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December 1, 2013 12:30 AM IST
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ Pedro Pérez‎
Attendance:‬ 68655‎
 
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Player Ratings: Real Madrid 4-0 Valladolid

A Gareth Bale hat-trick and a Karim Benzema header handed Carlo Ancelotti's side a fifth consecutive league win to close the gap at the top to three points

By Max Bentley

  • Diego López Rodríguez
    48
    12
    3.00

    Diego López Rodríguez

    The goalkeeper was a mere spectator in the first half though he did make two smart saves in the second period to deny Bergdich.

  • Pepe
    53
    9
    3.00

    Pepe

    He produced a dominant performance in the air and merged a good partnership with Ramos to effectively contain the threat of Guerra.

  • Sergio Ramos
    56
    7
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    Hoped to atone for his 17th career red card in midweek and whilst he was solid at the back, he spurned two glorious free headers early on which could have given Real Madrid the lead.

  • Marcelo
    71
    5
    3.50

    Marcelo

    The Brazilian was assured in defence and acted as a brilliant attacking outlet on the overlap, providing the assists for Bale's second half strikes.

  • Daniel Carvajal
    60
    3
    3.00

    Daniel Carvajal

    Looks a far more complete defender in his second spell at the club and he marauded up and down the right flank all game. Was controversially flagged offside when he set up Benzema's disallowed goal.

  • Gareth Bale
    173
    5
    5.00

    Gareth Bale Top of the Match

    The Welshman shone in Ronaldo's absence, netting a hat trick and providing a glorious cross for Benzema's goal. Already has nine goals in the Real Madrid jersey.

  • Xabi Alonso
    94
    1
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    Came back into the side after sitting out the midweek win over Galatasaray and he produced a magnificent passing display in the midfield, frequently exposing gaps and stretching the Valladolid defence.

  • Luka Modric
    72
    5
    3.00

    Luka Modric

    The Croatian was tidy in possession and his close control helped Real Madrid to dominate the midfield battle.

  • Ángel Di María
    88
    7
    3.50

    Ángel Di María

    Staked his claim for a first-team spot with a fantastic performance. He constantly got the better of Alcatraz down the left and he struck the crossbar with a stunning strike before setting up the first goal.

  • Isco
    79
    3
    3.00

    Isco

    The youngster's awareness and vision ensured he was almost untouchable in the Real Madrid midfield. Showed some brilliant touches and passes to unlock the Valladolid defence.

  • Karim Benzema
    75
    5
    3.50

    Karim Benzema

    After a difficult start to the season, Benzema has found his form in recent weeks and his movement caused the Valladolid defence problems all game. Scored the second goal with a clinical header.

Substitutions

  • Jesé Rodríguez
    53
    2

    Jesé Rodríguez

    The striker came on as a late substitute and showed some neat touches, particularly his accurate through ball for Morata in the final minutes.

  • Morata
    60
    2

    Morata

    Showed glimpses of his potential from the bench, causing the Valladolid defence problems despite missing a good late chance.

  • Diego Mariño
    4
    11
    3.00

    Diego Mariño

    The goalkeeper produced some smart saves to deny Di Maria and Morata and he will no doubt feel let down by his defence as he had no chance of saving any of Real Madrid's goals.

  • Marc Valiente
    3
    7
    2.50

    Marc Valiente

    The former-Barcelona defender struggled to cope with the movement of Benzema and often failed to maintain a straight defensive line.

  • Jesús Rueda
    3
    7
    3.00

    Jesús Rueda

    The centre-back was frequently caught out of position and looked unconvincing when defending set-pieces. However, he did produce some good interceptions to deny crosses from either wing.

  • Carlos Peña
    1
    7
    2.50

    Carlos Peña

    The left-back could not cope with Bale's quick footwork and movement although he did attempt to assist the attack whenever possible and came close to scoring with a low drilled effort in the second half.

  • Zakarya Bergdich
    2
    6
    3.00

    Zakarya Bergdich

    He looked the likeliest player to score for Valladolid with his willingness to run at defenders and strike at goal. Looked most effective when cutting in from the right.

  • G. García
    1
    6
    2.50

    G. García

    The Colombian was run ragged by Di Maria down the right and his failure to cope with the Argentine exposed his defence on many occasions.

  • Fausto Rossi
    2
    7
    3.50

    Fausto Rossi

    The on-loan Juventus man impressed in Ebert's absence and his tireless box-to-box approach, combined with his neat passing, established him as one of Valladolid's stand-out performers.

  • Daniel Larsson
    1
    14
    2.00

    Daniel Larsson Flop of the Match

    The Swedish winger failed to make an impact in the first half and was well contained by Marcelo, forcing Jose Ignacio Martinez to haul him off at the break.

  • Sastre
    1
    7
    2.50

    Sastre

    He battled bravely in the midfield but was ultimately outclassed by the likes of Alonso and Isco.

  • Álvaro Rubio
    1
    7
    2.50

    Álvaro Rubio

    The experienced 34-year-old produced some strong tackles and reading of the play to effectively break up the Real Madrid attacks through the middle of the pitch.

  • Javi Guerra
    1
    7
    3.00

    Javi Guerra

    When playing at the Bernabeu, you must take your chances and Valladolid's top goalscorer failed to do so, notably in the first half when he sliced a volley off target when unmarked at the back post.

Substitutions

  • Omar
    1
    7
    2.50

    Omar

    Replaced Larsson at half-time but failed to have the desired impact on the game and was mainly forced to track back and offer protection to the defence.

  • H. Osorio
    1
    6

    H. Osorio

    The much-travelled Colombian arrived on the scene in the final ten minutes and consequently did not have sufficient time to make an impression.

  • Manucho
    1
    7

    Manucho

    The former Manchester United striker hoped to offer a more physical threat up front but was well contained by the Real Madrid defence.

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