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March 30, 2013 7:00 PM GMT
Estadio de la Romareda — Zaragoza
Referee:‬ Alberto Undiano‎
Attendance:‬ 30000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Zaragoza 1-1 Real Madrid

Goal.com rates the players on show following los Blancos' failure to close the gap on Barcelona despite Ronaldo's first-half equaliser

By Tom Webber

  • Roberto
    5
    2
    3.00

    Roberto

    Perhaps could have been positioned better for Ronaldo's leveller. But saves from Essien and the Portuguese show he is still a quality keeper.

  • Álvaro
    1
    4
    3.00

    Álvaro

    Ensured Higuain was tightly man-marked when ball played into feet, but could perhaps have tracked the Argentine's runs a bit closer, though that did not prove a fatal error.

  • Glenn Loovens
    2
    3
    3.00

    Glenn Loovens

    A mixed bag from the Dutchman. Recovered from a shoddy clearance to keep Pepe's header out, but failed to deal with a long ball which led to Ronaldo's equaliser.

  • Cristian Sapunaru
    2
    1
    3.00

    Cristian Sapunaru

    The Romanian made his presence felt putting the Madrid players off, and quickly closed down the space in wide areas to limit crosses into the box.

  • Minero
    0
    2
    2.50

    Minero

    A relatively solid first half as he kept Callejon quiet and provided extra cover when needed, however, struggled to deal Di Maria's blistering pace in the second.

  • Movilla
    1
    4
    3.00

    Movilla

    A combative performance from the veteran midfielder as he hunted the ball down incessantly in the middle of the park. Was tough in the tackle and squeezed the space Kaka could operate in.

  • Edu Oriol
    0
    3
    2.50

    Edu Oriol

    Failed to make the most of the space vacated by Marcelo as his regularly poor delivery was a source of frustration for Manolo Jimenez's men. Some better crosses could have really worried Madrid.

  • Apoño
    1
    2
    3.50

    Apoño

    Fought hard in midfield, with his eagerness to press the ball creating the chance that saw Rodri provide the opening goal. Continued to hound the opposition before being withdrawn through injury.

  • Montañés
    2
    2
    3.00

    Montañés

    Floated across the top of the pitch but did not show his electric pace regularly enough. He impressed on the break but lacked the ingenuity to forge anything for his side at a lower tempo.

  • Rodri
    4
    3
    3.50

    Rodri

    The on-loan Barcelona B player had a dream start as he slotted in a neat finish in the sixth minute. He supplied plenty of energy in behind the striker and buzzed about in the hole before being substituted with a knock.

  • Hélder Postiga
    3
    2
    2.50

    Hélder Postiga

    A disappointing performance from the Portuguese as he was unable to worry the Madrid defenders for much of the 90 minutes, though had a couple of good headers in the final moments.

Substitutions

  • Romaric
    1
    2
    3.00

    Romaric

    Replaced Apono in the 53rd minute and ensured Zaragoza remained competitive in midfield for the rest of the game.

  • Lucas Wilchez
    0
    2

    Lucas Wilchez

    Brought on for Edu Oriol in the 84th minute and could not impact proceedings.

  • Víctor Rodríguez
    1
    2
    3.00

    Víctor Rodríguez

    Came on for Rodri after 63 minutes and put some decent crosses into the box as Zaragoza pushed for a shock winner.

  • Diego López Rodríguez
    32
    3
    4.50

    Diego López Rodríguez Top of the Match

    Was completely sold by Rodri's shape as he slotted in the opener but remained solid for the rest of the game, making a pair of top-drawer saves to keep out Postiga in the closing stages.

  • Pepe
    6
    18
    2.50

    Pepe

    Unlucky not to get a goal in the first half as Loovens' goal-line clearance sent his header behind. He hoofed a number of passes from back to front that cut the midfield out of the game and his lack of pace was regularly exposed.

  • Sergio Ramos
    9
    15
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    Not gifted an easy evening on his birthday but displayed plenty of strength at the back. Faced very little competition from Helder Postiga until the final moments but had forced the Portuguese into areas where he could not cause any damage.

  • Marcelo
    21
    7
    3.50

    Marcelo

    Left a lot of space in behind him as he continually pushed forward. Yet this allowed Ronaldo to drift in field and his consistently excellent delivery made it worthwhile. Was denied a goal by the post early in the second half.

  • Arbeloa
    9
    11
    2.50

    Arbeloa

    Showed a real lack of pace to get back and stop Rodri from slotting home the opening goal. He was intermittently caught out of position by Paco Montanes, even though he offered very little in the final third.

  • Michael Essien
    7
    21
    3.00

    Michael Essien

    Another average performance from the Ghanaian as he never really stood out. A header that was turned behind by Roberto was his best moment.

  • Luka Modric
    24
    20
    2.50

    Luka Modric

    Let the ball get away from him which was pivotal to the concession of the opening goal. He did not dwell on it and tried to orchestrate the side from midfield.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    37
    18
    3.50

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Had a disappointing start to the game but improved as it went on. He bullied his way into the area and lashed in a brilliant first-half equaliser and was only denied a second by the brilliance of Roberto.

  • Kaká
    21
    34
    2.00

    Kaká Flop of the Match

    Dropped off the forward line in an attempt to pick up the ball and attack goal. However, his distribution was far from his best and he was unable to penetrate the Zaragoza defence, either by dribbling or with a pass.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    9
    15
    2.50

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Played on the shoulder of the last man and ghosted in behind the defence regularly with some impressive movement. He did not use that to test Roberto, though, in a below-par performance.

  • José Callejón
    5
    20
    2.50

    José Callejón

    Failed to take his chance to impress in the starting line-up as he struggled to get involved in the action wide on the right. He did not get at Abraham enough and rarely linked with his team-mates.

Substitutions

  • Sami Khedira
    14
    5
    3.00

    Sami Khedira

    Replaced Arbeloa on the hour mark but was unable to galvanise his side with more dynamism in the middle of the park.

  • Mesut Özil
    20
    12
    3.00

    Mesut Özil

    Came on for Kaka in the 61st minute but failed to supply any more creativity in the middle of the park.

  • Ángel Di María
    14
    7
    3.00

    Ángel Di María

    Brought on in place of Callejon on the hour mark and instantly looked more dangerous with his electric pace.

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
Atlético 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