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December 22, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
Estadio de Mestalla — Valencia
Referee:‬ Fernando Teixeira‎
Attendance:‬ 40000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Valencia 2-3 Real Madrid

Substitute Jese secured all three points with a late strike as Carlo Ancelotti's side were twice pegged back before closing the gap on Barcelona and Atletico to five points

By Tom Maston

  • Guaita
    0
    1
    2.00

    Guaita Flop of the Match

    Poor positioning cost his side a point as he left too much room at near post for Jese strike. Had no chance with the other goals.

  • Víctor Ruiz
    0
    1
    2.50

    Víctor Ruiz

    Helped keep Benzema and Ronaldo quiet, though fortunate not to concede a penalty in the second half for trip on the latter.

  • João Pereira
    1
    0
    3.00

    João Pereira

    Got forward well on occasion and swerving effort forced handling error from Lopez. Defended well enough when called upon.

  • Jérémy Mathieu
    0
    0
    3.50

    Jérémy Mathieu

    A rock at the heart of the defence as he won umpteen tackles and got the better of Benzema. Flicked header brought second equaliser.

  • Oriol Romeu
    1
    0
    2.50

    Oriol Romeu

    Passed the ball well enough but unable to put any real stamp on the game from midfield.

  • Sofiane Feghouli
    0
    1
    2.50

    Sofiane Feghouli

    Muscled out of second-half header by Marcelo before late cross set up Jonas effort.

  • Juan Bernat
    0
    0
    3.50

    Juan Bernat

    Allowed Di Maria to ghost past him too easily for opener but made up for it with excellent cross for Piatti equaliser. Almost gave hosts the lead with dribble and shot, though did offer Jese too much room for winner.

  • Parejo
    0
    0
    4.00

    Parejo

    Wonderfully efficient in the middle of the park and his superb in-swinging corner set up Mathieu's header.

  • Federico Nicolás Cartabia
    0
    0
    2.50

    Federico Nicolás Cartabia

    Struggled to get into the game apart from strike from distance that went over the top. Replaced in second half.

  • Pablo Piatti
    0
    0
    3.50

    Pablo Piatti

    A real threat throughout and took headed goal well as he timed run to perfection. Unlucky to see free kick awarded against him for Ronaldo goal.

  • Jonas
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jonas

    Flashed first-half effort inches wide before late header forced Lopez into easy save.

Substitutions

  • Jose Andrés Guardado
    0
    0

    Jose Andrés Guardado

    Had little time to make an impact on the game.

  • Ever Banega
    0
    0

    Ever Banega

    Had no time to have a say in the match after coming on late in the game.

  • Canales
    0
    0
    3.00

    Canales

    Looked bright against his former side and forced Lopez into decent save with long range strike.

  • Diego López Rodríguez
    0
    0
    2.50

    Diego López Rodríguez

    Was caught in two minds for Mathieu goal and was fortunate to get away with handling error soon after. Helped make amends with strong stops from Canales and Jonas.

  • Sergio Ramos
    0
    0
    2.00

    Sergio Ramos

    Allowed Piatti to get in front of him for first equaliser then lost Mathieu from a corner for the second. A poor display from Los Blancos skipper.

  • Marcelo
    0
    0
    2.50

    Marcelo

    Got forward well, especially in the first half, but the final ball was lacking. Defended well to deny Feghouli midway through second period.

  • Arbeloa
    0
    0
    2.50

    Arbeloa

    Struggled to deal with Bernat and Piatti as the home side created plenty down their left-hand side. Booked before being substituted.

  • Nacho Fernández
    0
    0
    3.00

    Nacho Fernández

    Yellow carded in the first half but was the better of Real's two centre-halves. Kept Jonas relatively quiet with some tight marking.

  • Xabi Alonso
    1
    1
    3.00

    Xabi Alonso

    Involved plenty early on with some neat passing and made some key defensive contributions as the match went on.

  • Luka Modric
    0
    1
    4.00

    Luka Modric Top of the Match

    Barely misplaced a pass in an efficient display. Looked to play some killer passes before great vision provided assist for Jese's winner.

  • Ángel Di María
    0
    0
    3.50

    Ángel Di María

    Superb individual strike broke the deadlock before delightful cross supplied Ronaldo goal. Allowed Bernat too much room to cross for Piatti equaliser.

  • Isco
    0
    1
    3.00

    Isco

    Struggled to get into the game as the visitors failed to create much in the final third but worked hard.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    2
    2
    3.00

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    By no means at his best but still managed to get on the scoresheet with first-half header. Guilty of greediness on occasion, though odd bit of trickery helped create some chances.

  • Karim Benzema
    0
    1
    2.00

    Karim Benzema

    Was left isolated up front despite having three men behind him in support. Wasted best chance when he fired wide in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Daniel Carvajal
    1
    0

    Daniel Carvajal

    Had very little to do after replacing Arbeloa.

  • Asier Illarramendi
    0
    1

    Asier Illarramendi

    Had insufficient time to make an impact as late substitute.

  • Jesé Rodríguez
    0
    0
    3.50

    Jesé Rodríguez

    Excellent vision saw gap at Guaita's front post and took full advantage with inch-perfect strike.

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
27 5
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