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April 21, 2013 2:00 AM EST
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ Alfonso Álvarez‎
Attendance:‬ 75000‎
 
45′ Mesut Özil
Jorge Molina 73′ (PG)
 
90+1′ Mesut Özil
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 3-1 Betis

Goal.com rates the players on show as a Mesut Ozil double and Karim Benzema strike sees Jose Mourinho's men to victory ahead of their Champions League semi-final with Dortmund

By Tom Webber

  • Diego López Rodríguez
    7
    1
    3.00

    Diego López Rodríguez

    Kept Casillas on the bench and was largely untroubled for most of the game. He did not do anything wrong and even got a hand to Molina's penalty, though that did not stop it going in.

  • Ricardo Carvalho
    2
    7
    2.00

    Ricardo Carvalho Flop of the Match

    Struggled to deal with the pace and fluidity of the Betis forwards. Madrid did not look as solid as they do with their first-choice back line and he nearly gifted the visitors a late equaliser, but Castro hit the bar.

  • Marcelo
    4
    2

    Marcelo

    The Brazilian left-back showed plenty of energy in the early exchanges but was withdrawn after 15 minutes due to injury.

  • Raúl Albiol
    4
    2
    3.00

    Raúl Albiol

    A competent display at centre-back, despite having his pace tested regularly by the Betis attack. Despite that, he positioned himself well and marked impressively.

  • Nacho Fernández
    4
    4
    2.50

    Nacho Fernández

    Began the game at right-back but soon moved over to his favoured side following an injury to Marcelo. Did OK up against Campbell but a clumsy challenge allowed Molina to score from the spot late on.

  • Mesut Özil
    22
    0
    4.50

    Mesut Özil Top of the Match

    The Germany international was involved intermittently in the first half before a brilliant attacking injection saw him open the scoring. He added far more drive in the second half and wrapped up a good performance with his second in stoppage time.

  • Luka Modric
    11
    1
    3.00

    Luka Modric

    Played a number of high-quality passes over the top for his team-mates, however the finish was often lacking. He could have done more tracking back to help his side defend against Betis' fluid attack.

  • Casemiro
    9
    0
    3.00

    Casemiro

    Making his debut on loan from Sao Paulo, the Brazilian put in a confident performance, passed the ball well in the centre of midfield and allowed Modric a bit more freedom.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    19
    1
    3.50

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    A lively performance from the Portuguese superstar as he showed plenty of hunger throughout the game. He got into some dangerous areas and rattled the post with a brilliant effort in the first half.

  • José Callejón
    2
    3
    3.00

    José Callejón

    Seemed keen to run in behind to try and expose the lack of pace in the visitors' defence. He did not see enough of the ball to make a positive impact and his finishing was poor, though his volley was diverted into the net by Ozil late on.

  • Karim Benzema
    14
    0
    3.50

    Karim Benzema

    The French striker spent more of his time drifting into the wide areas than looking for space in behind. Linked well with his team-mates, and after taking up a more central role after the break he netted an impressive goal past Adrian.

Substitutions

  • Raphaël Varane
    12
    0
    3.00

    Raphaël Varane

    Replaced Marcelo in the 15th minute but played at right-back for the evening. He was at times troubled by Pabon's pace but on the whole he read the game well and tucked inside to help support the centre-backs.

  • Pepe
    6
    0
    3.00

    Pepe

    Came on for Modric after the Croatian took a knock in the 62nd minute and helped screen the defence effectively.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    4
    2

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Brought on for Benzema in the 73rd minute but was unable to really influence the game.

  • Adrián San Miguel Del Castillo
    0
    0
    3.00

    Adrián San Miguel Del Castillo

    The goalkeeper showed good awareness and brilliant judgement when deciding to come out of his goal and sweep up at the black. He stayed big and got the better of Ronaldo in a one-on-one in the first half.

  • Chica
    0
    0
    3.00

    Chica

    A decent performance from the right-back as he shone when moving forward into the other half. He put a number of decent crosses in from the flank and forced Ronaldo to move in field due to his defending.

  • Amaya
    0
    0
    2.50

    Amaya

    Looked completely disorganised in the first half as he was incapable of dealing with the pace of Madrid's front line. He did not drop off the play to make up for this and was fortunate not to be punished.

  • Álex Martínez
    0
    0
    2.50

    Álex Martínez

    Not the best of outings for the full-back as the space between him and the centre-backs was frequently exposed by Madrid. He seemed incapable of stopping the opposition from getting in behind.

  • Paulao
    0
    0
    2.50

    Paulao

    The imposing Brazilian defender played Mesut Ozil onside as he slotted in the opening goal. Despite his size his marking was poor and he left Betis looking porous at the back.

  • Beñat
    1
    0
    3.50

    Beñat

    Linked defence to attack impressively for the visitors. He was keen to move the ball forward and follow his pass, and was key as Betis piled on the pressure to push for a late equaliser.

  • N. Igiebor
    0
    0
    2.50

    N. Igiebor

    The Nigerian was rewarded with a starting berth after rescuing a point for his side in the Seville derby last weekend, but he failed to deliver such heroics again. An early header was his greatest involvement in a poor outing.

  • José Cañas
    0
    0
    3.00

    José Cañas

    A competent performance in the middle of the park from the 25-year-old midfielder. He was tidy an effective in the middle though he did not attempt to overstretch himself. He did his best to keep tight to Ozil and limit his involvement.

  • Joel Campbell
    0
    0
    3.50

    Joel Campbell

    Could perhaps have used his pace a bit more to get at the inexperienced Nacho, but he always looked dangerous when cutting inside. An acrobatic effort that went wide of the post was his best moment in a promising display.

  • D. Pabón
    1
    0
    3.50

    D. Pabón

    The Colombian used his pace well to get at the second-string Madrid defence. He found space in which to supply crosses and also rattled the bar with a brilliant first-half effort.

  • Rubén Castro
    0
    0
    3.00

    Rubén Castro

    Thought he had given his side an early lead only to see the flag raised, correctly, for offside. He got into some threatening areas and was only denied a late leveller by the crossbar.

Substitutions

  • Rubén Pérez
    0
    0

    Rubén Pérez

    Brought on in place of Canas in the 67th minute but was unable to make his mark on the game.

  • Vadillo
    0
    0
    3.00

    Vadillo

    Came on for Campbell after 59 minutes and continued to threaten in the wide areas, though his only effort flew wildly wide of the goal.

  • Jorge Molina
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jorge Molina

    Replaced Nosa for the second half and was much more involved than the Nigerian. He got himself on the scoresheet with a cool penalty in the 73rd minute.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
26 4
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0