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Spanish Primera BBVA

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)


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 Real Madrid 25 61
2 Barcelona 25 59
3 Atletico Madrid 25 54
4 Valencia 25 53
5 Sevilla 25 46
6 Villarreal 25 45
7 Malaga 25 41
8 Celta Vigo 25 32
9 Espanyol 25 32
10 Athletic Bilbao 25 30
11 Rayo Vallecano 25 29
12 Real Sociedad 25 27
13 Eibar 25 27
14 Getafe 25 26
15 Deportivo La Coruna 25 25
16 Almeria 25 24
17 Elche 25 24
18 Levante 25 22
19 Granada 25 19
20 Cordoba 25 18