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Madrid fightback flattens Rosenborg

Published: Thursday 20 October 2005, 0.50CET
Real Madrid CF 4-1 Rosenborg BK
Second-half goals from Jonathan Woodgate, Raúl González, Iván Helguera and David Beckham completed a fine comeback.
by Andy Hall
from Santiago Bernabéu

Match statistics

Real MadridRosenborg

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target15
 
2
Attempts off target10
 
4
Corners11
 
4
Offsides1
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Thursday 20 October 2005, 0.50CET

Madrid fightback flattens Rosenborg

Real Madrid CF 4-1 Rosenborg BK
Second-half goals from Jonathan Woodgate, Raúl González, Iván Helguera and David Beckham completed a fine comeback.

Real Madrid CF were forced to come from behind to defeat Norwegian visitors Rosenborg BK 4-1 in UEFA Champions League Group F and found inspiration in the unlikeliest of sources as Jonathan Woodgate's equalising header paved the way to victory.

Debut dream
Woodgate, whose only previous goals in a Madrid shirt had gone into his own net, cancelled out Roar Strand's first-half strike three minutes into the second period as Madrid returned rejuvenated after a testing opening 45 minutes. Raúl González, Iván Helguera and David Beckham added further goals as the Spanish side moved into second place in the section with this second successive win.

Notable absentees
Both coaches were able to field their usual 4-3-3 formations, albeit with several changes. Madrid's Vanderlei Luxemburgo was deprived of Míchel Salgado, Sergio Ramos and Ronaldo so opted to introduce Carlos Diogo and Woodgate in defence while Robinho moved into a central attacking role flanked by Julio Baptista and Raúl. Zinedine Zidane, now fully recovered from a groin strain, started his first Group F game at Guti's expense.

Tactical reshuffle
For the visitors, Ørjan Berg failed a late fitness test, forcing coach Per-Mathias Høgmo to deploy Per Ciljan Skjelbred in the middle of midfield, while Christer Basma stepped in at right-back to push captain Strand into a more advanced position. Despite the reshuffle, the visitors defended solidly in the opening stages, their organisation and discipline leaving few spaces for the hosts, who looked quite stifled in attack.

Madrid danger
Madrid nevertheless managed to fashion a number of attempts on Espen Johnsen's goal, Raúl firing straight into the goalkeeper's hands in the opening minute before Woodgate, up front for a corner, headed over. Efforts from Baptista and Robinho likewise ended in the stands, before the Rosenborg keeper brilliantly smothered Raúl's audacious back-heel.

Johnsen excellence
Chances for Rosenborg were at a premium and home goalkeeper Iker Casillas was relatively untroubled, although he did punch clear an Øyvind Storflor free-kick. The Spanish international then watched his opposite number react superbly to tip a toe-poke from Baptista on to the crossbar.

Strand strikes
However, as Luxemburgo had warned, the Norwegian outfit are masters of the counterattack and caught out Madrid against the run of play just before half-time. Storflor's centre escaped Helguera, leaving Strand – who scored Rosenborg's opener in a 2-0 win against Madrid in Trondheim in the 1997/98 UEFA Champions League - to calmly slip his shot past Casillas.

Madrid revived
Luxemburgo responded by swapping Baptista for Guti at half-time, and the switch brought instant results as Madrid turned the game on its head within seven minutes of the restart. First, Woodgate met Beckham's raking cross to direct a powerful header under the crossbar, and soon after, Raúl put the home team ahead following a dazzling display of skill from Robinho. The Brazilian's run created the opportunity for Madrid's captain to show some fast footwork of his own, controlling the ball with his left and slotting it in with his right.

Helguera header
Confidence restored, Madrid began to dominate and extended their advantage on 68 minutes when Helguera connected with a Beckham free-kick to nod inside the near post. The pressure was relentless, Raúl and Robinho both going close as the final whistle approached but it was Beckham who crowned a fine performance by curling a signature set-piece into the top corner. Madrid will be full of confidence for the return match in two weeks, although Pablo García will be suspended after collecting a yellow card.

Last updated: 20/10/05 10.29CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

rosenborg

Rosenborg

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
1
Espen JohnsenEspen Johnsen (GK)
3
Roberto CarlosRoberto Carlos
5
BasmaChrister Basma
5
ZidaneZinédine Zidane
Substitution70
6
StrandRoar Strand (C)
Goal40
Substitution46
6
Iván HelgueraIván Helguera
Goal68
10
RisethVidar Riseth
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González (C)
Goal52
11
SolliJan Gunnar Solli
8
Júlio BaptistaJúlio Baptista
Substitution46
15
SkjelbredPer Ciljan Skjelbred
Substitution75
10
RobinhoRobinho
17
StorflorØyvind Storflor
12
Pablo GarcíaPablo García
Yellow Card12
20
HelstadThorstein Helstad
Substitution63
18
WoodgateJonathan Woodgate
Goal48
Substitution85
25
BraatenDaniel Braaten
21
DiogoCarlos Diogo
26
KvarmeBjørn Tore Kvarme
23
BeckhamDavid Beckham
Goal82
33
DorsinMikael Dorsin

Substitutes

13
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
30
RønningenIvar Rønningen (GK)
14
GutiGuti
Substitution46
4
WinsnesFredrik Winsnes
Substitution75
15
Raúl BravoRaúl Bravo
9
Frode JohnsenFrode Johnsen
Substitution63
16
GravesenThomas Gravesen
Substitution70
13
ØdegaardAlexander Ødegaard
22
PavónPaco Pavón
18
LagoAlejandro Lago
24
MejíaÁlvaro Mejía
Substitution85
19
TetteyAlexander Tettey
Substitution46
27
SoldadoRoberto Soldado
21
StensaasStåle Stensaas

Coach

Vanderlei Luxemburgo (BRA) Per-Mathias Høgmo (NOR)

Referee

Stephen Graham Bennett (ENG)

Assistant referees

Glenn Turner (ENG), Robert Lewis (ENG)

Fourth official

Christopher Foy (ENG)

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