Preview - Real Madrid vs Girona March 19 2018

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Mar 17, 2018, 09:23 AM Last Edit: Mar 17, 2018, 09:28 AM by Harry85
Match Day 29
Real Madrid vs Girona
Monday, March 19th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

Real Madrid: 
Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 2.4
Average goals against per match: 1.1
Top Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (18)

Girona:
Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 1.4
Average goals against per match: 1.3
Top Scorer: Cristhian Stuani

Real Madrid have had their ups and downs this season, but head into this contest in excellent form having won nine of their last 11 in all competitions. With the La Liga title now long gone their only real on the domestic front will be to attempt to haul in city rivals Atletico in the race for second. Their main priority will of course be the Champions League where they are still going great guns.

In Girona they are meeting a side at the top of their game. A run of five wins in their past seven La Liga outings sees Girona hot on the heels of the European positions which would represent an outstanding achievement for the Catalan side. That said they have been significantly better at home, and only one win in their past seven away games suggests that are up against it here, even accounting for how well they have been playing recently.

This should be an entertaining affair, but with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos settling back into the midfield and Ronaldo rediscovering something like his devastating best form of late, ably supported by Karim Benzema, we expect the home side to come away with the three points. The visitors led by Cristhian Stuani have been a potent force of late though and can get on the scoresheet.

 Prediction: Real Madrid 3 - 1 Girona

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 6 - 3
Shots: 20 - 10
Shots on target: 14 - 6
Corner Kicks: 6 - 7
Possession: 65% - 35%

Daniel Carvajal was booked for Real, with Johan Mojica and Alex Granell of Girona also making their way into referee Jesus Gil's notebook.

A crazy game at the Bernabeu. Having seen Mo Salah notch four in the Premier League and Mauro Icardi also bag four goals in Serie A, Cristiano Ronaldo wasn't about to be left out and it was left to Girona to play the part of his unfortunate victims.

Real and Ronaldo's first came after 11 minutes. Toni Kroos cutting the ball back to Ronaldo who lost his marker in the box to fire across goal and in.

Girona did make it into half time on level terms courtesy of a 28th minute equaliser. Cristhian Stuani getting his head to an Àlex Granell free kick form the by-line and finding the top corner.

It took Ronaldo just two minutes to restore his sides advantage in the second half. Played in by Karim Benzema, the Portuguese rocketed a shot in via the underside of the bar. 2-1.

After 58 minutes it was 3-1. And a lovely team goal too. Benzema feeding Ronaldo in the box, who unselfishly played the ball into the path of the onrushing Lucas Vàzquez who finished nicely into the bottom corner.

3 soon became for and Benzema and Ronaldo were again involved. Benzema's initial effort was saved but the ball fell to Ronaldo who merely had to slot home from a yard out to complete his hat-trick in the 63rd minute.

Girona's turn again next and it was again a Stuani header - this time from a corner in the 67th minute - which proved Madrid's undoing. 4-2.

In the 86th minute, substitutes Gareth Bale and Luka Modric teamed up to make it five. Modric playing in Bale on the right-hand side of the box to fire home via the keeper.

Just a minute later it was 5-3. Another corner, another header, another goal for Girona. This time from Juanpe.

It was somehow fitting that it was Ronaldo who was to have the final word. And so he did. Slotted in by Toni Kroos, he made no mistake in finding the bottom corner first time in stoppage time.

Real Madrid stay third but close the gap to fourth placed Atletico to four points. Girona remain seventh and just two points of the European places.

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