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Raúl strike seals Madrid win

Published: Wednesday 22 October 2003, 23.15CET
Real Madrid CF 1-0 FK Partizan A Raúl González header is enough to seal Madrid victory at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Match statistics

Real MadridPartizan

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
2
Attempts off target12
 
4
Corners6
 
7
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed6
 
10
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 22 October 2003, 23.15CET

Raúl strike seals Madrid win

Real Madrid CF 1-0 FK Partizan A Raúl González header is enough to seal Madrid victory at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Real Madrid CF look certain to have booked their place in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League with a 1-0 victory over FK Partizan at the Santiago Bernabéu in Group F.

Unguarded net
Madrid secured the three points in the 38th minute when a David Beckham corner was headed goalwards by Luís Figo and Raúl González made sure by nodding into an unguarded net. The three points were just reward for Carlos Queiroz's side who, despite never being at their most fluent, were always in the ascendancy and should have had more to show than just the solitary strike.

Dominated possession
The home side dominated possession from the outset, and they were soon camped in the Partizan half as Roberto Carlos surged forward and peppered the visitors' goal with shots. His first came after just four minutes - a trademark effort from the Brazilian that tested the handling of Partizan goalkeeper Djordje Pantic.

Show off skills
The visitors were struggling to get hold of the ball and Zinedine Zidane and Beckham were enjoying the chance to show off their skills, albeit without really threatening to unlock the Partizan defence. After eleven minutes Beckham picked out Roberto Carlos with a clever, deep free-kick from the right, but the full-back blasted his volley high over the crossbar from a good position.

Near-misses
The Madrid superstars were all getting in on the act and Raúl headed wide before Figo curled a shot with the outside of his right foot just past Pantic's right-hand post. Lothar Matthäus's side simply could not get out of their own half. Whenever they did get possession they invariably gave the ball straight back to the home team and invited another attack.

Sumptuous pass
After Beckham went close with a free-kick Ronaldo should have opened the scoring, but after being played through by Zidane's sumptuous through-ball he fired at the legs of Pantic, who was keeping his side in the game. Seven minutes before half-time Madrid finally secured the breakthrough, with Figo heading Beckham's left-wing corner towards goal and Raúl flicking the ball into the net.

Much-improved
Partizan came out after the break a much-improved side and Ivica Iliev and substitute Milan Stojanoski both gave Madrid a scare with efforts that went close. Ten minutes after the interval Ljubinko Drulovic had a golden chance to level matters, but his goal-bound volley was brilliantly blocked six metres out by Beckham.

Stamp their authority
The nine-times winners of the tournament soon began to stamp their authority on proceedings, with Figo curling another shot from the edge of the penalty area over and Beckham seeing Pantic make a brilliant save from point-blank range after Ronaldo had unselfishly passed.

Agonisingly wide
As Madrid pushed hard for the goal that would have put the result beyond doubt, Ronaldo and Beckham got in each other's way with the goal at their mercy, and the Brazilian striker then sent a shot agonisingly wide of Pantic's left-hand post with the goalkeeper beaten. Beckham was at the heart of everything Madrid had to offer, and more good build-up play from the England captain resulted in Figo seeing Pantic pull off yet another stunning reflex stop.

Spanish stroll
The last ten minutes became a stroll for the Spanish side, with Partizan continuing to defend deep to protect their goal and Madrid keeping possession of the ball to seal victory and three more valuable points.

Last updated: 23/10/03 10.45CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

partizan

Partizan

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
27
PantićDjordje Pantić (GK)
2
Míchel SalgadoMíchel Salgado
4
DuljajIgor Duljaj
3
Roberto CarlosRoberto Carlos
5
OgnjanovićDejan Ognjanović
5
ZidaneZinédine Zidane
Substitution79
10
DrulovićLjubinko Drulović
6
Iván HelgueraIván Helguera
14
N. DjordjevićNenad Djordjević
Yellow Card23
Substitution90
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González (C)
Goal38
15
MalbašaNikola Malbaša
9
RonaldoRonaldo
Substitution79
17
IlievIvica Iliev
10
Luís FigoLuís Figo
22
S. IlićSaša Ilić (C)
15
Raúl BravoRaúl Bravo
24
SavicBranko Savic
22
PavónPaco Pavón
Substitution46
26
RząsaTomasz Rząsa
Substitution46
23
BeckhamDavid Beckham
Yellow Card22
28
NadjAlbert Nadj
Substitution90+2

Substitutes

25
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
1
RadakovicRadovan Radakovic (GK)
11
PortilloJavier Portillo
Substitution79
6
RadoncicDženan Radoncic
14
GutiGuti
Substitution46
Yellow Card90+1
7
StojanoskiMilan Stojanoski
Substitution46
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
11
ČakarDamir Čakar
Substitution90+2
21
SolariSantiago Solari
Substitution79
18
IvićVladimir Ivić
26
Borja FernándezBorja Fernández
23
BrnovićBojan Brnović
Substitution90
27
NúñezAntonio Núñez
25
BajićBranimir Bajić

Coach

Carlos Queiróz (POR) Lothar Matthäus (GER)

Referee

Massimo Busacca (SUI)

Assistant referees

Rudolf Käppeli (SUI), Matthias Arnet (SUI)

Fourth official

Carlo Bertolini (SUI)

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