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Played
October 20, 2012 5:00 p.m. IST
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ Clos Gómez‎
Attendance:‬ 70000‎
 
 
67′ (PG) Cristiano Ronaldo
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 2-0 Celta

Goals from Higuain and Cristiano were enough to lead the Merengue past the Galician outfit, moving them up to fourth place in La Liga

  • Iker Casillas
    15
    4
    3.50

    Iker Casillas

    Barely troubled during the first half, got down well to make a save from Aspas.

  • Raphaël Varane
    16
    3
    3.50

    Raphaël Varane

    An accomplished display from the French teenager, who was not overawed playing in front of the Bernabeu crowd. Aerial threat from corners only added to his performance.

  • Pepe
    14
    5
    3.50

    Pepe

    Led from the front in defence, always on hand to cut Celta's offensive efforts at source.

  • Sergio Ramos
    12
    4
    3.50

    Sergio Ramos

    Given ample space to charge down the right flank, and troubled Celta with his passing. Had a couple of excellent set-piece opportunities.

  • Mesut Özil
    22
    5
    2.50

    Mesut Özil

    Looked crowded out of the game at times by Cristiano's insistence on drifting out to the right wing, and struggled to leave his own mark on proceedings.

  • Xabi Alonso
    12
    3
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    Charged with anchoring the midfield, and performed his duties with little fuss and a handful of ferocious tackles.

  • Michael Essien
    17
    4
    3.50

    Michael Essien

    Looked comfortable enough as an improvised full back, given few problems by Celta. One exquisite cross should have ended in a goal.

  • Luka Modric
    30
    4
    3.50

    Luka Modric

    The lynchpin of Madrid's precise gameplan, always secure in possession and created several chances with his neat touches.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    33
    25
    4.00

    Cristiano Ronaldo Top of the Match

    Far from a vintage display by the Portugual international. When it counted, however, he stepped up to put the game beyond Celta's reach with a perfect penalty.

  • Kaká
    20
    9
    3.00

    Kaká

    Showed several moments of inspiration during the first half, playing in Higuain for the opener. Taken off at the break.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    19
    3
    4.00

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Only Pipita will know if he meant to send the ball looping over Alvarez's head to open the scoring, but it made the difference in a first-half of few chances.

Substitutions

  • Ángel Di María
    6
    3
    3.50

    Ángel Di María

    One of the stars of the second period for Madrid after coming on for Kaka, intelligent passing.

  • Karim Benzema
    7
    1

    Karim Benzema

    The striker enjoyed a brief cameo in place of Higuain.

  • José Callejón
    9
    5
    3.50

    José Callejón

    A real livewire after entering in the second half, had several great opportunities.

  • Sergio
    0
    1
    2.50

    Sergio

    Guilty of straying off his line for Higuain's goal, but redeemed himself with a handful of good saves.

  • Hugo Mallo
    1
    0
    3.50

    Hugo Mallo

    A massive performance on the right hand side of defence, blocked almost everything Madrid could throw at him.

  • Roberto Lago
    1
    0
    3.00

    Roberto Lago

    Dealt with Ronaldo well on the left during the first half, let very little past him all game.

  • Andres Tuñez Arceo
    1
    0
    3.00

    Andres Tuñez Arceo

    The Venezuela international dealt well with Madrid's star-studded attack, although gaps started to appear towards the end.

  • Gustavo Daniel Cabral
    1
    2
    2.50

    Gustavo Daniel Cabral Flop of the Match

    Defended solidly, but a silly push on Ozil gifted Madrid a penalty and put the game out of reach.

  • Oubiña
    1
    0
    3.50

    Oubiña

    Harried and tackled with enthusiasm, and was not daunted by the glittering names opposite.

  • Alex López
    1
    0
    3.50

    Alex López

    The pick of the midfield for Celta, made the most of what little ball he enjoyed to try and get his team moving in the rival half.

  • Cristian Bustos
    1
    0
    3.00

    Cristian Bustos

    Passed the ball intelligently and linked well with Aspas and Lopez, although possession was hard to come by throughout the clash.

  • Michael Krohn-Dehli
    2
    0
    3.00

    Michael Krohn-Dehli

    Battled gamely up front, but needed more ammunition and looked lost at times on the left.

  • Augusto Fernández
    1
    0
    3.00

    Augusto Fernández

    The Argentine was as enthusiastic as ever in chasing down every ball and man in a white shirt. Had little opportunity to get forward.

  • Iago Aspas
    1
    0
    3.50

    Iago Aspas

    The focal point of Celta's sporadic forays into attack during the opening hour, it was a surprise to see him withdrawn towards the end.

Substitutions

  • Bermejo
    0
    0
    3.00

    Bermejo

    Was a thorn in the side of Madrid's defence, moving well and trying to force his team back into proceedings.

  • Chu-Young Park
    0
    0
    3.00

    Chu-Young Park

    Had Celta's best chance of the game with a powerful header, palmed away by Casillas.

  • De Lucas
    0
    0
    3.00

    De Lucas

    Stretched Essien on occasion after coming on in the second half, and forced a good save from Casillas.

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
Atl. 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