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January 24, 2013 2:00 AM IST
Estadio de Mestalla — Valencia
Referee:‬ Miguel Pérez‎
Attendance:‬ 40000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Valencia 1-1 Real Madrid (Agg 1-3)

Goal.com was on hand to cast a critical eye over events at the Mestalla as Benzema's goal was enough for Los Blancos to consolidate their first leg advantage and reach the semis

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Guaita
    2
    1
    3.00

    Guaita

    Made some strong saves from Di Maria and Ronaldo in the first half, and was virtually a spectator in the second as his side pressed forward.

  • Ricardo Costa
    2
    3
    2.00

    Ricardo Costa

    A terrible error as he was too slow to react to a quick Madrid throw in, allowing Benzema to steal in and slot home the opener. Did not have much to do in the second half as Valencia dominated, but his mistake left his side with a far more sizable task than they should have faced.

  • Adil Rami
    2
    1
    3.00

    Adil Rami

    Solid both in the air and on the ground, Rami rarely put a foot wrong, but like Costa, was not tested much once Madrid were down to 10 men.

  • João Pereira
    0
    6
    2.00

    João Pereira

    Fell asleep more than once to allow Madrid a route forward on his flank, and will have to accept the blame for the lack of cover afforded down the right.

  • Aly Cissokho
    1
    2
    3.00

    Aly Cissokho

    Spent most of the second 45 camped high in the Madrid half, and managed to get one or two decent deliveries into the area that were not converted by his team-mates.

  • Víctor Ruiz
    2
    1
    3.00

    Víctor Ruiz

    Put in a decent shift for the home side, closing the Madrid attackers down well and keeping things simple when on the ball.

  • Jose Andrés Guardado
    1
    3
    2.50

    Jose Andrés Guardado

    Whipped in a few free-kicks that caused problems for the Madrid defence, but that was about as good as it got for him as he was rather inconsistent in open play.

  • Tino Costa
    5
    1
    3.50

    Tino Costa

    Brought his side back into the game with a free-kick right after Coentrao was sent off, and looked dangerous attacking the ball on the edge of the area against a 10-man Madrid outfit. The main inspiration in attack for his side.

  • Jonathan Viera
    1
    3
    3.00

    Jonathan Viera

    Provided an occasional threat down the wings for the home side, as he was able to get towards the byline more than once. His end product was lacking somewhat though.

  • Haedo Valdéz
    2
    4
    3.50

    Haedo Valdéz

    Had two solid chances to add his name to the scoresheet in the first half, but both times, he could not get the better of Adan, who managed to make the saves. Very dominant in the air, and an important target for his side to pick out in the area.

  • Jonas
    1
    7
    2.50

    Jonas

    Never really got into stride in this game, as a few promising attacks ended at his feet. Had a header at the end of the first half that was straight at the keeper, but he was eventually taken off in the second after a sub-standard display which, in truth, matches the story of his season so far.

Substitutions

  • Canales
    5
    1
    3.00

    Canales

    Had one or two good chances wen taking aim at goal, but could not score. Still, a positive cameo from him.

  • Ever Banega
    4
    1
    3.00

    Ever Banega

    Added another source of incisive distribution from midfield.

  • Pablo Piatti
    3
    3
    3.00

    Pablo Piatti

    Constantly looked to drive his team forward through the middle, but overran the ball once or twice.

  • Iker Casillas
    21
    4
    3.00

    Iker Casillas

    Lasted only 17 minutes before departing with a strange injury caused inadvertently by Arbeloa.

  • Raúl Albiol
    25
    3
    3.50

    Raúl Albiol

    As Valencia continued to press in the second half, he refused to be daunted, making a number of safety-first plays that snuffed out the danger facing his side.

  • Arbeloa
    22
    7
    3.50

    Arbeloa

    His most noticeable contribution was an unwanted one as he injured Casillas with an accidental kick to the hand. Otherwise he was solid and committed at the back, and came up with a few good moments bombing down the right early on in the game.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    13
    16
    2.00

    Fabio Coentrao Flop of the Match

    Invited unnecessary pressure on his side in the second half with a needless hand ball that saw him depart with his second yellow card, as well as conceding the free-kick from which Tino Costa scored.

  • Raphaël Varane
    33
    3
    3.50

    Raphaël Varane

    An accomplished display in tandem with Albiol at the heart of the defence, as he did whatever necessary to stop the advancing numbers of Valencia from finding a way through. Made some intelligent defensive plays.

  • Xabi Alonso
    34
    2
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso Top of the Match

    Very quick with his distribution, while losing none of his typical accuracy. Set up an early chance for Ronaldo, before intelligently creating Benzema’s opener with a quick through pass from a throw in.

  • Mesut Özil
    27
    5
    3.00

    Mesut Özil

    Solid enough in possession in the first half, but understandably lost his way a little after Madrid began to focus on protecting their lead, rather than extending it.

  • Sami Khedira
    23
    3
    3.00

    Sami Khedira

    Worked hard to close down the space in front of the defence, occasionally dropping into the box to provide an extra body to defend against crosses.

  • Ángel Di María
    13
    16
    2.00

    Ángel Di María

    Gave the ball away in the first half which could have cost Madrid dear, and he did not always appear up for the fight in the face of pressure from the hosts. Picked up an avoidable red card for a moment of petulance.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    48
    9
    3.00

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Very involved early on as he tested the keeper at his near post with a low drive, but was inconsistent afterwards. Forced into a lot of defending off the ball when his team were down to 10 men.

  • Karim Benzema
    30
    2
    3.50

    Karim Benzema

    Scored the all important goal at the end of the first half that ensured that his side could take Coentrao's dismissal relatively in their stride. Quick thinking to latch onto and finish a swift pass from Alonso.

Substitutions

  • Adàn
    19
    9
    3.00

    Adàn

    Called into action almost as soon as he came on, but stood tall to deny Valdez twice. Probably could have done better for Tino Costa’s goal though.

  • Nacho Fernández
    27
    4
    3.00

    Nacho Fernández

    An extra body in midfield, giving Madrid some much needed fresh legs.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
5 0
Cesc Fàbregas Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
Barcelona
4 1
Ángel Di María Ángel Di María
Midfielder
Real Madrid
4 1
Raúl García Raúl García
Midfielder
Atlético de Madrid
4 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
3 2