Valladolid vs. Real Madrid: Score, Highlights and Grades

Mike Shiekman@TheRealShiekFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2012

VALLADOLID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 08:  Mesut Ozil (L) of Real Madrid CF celebrates with Karim Benzema after scoring Real's 2nd goal during the La Liga match between Real Valladolid CF and Real Madrid CF at estadio Jose Zorrilla on December 8, 2012 in Valladolid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid was one shot away from going into the half down 2-1 to Real Valladolid, and they made good on that chance.

Mesut Ozil chipped in the game-tying score in the 45th minute from the box, turning the momentum in Madrid’s favor for the rest of the match, which they won 3-2.

In what was a sloppy Real performance, Valladolid certainly took advantage of the favorite’s mistakes early.  

Manucho scored two early goals, including a header in the 26th minute that gave them a 2-1 lead and made Madrid fans hold their breath.

But Ozil would ultimately upstage Manucho with his goal performance, as he scored the game-winner off the free kick. The goal itself wasn’t the most surprising part of the goal, however; it was Cristiano Ronaldo passing on a free kick and letting the hot Ozil take it.

The move paid dividends for Real Madrid, as their forward would convert and give them the lead for good.  ESPN FC tells the story:

A rare free kick not taken by Ronaldo and Ozil scores a beauty with his left foot. Real Madrid up 3-2 at Valladolid

— ESPN FC Press Pass (@ESPNPressPass) December 8, 2012

Real Valladolid will now travel to Deportivo La Coruna a week from Sunday. They currently stand tied for 6th in the tables with 21 points.

Real Madrid gets their 10th win of the season and now has 32 points. Their next match will take place December 12, a Spanish Copa del Rey match against Celta Vigo.



Mesut Ozil: A

The Real Madrid forward performed like the man of the match, scoring twice on the day. His team may have not come out with a win without his effort and timely scoring ability late in the first half.

That goal spurned a 2-0 advantage to finish the game and gave Madrid all the momentum they needed to control the second half.

Manucho: A-

It was thought that Manucho would be the star of this match for the first 25 minutes, as he controlled the past in the latter third for Valladolid.

But that was only the first 25; the final 65 belonged to Ozil.

Manucho may have earned an "A" with his early play, but unfortunately there can only be one man of the match. Until next time for the Valladolid forward.

Iker Casillas: B

Casilla didn’t a submit a clean sheet, nor did he make a miraculous save late, but he did just enough in the final 45 to give Real the win.

It was the tale of two halves for Casillas, who gave up two scores to Manucho early, but a few defensive adjustments later, and the illustrious goalkeeper turned the tables for another victory.


Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @TheRealShiek