Pulled off a couple of great saves to deny Real Madrid tonight. Quick off his line to frustrate Benzema and agile as a tiger to parry Ronaldo's thunderous shot.
Struggled against Oezil in the first half and continued to be a weak link in Depor's defence in the second period as Cristiano Ronaldo started storming down his flank and Los Blancos occasionally teamed up on him.
Rock-solid tonight. Did very well to limit Ronaldo's efficiency in the first half and tackled superbly. Showed great positioning.
Had some troubles with Ronaldo in the first half and Di Maria after the break as he failed to close down the winger on more than one occasion. Shown a yellow card for a bad foul on the Argentinian, but the end justified the means.
Did relatively well with the threat of Benzema in the first half, but struggled to deal with the striker and Ronaldo in the second period. His failure to intervene in the 84th minute almost led to the opener, and almost conceded a penalty with the final kick of the game.
Did well alongside Ruben Perez in the centre of the pitch and did his best to stifle Los Blancos' attacking drive. Sprayed the ball well.
His side's most dynamic attacker tonight. Set up some of Deportivo's best chances of the game and was surprisingly substituted in the second half.
Confident on the ball and with a bag full of tricks. Showed some good touches and superbly fulfilled his duties in defence, too.
The striker's inability to take the right decision at the right moment let his team down. Always a step behind, and always close, yet so far from scoring.
Showed a few good touches and did well with his crosses, but nothing special really. We have seen better from him.
Deportivo had one shot on goal the entire game and this pretty much says it all. Barely had to intervene in this match.
Sand failed to punish his lapses tonight and the defender was pretty much shaky compared to Carvalho. Earned a yellow card for a push on a Deportivo player as his aggression and frustration got the better of him.
Awful performance by the defender. Not very convincing at the back and did himself no favours every time he went forward. Even blocked a goal-bound shot by Ronaldo in the second half in Deportivo's penalty area..
Rock-solid. Never caught out of position and strong in the air and the tackle. His interception in the ninth minute is worth another look.
Horrible performance from the Brazilian. Lacking precision in his tackling and delivery and very wasteful upfront. Spent most of the time complaining.
- 8 Kaká
Impressive performance from the Frenchman, reminiscent of Claude Makelele. Covered a lot of ground and sprayed the ball superbly. Made a wonderful intervention in the 45th minute which is well worth another look. Substituted in the second half as Real Madrid were looking for more firepower upfront.
Did well in the centre of the pitch, spraying the ball comfortably, but began to struggle due to lack of protection once Diarra was taken off. All in all, a good performance from the ex-Liverpool and Real Sociedad man.
Splendid performance by the Germany international. Set up countless opportunities for his team mates. Powered through Deportivo's defence time and time again with pace and technique and even set up Adebayor in the 78th minute for his finish that crashed into the left post.
After a promising first half in which he oozed confidence and fought for every ball, his performance rapidly dropped and one can go as far as saying that he was the man who cost Real Madrid three points tonight. Missed a sitter in the 84th minute, hesitant on the ball at times and consistently took the wrong decision.
One of his team's best performers. After a relatively quiet first half in which he had a goal ruled out for offside, the Portuguese ace stepped up his game and almost dragged his team to victory. Set up Benzema for the best chance of the game and hit the post after a wonderful run. Sent in a flurry of dangerous free-kicks, but to no avail.
- 13 Manu
- 23 Aythami Artiles
- 33 Seoane
Replaced Guardado and showed some very neat touches on the ball. Impressed with his technique in his cameo and did well in defence, too.
- 28 Juan Domínguez
Replaced Adrian and did not really shine during his time on the pitch. Earned a silly yellow card.
- 25 J. Dudek
- 17 Arbeloa
- 18 Albiol
Á. di María
Made a nuisance of himself down the left and drew a lot of fouls. Deportivo's physical approach certainly was not to his taste and generally he had very little time to influence the game. Put in some good crosses and showed good delivery from set-pieces.
- 5 F. Gago
- 6 E. Adebayor