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3 vs 0
Played
September 27, 2011 7:45 PM BST
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 70320‎
 
 
41′ Kaká
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 3-0 Ajax

Goal.com rates the players on show in the Spanish giants' routine win over the Dutch champions at Santiago Bernabeu

By Stefan Coerts

  • Iker Casillas
    97
    4
    3.50

    Iker Casillas

    Showed his class early on as he denied Boerrigter with a good reflex before saving De Jong's shot on goal in the 14th minute. Made a world-class save to deny Vertonghen late in the second half.

  • Ricardo Carvalho
    48
    12
    3.00

    Ricardo Carvalho

    Carvalho occasionally lost sight of Sigthorsson when the Iceland international drifted out wide, but wasn't troubled too much at the back. Deservedly booked in the first half as he handled the ball to break up an Ajax counterattack.

  • Sergio Ramos
    57
    11
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    Lost sight of his direct opponent in the first minute, which almost resulted in the opening goal. Solid after that, though, as he kept Boerrigter relatively quiet.

  • Arbeloa
    59
    8
    3.50

    Arbeloa

    Arbeloa made a number of good runs forward throughout the game and was hardly troubled in his defensive duties. Played a big role in his side's third goal.

  • Raphaël Varane
    102
    4
    3.50

    Raphaël Varane

    The young Frenchman prevented a late goal from Vertonghen with a superb tackle and hardly set a foot wrong all game. Very encouraging display from the defender.

  • Sami Khedira
    52
    13
    3.00

    Sami Khedira

    Was dealt the task to keep Eriksen quiet and struggled to do just that as the Dane got too much space more than once. An intelligent run into the Ajax box and a good pass in the 17th minute led to a huge chance for Benzema.

  • Mesut Özil
    115
    7
    3.50

    Mesut Özil

    The attacking midfielder caused the Ajax back line all kinds of trouble with his silky passing. Started the counter which led to opening goal and has every reason to be pleased with his contribution.

  • Xabi Alonso
    75
    7
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    Alonso's pass that started the move for the third was out of this world and he also dominated play from midfield. Made a number of important interceptions.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    132
    21
    3.50

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Ronaldo was unable to beat Vermeer in a one-on-one in the 20th minute, but a superb finish five minutes later gifted Real the lead. Always dangerous on the ball and made some great dribbling runs into dangerous areas.

  • Kaká
    275
    14
    4.00

    Kaká Top of the Match

    Had a relatively quiet start to the game, but eventually proved to be the difference between Ajax and Real Madrid. Involved in the opener, scored the second and assisted the third.

  • Karim Benzema
    98
    11
    3.50

    Karim Benzema

    The France international incomprehensibly missed a sitter in the first half, but made up for his error when he set up the opener. Capped a decent overall performance by netting the goal that rounded off the win.

Substitutions

  • Hamit Altıntop
    43
    12
    0.00

    Hamit Altıntop

    Given the closing stages but had no impact.

  • Ángel Di María
    33
    19
    2.50

    Ángel Di María

    Was part of a double substitution with Higuain but did nothing of note.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    36
    14
    2.50

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Came on for Benzema but couldn't get his name on the score sheet.

  • Kenneth Vermeer
    21
    3
    3.50

    Kenneth Vermeer

    Made a great save to deny Ronaldo in the first half and also kept Ozil's shot out with a good reflex block. Couldn't do anything about Madrid's three goals.

  • Gregory van der Wiel
    8
    5
    2.50

    Gregory van der Wiel

    The Netherlands international has been struggling to find his best form in recent weeks and was far from convincing against Ronaldo. Should have had the ball in midfield before the opener and looked shaky at the back overall.

  • Toby Alderweireld
    6
    3
    3.00

    Toby Alderweireld

    Alderweireld lost sight of Benzema more than once and was lucky that the Frenchman missed a big chance early on. Helped out Van der Wiel several times, though, to halt Ronaldo.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    9
    2
    3.00

    Jan Vertonghen

    Was caught out of position at 1-0 and occasionally looked dazzled about what was happening around him. Comfortable on the ball, but has plenty of work to on his defensive abilities. Came close to scoring a consolation goal twice.

  • Vurnon Anita
    5
    3
    2.50

    Vurnon Anita

    It was Anita's job to keep Ozil quiet, but he allowed the German far too much space when he drifted inside. Not much danger came down his side, but that had more to do with Madrid's game-plan than with Anita's display.

  • Christian Eriksen
    29
    1
    3.00

    Christian Eriksen

    The Danish playmaker oozed class every time he touched the ball and was always available in midfield. Unlucky not to add his name to the scoresheet, but showed plenty of potential

  • Siem de Jong
    6
    3
    3.00

    Siem de Jong

    De Jong made a number of intelligent runs off the ball and was Ajax's most dangerous midfielder. Almost broke the deadlock in the 14th minute, but failed to beat Casillas.

  • Theo Janssen
    7
    9
    2.50

    Theo Janssen Flop of the Match

    Janssen was unable to make an impact and was unsurprisingly hooked after the break. Much more is expected of the gifted midfielder.

  • Miralem Sulejmani
    7
    4
    2.50

    Miralem Sulejmani

    Sulejmani did not have the best of games as he didn't look fully match fit yet after his hamstring injury. Failed to track back several times when Arbeloa charged forward.

  • Kolbeinn Sigthórsson
    8
    3
    3.00

    Kolbeinn Sigthórsson

    Really struggled to trouble Carvalho and Varane and only managed to find space when he drifted out wide. Always worked hard, but lacked the cutting edge to make the difference.

  • Derk Boerrigter
    8
    3
    3.00

    Derk Boerrigter

    Showed flair on the ball as he was not afraid to run at Ramos. Unlucky not to open the scoring in the first minute with a low shot from the edge of the area.

Substitutions

  • Eyong Enoh
    5
    7
    2.50

    Eyong Enoh

    Was brought on to add some more steel to Ajax's midfield after the break. Looked out of his depth in possession, but did make some good tackles.

  • Thulani Serero
    19
    3
    0.00

    Thulani Serero

    No time to create anything.

  • Lorenzo Ebecilio
    6
    2
    0.00

    Lorenzo Ebecilio

    Barely touched it.

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