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Centuries for Madrid and Higuaín

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By Mike Barnes

Monday 02 April 2012

Real Madrid passed 100 goals for the season while Gonzalo Higuain notched his 100th for the Primera Liga leaders in their 5-1 thumping of Osasuna on Saturday.

Two goals each from Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo plus a Karim Benzema strike brought up the capital club’s century for the current Liga campaign as Jose Mourinho’s men maintained their six-point cushion ahead of Barcelona.

This is the third successive season in which Los Blancos have netted more than 100 times, but the first time a Spanish side has reached its century in as few as 30 matches. Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona had previously hit the three-digit mark on their 34th attempt in 2008-09.

Now, Mourinho’s Madrid need just seven more goals to surpass the club record of 107, achieved when they won La Liga under John Toshack in 1989-90. According to AS, if they can maintain their current strike-rate of 3.33 goals per game, they will leave that milestone far behind and would be on target for an unprecedented 126 goals by the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Higuain’s double in the win in Pamplona took his own haul past 100 goals for Jose Mourinho’s side. However, although the Argentine was overjoyed at his personal achievement, he was quick to acknowledge that the victory which kept Madrid ahead of Barcelona at the top of La Liga was more important.

“The coach had faith in me again and I managed to respond, said the striker. “I'm happy for the victory and proud to score 101 goals for this club. It makes me proud and incredibly happy. We have a great lead in the championship and we must keep up the good work till the end of the season. There are eight games left and we're calm about the prospect of winning the title we all want.”

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