December 8, 2012
Ozil at the double to spare Real
Mesut Ozil's brace was decisive as Real Madrid twice came from behind to win at Valladolid.
Manucho twice put the hosts ahead from corners, but Madrid equalised through first Karim Benzema and then, on the stroke of half-time, Ozil.
The German then curled home a sublime second-half free-kick, his fifth goal in seven games, to seal the points.
Cristiano Ronaldo fired over from long range in the second minute, but it was Valladolid who took an early lead.
Patrick Ebert's seventh-minute set piece was not cleared and, when the ball was turned back across goal, Manucho was on hand to fire home from two yards.
But Madrid were gifted an equaliser when Mikel Balenziaga's underhit pass and Marc Valiente's slip presented the ball to Jose Callejon, who set up Benzema for a tap-in.
But another Ebert corner saw Manucho rise unchallenged at the near post to head his and Valladolid's second and restore the hosts' lead.
Callejon wasted a chance for an immediate leveller on that occasion when he mis-hit a lob wide off his shin and Ronaldo forced a good low save from Daniel Hernandez.
Valladolid lost key man Ebert to a hamstring injury, Alberto Bueno taking his place in the 30th minute.
Valiente made a brilliant goal-saving challenge to deny Benzema his second, while Hernandez fielded the Frenchman's bouncing shot following a corner.
But Madrid equalised seconds before half-time when Ozil and Benzema linked up, the latter's backheel setting up the Germany international to finish left-footed.
Real boss Jose Mourinho sent on Angel Di Maria at half-time in place of Nacho Fernandez, with Callejon dropping in at left-back.
Sergio Ramos headed Xabi Alonso's free-kick wide, but Oscar Gonzalez twice went close for Valladolid, including an effort which Iker Casillas fumbled around the post.
Mourinho made another bold attacking substitution just after the hour, replacing Alvaro Arbeloa with Luka Modric and dropping Alonso in at centre-back.
Ramos had a goal disallowed despite springing from an onside position, though at least some of the four Madrid players in offside positions were surely active.
But the visitors were soon ahead for the first time as Henrique Sereno fouled Benzema and Ozil curled in the resulting free-kick via the underside of the crossbar.
Mourinho immediately took steps to rebalance his increasingly lop-sided XI as he replaced Benzema with another Frenchman, defender Raphael Varane.
Manucho was surprisingly withdrawn 13 minutes from time, Javi Guerra taking his place.
Hernandez made a superb reaction save from Ramos' header and easily fielded Ronaldo's shot, but Bueno's low shot at the other end was easy for Casillas as Madrid held on.
|Real Valladolid||Real Madrid|
|13 Daniel Hernandez||1 Iker Casillas|
|4 Marc Valiente||4 Sergio Ramos|
|5 Henrique Sereno Fonseca||3 Pepe|
|24 Mikel Balenziaga||27 Nacho Fernandez|
|2 Antonio Rukavina||17 Álvaro Arbeloa|
|10 Óscar González||10 Mesut Özil|
|18 Alvaro Rubio||14 Xabi Alonso|
|22 Victor Perez||6 Sami Khedira|
|25 Manucho||9 Karim Benzema|
|14 Omar Ramos||7 Cristiano Ronaldo|
|20 Patrick Ebert||21 José Maria Callejón|
|9 Javi Guerra||Michael Essien 15|
|16 Lluis Sastre||Kaká 8|
|8 Baraja||Luka Modric 19|
|15 Alberto Bueno||Antonio Adán 13|
|17 Carlos Gonzalez Peña||Ángel Di María 22|
|1 Jaime Jiménez Merlo||Raphael Varane 2|
|7 Juan Juan Neira||Álvaro Morata 29|
|Alberto Bueno for Patrick Ebert (30)||Ángel Di María for Nacho Fernandez (45)|
|Javi Guerra for Manucho (78)||Luka Modric for Álvaro Arbeloa (62)|
|Raphael Varane for Karim Benzema (74)|
|Manucho (16)||Cristiano Ronaldo (69)|
|Omar Ramos (53)||Mesut Özil (82)|
|Óscar González (83)||Ángel Di María (85)|
|· Squads: Real Valladolid | Real Madrid|