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4 vs 1
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December 4, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ P. Kralovec‎
Attendance:‬ 57245‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 4-1 Ajax

Goal.com rates the performers on show in the Spanish champions' home win over their Dutch counterparts at the Santiago Bernabeu

By Stefan Coerts

  • Adàn
    171
    80
    2.50

    Adàn

    The Madrid goalkeeper had a night to forget as he was at fault for the Ajax goal. Recovered with a few good saves in the remainder of the game, but will not have convinced Mourinho with this outing.

  • Raphaël Varane
    296
    21
    3.00

    Raphaël Varane

    Regarded as one of the most promising youngsters around in the game, he put in an encouraging performance. Looked comfortable both at centre-back as well as on the right after Coentrao's substitution.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    213
    37
    3.00

    Fabio Coentrao

    Lively in the opening stages of the game, hitting the post with a powerful shot. Replaced with a hamstring problem shortly after.

  • Ricardo Carvalho
    219
    50
    3.00

    Ricardo Carvalho

    Given a rare start, but looked sharp despite his lack of match practice. Fought out some interesting battles with Hoesen throughout the match.

  • Nacho Fernández
    213
    50
    2.50

    Nacho Fernández

    The 22-year-old was given the chance to prove his worth, but did not have an easy evening against the Ajax wingers. Particularly struggled against Boerrigter after the interval.

  • Sami Khedira
    288
    33
    3.50

    Sami Khedira

    The former Stuttgart man did a fine job of protecting his back four, while also keeping Eriksen quiet in midfield. Solid as always for Madrid.

  • Luka Modric
    829
    63
    4.00

    Luka Modric Top of the Match

    The former Spurs playmaker kept Madrid ticking in midfield with his superb passing and movement. Gave an outstanding ball to create the opener, followed by an even better one for the 2-0.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    479
    92
    3.50

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    The former Manchester United man was all over the pitch in the first half and opened the scoring with a calm finish. Came close to scoring another with two free kicks, but Vermeer proved to be too much of an obstacle.

  • Kaká
    698
    47
    3.50

    Kaká

    The Brazilian once more showed that he still has plenty to offer to this Madrid team. Majestic on the ball and capped a fine outing with a brilliant goal.

  • Karim Benzema
    336
    39
    3.50

    Karim Benzema

    The France international was in devastating form before the interval. Had a goal disallowed for offside, before presenting Ronaldo with the 2-0. Faded in the second half but had already proved his worth.

  • José Callejón
    429
    32
    4.00

    José Callejón

    The versatile attacker outshone Ronaldo and was Madrid's main attacking threat. Excellent control and finish for the 2-0, before doubling his tally after the interval.

Substitutions

  • Pepe
    237
    33
    3.00

    Pepe

    Came on early in the game to replace the injured Coentrao and hardly put a foot wrong in defence. Won the majority of his duels and made some fine challenges.

  • José Rodríguez
    215
    28
    3.00

    José Rodríguez

    Didn't see to much of the ball, but had a night to remember as he made his Champions League debut.

  • Morata
    286
    29
    3.00

    Morata

    Yet another fine substitute cameo for Morata as he set up Callejon for Madrid's fourth.

  • Kenneth Vermeer
    31
    24
    2.50

    Kenneth Vermeer

    Made a number of fine saves in the opening 45 minutes to deny Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. Couldn't do anything about the three goals he conceded.

  • Toby Alderweireld
    9
    29
    2.50

    Toby Alderweireld

    The Belgium international had a difficult evening at the Santiago Bernabeu. Should have done better for Madrid's third goal as he allowed Kaka all the time and space he needed to fire home.

  • Niklas Moisander
    7
    27
    2.50

    Niklas Moisander

    Moisander was unable to contain Benzema as he lost sight of the Frenchman a number of times. Was to blame for Madrid's first two goals.

  • Daley Blind
    7
    27
    2.50

    Daley Blind

    The left-back should have done better for Madrid's second goal as he failed to communicate with Moisander. Not a bad game, though, as he managed to hold his own in general.

  • Ricardo van Rhijn
    19
    23
    3.00

    Ricardo van Rhijn

    Van Rhijn unsurprisingly struggled against Cristiano Ronaldo and was outsmarted more than once. Never gave up, though, and was always willing to charge forward and help out in attack.

  • Christian Poulsen
    20
    36
    3.00

    Christian Poulsen

    The experienced midfielder was overrun in midfield by Kaka and once more failed to lead his youthful team. Hooked before the break.

  • Christian Eriksen
    62
    28
    3.00

    Christian Eriksen

    There's little doubt about the playmaker's immense potential, but Eriksen failed to inspire Ajax to great things. Gave a few intelligent passes, but his set pieces lacked accuracy.

  • Siem de Jong
    18
    45
    2.50

    Siem de Jong Flop of the Match

    Lost possession in the build-up to the 2-0 as he was outmuscled by Modric. De Jong worked hard, but he was unable to match the Croatia international's class in midfield.

  • Derk Boerrigter
    13
    25
    3.00

    Derk Boerrigter

    An underwhelming opening 45 minutes as Coentrao and Nacho kept him in check with ease. Came to life after the interval and netted the 3-1 after some poor goalkeeping from Adan.

  • Danny Hoesen
    19
    23
    3.00

    Danny Hoesen

    The former Fulham starlet always made himself available as he looked to get involved in Ajax's attacking play. Linked up well with his team-mates and played a role in Ajax's goal as he put Adan under pressure.

  • Viktor Fischer
    47
    21
    3.00

    Viktor Fischer

    Fischer was never afraid to take on his direct opponent, and was Ajax's most dangerous attacker in the first half. Largely anonymous after the interval.

Substitutions

  • Eyong Enoh
    6
    22
    3.00

    Eyong Enoh

    Sloppy passing always cost his side another goal, but the Cameroon international escaped as Morata was caught offside.

  • Lasse Schöne
    28
    17
    2.50

    Lasse Schöne

    Replaced Poulsen before the interval, and proved a significant improvement. Did his work defensively, and looked comfortable on the ball.

  • Tobias Sana
    17
    18
    3.00

    Tobias Sana

    Unable to make an impact during his 13 minutes on the pitch.

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Position
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Striker
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14 1
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Striker
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10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
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8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
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7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
6 2