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January 28, 2012 7:00 PM GMT
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez‎
Attendance:‬ 78000‎
 
32′ Kaká
Lafita 12′
 
56′ Mesut Özil
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 3-1 Zaragoza

Goal.com rates the players as Jose Mourinho's men come from behind to beat the Aragonese outfit 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday night

By Ben Hayward

  • Iker Casillas
    62
    8
    3.00

    Iker Casillas

    Little to do and blameless for the goal, but did make one fine save from Postiga late in the game.

  • Ricardo Carvalho
    60
    11
    3.50

    Ricardo Carvalho

    Was starting only his second game since returning from injury and was easily beaten by Aranda in the first goal. Played a lovely ball through the Zaragoza defence to find Kaka as Madrid levelled the scores, though, and made one vital clearance almost on his goal line in the second period.

  • Pepe
    52
    24
    2.50

    Pepe

    Lost Lafita for Zaragoza's goal, but looked otherwise solid. Put in a great ball at the other end as Madrid sought a leveller in the first half. Made one careless clearance in his area, but recovered well. Was beaten on the wing by Lafita at the end of the first half but had little to do in the second period.

  • Marcelo
    61
    9
    3.50

    Marcelo

    Got forward well from the outset and went charging into the area later on, but there was just too much on Kaka's cross. Then set up his compatriot for a great chance but the former AC Milan man screwed his shot wide. Cut out one dangerous ball from Luis Garcia at the other end.

  • Mesut Özil
    319
    30
    4.00

    Mesut Özil Top of the Match

    Lively again following his excellent contribution in Barcelona on Wednesday, the German set up Benzema for a great chance after 20 minutes. Had a great free-kick glanced just wide by Kaka midway through the first period, then set up Ronaldo for the goal with a pinpoint cross. Smashed the ball past Roberto for the third goal.

  • Esteban Granero
    94
    13
    3.50

    Esteban Granero

    In the side once again and looked bright in midfield. Appealed for a penalty when he went down in the area after 16 minutes, but there was no foul. Blasted a long-range effort just over the bar shortly afterwards. Wonderful cross for Benzema late in the first half which the Frenchman was unable to control. Tame shot straight at Roberto in second half. Participated in the second and third goals and looks to have a future at Madrid after all.

  • Xabi Alonso
    75
    12
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    Some great passing from deep positions as usual and some incisive balls into the Zaragoza area as well. Also put in some good defensive work but ended up injured and headed straight down the tunnel. Madrid will hope it's nothing serious.

  • Hamit Altıntop
    62
    17
    3.00

    Hamit Altıntop

    Decent defending and looked good going forward as well. Screwed one long-range effort off target but participated a lot and used his skills to get him out of trouble on occasions.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    151
    18
    3.50

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Shot just wide with an early free-kick, then produced a great cross a little later to set up Benzema for a header. Headed over the bar himself from a Kaka cross short of the half-hour mark. Was then off target with a free-kick from 20 yards late in the first period. Finished off a wonderful team move to make it 2-1 in the second period, had a penalty appeal turned down and was also booked for a late challenge on Obradovic.

  • Kaká
    288
    26
    3.50

    Kaká

    Almost put his compatriot Marcelo through midway through the first half, but there was just too much on his through ball. Glanced a header agonisingly wide from Ozil's free-kick and screwed a shot past the post after he was set up by Marcelo. Slid a low shot under Roberto to level the scores and also set up Ozil for Madrid's third. Was replaced by Callejon midway through the second half.

  • Karim Benzema
    82
    12
    2.50

    Karim Benzema

    Should have done better with a header early on, when he glanced across goal. Saw a shot blocked on 20 minutes after he was set up by Ozil. Unable to control a great Granero cross late in the first period. Participated in the lovely move for Cristiano's goal and looked lively all night until he was replaced by Higuain.

Substitutions

  • Lassana Diarra
    49
    10
    3.00

    Lassana Diarra

    Came on for the injured Xabi Alonso and looked comfortable as he slotted in alongside Granero, won balls and made one or two forward runs as well.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    38
    28
    2.50

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Came on for Benzema but didn't really get into the game.

  • José Callejón
    46
    17
    3.00

    José Callejón

    Came on for Kaka and soon came close with an angled drive which Roberto saved. Did little else of note.

  • Roberto
    4
    9
    2.50

    Roberto

    Did well to cut out a cross from Ronaldo with Benzema lurking early on. Also alert as he came off his line well to cut out a dangerous ball from Kaka for Marcelo, but possibly should have saved Ozil's shot at his near post as Madrid made it 3-1.

  • Paredes
    4
    9
    3.00

    Paredes

    Made one good clearance in his own area late in his own half and set up Postiga for a good chance with a lovely through-ball in the second period, but was caught out of position on numerous occasions as Madrid stretched the visitors.

  • Maurizio Lanzaro
    3
    8
    2.00

    Maurizio Lanzaro

    Went in hard on Cristiano with his elbow and gave away a free-kick just outside the area which he will have been relieved to see hit wide. Over-eager at times when he had more time than he thought. Unable to deal with Madrid's movement for the most part.

  • Paulo Da Silva
    5
    5
    2.50

    Paulo Da Silva

    Caught out of position for the third goal and on other occasions as well, as he failed to cope with the threat of Benzema and Cristiano, in particular.

  • Ivan Obradovic
    5
    7
    2.00

    Ivan Obradovic

    Given a tough time by Benzema and Ozil in the left-back role and was unable to cut out the German's supply-line as he set up Cristiano for the leveller. Was hacked down on a good run forward by Ronaldo and the Portuguese was booked.

  • Tomislav Dujmovic
    5
    6
    3.00

    Tomislav Dujmovic

    Did a lot of good defensive work and did very well to get in a block on Benzema's shot after 20 minutes. Failed to track Kaka for the Brazilian's goal, however.

  • Lafita
    8
    1
    3.00

    Lafita

    Good movement up front. Got into a good position early on but was crowded out. However, he was on hand to give Zaragoza a shock lead with a simple finish after 10 minutes. Beat Pepe on the wing just before the interval but saw his cross cleared. Then blasted wide from distance in the second half when he should have passed. Zaragoza's best player - in general and on the night.

  • Rubén Micael
    10
    11
    2.00

    Rubén Micael Flop of the Match

    A subdued showing in midfield, where he was unable to get much of the ball and used it poorly when he did, losing possession and overhitting passes. Worked hard defensively but offered little else. Was forced a lot deeper than he would have liked.

  • Apoño
    4
    5
    3.00

    Apoño

    A recent signing from Malaga, Apono worked tirelessly in midfield and put in a series of tackles and blocks. Didn't add much in terms of creativity, though.

  • Carlos Aranda
    3
    5
    3.00

    Carlos Aranda

    Got away from Carvalho and did well to set up Lafita for Zaragoza's surprise opener, but a quiet night otherwise for the former Levante forward.

  • Luis García
    3
    5
    2.50

    Luis García

    Played one ball too close to Carvalho when Zaragoza looked to be on for a good counterattack, but put in some good defensive work and distracted Benzema as Granero looked to set up the Frenchman. And it was his quickly taken free-kick which led to Zaragoza's goal.

Substitutions

  • Minero
    3
    5
    2.50

    Minero

    Came on for Luis Garcia and helped Zaragoza cope better defensively in the last 20 minutes.

  • Hélder Postiga
    3
    7
    3.00

    Hélder Postiga

    Tested Casillas when he raced clear late on but should have done better after coming on as a substitute.

  • Pablo Edson Barrera
    7
    4
    2.50

    Pablo Edson Barrera

    Came on a sub but made little impact.

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