Real Madrid Vs. Granada, 2012 La Liga: Halftime Score, Los Merengues Lead 2-1

Real Madrid haven't been at their best so far against Granada, but they've done enough to take a lead into halftime. They started the game with a brilliant goal, but their visitors quickly provided an answer to equalize. Sergio Ramos put his team back ahead with a headed goal ten minutes before halftime, and they lead 2-1 after 45 minutes.

Jose Mourinho has made the surprising move to start both Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain. Neither has been poor, nor has anyone for Madrid, but they don't look exactly like the Madrid side that went into the break in brilliant form.

The first goal was an absolutely brilliant one, with Madrid's best attacking players combining to put them ahead in the 19th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo started the move with a lob to Mesut Özil, who backheeled into the path of Benzema. He had an easy finish, and tapped it in to put his team ahead. Granada's equalizer was instant, with Mikel Rico heading in a cross from Ikechukwu Uche in the 22nd minute.

Ramos would put his team back ahead in the 34th minute, heading in a corner kick from Özil. Granada's defending on both goals was fairly poor, and they have a long way to go to get back into this one. A third from Madrid seems more likely than an equalizer.

For more on Los Merengues, check out Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid.

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