Real win without Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo was out injured as Real Madrid’s Raul Gonzalez captained the team to Victory against Valladolid with a brace on Saturday.

Only fourteen minutes were needed for Real Madrid to bring their fans to their feet. Raul, who would finish the night with a brace, first redirected a cross by Granero and later got a toe to a Marcelo pass.

Valladolid wouldn’t go home empty-handed and converted their two best scoring chances. Nauzet found the back of the net with a spectacular free-kick and Marcos beat Casillas in response to Marcelo’s goal to bring the visitors within one before halftime.

Late in the second half, Higuain received a pass from Xabi Alonso and lobbed the ball over the keeper to secure the Madridista victory.