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January 7, 2012 7:00 PM GMT
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ César Muñiz‎
Attendance:‬ 72000‎
 
Mikel Rico 22′
34′ Sergio Ramos
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 5-1 Granada

Goal.com looks at the players on show as Jose Mourinho's men cruised to a 5-1 home win over Granada to go six points clear at the top of La Liga

By Luke Matthews

  • Iker Casillas
    58
    9
    3.00

    Iker Casillas

    The experienced goalkeeper had very little to do. He did make a handful of smart saves but was helpless in stopping the Granada goal.

  • Sergio Ramos
    72
    9
    3.50

    Sergio Ramos

    The Spanish international looked great again at centre-back, oozing class at times. He also scored Madrid's all important second goal which settled any nerves around the Bernabeu.

  • Marcelo
    52
    13
    3.00

    Marcelo

    Looked good going forward but was easily beaten by Uche down the wing in the run-up to the away side's only goal of the game.

  • Raphaël Varane
    56
    14
    2.50

    Raphaël Varane

    Solid performance from the young Frenchman, who showed real signs of quality at times. Lapse of concentration for Granada's goal but the former Lens man was not alone.

  • Sami Khedira
    50
    15
    3.00

    Sami Khedira

    Decent performance from the energetic midfielder, who broke play up well and was always looking to get forward, even if his few efforts on goal were poor.

  • Mesut Özil
    108
    11
    3.00

    Mesut Özil

    Showed real class at times and was directly involved in three of Madrid's goals. After an early season blip in form, the German looks close to his best.

  • Xabi Alonso
    49
    14
    0.00

    Xabi Alonso

    The former Liverpool man showcased his usual superb passing ability from midfield and helped his team control the tempo of the game throughout.

  • Lassana Diarra
    51
    17
    2.50

    Lassana Diarra

    Had a fairly good game at the right side of defence although on occasion in the first period he was caught a little too far forward. Improved in the second half.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    93
    37
    3.00

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    The Portuguese attacker looked bright in patches but he did not have his finishing boots as he fired several shots well off target. However the former Manchester United man did grab his goal in the 89th minute and played a part in setting up Benzema's opener.

  • Karim Benzema
    137
    6
    4.00

    Karim Benzema Top of the Match

    The Frenchman was in ruthless form in front of goal as he added two more strikes to his tally. His movement was top notch and Granada could not cope with the striker's pace and power.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    63
    5
    3.00

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Added the third goal straight after the break to put the game to bed and showed he can play with Benzema upfront as the pair caused the visitors all sorts of problems.

Substitutions

  • Hamit Altıntop
    40
    8
    2.50

    Hamit Altıntop

    Very late appearance from the Turkish midfielder who was not given enough time to have an impact on the game.

  • Kaká
    92
    11
    3.00

    Kaká

    Showed some nice touches in a brief cameo as he helped Madrid comfortably see out the result, including setting up Ronaldo's goal

  • José Callejón
    46
    7
    3.00

    José Callejón

    The striker replaced Benzema for the final half hour and showed some nice touches, nearly adding a sixth in injury time.

  • Roberto
    6
    15
    1.50

    Roberto Flop of the Match

    The goalkeeper did make some decent stops in the first half but could have done a lot better with Madrid's strikes in the second period.

  • Allan Nyom
    3
    7
    2.00

    Allan Nyom

    After a promising opening the right-back was at fault for Madrid's opener, needlessly giving the ball away. This knocked his confidence a little as he then struggled to impose himself on the game.

  • Guilherme Siqueira
    3
    6
    3.50

    Guilherme Siqueira

    The former Udinese man looked great going forward but left a lot to be desired defensively as his slack marking allowed Madrid's attackers in one too many times.

  • Íñigo López
    4
    5
    2.50

    Íñigo López

    The centre-back had a good game in the first half although he did tire in the second period, which caused some gaps at the back for Madrid to exploit.

  • Pape Diakhaté
    3
    4
    2.50

    Pape Diakhaté

    Fairly decent performance from the former Dynamo Kiev man in the first half although he went to sleep in the early stages of the second, which allowed Higuain to score Madrid's third.

  • Dani Benítez
    3
    5
    3.00

    Dani Benítez

    Lively in the first half, always looking to get down the wing but he was a little subdued in the second period as Madrid took control of the game.

  • Mikel Rico
    8
    4
    3.50

    Mikel Rico

    Did very well to get into the box to score his team's equaliser. Always looked dangerous getting forward and proved he does not look out of place against Spain's top teams.

  • Carlos Martins
    3
    6
    3.00

    Carlos Martins

    Quiet game from the man on-loan from Benfica, who struggled to get his foot on the ball and dictate play in midfield.

  • Hassan Yebda
    4
    6
    3.00

    Hassan Yebda

    Despite a slow start the Algerian soon perked up and made some solid tackles in the middle of the park while also proving to be a willing runner.

  • Ighalo
    3
    5
    2.50

    Ighalo

    Struggled to really get into the game and lacked the mobility to really cause the Madrid defence any problems.

  • Uche
    11
    6
    3.50

    Uche

    Proved why Villarreal are considering terminating his loan spell at Granada. His pace was a constant threat for his side and he did very well to create Rico's goal.

Substitutions

  • Fran Rico
    4
    5
    2.50

    Fran Rico

    The former Madrid man came on in the second half and struggled to get close to his opposite numbers.

  • Abel
    3
    6
    2.50

    Abel

    The former Madrid man came on in the second half and struggled to get close to his opposite numbers.

  • Alex Geijo
    3
    5
    2.50

    Alex Geijo

    Replaced Ighalo for the final 25 minutes but the striker was not an improvement.

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