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Played
August 18, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ Jesús Gil‎
Attendance:‬ 76870‎
 
Jorge Molina 14′
86′ Isco
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 2-1 Real Betis

Goal.com took in the action at the Bernabeu, where a late Isco goal got los Blancos' Liga challenge off to a winning start in Carlo Ancelotti's first competitive game

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Diego López Rodríguez
    10
    2
    3.00

    Diego López Rodríguez

    Stranded by his defence for the Betis goal, but made a handful of solid saves in the first half.

  • Pepe
    6
    6
    3.00

    Pepe

    Guilty of ball watching during the events of the first goal, covering the ball rather than the man, which allowed Molina the time he needed to slot home.

  • Sergio Ramos
    2
    11
    2.50

    Sergio Ramos

    Never seemed to get his head into the game, as he was bypassed multiple times, and was clumsy in his attempts to recover from his mistakes.

  • Marcelo
    9
    4
    3.00

    Marcelo

    Not always the most attentive defensively, but provided an excellent attacking outlet on the left, going beyond overlapping flank play to play a few nice passes centrally. Set up Isco's winner with a delightful cross, not the only one from him on the night.

  • Daniel Carvajal
    2
    13
    2.00

    Daniel Carvajal Flop of the Match

    Very much a baptism of fire for the right back on his first Liga match for the senior Madrid side. He simply could not keep up with Cedric, who tormented him all game long.

  • Sami Khedira
    3
    5
    3.00

    Sami Khedira

    Could have afforded his defence a greater deal of protection as his zone of the pitch was the source of a fair bit of attacking joy for the visitors.

  • Mesut Özil
    8
    4
    2.50

    Mesut Özil

    With two other playmakers on the pitch in the form of Isco and Luka Modric, he inevitably got squeezed out, often forced to work an opening from wide positions, which did not always fare well.

  • Luka Modric
    6
    6
    2.50

    Luka Modric

    Unnoticeable off the ball, and offered little out of the ordinary when on it. His creativity was stifled by the relentless pressure from his Betis counterparts.

  • Isco
    18
    5
    4.00

    Isco Top of the Match

    A lovely reverse pass released Karim Benzema for the opening goal of the game, and he gave glimpses of his creativity throughout. Capped off a fine Liga debut for his new side by heading home the winner with four minutes remaining.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    14
    6
    3.00

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Hit or miss from the Portuguese, who was crowded and heavily marked for most of the game. However, he did cause quite a few problems from set pieces, and struck the bar at the start of the second half when running through on goal.

  • Karim Benzema
    8
    5
    3.00

    Karim Benzema

    Took his goal well, racing onto an Isco feed, but was otherwise frustratingly inconsistent leading the line for his side, not providing enough presence.

Substitutions

  • Ángel Di María
    8
    1
    3.00

    Ángel Di María

    Added some genuine width to the home side's cause but all too often his end product was lacking.

  • Casemiro
    7
    2
    3.00

    Casemiro

    Intelligent on the ball and linked well with Marcelo to open up the left flank.

  • Stephan Andersen
    2
    2
    3.50

    Stephan Andersen

    Pulled off a string of saves in the second half as the pressure from Madrid threatened to boil over. Unlucky to be on the losing side.

  • Chica
    3
    2
    2.50

    Chica

    Madrid's positive spells throughout the game were largely due to their forays down his area of the pitch. The right back conceded his flank to the home side at times.

  • Paulao
    2
    2
    3.00

    Paulao

    Came up with a few solid defensive plays, like a close range header to rid the ball from danger ahead of Ronaldo. A dependable showing.

  • Damien Perquis
    2
    3
    3.00

    Damien Perquis

    Bailed out no less than two times by the offside flag after he had turned the ball into his own net. At times he found it difficult to track the runners into the box on crosses.

  • Nacho
    3
    2
    3.00

    Nacho

    Solid and reliable out on the left, doing his job defensively and supporting the attack to a decent standard.

  • Matilla
    3
    1
    3.50

    Matilla

    Worked stride for stride alongside Nosa in the Betis engine room, doing his best to break up play in midfield. However, he was a bit too committed to his job at times, and picked up a yellow card for one in a series of fouls.

  • Verdú
    3
    2
    3.50

    Verdú

    Tested Diego Lopez with a header early in the game and was a strong cog in his side's offensive efforts, linking up well with Cedric.

  • N. Igiebor
    4
    2
    3.00

    N. Igiebor

    A veritable pitbull in the centre of the park, harrying his opponents off the ball regularly. Came mightily close to a goal himself with a bullet header that rattled the crossbar.

  • Cedric
    6
    2
    4.00

    Cedric

    Tortured the opposition backline all game long with his speed and directness. Forced the first goal with a barnstorming run, and came close on multiple occasions to both scoring and setting up a second for Betis. Though his display dropped slightly in the second half, it was still a surprise to see him withdrawn shortly after the hour mark.

  • Juanfran
    2
    2
    3.00

    Juanfran

    Accurate with his deliveries from out wide, which created a few strong chances for his side. Could not maintain his display long into the second half, though.

  • Jorge Molina
    3
    2
    3.50

    Jorge Molina

    Took his goal calmly, and was a strong focal point for the visitors, causing the centre-backs quite a few problems.

Substitutions

  • Juan Carlos
    2
    2
    3.00

    Juan Carlos

    Relatively unspectacular in his spell on the pitch.

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