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Real's Unconvincing 5-1 Win

Real Madrid recorded a strange win yesterday over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League. The scoreboard shows that Los Merengues destroyed the Ukrainian side, 5-1, but if you saw the match you couldn't help but notice how shaky Real Madrid looked in defense. Goalkeeper Iker Casillas had to rescue Real Madrid on several occasions yesterday, as the Madrilenos showed poor discipline in defense and very spotty man marking in particular. However, it also proved to be a very good day for them going forward. Strikers Raul and Ruud van Nistelrooy netted two each, while on-loan Arsenal winger Jose Antonio Reyes continued his fine start at Real with a top class first-time strike from the edge of the area. Another positive for Madrid was the return of Brazilian striker Ronaldo, who came on for van Nistelrooy late in the second half. For the third game in a row, David Beckham came off the bench as a substitute for Jose Reyes, who now seems to have taken his starting spot on the right side of midfield. Beckham will be particularly keen to fight his way back into the starting line-up especially as he continues negotiations with the club over renewing his contract. Raul scored his first two goals of the season to end a long personal goal drought for his beloved club; his Champions League total is now an all-time high 53 goals, one more than Chelsea's Andriy Shevchenko.

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