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Santiago Bernabeu (ATT 60,000) 2nd September 2012 - Kick off 18:50 Ref: J Gonzalez Gonzalez

R Madrid Real Madrid vs Granada Granada

R Madrid 3

C Ronaldo (26, 54)
G Higuain (76)

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Granada 0

B Gomez (S/O 60)

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Ronaldo scored two goals for Real Madrid

Ronaldo scored two goals for Real Madrid

Real Madrid registered their first Primera Division victory of the season with a comfortable 3-0 win over Granada at the Bernabeu.

Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a brace, and substitute Gonzalo Higuain was also on target, while the visitors ended the game with 10 men after Borja Gomez was sent off after receiving two yellow cards.

Los Merengues made three changes from the side who beat Barcelona in the Super Copa clash as new signing Luka Modric came in for Mesut Ozil, Jose Callejon replaced Angel di Maria and Karim Benzema was preferred to Gonzalo Higuain.

For the visitors Juanma Ortiz came in for Jaime Romero.

After a slow start, Ronaldo gave the home side the lead in the 26th minute thanks to poor goalkeeping from Toni.

Callejon played in the Portuguese down the left, whose effort across goal deflected through the stopper's legs and into the net.

Benzema went close to doubling their advantage five minutes later, after racing onto the end of a long ball and although he lobbed Toni, his effort just wide of the left-hand post.

It took just eight minutes for Real to double their lead after the re-start. Half-time substitute Angel di Maria played in Ronaldo, who although had his first shot saved by Toni, placed the follow up into the net.

Granada's task was made even harder approaching the hour after Borja Gomez received a second yellow card for a late challenge on Ronaldo.

The Portuguese had to be replaced five minutes later by Higuain because of the challenge, with the knee injury causing the forward some discomfort.

Losing their talisman did little to slow down their attacking onslaught and with 15 minutes left it was three when Ozil played in Benzema who squared the ball for Higuain to tap home.

The Argentinean could have doubled his tally with 10 minutes left after he was played in by Marcelo, but with just Toni to beat, dinked his shot wide.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 35 87
2 Real Madrid 35 85
3 Atletico Madrid 35 76
4 Valencia 34 69
5 Sevilla 35 69
6 Villarreal 35 54
7 Athletic Bilbao 35 48
8 Malaga 34 47
9 Espanyol 35 46
10 Celta Vigo 34 45
11 Real Sociedad 35 43
12 Rayo Vallecano 35 43
13 Elche 34 37
14 Getafe 34 36
15 Levante 35 35
16 Eibar 34 31
17 Almeria 34 31
18 Deportivo La Coruna 35 30
19 Granada 34 25
20 Cordoba 35 20