Almeria goal had other ideas in mind for the visiting Spanish capital city club.

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Brazil Olympic goalkeeper DIEGO ALVES CARREIRA of UD Almeria comfortably saves the shot from Real Madrid’s Portugal World Cup striker CRISTIANO RONALDO, who leads the Spanish top flight with 22 goals in La Liga this term, at the Estadio del Mediterraneo on the southeast coast of Andalusia. (Sergio Torres/AP)
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UD ALMERIA : Diego ; Juanma, Garcia, Marcelo Silva, Michel ; Crusat (Jakobsen 75′), M’bami, Bernardello, Uche (Vargas 64′) ; Ulloa (Goitom 89′), Piatti

REAL MADRID : Casillas ; Marcelo (Carvalho 64′), Arbeloa, Albiol (Granero 64′), Sergio Ramos ; Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Oezil ; Di Maria, Ronaldo, Kaka (Benzema 54′)

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(Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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(Sergio Torres/AP)
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(Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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(Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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(Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)
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(Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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