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January 20, 2013 11:00 PM EAT
Estadio de Mestalla — Valencia
Referee:‬ José Teixeira‎
Attendance:‬ 40000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Valencia 0-5 Real Madrid

Goal.com rates the players on show as los Blancos put in a dominant first-half performance to charge to an emphatic five-goal win against Ernesto Valverde's men at Mestalla

By Tom Webber

  • Diego Alves
    4
    3
    2.00

    Diego Alves

    It is never a good night for a goalkeeper when you have five goals stuck past you. Despite a good save from Khedira at 1-0, Alves could perhaps have done better to keep out Ronaldo's first.

  • Adil Rami
    2
    6
    1.50

    Adil Rami

    The French centre-back looked rock solid in the opening exchanges, timing his challenges well and reading the play. However, the defence was all over the place as Madrid stormed to a five-goal lead.

  • Jose Andrés Guardado
    2
    4
    2.00

    Jose Andrés Guardado

    Not a regular left-back, Guardado found it difficult to deal with Di Maria in the first half. He came close with a quality strike before the break, but left far too much space in the channels.

  • Víctor Ruiz
    2
    4
    1.50

    Víctor Ruiz

    It was a torrid night for the Valencia defence and Ruiz was among those embarrassed by Jose Mourinho's men. He failed to close down Ronaldo as he slammed in Madrid's third.

  • Ricardo Costa
    2
    4
    2.00

    Ricardo Costa

    Played at right-back in place of the suspended Joao Pereira but was exposed time and again by the rampant Blancos. He failed to track the runners and seemed all at sea for much of the game.

  • Fernando Gago
    4
    8
    1.50

    Fernando Gago Flop of the Match

    Appeared extremely composed in the opening stages but failed to get back and assist his defence as a Madrid onslaught led to four goals in 11 minutes before half time. He never appeared to recover thereafter.

  • Ever Banega
    4
    3
    2.00

    Ever Banega

    Was unable to make an impact in the midfield as los Blancos utterly dominated the ball. He could not patch his performance in midweek and did not create enough for his team-mates.

  • Tino Costa
    3
    3
    2.00

    Tino Costa

    Hunted down the ball well early on but was nowhere to be seen as his side were dissected later in the half. He had a couple of decent efforts after the restart, the second of which forced a save from Casillas.

  • Jonas
    3
    3
    2.00

    Jonas

    Failed to influence the game from the left in the manner which he did at the Bernabeu in midweek. He did not get into enough dangerous positions and made it easy for Arbeloa to pick him up.

  • Roberto Soldado
    2
    6
    2.00

    Roberto Soldado

    The striker was almost completely uninvolved as he rarely got a sniff of the ball up front on his own. He lacked service but he did not appear interested enough to worry the makeshift Madrid defence.

  • Pablo Piatti
    5
    2
    2.50

    Pablo Piatti

    He chased down a number of lost causes and also came closest to finding the net for his side. However, his brilliant shot cannoned back off the bar. He did not see enough of the ball to do much more damage though.

Substitutions

  • Barragán
    2
    2
    2.00

    Barragán

    Replaced Gago at half time but did not get forward on the right enough to cause Mourinho's side any issues.

  • Juan Bernat
    2
    2
    2.00

    Juan Bernat

    Came on for Piatti in the 73rd minute and did not have enough time to influence the game positively.

  • Haedo Valdéz
    2
    2
    2.00

    Haedo Valdéz

    Brought on for Soldado in the 65th minute and got in some more threatening areas than his team-mate, though his finishing was not up to scratch.

  • Iker Casillas
    27
    3
    3.00

    Iker Casillas

    The keeper was never really tested by Valencia, though he did look shaky at a few corners early in the second half. He was probably caught cold from a lack of action, but will be happy with a clean sheet.

  • Raphaël Varane
    31
    1
    3.50

    Raphaël Varane

    The young Frenchman added to his growing experience with another reliable performance at the back. He kept things simple, but a lack of attacking intent from the hosts did make for a much easier evening than usual.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    25
    2
    3.00

    Fabio Coentrao

    Kept Piatti quiet for much of the first half but was not particularly adventurous. He supplied a great pass to put Ronaldo through for Madrid's third goal, which capped a solid evening.

  • Arbeloa
    25
    1
    3.00

    Arbeloa

    The Spain international put in another consistent display to help keep Valencia off the scoresheet. He pushed forward well but also kept a close eye on Jonas, not allowing the Brazilian a moment on the ball.

  • Raúl Albiol
    25
    1
    3.50

    Raúl Albiol

    Made some well-timed challenges when he stepped out from the back to limit the influence of Soldado. He put in an understated performance as Valencia never really looked like threatening Casillas.

  • Sami Khedira
    35
    2
    3.50

    Sami Khedira

    Made a number of impressive turns in midfield to help launch his side forward. He should have perhaps got a goal in the first half, but he put in a good shift for his side and helped them dominate the game.

  • Mesut Özil
    63
    1
    4.50

    Mesut Özil

    A truly brilliant display from the German as he had a hand in four of the five first-half goals. His passing was absolutely superb, combining unerring accuracy with immense vision. He dictated the game from start to finish.

  • Xabi Alonso
    25
    1
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    Helped his side punish Valencia for sitting too deep in the middle of the park. He closed the space well, making a number of strong tackles and moving the ball on adeptly.

  • Ángel Di María
    40
    4
    4.50

    Ángel Di María Top of the Match

    From the early moments the Argentine looked up for the match and he made his return to the starting line-up count. After setting up Higuain for the match's opener, he added two goals of his own as Madrid ran riot.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    52
    4
    4.50

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Started fairly slowly but soon showed his quality to devastating effect. He did brilliantly to set up Di Maria for Madrid's second before grabbing himself a pair of excellent strikes before half time.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    29
    1
    4.00

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Missed a golden opportunity in the opening minutes but it proved not to hinder him as he curled home a clinical finish in the ninth minute. His movement was good and he kept the defenders occupied.

Substitutions

  • Michael Essien
    18
    3
    3.00

    Michael Essien

    Replaced Xabi Alonso just before the hour mark and put in a decent shift for his side in his more favoured position.

  • Luka Modric
    22
    4
    3.00

    Luka Modric

    Came on for Ozil in the 67th minute but was not quite able to match the German's creative brilliance.

  • José Callejón
    17
    4
    3.00

    José Callejón

    Made some positive runs after replacing Khedira in the 74th minute.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid CF
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
26 4
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid CF
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0