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September 1, 2013 3:30 PM IST
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ Clos Gómez‎
Attendance:‬ 72231‎
 
26′ Isco
Ibai Gómez 79′
 
72′ Isco
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao

Isco and Luka Modric steal the show as Goal looks at all the players on show in los Blancos' routine victory at Santiago Bernabeu

By Harry Slavin

  • Diego López Rodríguez
    10
    9
    3.00

    Diego López Rodríguez

    Continuing in goal in place of club captain Casillas, Lopez didn't really have a save to make in the opening half. Produced a couple of stops in the second but was powerless to prevent Ibai smashing home.

  • Pepe
    8
    3
    3.00

    Pepe

    A straightforward afternoon for the centre-back as he sought about keeping Aduriz quiet with minimal fuss.

  • Sergio Ramos
    12
    2
    3.50

    Sergio Ramos

    Could have seen red for a flailing arm that landed on Susaeta in the opening half. Instead was allowed to continue on the field and dominated aerially throughout.

  • Marcelo
    9
    2
    3.50

    Marcelo

    The Brazilian produced a number of important tackles and stopped Susaeta getting much joy down the right for Atheltic. Subbed late on for Carvajal.

  • Arbeloa
    10
    2
    3.00

    Arbeloa

    Was never afraid to get up the pitch and caused problems all afternoon for the visitors as he marauded forwarded at will. It was a foul on the right-back that led to the second goal.

  • Sami Khedira
    8
    3
    3.50

    Sami Khedira

    Harshly booked for a handball while part of the Real Madrid wall defending Benat's free kick. An efficient performance from the German but overshadowed by the impressive display of his team-mates in the middle of the park.

  • Luka Modric
    55
    4
    4.50

    Luka Modric Top of the Match

    Tenacious performance from the Croatian who produced a world-class display in midfield. Covered every blade of grass as he marshaled the Madrid midfield throughout with crisp passing and tough tackling.

  • Ángel Di María
    17
    3
    4.00

    Ángel Di María

    A brilliant first-half display where he displayed good pace and exhibited his ability to deliver a cracking set piece by setting up Ronaldo. Went slightly quiet in the second half as the hosts took their feet off the gas.

  • Isco
    35
    4
    4.50

    Isco

    Super display by the summer signing from Malaga as he tormented the Athletic defence at every turn. Composed first finished and perhaps flukey second. Unlucky not to complete his hat-trick at the death.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    37
    5
    4.00

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Back on the scoresheet in Madrid colours but a sloppy performance by the Portuguese star's mammoth standards, getting caught offside too many times and wasting opportunities by shooting when the pass was on.

  • Karim Benzema
    7
    9
    3.00

    Karim Benzema

    A frustrating display for the Frenchman as he had to settle for involvement in the build up to goals rather than finding himself on the end of chances. Picked out Isco well for his second, however.

Substitutions

  • Daniel Carvajal
    6
    4

    Daniel Carvajal

    Came on in the very final stages for Marcelo.

  • Casemiro
    9
    3

    Casemiro

    Came on and took a bang to the head after colliding with Gurpegi's shoulder.

  • Jesé Rodríguez
    7
    4

    Jesé Rodríguez

    A couple of chances for the Spanish Under-20 star during his brief run out as he got a bit more La Liga playing time under his belt.

  • Iago
    2
    0
    3.50

    Iago

    A busy afternoon for the young shot-stopper who was unlucky to find himself picking the ball out of his net three times. Some decent stops, most notably from a Ronaldo free kick, did his reputation no harm.

  • Aymeric Laporte
    1
    0
    2.50

    Aymeric Laporte

    A difficult day for the centre-back who was given the task of dealing with Benzema. Coped okay with the Frenchman and almost netted at the other end himself with a header from a corner.

  • Andoni Iraola
    1
    0
    3.00

    Andoni Iraola

    One of the better displays amongst the Athletic outfield players on a tough afternoon. Some rash passes saw the end to a couple of possible breaks, however.

  • Balenziaga
    1
    0
    2.50

    Balenziaga

    The full-back had a difficult time up against Di Maria in the first half and was never able to effectively deal with attacks down the wing from the home side.

  • Beñat
    1
    1
    3.00

    Beñat

    Went very close with a free kick having scored in a victory for Betis against Madrid last season but most other set piece deliveries were a disappointment. Went into the book for a cynical foul on Isco as well.

  • Iturraspe
    1
    0
    2.50

    Iturraspe

    Substituted at the break as Athletic tried to find a way to cope with the dominance of Modric and Isco in midfield.

  • Susaeta
    1
    0
    3.00

    Susaeta

    Brighter second period from the wide man as he was denied a decent shout for a penalty when he nicked possession off the toes of Ramos. Inadvertently set up Ibai for the goal too.

  • Mikel Rico
    1
    2
    2.00

    Mikel Rico Flop of the Match

    Let fly with the opening shot towards goal today but skewed the ball off of his shin and didn't get much else right either. Subbed at the break as well.

  • Carlos Gurpegui
    1
    1
    2.50

    Carlos Gurpegui

    Booked for taking out Ronaldo in the opening period and was lucky to stay on the pitch when he did the same in the second period. Both challenges were probably a sign of frustration as he struggled with the pace of the Madrid attack all afternoon.

  • Muniain
    1
    0
    3.00

    Muniain

    A bright talent but he wasn't allowed to shine at the Bernabeu as los Blancos marked his card. Fell foul of a systematic targeting scheme from the Madrid defence, resulting eventually in the youngster being taken off with a knock.

  • Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia
    0
    0
    2.50

    Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia

    Suffered just about the same fate as Muniain but stayed the course. A nasty tackle from Marcelo was the worst dose handed out to the Athletic frontman who didn't get much of a sniff in front of goal all game.

Substitutions

  • Erik Morán
    1
    0
    3.00

    Erik Morán

    Came on at the break in an attempt to stem Madrid's domination in the middle and proved a more effective plug.

  • Óscar De Marcos
    1
    0
    3.00

    Óscar De Marcos

    Brought on at half-time as well as Bilbao attempted to sure up the midfield, the plan working to an extent as he provided a sturdier platform with Moran.

  • Ibai Gómez
    1
    0
    3.00

    Ibai Gómez

    Came on for the hobbling Muniain and slammed home the consolation when the ball presented itself to him in the area.

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
Atlético de 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