Real Madrid enjoys easy win against Racing Santander

13:31, April 05, 2010      

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Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain (C) celebrates his goal against Racing Santander during their Spanish first division soccer match at El Sardinero stadium in Santander April 4, 2010. Real Madrid won 2-0.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Real Madrid will welcome FC Barcelona to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium for next Saturday's "Classico" as Primera Liga leaders after Manuel Pellegrini's side enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 win away to Racing Santander this Sunday.

A first half penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo and a goal from Gonzalo Higuain were enough to give Real Madrid all three points against a Racing side that rarely threatened and which failed to manage a single shot on target in the entire game.

Real was without suspended duo of Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos and Pellegrini paired Gago and Mohamadou Diarra in central midfield. Racing meanwhile placed its faith in 19-year-old Sergio Canales, who has already agreed a deal to join Real next season.

Canales had his side's best chance of the game with a chip that drifted just wide of the post after Iker Casillas had failed to claim a ball in the penalty area and was caught off his line.

Madrid took the lead from the penalty sport after 24 minutes. A defensive mix up allowed Ronaldo to advance into the penalty area, where he was brought down by Moraton.

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