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February 18, 2012 7:00 PM GMT
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ José González‎
Attendance:‬ 72000‎
 
 
45+1′ Karim Benzema
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 4-0 Racing Santander

Goal.com rates the players as Jose Mourinho's men stroll to a comprehensive victory at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday

By Ben Hayward

  • Iker Casillas
    291
    38
    3.00

    Iker Casillas

    A virtual spectator in the Madrid goal.

  • Pepe
    278
    21
    3.00

    Pepe

    A solid performance from the Portugal defender, who helped Varane look comfortable against a discreet Racing attack.

  • Sergio Ramos
    277
    27
    2.50

    Sergio Ramos

    Back in the role of right-back, Ramos made some good forward runs and curled one decent effort over the bar, albeit after the whistle had gone. Bundled in Benzema's shot to make sure of second goal - although the ball had already crossed the line - and also headed over a decent opportunity.

  • Marcelo
    299
    20
    3.50

    Marcelo

    Returning to the side on the left of defence, this was a typical energetic performance from the Brazilian, who came close to scoring with one decent first-half effort and got up and down the pitch as he does so well.

  • Raphaël Varane
    350
    20
    3.50

    Raphaël Varane

    A mature display from the Frenchman, who looked comfortable at the back alongside Pepe and passed the ball with confidence.

  • Mesut Özil
    356
    111
    3.50

    Mesut Özil

    Lively as always but less decisive than usual, Ozil was unable to make a big impact on the game and was replaced by Di Maria with just over an hour gone.

  • Esteban Granero
    320
    44
    3.50

    Esteban Granero

    His partnership with Xabi Alonso continues to blossom and the former Getafe man was a positive influence with his passing again in this match. Also put in a lot of good work defensively.

  • Xabi Alonso
    271
    42
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    Kept the passing ticking over in his role of deep-lying playmaker but gave the ball away once or twice. Set up Ronaldo for a good chance which the Portuguese could not capitalise on.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    429
    95
    3.50

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Immediately involved as he headed against the post and then nodded Madrid in front from point-blank range moments later. But he also missed several good opportunities and was woefully off target with his free-kicks once again.

  • Kaká
    864
    55
    3.50

    Kaká

    Not at his brilliant best but looked close at times. Set up Cristiano with a corner which the Portuguese headed against the post, before heading across goal for Ronaldo to make it 1-0 moments later. Won the applause of the crowd as he chased to win a ball back, hit the side netting with a very good effort and was involved in much of Madrid's good work.

  • Karim Benzema
    463
    34
    4.00

    Karim Benzema Top of the Match

    Involved in the first goal and then scored the second himself, albeit in an offside position when he received the ball. Worked hard and tested Tono on a couple more occasions before lashing home a deflected fourth goal for Madrid late on.

Substitutions

  • Ricardo Carvalho
    197
    41
    3.00

    Ricardo Carvalho

    Came on for Pepe and looked comfortable in the final 15 minutes.

  • Sami Khedira
    254
    25
    3.00

    Sami Khedira

    Replaced Granero for just under 20 minutes and slotted in seamlessly in midfield alongside Alonso.

  • Ángel Di María
    481
    34
    3.50

    Ángel Di María

    Looked a little rusty initially as he replaced Ozil but buzzed around the pitch, put in a couple of decent crosses, scored a wonderful goal as he cut in and unleashed an unstoppable left-footed drive, before he missed a good chance to bag another late on.

  • Toño
    12
    25
    2.50

    Toño

    Alert to cut out a Cristiano cross early on and saved a stinging right-footed effort from the Portuguese later. Not really much he could have done with the goals.

  • Álvaro
    11
    30
    2.00

    Álvaro Flop of the Match

    The right-bck was given a torrid time by Cristiano Ronaldo and his hard challenge on the Portuguese just before half-time could have been red and not yellow.

  • Bernardo Espinosa
    13
    18
    2.50

    Bernardo Espinosa

    Worked hard but his partnership with Torrejon could do little to cope with the quality of Kaka, Benzema and Ronaldo early on. Good positioning helped Racing stay in it for a long time, though.

  • Torrejón
    12
    16
    3.00

    Torrejón

    A good game from the former Espanyol man, who nevertheless fought a losing battle alongside his team-mates as Madrid dominated. Came close with a header and volleyed into the side netting at the other end.

  • Domingo Cisma
    8
    30
    2.00

    Domingo Cisma

    Was having a decent game on the left but saw red after two separate handball incidents, the second of which was highly contentious and it left Racing with a mountain to climb with 10 men.

  • Diop
    13
    41
    2.50

    Diop

    Poor passing and wasteful in possession, the midfielder never looked likely to hurt Madrid and could have done more defensively.

  • Arana
    4
    20
    2.50

    Arana

    A decent outlet on the right but was pegged back by Marcelo and didn't see enough of the ball. Wasn't able to restrict the Brazilian's influence, either.

  • Marcos Gullón
    4
    19
    2.50

    Marcos Gullón

    Put in a shift defensively but had too much work to do and that intensified after Cisma was sent off.

  • Adrián González
    6
    18
    2.50

    Adrián González

    Saw little of the ball in attack and was sacrificed after Racing went down to 10 men.

  • Lautaro Acosta
    8
    20
    3.00

    Lautaro Acosta

    Deployed in the playmaker role but was forced to track back and defend most of the time. And that's not his game.

  • Khouma Babacar
    12
    22
    2.50

    Khouma Babacar

    Worked hard in attack but failed to hit the target with his one decent opportunity and was eventually replaced.

Substitutions

  • Christian
    8
    17
    2.50

    Christian

    Came on and looked lively as he put in some decent crosses and worked hard to try and create something out of nothing.

  • Pedro Munitis Álvarez
    9
    20
    2.50

    Pedro Munitis Álvarez

    The former Madrid man came on as a late substitute but was unable to exert any real influence.

  • Julián Luque
    6
    21
    0.00

    Julián Luque

    Another late replacement who was left chasing shadows as Madrid continued to attack.

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
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0