Real Madrid scored three times against a lowly Almeria in what was an unconvincing display from the Bernabeu outfit. James Rodriguez and Alvaro Arbeloa were on target for the home side on the either side of an own goal by Dos Santos. With several first-team regulars rested, manager Carlo Ancelotti injected a few fresh legs in the lineup, although the much-awaited debut of Martin Odegaard was detained.Colombian sensation James Rodriguez opened the account with a meteoric volley after 44 sloppy minutes in the first half. The home side doubled their advantage early in the second half when Jese Rodriguez’s cross ricocheted off Dos Santos’ foot high into the net and midfielder Arbeloa rounded off a dour evening for European champions with a neat tap-in in the penultimate minute of the game.Here are the major talking points from the game:
#1 Real took the game too lightly
While a victory over the 17th placed Almeria was never in question, the way Real played their way to that victory was bog-standard and lacking life. The home team were touted to put-up a goal-fest in this facile fixture but ended up being dour and .
Their attitude towards this game was easy going. Knowing that 3 points were in the bag even before kicking a ball, Real barely made a convincing effort to score in the first half and the chances that they created, albeit in smatterings, were squandered away clumsily. Almeria were given more time on the ball and this came back to bite the home team at some point as the relegation battlers threatened to score on a few occasions.
Although Real jacked up their attacking prowess a little in the closing half, were still unable to fire at all cylinders and what was expected to be a litany of goals from them, instead, turned out to be a drab contest.