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April 10, 2013 12:15 AM IST
Türk Telekom Arena — Istanbul
Referee:‬ S. Lannoy‎
Attendance:‬ 49975‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Galatasaray 3-2 Real Madrid (Agg 3-5)

Goal.com reviews a breathtaking encounter in Istanbul, where Madrid were thankful to two goals from Ronaldo as they continue dreaming of a 10th European title

By Daniel Edwards

  • Néstor Muslera Micol
    31
    10
    2.50

    Néstor Muslera Micol

    Was caught cold a little by Ronaldo's goal, failing to react to the cross. Made up for it with a stunning save from Di Maria, and always quick off his line.

  • Gökhan Zan
    18
    8
    3.00

    Gökhan Zan

    A few wobbles early on, failing to pick up Di Maria in a move that almost led to Madrid's second, but defended well and supported further upfield.

  • Semih Kaya
    15
    13
    2.50

    Semih Kaya

    Lost Cristiano early on and was punished as the Portuguese opened the scoring, but recovered to put in a solid performance.

  • Emmanuel Eboue
    49
    10
    3.50

    Emmanuel Eboue

    The gaps left behind the right-back resembled more accurately a gaping chasm at times, and his work up the field also left a lot to be desired. Great goal, however, which gave his side hope.

  • Hamit Altıntop
    17
    13
    2.50

    Hamit Altıntop

    Failed to provide the decent service from out wide that Drogba so desperately needed, a disappointing show against his former employers.

  • Selçuk İnan
    17
    12
    2.50

    Selçuk İnan

    Combined excellently with Sneijder throughout the match, pressuring Madrid down the flanks and forcing errors across the pitch.

  • Felipe Melo
    26
    13
    2.50

    Felipe Melo

    A rock in the middle of the pitch, controlling the game's flow and ensuring that Galatasaray were on top across the 90 minutes.

  • Riera
    14
    14
    2.50

    Riera

    Failed to impose himself on the Madrid backline in a tepid display, but helped to keep the Merengue quiet on the few occasions they broke forward.

  • Wesley Sneijder
    119
    23
    4.00

    Wesley Sneijder Top of the Match

    Combative and strong in the middle, earning a yellow card in the first half. Threatened at times from deep and notched a wonderful strike.

  • Didier Drogba
    124
    9
    3.50

    Didier Drogba

    Meandered through much of the game, struggling from poor service and a lack of initiative, but showed his striking instincts are still well intact.

  • Umut Bulut
    17
    14
    2.00

    Umut Bulut

    Ineffective up front, it was little surprise when the striker was pulled off for the more dynamic Sarioglu.

Substitutions

  • Sabri Sarıoğlu
    25
    8
    3.00

    Sabri Sarıoğlu

    Came on at the end and made an instant impact, setting up Sneijder's goal.

  • Johan Elmander
    13
    10
    2.00

    Johan Elmander

    Thrown on towards the end as his team chased victory.

  • Nordin Amrabat
    23
    7
    3.00

    Nordin Amrabat

    A brilliant cross late on set up Drogba and kept Galatasaray dreaming of an upset.

  • Diego López Rodríguez
    48
    38
    2.00

    Diego López Rodríguez

    Had little to do throughout a straightforward first half, but must have feared being tagged as the villain as the goals starting raining in.

  • Raphaël Varane
    62
    35
    2.50

    Raphaël Varane

    Unaccustomed to such frantic attacking play and it showed, struggled at the back and was beaten all too easily for the second goal.

  • Pepe
    32
    49
    2.50

    Pepe

    Went absent without leave in the second half as, from a position of complete superiority, Madrid capitulated. Could not handle Drogba.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    40
    40
    2.50

    Fabio Coentrao

    Looked comfortable early on, but in the second period succumbed to the malaise suffered by the entire defence and was missing for the cross that let in Drogba.

  • Sami Khedira
    84
    8
    3.00

    Sami Khedira

    Made a decisive impact early on, overlapping on the right and teeing Ronaldo up to perfection for the opener. Maintained a decent level throughout.

  • Mesut Özil
    74
    61
    2.00

    Mesut Özil

    It wasn't the game for the Germany international, as Madrid retreated into their shell and failed to close out the game with attacking football.

  • Michael Essien
    71
    10
    2.50

    Michael Essien

    Started strongly on the right side of defence, but suffered an injury in his thigh and, with the tie all but over, was taken off as a precaution in the first half.

  • Luka Modric
    150
    23
    3.50

    Luka Modric

    Overwhelmed in the middle, needed to pressure Galatasaray's midfield but was content to sit back and invite pressure onto the backline.

  • Ángel Di María
    50
    49
    2.50

    Ángel Di María

    As ever, was in the thick of the action as his surges from midfield caused Galatasaray grief. Will wonder how he did not net after an astonishing Muslera save.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    249
    18
    4.00

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Was fairly quiet in a defensive-minded Madrid, but came up with a typical poacher's finish to net the important opener. A lovely flick almost provided the second, before he killed off the encounter at the end.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    52
    51
    2.50

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    A muted performance from start to finish from Argentina's No. 9. Looked unsure of his place in the team, and failed to make any impact in the penalty area.

Substitutions

  • Arbeloa
    16
    107
    2.00

    Arbeloa Flop of the Match

    Came on for Essien early, and managed to rule himself out for the semi after talking his way into a red card.

  • Raúl Albiol
    55
    12
    2.00

    Raúl Albiol

    Entered in the final minutes to bolster a shaky defence.

  • Karim Benzema
    94
    11
    2.50

    Karim Benzema

    Set up Ronaldo's second to finally put a nervous Madrid over the line.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
6 2