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Played
April 9, 2011 12:00 PM EDT
Estadio San Mamés — Bilbao
Referee:‬ Clos Gómez‎
Attendance:‬ 36000‎
 
 
Kaká 14′ (PG)
 
Kaká 54′ (PG)
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Athletic Bilbao 0-3 Real Madrid

Goal.com takes a look at the players on show in Madrid's easy win over the Basque and gives them each a rating out of ten.

By Daniel Quinton-Navarro

  • Iraizoz
    1
    3
    2.00

    Iraizoz

    Gave away a penalty early on, but redeemed himself slightly when he saved from Higuain. Was in no-man's land when he rushed out to clear and gifted Higuain with a chance from 40 yards. Positioning questioned throughout. Better second half but damage had already been done.

  • Xabi Castillo
    1
    5
    2.00

    Xabi Castillo

    Was weak in defense all game and his evening was summed up when he gave away the second penalty for a clumsy block on Di Maria.

  • Mikel San José Domínguez
    -1
    4
    2.00

    Mikel San José Domínguez

    Positioned himself well but was easily beaten by passes around him and he was lacking any pace. Weak in challenges when he needed to win the ball.

  • Borja Ekiza
    0
    7
    2.00

    Borja Ekiza

    Looked solid at times but weak at others. Nearly allowed Madrid in for a second when he took too many touches. When Los Blancos pressurized he failed to cope.

  • Andoni Iraola
    0
    6
    2.50

    Andoni Iraola

    Got forward well a couple of times but was overrun in defense. Forward running in the second half offered something but his final ball was lacking in quality.

  • Carlos Gurpegui
    2
    8
    3.00

    Carlos Gurpegui Flop of the Match

    Looked a force as an attacking threat and had some decent early shots. Came close to equalizing just before half-time. Subbed after 45 minutes.

  • Javi Martínez
    4
    5
    2.00

    Javi Martínez

    Unable to get into the game much. Looked to change that in the second half but was frustrated by Madrid’s defense.

  • Orbaiz
    1
    7
    2.50

    Orbaiz

    Bright start, looking to shift the ball quickly. Vanished as the game progressed and grew disinterested.

  • Muniain
    6
    4
    3.00

    Muniain

    Good effort from far and looked to add spark to his side’s attacks. Did well and ran tirelessly. Defensive duties weren’t shafted and he helped his side out.

  • Toquero
    3
    3
    3.00

    Toquero

    Constant running and posed problems as he came wide. When he did, he added quality to the crosses but then there was only Llorente in the area.

  • Fernando Llorente
    10
    6
    3.00

    Fernando Llorente

    Physical presence was important but the service was lacking which limited his impact on the game. Decent chances late on to pressure Madrid but didn’t take them.

Substitutions

  • Iturraspe
    1
    3
    2.00

    Iturraspe

    Quiet after his second half introduction as he looked to help his side get back into the contest. Failed to change the game as he wasted the ball with poor service.

  • David López
    3
    5
    3.00

    David López

    Set piece deliveries posed problems and looked to drive forward well. Lacked the final delivery from open play.

  • Igor Gabilondo
    2
    4
    2.50

    Igor Gabilondo

    Added some needed width that pushed Madrid but the away side were never troubled. Nearly volleyed home but lacked the ability to take the shot on.

  • Iker Casillas
    40
    2
    3.50

    Iker Casillas

    Made some smart saves in the first half and added stability to his side. Little to do but when he was called into action he did it well.

  • Arbeloa
    41
    2
    3.50

    Arbeloa

    Moved the ball well and came forward to good effect. Made one clearing header under substantial pressure that was world class.

  • Raúl Albiol
    47
    6
    4.00

    Raúl Albiol

    Superb display and was the reason for Madrid’s clean sheet. He defended valiantly, clearing dangerous balls, rising highest with his head and making covering tackles.

  • Ezequiel Garay
    37
    1
    3.00

    Ezequiel Garay

    Distributed the ball well from defence and began many of Madrid’s attacks. Made several Important interceptions and worked hard for his team on a rare start.

  • Sergio Ramos
    29
    7
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    Did well tracking back, and showed his defensive abilities with a solid display despite a bad challenge earning himself a booking. Didn’t show as much attacking intent as he usually does but Madrid didn’t need it tonight.

  • Esteban Granero
    33
    3
    3.50

    Esteban Granero

    Strong at closing down early on and that set the tone for the game. Worked hard and got forward well. Great pass for Ronaldo’s goal which ended the game.

  • Pepe
    26
    11
    2.50

    Pepe

    Was under pressure early on and was lucky to get away with several poor challenges. Showed good awareness to see out danger from crosses but all in all and easy night for the Portuguese.

  • Lassana Diarra
    28
    7
    3.00

    Lassana Diarra

    Stayed in the middle of the park breaking up play for much of the game. A mere by-stander at times but wasn’t needed. When he was, he used his physicality to win the ball back.

  • Kaká
    77
    2
    3.50

    Kaká

    Scored twice from the spot, taking them both well. Showed some masterful touches, particularly a through ball for Higuain with the outside of his boot. Will be pleased to have got 90 minutes under his belt.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    30
    9
    3.00

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Still coming back from injury and he lacked match sharpness when he was one-on-one early on allowing the ‘keeper to save – usually he would have buried it without a hesitation. Tried a volley from 40 yards with Iraizoz out of his goal but couldn’t control it.

  • Ángel Di María
    62
    10
    3.50

    Ángel Di María Top of the Match

    Lively running from the Argentine and to good effect. Won both penalties, neither of which can be debated. Showed awareness with a great chip that drifted wide of the post.

Substitutions

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    59
    14
    3.00

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Second half sub and Madrid just up their game when he was on the pitch. Wanted to score and he did so with a great finish.

  • Xabi Alonso
    31
    0
    2.50

    Xabi Alonso

    Came on to steady the ship late in the match and did exactly that. Easy game and keeps him fit ad fresh ahead of a testing time for Madrid.

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
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0