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November 3, 2013 12:30 AM IST
Estadio del Rayo Vallecano (de Vallecas Teresa Rivero) — Madrid
Referee:‬ Alfonso Álvarez‎
Attendance:‬ 11052‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Rayo Vallecano 2-3 Real Madrid

Goal rates every player as Carlo Ancelotti's side survive a Rayo comeback to close the gap on Barcelona to six points

By Max Bentley

  • Rubén
    20
    19
    3.50

    Rubén

    Could do little to prevent any of the Real Madrid goals although he made a superb double save to deny Ronaldo a hat trick.

  • Tito
    9
    14
    3.00

    Tito

    Had a glorious chance to seal a famous comeback when he headed narrowly wide with minutes to play.

  • Nacho Martínez
    5
    16
    3.00

    Nacho Martínez

    Aided the attack with his willingness to get forward from left back. However, this sometimes meant he left his wing too exposed.

  • Alejandro Gálvez
    4
    15
    2.50

    Alejandro Gálvez

    Was beaten too easily by Ronaldo for the opening goal although on the whole, he coped well with Benzema.

  • Arbilla
    6
    21
    2.00

    Arbilla Flop of the Match

    Endured a miserable game and was visibly upset when substituted. Culpable for Real's third goal.

  • Adrián González
    2
    16
    2.50

    Adrián González

    He was forced off in the first half due to a muscular problem.

  • Trashorras
    12
    12
    3.00

    Trashorras

    The captain's experience and accurate passing ensured Rayo once again dominated possession.

  • Saúl
    12
    13
    3.00

    Saúl

    As an 18-year-old on loan from Atletico, he was keen to impress and his distribution and pressing ensured Rayo won the midfield battle in the second half.

  • Lass
    23
    11
    3.00

    Lass

    Superb performance from the Guinea international who constantly beat his man down the right and whipped dangerous balls into the box.

  • Jonathan Viera
    36
    10
    3.50

    Jonathan Viera

    The on-loan Valencia man scored twice from the spot and was involved in the majority of his side's attacks.

  • Iago Falqué
    20
    16
    3.00

    Iago Falqué

    He was desperately unlucky to see his goal disallowed in the first half and looked impressive cutting in from the left.

Substitutions

  • Adrián Embarba
    19
    9
    3.50

    Adrián Embarba

    He looked lively from the bench with his willingness to take players on. Twice came desperately close to finding the equaliser.

  • Joaquin Larrivey
    13
    12
    3.00

    Joaquin Larrivey

    The Batistuta lookalike made an impact off the bench and he was unlucky to see his powerful header cannon back off the crossbar.

  • Bueno
    12
    11
    3.00

    Bueno

    Was unfortunate not to score against his former club as his brilliant effort was tipped onto the post by Lopez.

  • Diego López Rodríguez
    199
    49
    3.50

    Diego López Rodríguez

    He was close to saving Viera's first penalty and helped ensure his side's victory with his stunning save from Bueno's effort.

  • Pepe
    87
    133
    3.00

    Pepe

    Tripped Viera to gift Rayo their first penalty but aside from that, he turned in an assured defensive performance alongside Ramos.

  • Sergio Ramos
    114
    107
    2.50

    Sergio Ramos

    He won the majority of his aerial and individual duels but should have got on the scoresheet in the first half.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    142
    65
    3.00

    Fabio Coentrao

    The Portuguese left-back injured his ankle in a nasty fall early on and was replaced by Marcelo before half-time.

  • Daniel Carvajal
    90
    122
    2.50

    Daniel Carvajal

    He was extremely fortunate not to be sent off for a second bookable offence on Falque and was wisely substituted by Ancelotti.

  • Gareth Bale
    434
    48
    4.00

    Gareth Bale

    Although he didn't get on the scoresheet, he looked lively down the right and his precise cross set up Benzema for Real's second before he again turned provider for what turned out to be Ronaldo's winning goal.

  • Xabi Alonso
    290
    21
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    Made his first start after a five-month lay-off and showed few signs of rustiness, pulling the strings in midfield with his brilliant range of passing. Real looked less assured after he was substituted.

  • Luka Modric
    330
    28
    3.00

    Luka Modric

    The Croatian claimed the assist for Ronaldo's first goal but he could not prevent Rayo from dominating the midfield battle in the second half.

  • Ángel Di María
    179
    57
    3.00

    Ángel Di María

    The Argentine was quieter in a central role and struggled to show his attacking and creative qualities.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    566
    54
    4.00

    Cristiano Ronaldo Top of the Match

    Continued his stunning form with two well-taken goals to take him up to 109 goals in his last 100 Real Madrid games. Is it his year for the Ballon d'Or?

  • Karim Benzema
    285
    23
    3.50

    Karim Benzema

    The France striker didn't see too much of the ball but showed good awareness to be in the right place to head home Bale's cross.

Substitutions

  • Marcelo
    89
    131
    2.50

    Marcelo

    Struggled to deal with the pace of Bangoura and his foolish tackle gave away a second penalty.

  • Arbeloa
    146
    50
    3.00

    Arbeloa

    Helped to add stability to the defence with his experience late on.

  • Asier Illarramendi
    113
    90
    3.00

    Asier Illarramendi

    Struggled to exert the same authority that Alonso had on the game.

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
26 4
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0