Tag: Sergio Ramos

Copa del Rey: Real Madrid 2-2 Atletico Madrid (agg 2-4)

Fernando Torres struck his first goals since returning to Atletico Madrid, firing a brace in a 4-2 Copa del Rey aggregate win over holders Real Madrid.

Atletico led 2-0 from the first leg and Torres stunned the Bernabeu, smashing in left-footed after 49 seconds.

Sergio Ramos’s header levelled but, in the first minute of the second half, Torres beat Pepe to slide in a second.

Real needed three goals to win after Cristiano Ronaldo’s header but Atleti will meet Barcelona in the last eight.

Barca cruised to a 9-0 aggregate win over Elche, but for Atleti, the last-16 stage provided a stiffer test and significant bragging rights.

The La Liga champions inflicted a first domestic cup defeat on Carlo Ancelotti since he arrived to manage their city rivals in 2013.

Los Rojiblancos can also boast being five games unbeaten against Real this season, a record which looked certain to continue after less than a minute’s play in the Spanish capital.

Soon after Ronaldo stopped parading his Fifa Ballon d’Or award moments before kick-off, Torres plundered the opener, sweeping into the top corner from 10 yards with a first-time shot following Antoine Griezmann’s cross.

Torres, who left Atleti in 2007, had never scored at the Bernabeu with his boyhood club but, in for the unwell Mario Mandzukic, he left Real needing four goals to progress.

Ramos netted a last-minute leveller which spurred Real on to a 4-1 extra-time win over Atletico in last season’s Champions League final and he was in the right place when goalkeeper Jan Oblak – making just his fifth appearance – flapped at a set-piece delivery.

Swarms of white shirts peppered the visitors’ area and Ronaldo’s goal-bound strike was only kept out by Mario Suarez on the goal-line as Real dominated with 76% of possession in the opening half.

But Diego Simeone’s side only had 27% of the ball in the first leg and they again demonstrated the resilience he has instilled in them since taking over in December 2011.

The Argentine has delivered successive league finishes of fifth, third and first along with Europa League success in 2012 and a Copa del Rey triumph in 2013.

In Europa League, Champions League and Copa del Rey fixtures, he now has 16 successes from 18 two-legged ties and Torres’s second came at the perfect time, killing Real’s second-half hope.

He again collected a Griezmann pass before wrong-footing Pepe to fire under home keeper Keylor Navas.

Ronaldo – voted the greatest player in Portugal’s history on Wednesday –  headed in from six yards to reduce the arrears on 54 minutes before Torres was substituted to jeers from the home fans.

Karim Benzema could not turn their frustration to hope when he fired over from four yards as La Liga leaders Real relinquished their hold on Spain’s coveted domestic cup.

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Club World Cup: Real Madrid 2-0 San Lorenzo

Real Madrid won their fourth trophy of 2014 by defeating Argentina’s South American champions San Lorenzo in the Club World Cup final in Morocco.

The Champions League, Copa del Rey and European Super Cup holders took the lead through a Sergio Ramos header.

A goalkeeping error allowed Gareth Bale to add a second when the Welshman’s shot squirmed under Sebastian Torrico.

Real were rarely troubled and extended their Spanish record with a 22nd consecutive win in all competitions.

The victory also provided the Bernabeu outfit with their first win in the competition in its current guise, although they won its predecessor – the Intercontinental Cup – three times.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti had signalled Real’s intent at capturing another piece of silverware by sending out a strong line-up including the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema.

However, while the Spanish side were initially frustrated by defence-minded Argentine opponents, Ramos made the breakthrough for Real.

A swift counter-attack led by Benzema ended in a Bale shot being parried wide by keeper Torrico and, from the resulting corner, Ramos nodded in a Toni Kroos delivery.

The emphasis was on San Lorenzo to take the initiative in search of a leveller but, instead, coach Edgardo Bauza’s side fell further behind after a goalkeeping error.

Real Madrid midfielders Kroos and Isco expertly dictated play and when the latter found Bale his shot went under the body of Torrico.

San Lorenzo, like other South American sides, place a high degree of importance on the Club World Cup but they struggled to make any impact on the match as they were outplayed and outclassed in Marrakech.

Iker Casillas – making his 700th appearance for Real – had one of his quieter games, but he did have to get down low to save an Emmanuel Mas left-foot shot and parry a late Juan Mercier strike as his side comfortably closed out the win.

They did not even need talisman Ronaldo to shine as the Portuguese struggled to impose himself, with his closest effort coming with a header straight at Torrico.

Earlier, Auckland City from New Zealand won the third-place play-off after beating Mexican side Cruz Azul on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

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