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Di Maria Red spoils Real Madrid win [with highlights]

Posted on February 25, 2013 by admin

Angel Di Maria received possibly the stupidest red card I have ever seen, to spoil what was looking like a great result for Real Madrid. Jose Mourinho knows he will not catch Barcelona to win La Liga, but there is still the small matter of overtaking Atletico Madrid for second place, and building momentum, so he will be pleased with the win.

Mourinho rested some key players for the trip to bottom-of-the-table Deportivo, but must still have been surprised at how much his team struggled. Deportivo sensed that the Madrid team was thinking about tomorrow’s Copa Del Rey second leg Clasico, and they very nearly took advantage. The striker Riki was a real thorn in the side throughout, and he gave Depor a deserved lead before half time, beating Lopez at the near post.

Mourinho did bring on his star names Ronaldo, Ozil and Khedira in the second half, and Madrid were much better after that. Kaka provided a moment of magic with a beautiful shot to equalise, but there were less than two minutes on the clock when Ronaldo set up Higuain for the winner.

That should have been that, but Di Maria then picked up two yellow cards, in seconds, for the same offence of preventing a free kick being taken. He might complain it was harsh, but if you have just been booked for something, don’t do it again straight away.

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