In any case, thanks for following the game with me this evening. I’ll be back on the final matchday of the La Liga calendar for more live blogging. Until then, good night!
Just to re-cap the title race then: if Atlético and Barcelona both win their matches this weekend, whoever reigns victorious in the last game of the season between the two clubs at the Nou Camp will win La Liga. Talk about an exciting end to the season!
93′ – That’s it! It ends 1-1 and it’s Osorio’s late equaliser that has lifted the home side out of the relegation zone – and put a major dent in Madrid’s title hopes. Valladolid are now in 15th place while Madrid sit in third position, practically ruling them out of the title race (if either Atlético or Barcelona win their next game, then Madrid can’t win the league).
92′ – Tense times for both sets of fans here.
91′ – Another Alonso free-kick is desperately cleared by the Valladolid defence.
90′ – Yellow for Baraja.
89′ – Chance for Madrid! Alonso’s lofty free-kick finds Ramos in the box but the defender heads over the bar.
87′ – As it stands, Valladolid are OUT of the relegation zone while Madrid find themselves in third place…
84′ – GOAL! The home crowd have gone absolutely mental as Osorio stoops to powerfully head in a corner-kick. 1-1.
81′ – Substitution for the home side: Baraja on for Pérez.
79′ – Yellow card for Pepe.
76′ – Another change for Madrid as Benzema comes off for Marcelo. Ancelotti is clearly trying to protect his team’s narrow lead in the final 15 minutes.
73′ – Isco off, Illarramendi on for Madrid.
72′ – Benzema goes down in the box after a challenge with Mitrovic but the referee waves away the Frenchman’s questioning looks.
70′ – The home crowd are making some noise here – great atmosphere at the Estadio Municipal José Zorrilla.
67′ – Isco threads a through-ball for Morata but the striker’s tame effort under pressure is saved by Jaime.
65′ – Close! Guerra’s overhead kick just goes wide of the goal. Valladolid are pressurising the visitors and you feel that they could get something from this game. Still 1-0 to Madrid, though.
63′ – Óscar off, Larsson on.
62′ – Peña latches onto the ball from the left and instead of crossing it into the box, he attempts to shoot from a tight angle and the ball goes high.
60′ – Morata skews a shot just high before receiving a yellow card for his foul on Bergdich.
55′ – Corner for the home side here – their first of the match. Madrid clear the danger immediately, though, before going on the counter and then losing the ball to their opponents. Valladolid are clearly not going to roll over here.
52′ – Morata makes a good run with the ball but drives his low shot straight at Jaime.
50′ – Here’s a photo of Ramos dedicating his goal to his newborn son, Sergio Ramos Jnr, who was born yesterday.
48′ – Valladolid have certainly been attacking since the second period started. They’ve made some good attacking runs but haven’t been able to carve out any clear-cut chances.
Found this great stat on Twitter in the break (via @MisterChiping): “Ramos is the 3rd Real Madrid defender to score in 3 straight La Liga matchrounds, just behind Jose Luis (1968) and Hierro (1991-1994-1998)”.
The second half is underway.
45′ – Chance for Di María after the midfielder drives high from long-range. Half-time then: Valladolid 0-1 Real Madrid. I’ll be back in 15 minutes for more commentary on this finely-poised game.
44′ – Close! And it’s Ramos again who is proving oh so dangerous as he heads the corner just wide.
43′ – Corner for Madrid. Di María takes a short corner, releasing Modric whose shot rebounds off the defence. Another corner beckons.
39′ – @WhoScored have just tweeted a lovely statistic that really puts into perspective how well Ramos’ form seems to be in front of goal at the moment: “Sergio Ramos: After scoring only one goal in his first 36 CL and Liga appearances this season, Ramos has now scored 5 in his last 4 #RMCF“
36′ – Los Blancos are certainly fired up now – and why not? With the score at 1-0, Madrid are currently sitting in second place in the league.
34′ – GOAL! Ramos drives his powerful free-kick over the wall and into the top of the net. That’s five goals in the last four games for the central defender. If Madrid win the title this season, how much will they thank Ramos for this late run of form? 0-1.
29′ – Free-kick to the visitors for a foul on Benzema, unfortunately, Di María smashes his attempt well high.
28′ – Alonso’s cross-field pass releases Morata on the left but the striker skews his shot past the face of the goal.
27′ – ESPN FC Spain correspondent, Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) just tweeted: “Getting feisty now.. first Bergdich then Isco into the book for high feet in midfield… Isco a bit unlucky maybe.”
25′ – Di María takes a speculative shot from long-range, which goes wide, moments after Ramos headed the Portuguese’s corner towards the corner flag.
22′ – Spanish newspaper, AS, have just tweeted: “PHOTO: Cristiano Ronaldo is not a happy man as he leaves the field at the José Zorrilla [via @tikitakatv].”
20′ – It’s safe to say that Madrid have not settled into this game at all.
18′ – Chance for Valladolid! Rukavina drives in a low cross into the box which Oscar volleys high. Still goalless.
17′ – Not too much to report so far. Nacho was down for a while after a clash of heads but he’s back up and unhurt.
13′ – Goal.com Spanish editor, Ben Hayward (@bghayward), has just tweeted: “No Bale, now no Ronaldo either. Trying times for Real Madrid. They absolutely have to win today…”
10′ – New father Ramos attempts an overhead kick from a corner but drives his shot high.
9′ Carlo Ancelotti makes his first change – and it’s a surprising one. Morata has replaced Ronaldo, who has come off injured. That will be a big blow for the visitors, but, this is a great chance for Morata to try and steal some headlines.
8′ – The home side have started well here. They’ve gotten themselves into some good positions so far and are really pressurising Madrid in the midfield areas.
4′ – Guerra’s header rebounds off the post! That was close.
The match is underway!
Valladolid XI: Jaime; Rukavina, Mitrovic, Valiente, Peña; Álvaro Rubio, Víctor Pérez; Jeffren, Óscar, Bergdich; Guerra.
Madrid XI: Casillas; Nacho, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Coentrao; Di María, Alonso, Modric, Isco; Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema.
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A great stat here about the home side on Twitter from ESPN FC Spain correspondent, Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan): “Valladolid have only conceded one goal in last five at home – only three defeats at home all season – beat Barca here a few weeks back.”
Madrid come into this game after a 2-2 draw at home to Valencia at the weekend – Ronaldo scoring a sublime backheel in added time to rescue a point. Valladolid also got a precious win at the weekend in their fight against relegation after they clinched a 1-0 victory against Espanyol on Saturday.
Welcome to my live commentary of Real Madrid’s trip to Valladolid. It is an important match to say the least: Los Blancos need to win to go second in the La Liga table – and keep their hopes of winning the league alive – while the home side have a chance to move out of the relegation table with either a draw or a win.