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January 16, 2013 7:00 AM EST
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ César Muñiz‎
Attendance:‬ 65000‎
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 2-0 Valencia

Goal.com rates the players on show as Karim Benzema found the net to spur los Blancos to victory, despite a brave performance from Ernesto Valverde's men

By Tom Webber

  • Iker Casillas
    9
    3
    3.00

    Iker Casillas

    The Spain international always looked aware of his positioning as he kept the opponents at bay for the full 90 minutes. A brilliant save from Jonas in the first half proved key as Madrid took the lead minutes later.

  • Ricardo Carvalho
    4
    6
    2.00

    Ricardo Carvalho

    Clearly lacked match practice as Soldado regularly found space to run in behind, but the defender was fortunate that the referee's assistant raised his flag in his favour on a number of occasions.

  • Raúl Albiol
    2
    4
    2.00

    Raúl Albiol

    Failed to provide a solid defence alongside Carvalho as the pair lacked organisation. He made a number of clumsy challenges against his former team and was lucky his side were not punished.

  • Marcelo
    7
    4
    3.00

    Marcelo

    Was always looking to overlap on the left-hand side and provide a man over when Madrid broke at pace. He became less adventurous before being substituted for Coentrao at half-time.

  • Xabi Alonso
    6
    4
    3.00

    Xabi Alonso

    It was an efficient performance from the central midfielder and nothing more. He was relatively assured in possession and knocked the ball about competently, but he by no means stood out.

  • Luka Modric
    19
    4
    3.50

    Luka Modric

    The Croatian fired a golden opportunity wide in the opening 10 minutes which proved to be his only chance of the match. However, he always provided an option in the middle of the park and shifted the ball effectively.

  • Michael Essien
    8
    3
    2.50

    Michael Essien

    He was the driving force behind the counterattack that enabled Benzema to open the scoring. However, defensively he was less than impressive and played the Valencia forwards onside numerous times.

  • Mesut Özil
    22
    4
    3.50

    Mesut Özil

    Started the game in a lively manner with some decent turns and equally pleasing passes. He drifted in from the right and attempted to encourage link up play that Modric seemed unable to supply.

  • Sami Khedira
    19
    3
    3.50

    Sami Khedira Top of the Match

    Regularly charged forward from deep to help support his team. One such action proved integral as he cushioned an excellent first-time pass into the path of Benzema for the opener.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    14
    9
    3.00

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    The Portuguese looked really up for the game after returning from suspension with a series of early shots that flew narrowly wide of the goal. He went quiet before being denied a goal by two brilliant saves from Guaita late on.

  • Karim Benzema
    10
    5
    3.00

    Karim Benzema

    The striker always looked hungry for the ball as he displayed brilliant movement in the final third with a variety of runs. He provided a composed finish to score the game's only goal but faded in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Ángel Di María
    2
    5
    2.50

    Ángel Di María

    Came on for Modric in the 62nd minute and had a hand in the second goal as he played in Coentrao, who subsequently supplied the cross which was diverted in.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    5
    0
    3.00

    Fabio Coentrao

    Performed well in the second half, and was not caught too high up the pitch. A well-timed bursting run was pivotal to his side's second goal.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    2
    3
    3.00

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Replaced Benzema with 20 minutes remaining but struggled to really make an impact. His hand appeared to play a part in the second goal, though it went down as a Guardado own goal.

  • Guaita
    3
    0
    3.50

    Guaita

    The keeper can be very pleased with his performance after he made a number of impressive saves to keep his side in the game. His two stops from Ronaldo late on were top drawer.

  • Adil Rami
    1
    1
    3.00

    Adil Rami

    There was little he could do to stop Benzema from slotting home the opening goal but he stayed tight to his compatriot thereafter. He was bailed out by Guaita in the closing stages after a mistake let Ronaldo in.

  • João Pereira
    2
    0
    3.00

    João Pereira

    Found it difficult to cope with Ronaldo at the start as the Madrid man simply overpowered him in the first half. He did recover and attempted to drive his side forward from the back.

  • Víctor Ruiz
    2
    0
    2.50

    Víctor Ruiz

    The centre-back was forced out of position due to Guardado's error during the first goal. He missed a golden opportunity to equalise as he headed over on the hour mark.

  • Jose Andrés Guardado
    3
    1
    2.50

    Jose Andrés Guardado

    Looked impressive in the early stages as he marked tightly and made a number of sharp challenges. However, he was caught out of position for the opening goal as Victor Ruiz was subsequently dragged across to cover him.

  • Ever Banega
    3
    1
    3.50

    Ever Banega

    Always got his head up when in possession and picked his passes impressively more often than not. He always looked to make space for himself and looked elegant as he used it extremely effectively.

  • Tino Costa
    2
    0
    3.00

    Tino Costa

    Acted as the hub of midfield as he linked attack to defence well with some measured passes. He also tried to support the forwards as much as possible and provided a danger from distance with a few decent strikes.

  • Parejo
    1
    1
    3.00

    Parejo

    Was not afraid to get stuck in with some challenges in the middle of the park. In losing possession he offered Madrid a chance to counter, one which they fully exploited by taking the lead through Benzema.

  • Roberto Soldado
    3
    0
    2.50

    Roberto Soldado

    The striker lacked the service to really make an impact in the first half. A number of contentious offside calls bailed Real Madrid out as he looked to take on Casillas a number of times.

  • Jonas
    1
    2
    2.00

    Jonas Flop of the Match

    He regularly got in areas to test Casillas but his lacklustre finishing in front of goal ended up playing a huge role in his side's defeat. Two misses were quickly followed by Madrid goals, showing the difference in quality up front.

  • Pablo Piatti
    2
    0
    3.50

    Pablo Piatti

    He was forced to chase back after Marcelo but did so willingly and made a fantastic interception in the first half to stop Ozil when one-on-one. He put in a number of quality crosses from the right.

Substitutions

  • Fernando Gago
    1
    0
    1.50

    Fernando Gago

    Came on for Costa in the 79th minute but had no time to influence the game.

  • Haedo Valdéz
    1
    0
    1.50

    Haedo Valdéz

    Was given six minutes in place of Banega but could not find the net for Valverde's men.

  • Ricardo Costa
    1
    0
    2.00

    Ricardo Costa

    Replaced Victor Ruiz in the 75th minute but he failed to make an impact.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
5 0
Cesc Fàbregas Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
Barcelona
4 1
Ángel Di María Ángel Di María
Midfielder
Real Madrid
4 1
Raúl García Raúl García
Midfielder
Atl. Madrid
4 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
3 2