|Cristiano Ronaldo scores against AC Milan from a free kick|
The damage was done early when CRISTIANO RONALDO in the 13th min powered a free-kick that went through a "defensive hole" in the Milan wall. There was nothing the Italian goalkeepr could do as he was taken by complete surprise. Then a minute later while Milan was still recovering from that blow, Real Madrid midfielder OZIL scored the teams second with a deflection from defender Bonera which again left the Milan keeper without options.
|Ozil scores Real Madrid´s second goal in the 14th min|
AC Milan reacted & actually took control of the match for about 15 mins & created good chances that were not driven home. Midfieder Seedorf sent a shiver through the Madrid spine when he missed a clear chance that woke up Madrid again who took back control of ball & game. This time Ronaldo , Di Maria & Higuain was stopped by an effective Milan keeper Amelia who made important saves to avoid a "white-wash".
The second half was practically all Real Madrid as they attacked & attacked but could not convert the 2 - 0 lead into something more in line with the actual play on the field. Milan only managed to scare Madrid a couple of times with a Pirlo free-kick that hit the bar & Robinho (sub-late) whos shot was stopped by Casillas.
Various observations before ending. Real Madrid are progressing in a positive manner as they are managing to effectively build a solid block with everyone defending & pressuring the opponents. Di Maria , Ozil & Higuain not only played forward but defended all night in their own area , running & stopping the Milan creation. Khedira is complementing magnificently Xabi Alonso allowing the latter freedom to be more creative, along with a very solid & disciplined defensive line that was great tonight in all aspects. But it is Brazilian MARCELO who for me was "Man of The Match" with his excellent defending & forward attacks that showed that he is evolving rapidly into a World Class Level player, & still so young. Lastly, Ronaldo does not need words with his 100% effort, danger & skills, forgetting that his temper showed signs tonight during moments of the game.
In conclusion, a great result , with this important test for Real Madrid getting an A note as it indicates that Mourinho is progressing with his ideas & with this team & that they only can get better & better. Tweet