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September 24, 2012 6:45 PM BST
Estadio del Rayo Vallecano (de Vallecas Teresa Rivero) — Madrid
Referee:‬ David Fernández‎
Attendance:‬ 9747‎
 
 
 
Cristiano Ronaldo 70′ (PG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Rayo Vallecano 0-2 Real Madrid

Goal.com casts a studious eye over the performers at the Estadio de Vallecas Teresa Rivero as Los Blancos picked up a vital three points away to inch back up the Liga table

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Rubén
    12
    6
    3.50

    Rubén

    He could not be blamed for either goal, and came up with his fair share of stops to keep his side in the game.

  • Tito
    4
    10
    2.50

    Tito

    Solid enough in the first half, but seemed to run out of steam midway through the second period after chasing down he Madrid wide men all game. Substituted during the latter stages of the half.

  • Casado
    4
    11
    2.50

    Casado

    Did not always find an opportunity to get forward, but that was never in his plans as his task today was primarily a defensive one. He lived life dangerously at the back though, and was dismissed with two yellows to complete a disappointing evening.

  • Mikel Labaka
    5
    7
    2.50

    Mikel Labaka

    Saw a goalbound shot blocked on the line by Xabi Alonso, and was sturdy at the back for the visiting side as well.

  • Jordi Amat
    4
    15
    2.00

    Jordi Amat Flop of the Match

    Caught ball-watching for the first goal, as he let an entirely reachable cross slip by him, allowing Benzema to tap in the opener. At fault for conceding the penalty as well, though he was a tad unlucky to see Ronaldo’s cross roll up onto his arm in the box while sliding.

  • José Carlos
    8
    6
    3.50

    José Carlos

    Provided a lot of thrust down the right hand side of the field, and his threat kept Real in touch and forced them to defend. Did not seem overawed by the reputation of his opponents today. Almost scored with a crashing drive from outside the area.

  • Javi Fuego
    2
    10
    2.50

    Javi Fuego

    Decent at time defending when his side were able to get numbers back in support, but slow to track back when Madrid broke on the counter.

  • Alejandro Domínguez
    6
    8
    3.00

    Alejandro Domínguez

    Despite the ease with which he functioned when in possession, he occasionally found himself crowded out at the edge of the box when his side looked to threaten. Shown a yellow card for an ungainly challenge on Essien.

  • Lass
    10
    7
    3.00

    Lass

    Forced Casillas into action with an authoritative header from a set-piece, and his pace on counter attacks was a good weapon for the visitors.

  • Andrija Delibasic
    4
    14
    2.50

    Andrija Delibasic

    Though he played a role in the attacking threat for his side, he was not able to make a telling contribution in the end as Madrid were able to snuff him out.

  • Léo Baptistão
    7
    6
    3.50

    Léo Baptistão

    His guile in the attacking third posed a real problem for Madrid, and he threatened to slip away on more than one occasion. Thrived when given space, and tested Casillas with a strong header in the first half.

Substitutions

  • Piti
    6
    4
    3.00

    Piti

    Barely had a kick after coming on.

  • Trashorras
    3
    5

    Trashorras

    Spent his short spell on the pitch defending and tracking back.

  • Iker Casillas
    42
    9
    4.00

    Iker Casillas

    Made one or two really smart saves to thwart Rayo, and looked confident between the posts, coming off a difficult spell.

  • Pepe
    32
    26
    3.50

    Pepe

    Came close to opening the scoring with a good header from a Di Maria free-kick. Beaten once after a shoddy piece of positioning, but otherwise he did not put a foot wrong at the back.

  • Sergio Ramos
    42
    11
    3.50

    Sergio Ramos

    Solid at the back, not afraid to throw himself about in his typically aggressive manner to halt the Rayo attackers in their tracks. Dealt with most of the aerial threat with impunity as well.

  • Marcelo
    39
    14
    3.50

    Marcelo

    Active in attack as always, as he showed no hesitation in bombing forward and supporting his teammates from an advanced position on the left. Defensively he was relatively sound, though he came off second best in one or two tussles with Carlos.

  • Arbeloa
    10
    40
    2.50

    Arbeloa

    One diabolical tackle on Delisbahic saw him shown a yellow card, a punishment he was perhaps lucky to escape with. Decent enough defensively, though he looked a tad troubled when faced with more than one player to cope with on the flanks, and one suicidal back-pass nearly led to a Rayo tap in.

  • Xabi Alonso
    40
    14
    4.00

    Xabi Alonso

    Effective in spraying the ball about to the players in front of him, and did not take too many risks with his passing. Came up trumps at the defensive end of the field, blocking one goalbound Rayo effort right on the line.

  • Michael Essien
    81
    23
    4.00

    Michael Essien

    Picked up an early yellow card and seemed to be struggling to cope with the pace of the game in the initial stages, but recovered well to put in a very tidy shift in the middle with some well-timed tackles, and was involved in facilitating the attack as well.

  • Luka Modric
    80
    29
    3.00

    Luka Modric

    Not always the most noticeable presence in the attacking third, though he did test Ruben in the first half after racing clear on goal down the right.

  • Ángel Di María
    41
    23
    4.00

    Ángel Di María

    An eyesore for Rayo at times on the flank, as his speed and trickery was utilized often by Real Madrid when attacking on the counter. He set up the first goal for Benzema with a typically pacey run and cross down the left.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    57
    46
    3.00

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Played a role in the opener by releasing Di Maria down the channel, but otherwise, the Portuguese did not really hit full stride, and hit the post from a chance where he really should have scored. However, he kept his cool to bury a confident penalty to seal the game.

  • Karim Benzema
    68
    16
    4.00

    Karim Benzema Top of the Match

    His first half goal was all but laid on a plate for him, as he was left with a simple tap in from a yard or two out. Not always provided with the best service to make a difference, but his runs off the ball kept the defence honest.

Substitutions

  • Sami Khedira
    27
    23

    Sami Khedira

    Solidified the midfield late in the game.

  • Mesut Özil
    47
    30
    3.00

    Mesut Özil

    A few nice touches after coming on as a substitute, and supported the counterattack well.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    26
    29
    2.50

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Missed a good chance to score after making an appearance off the bench.

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