Real Madrid failed to impress in the first half of the game, not showing the performance expected from a club of their quality. True to their word, Gregorio Monzana’s side produced a game worthy of critical appreciation in the first half. Emilio Nsue headed from a corner at the sixth minute, giving Mallorca a dream start at the Santiago Bernebau. Real Madrid, however, equalized nine minutes later through Gonzalo Higuain, who was presented with an open chance at goal following Pepe’s run into the box. Mourinho’s side, who looked feeble at set pieces conceded another goal from a corner. Arbeloa completely lost track of his man and Alfaro managed to beat Sergio Ramos in the air and found the back of the net, restoring Mallorca’s one goal lead at the Bernebau.
Mourinho’s side looked nervous and feeble at set pieces, with Mallorca coming close to scoring a third goal in the 43rd minute, when Hutton’s header from a corner went just wide of the post. Even Christiano Ronaldo was not looking comfortable in the pitch and had few poor touches in the first half. He also failed to capitalize from the free kick which was awarded to Madrid outside of the penalty box.
However, the half time change which brought Ozil and Benzema onto the pitch saw things change for Real Madrid. Real Madrid looked a refreshed and recharged side in the second half and the equalizer looked inevitable. Things changed for Madrid as three goals came in quick succession. The first came from none other than Christiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo, who so far had a poor first half, spear headed his side to a brilliant equalizer. Excellent bit of movement from the Portuguese star allowed him to lose his marker and score for Madrid. Luka Modric, who equalized for Madrid in the clash against Manchester United with a stunning strike, produced another sensational strike to give Real the lead for the first time in the tie at the 54th minute. Real striked again just 3 minutes later, and Higuain completed the turnaround at the Bernabeau in the 57th minute with substitute Ozil making the assist.[mt_toggle title=”Watch the Luka Modric piledriver“] [/mt_toggle]
After Real gained a two goal lead, Mallorca struggled to stay in the competition. Still, they put up a brave fight, coming close to scoring another goal at the 86th minute but were denied by Diego Lopez, who produced a great save. Real Madrid finished things off in style with Benzema adding cherry on top of the cake. Gonzalo Higuain selflessly pulled back the ball and passed it off to fellow striker Karim Benzema, who finished off coolly to make the final score 5-2 for Madrid.