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November 25, 2012 2:30 AM IST
Estadio Benito Villamarín — Sevilla
Referee:‬ Jesús Gil‎
Attendance:‬ 48500‎
 
17′ Beñat
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Betis 1-0 Real Madrid

Goal.com was on hand to cast a critical eye over events at Estadio Benito Villamarin, where Mourinho's men slumped to a disappointing defeat to further dent their title defence

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Adrián San Miguel Del Castillo
    102
    5
    4.50

    Adrián San Miguel Del Castillo Top of the Match

    Not really tested in the first half, but made a handful of fantastic stops after the break to keep Madrid at bay, particularly the stop from Pepe's header.

  • Amaya
    38
    6
    3.50

    Amaya

    Managed to get his head to a lot of underhit crosses from Madrid inside his own box. Never looked fazed at all by the quality and reputation of his opponents as he carried himself with authority.

  • Dorado
    33
    5
    3.50

    Dorado

    Hardly put a foot wrong at the back in the first half as he put himself about superbly to cut out a number of Madrid's final balls. Executed the offside trap to perfection as well.

  • Álex Martínez
    32
    5
    3.50

    Álex Martínez

    Generally solid at the back as Di Maria was not often able to get past him. One or two moments when he was pushed too far infield, but they did not really cost his team.

  • Ángel
    30
    5
    3.00

    Ángel

    Though he was beaten by Ronaldo on one Madrid attack, he did not make many mistakes otherwise, and did what was required of him with little fuss. Never looked to really get forward, though.

  • Beñat
    71
    9
    4.50

    Beñat

    Did superbly well to drill home from the edge of the area, after getting past Khedira, to give Betis the lead. Always a threat when lurking at the top of the D, and difficult to pick up.

  • Salva Sevilla
    28
    6
    3.50

    Salva Sevilla

    Not always able to influence the game in an attacking sense, but worked hard to provide defensive cover, picking up a yellow card for his troubles after a bad foul on Ronaldo. Spurned one golden shooting chance in the second half to put his team 2-0 up.

  • Juan Carlos
    30
    5
    4.00

    Juan Carlos

    The moment Betis got on the ball, his objective was clear: push high up the left flank and keep the defence stretched. His play on the wing and willingness to hug the touchline allowed the hosts a lot of space in midfield, and was important for a lot of their attacks.

  • José Cañas
    28
    5
    3.50

    José Cañas

    His passing was not always up to scratch as a few Betis possessions broke down as a result of his wayward aim. However, his effort could not be faulted, as he spared no breath in pressuring the Madrid midfield off the ball.

  • Salvador Agra
    24
    7
    3.00

    Salvador Agra

    He did find himself in a few open, relatively promising positions on the right wing, but more than once, his team-mates did not look to pick him out with a choice pass. But with the play of Canas and Castro working a treat on the opposite flank, it was perhaps no surprise.

  • Rubén Castro
    28
    8
    3.50

    Rubén Castro

    Whenever Betis looked to attack, Castro showed no hesitation in working the channels and pulling the Madrid central defenders out of position, which in turn opened up gaps for other players.

Substitutions

  • Nacho
    18
    6
    3.00

    Nacho

    Did not see much of the ball, as his team were doing a lot of defending by the time he stepped onto the pitch.

  • N. Igiebor
    18
    5
    3.00

    N. Igiebor

    A late run out.

  • Jorge Molina
    20
    6
    3.00

    Jorge Molina

    A good moment or two on the counter, such as when he set up Sevilla for a great chance that was missed.

  • Iker Casillas
    43
    61
    3.50

    Iker Casillas

    One ridiculous moment of keep-ups inside his own six-yard area pretty much summed up the lack of urgency from his side. Made one or two good saves to keep his side in the hunt after the opener, which he could do little about.

  • Pepe
    24
    80
    3.00

    Pepe

    Generally sound and did what was required of him at the back. Picked up a yellow card for a typical moment of over-exuberance, and nearly scored with a towering header from a corner.

  • Sergio Ramos
    65
    43
    3.50

    Sergio Ramos

    Pulled out of position in the first half by the Betis wide players, but recovered well after a few opening scares, putting in one brilliant defensive sequence to halt Castro, who looked to have gotten goalside of him.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    33
    65
    3.00

    Fabio Coentrao

    Not a whole lot to do defensively on his flank, especially in the second half, and took that time to get forward and support the attack.

  • Arbeloa
    19
    76
    2.50

    Arbeloa

    Not always sturdy at the back, as his flank was the one most often breached by Betis. Got forward a lot more in the second half, and made a few dangerous overlapping runs.

  • Sami Khedira
    25
    82
    3.00

    Sami Khedira

    Missed a good chance from the edge of the Betis box when he ballooned over the bar; and was then brushed off too easily at the top of his own area by Benat, who then scored the opener. Hauled off at half-time after a disappointing display.

  • Mesut Özil
    56
    112
    2.00

    Mesut Özil Flop of the Match

    Apart from a scintillating one-touch move with Benzema and Di Maria, he was otherwise slack with his passing in crucial areas, too often not getting the correct weight on the ball. Sacrificed at half-time for Kaka.

  • Xabi Alonso
    53
    53
    3.00

    Xabi Alonso

    A little laboured during the first half as he was often harried off the ball, but improved after the break to provide a more solid platform for his team to build attacks.

  • Ángel Di María
    24
    96
    3.00

    Ángel Di María

    His final ball was rather poor, and that blotted his performance as he got himself into some decent positions. Not always the most composed figure in possession either, as a poor clearance played the ball in a dangerous area for the opener.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    68
    206
    3.50

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Always eager to attack the ball and popped up across the front lines to run at the defence. However, he was not able to cause much danger and cut an increasingly frustrated figure as the second half wore on.

  • Karim Benzema
    47
    72
    3.00

    Karim Benzema

    It just did not click for the French striker today, as he rarely found himself with the time or space to get a sight on goal. As poor as the rest of his team in attack.

Substitutions

  • Luka Modric
    93
    81
    3.50

    Luka Modric

    Intelligent in possession, and distributed the ball well, facilitating a number of attacks.

  • Kaká
    153
    40
    3.00

    Kaká

    Tested Adrian with a well-hit drive from outside the area after his introduction as a half-time substitute, and was positive in his spell on the pitch.

  • José Callejón
    24
    71
    3.00

    José Callejón

    Not really able to affect the game in any significant manner.

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
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0