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November 6, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ C. Çakιr‎
Attendance:‬ 74932‎
 
34′ Pepe
Marco Reus 28′
89′ Mesut Özil
Arbeloa 45′ (OG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 2-2 Dortmund

Goal.com was on hand to cast a critical eye over events at Santiago Bernabeu as a late Mesut Ozil free kick denied BVB a famous victory

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Iker Casillas
    68
    129
    2.00

    Iker Casillas

    Could have done a lot better to stop Reus's opener, which wasn't too far away from him, and was clumsy when Arbeloa bundled past him on the stroke of half time. Very sloppy game from the skipper.

  • Raphaël Varane
    99
    61
    2.50

    Raphaël Varane

    Apart from a superb challenge at the last to halt the onrushing Gundogan, the Frenchman seemed rather stretched when Dortmund broke, and was nowhere to be found for their second goal.

  • Pepe
    99
    63
    3.00

    Pepe

    A typically aggressive header drew Madrid level in the first half, but he was a bit hit or miss at the back. Plenty of commitment in the air, but unconvincing in open play when tracking the BVB runners.

  • Sergio Ramos
    58
    83
    2.50

    Sergio Ramos

    Like the rest of the defence, he found Dortmund's counterattacks a problem to deal with. Often messed up his positioning and left more than a few gaps in behind for the visitors to exploit.

  • Arbeloa
    36
    140
    2.00

    Arbeloa Flop of the Match

    Caught out of position when Reus stole in to score the opener, and his fortunes did not improve much after that, as his touch played a key role in steering Dortmund’s second past Casillas. Hauled off in the second half for Kaka as Mourinho went for broke.

  • Mesut Özil
    276
    41
    3.00

    Mesut Özil

    Drifted in an out of the game, but when he chose to get involved, he was extremely decisive. Set up the equaliser with a fantastic far-post cross, and saved a point for his side with a clever free kick at the death.

  • Xabi Alonso
    130
    47
    3.00

    Xabi Alonso

    Uncharacteristically sloppy in the first half, he was a bit overrun in midfield, but once Essien came on, he settled into his role much more comfortably. Provided the Ghanaian with defensive support in the middle, and was able to keep things ticking offensively in his usual manner.

  • Luka Modric
    78
    122
    2.50

    Luka Modric

    Struggled to function effectively in a central midfield trio featuring fellow creative talents Xabi Alonso and Mesut Ozil. His plight on the ball was recognised by Mourinho, who subbed him at half time, and Madrid seemed more balanced once he was off the pitch.

  • Ángel Di María
    58
    125
    3.00

    Ángel Di María

    Did not get much change out of the Dortmund defence in the first half, but his fortunes improved somewhat after the interval, as he found more space in which to do his work on the flanks.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    117
    203
    3.00

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Did not have a happy time of it in the first half, as Dortmund shackled him well. His frustration with Higuain was particularly evident, as the Argentine was lethargic whenever they looked to combine. Much improved after the break though, as he was able to run at the defence more and create danger in attack.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    41
    120
    2.50

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Squandered an early one-on-one with a poor first touch, and that set the tone for the rest of his evening. He seemed to be clutching his hamstring at various points, and he was clearly not in full flow, as a number of promising attacking plays ended at his feet. Taken off at half time.

Substitutions

  • Michael Essien
    254
    31
    3.50

    Michael Essien

    Replaced Modric at the interval, and provided the Madrid midfield with more balance, as his focus on the dirty work allowed Alonso and Ozil to concentrate purely on facilitating the attack.

  • Kaká
    222
    29
    3.00

    Kaká

    Gave the hosts another threat going forward in the closing stages.

  • José Callejón
    164
    41
    3.50

    José Callejón

    Brought on at half time and almost struck gold with his first touch as he bent home a fine finish, but the offside flag halted his celebrations. Still though, his incisiveness in attack gave Madrid an extra dimension, and he was a key factor in their much improved second-half performance.

  • Roman Weidenfeller
    66
    33
    3.00

    Roman Weidenfeller

    Stood little chance for the first goal, and made a handful of solid saves throughout, but was caught scrambling in vain to stop Ozil's equaliser.

  • Neven Subotic
    108
    17
    3.50

    Neven Subotic

    Produced an excellent last-ditch challenge to deny Ronaldo a clear sight on goal. An uncompromising figure at the back, he worked superbly in tandem with Hummels and made it hard for Madrid whenever they looked to break through.

  • Mats Hummels
    111
    15
    3.50

    Mats Hummels

    An accomplished display in the heart of the visitors' defence, as he covered what little gaps were left by Subotic with impunity. Never looked like losing his head even when the pressure was piled on in the second half.

  • Lukasz Piszczek
    99
    15
    3.00

    Lukasz Piszczek

    Like Schmelzer on the opposite flank, he rarely had the time or inclination to get forward and support the attack. However he worked overtime in defence, making it difficult for Di Maria and Ronaldo to find a way through.

  • Marcel Schmelzer
    74
    17
    3.00

    Marcel Schmelzer

    Stopped Higuain in his tracks on one occasion when the Argentine looked like having a clear run on goal, and for the most part, had a solid game in defence, rarely electing to get forward to support the attack. He was simply overpowered by Pepe though for Real Madrid’s goal in the first half.

  • Sebastian Kehl
    80
    15
    3.50

    Sebastian Kehl

    Given the call to start despite suffering a facial injury over the weekend, which forced him to play tonight’s match with a protective mask. The setback showed no signs of slowing him down, however, as he was an indomitable shield in front of the defence. Broke up countless attacks and forced Madrid into many misplaced passes. Led his side by example.

  • Ilkay Gündogan
    66
    21
    3.00

    Ilkay Gündogan

    Once or twice, he managed to surge forward on the break, but otherwise, he kept things simple, passing short and toiling diligently in front of the back four.

  • Mario Götze
    137
    19
    3.50

    Mario Götze

    A real livewire whenever BVB looked to attack. Forced the go ahead goal off Arbeloa at the end of the first half. His quick feet and intelligence in possession played a crucial role in ensuring that almost every BVB attack was one of purpose.

  • Marco Reus
    178
    29
    3.50

    Marco Reus Top of the Match

    A burgeoning threat on the counterattack in the first half as his speed and ability to move into the channels kept the Madrid defence honest. Broke through in the 28th minute to score a fine half-volleyed goal. Tailed off in the second half though, as Dortmund switched to a more defensive setup, and was taken off in the latter stages.

  • Kevin Großkreutz
    69
    20
    3.00

    Kevin Großkreutz

    In games such as this against such talented opponents, his work off the ball can be more appreciated. As ever, he tracked back diligently to offer defensive support on his flank. Came up trumps in the attacking third to boot, as he set up Dortmund’s goal at the end of the first half.

  • Robert Lewandowski
    121
    21
    3.00

    Robert Lewandowski

    Worked the Real Madrid centre-backs all game long. Challenged them for every loose ball, and was a good outlet for his team up front. Played a key role in both of Dortmund’s first-half goals, as his flicked headers allowed runners in behind the defence on both occasions.

Substitutions

  • Sven Bender
    48
    17
    3.00

    Sven Bender

    Crucial tackle moments after coming on to stop Ronaldo, who was bearing down on goal. Gave the Dortmund midfield and defence some extra protection with his energy and tenacity.

  • Moritz Leitner
    42
    15
    3.00

    Moritz Leitner

    Solidified the midfield in the dying stages of the game.

  • Ivan Perisic
    51
    18
    3.00

    Ivan Perisic

    Worked hard after coming on and held onto the ball well.

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