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Played
October 29, 2011 4:00 PM EDT
Estadio Municipal de Anoeta — Donostia-San Sebastián
Referee:‬ Alberto Undiano‎
Attendance:‬ 25289‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Sociedad 0-1 Real Madrid

Goal.com rates the players on show as Jose Mourinho's side narrowly claim the points at Anoeta

By Martin Macdonald

  • Claudio Bravo
    11
    3
    3.00

    Claudio Bravo

    Made an array of smart saves in the first half which kept his side in the match. Produced an excellent stop from a Di Maria shot inside the box and also successfully batted away an effort from distance from Cristiano Ronaldo. The scoreline would be more if not for the Chilean.

  • Carlos Martínez Díez
    4
    2
    1.50

    Carlos Martínez Díez

    Had a nightmare of a first half. Could not deal with the threat of Coentrao bombing down the left hand side. Also failed to pick up Ozil when the German ventured out to the wing. Was just as bad going forward; poor touches and badly executed passes stopped a few potential attacks for his side. Improved in the second half like his team did.

  • Vadim Demidov
    4
    2
    3.00

    Vadim Demidov

    Failed to see the run of Higuain for the all important Real Madrid goal due to a lack of concentration. Improved in the second half and did not give the Argentine a sniff but the damage had already been done.

  • Cadamuro
    3
    2
    2.50

    Cadamuro

    Was guilty all through the game of standing off opponents and allowing them too much room, which resulted in team-mates having to break out of position to fill in. Was also guilty of a few very silly fouls which gave Madrid some respite whenever Sociedad were in the ascendancy.

  • Íñigo Martínez
    3
    2
    2.50

    Íñigo Martínez

    Failed to communicate with the rest of his defenders, which contributed to the goal of Real Madrid. Tried to play Higuain as offside as his team mates missed the run. Did manage to help add solidity in the back line in the second half.

  • Mikel González Martínez
    3
    1
    2.50

    Mikel González Martínez

    Was the center player of the five-man back line so had a certain responsibility to distribute well from the back. However, continually pumped the ball forward to the isolated Carlos Vela, which the Madrid players managed to clean up easily every time.

  • Xabi Prieto
    3
    2
    1.50

    Xabi Prieto

    One of the few Sociedad players with any creative license in the match, but barely offered anything in the final third and when he got the ball, any possible threat was negated by fast-acting Madrid players who fought to get possession back.

  • McDonald Mariga
    7
    5
    2.50

    McDonald Mariga

    Got in the faces of Madrid better than his team-mates and kept Ozil at bay fairly well in the first half. However, his distribution was poor and gave the ball away needlessly on more than one occasion. Wasted a great opportunity when Sociedad had plenty of players forward but instead hit a shot from distance that trickled wide.

  • Dani Estrada
    3
    2
    2.50

    Dani Estrada

    Sociedad's attempted attacking play in the first half was channeled down the right-hand side but the winger could not manage to take advantage of the possession he had. Was outnumbered whenever he received the ball and spent most of his match tracking back. Was substituted on the hour mark.

  • Markel Bergara
    3
    2
    2.50

    Markel Bergara

    Failed to get on the ball for his team which resulted in wave after wave of Madrid attacks in the first period. Positioning was better as his post in front of his defense left Mesut Ozil little room to operate, which hampered the attacking creativity of Jose Mourinho's side.

  • Carlos Vela
    10
    2
    1.50

    Carlos Vela

    he on-loan Arsenal player was extremely isolated as the lone striker for Sociedad. In fairness, he had no service for the vast majority of the match and his only moment of note was a decent shot that Casillas managed to parry away in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Antoine Griezmann
    7
    1
    3.00

    Antoine Griezmann

    Was bright after his introduction and added pace and flair to his team. Tested Casillas with a stinging shot moments after he came on.

  • Imanol Agirretxe
    3
    2
    2.50

    Imanol Agirretxe

    Late substitution and failed to get into the match.

  • Iker Casillas
    39
    11
    3.00

    Iker Casillas

    Only a few moments of action for the Real Madrid captain. Had two similar shots to deal with from Carlos Vela and Antoine Griezmann from outside of the box that he managed to parry away to safety.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    66
    12
    3.50

    Fabio Coentrao Top of the Match

    Enjoyed his freedom down the left wing, especially in the first half. Gave Carlos Martinez a torrid time with his charging runs. Did well when coming inside also, which led to the Real Madrid goal when he threaded a neat pass through the middle of the Sociedad defense for Higuain to score.

  • Pepe
    32
    10
    3.50

    Pepe

    Had very little to deal with and kept it simple in every aspect of his play. Refrained from going on marauding runs from the back and did not award Vela any time or space to affect the play.

  • Sergio Ramos
    46
    9
    3.50

    Sergio Ramos

    Has been very impressive in his tenure at center back. His reading of the play is improving game by game and combined with his determination and passion, he is becoming an integral player for Madrid. Also showed some endeavour going forward and very nearly scored late in the game.

  • Arbeloa
    30
    11
    3.00

    Arbeloa

    Has been very consistent in the right back position for Madrid. Extremely solid throughout the game. Bought a few intelligent fouls in his own half when Real Sociedad had his side under the cosh.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    41
    68
    2.00

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Ineffective. Only attacking moment of note was a speculative shot in the first half that was easily saved by Bravo. Was also petulant in his demeanor and was lucky not to be booked after kicking out at opposition players out of the sight of the referee.

  • Xabi Alonso
    40
    10
    2.50

    Xabi Alonso

    Was neat as always in the center of midfield and utilized the Anoeta pitch well with his pin-point crossfield passes. As Sociedad probed for an equalizer, he acted as a calming presence for his side and his intelligence got Madrid through the match.

  • Mesut Özil
    29
    19
    2.00

    Mesut Özil

    A quiet match from the German. Spent most of the game drifting out to the left-hand side as there was very little room in front of the Sociedad defense. Unfortunately, this lack of space hampered his game. Showed neat interplay at times, but failed to pick out dangerous passes.

  • Lassana Diarra
    23
    18
    3.00

    Lassana Diarra

    Had a quiet match up until just before the hour mark. The introduction of Griezmann added pace and quality to Sociedad and Diarra struggled to deal with the Frenchman for 10 minutes before eventually being substituted for Khedira.

  • Ángel Di María
    35
    12
    3.00

    Ángel Di María

    Buzzed about dangerously and look a threat when coming inside. Put a few fantastic crosses into the box which none of his team-mates converted, most notably a cross with the outside of his foot to the back post for Sergio Ramos, who failed to score.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    50
    14
    3.00

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Took his goal expertly in the first 10 minutes with a delightful dink over Bravo. Drifted in and out of the match after that but continued his brilliant form with a very important effort for his side.

Substitutions

  • Sami Khedira
    33
    13
    2.50

    Sami Khedira

    Slotted in for Diarra well and dealt with the threat of Griezmann more effectively.

  • Karim Benzema
    31
    17
    2.50

    Karim Benzema

    Late substitution for Gonzalo Higuain.

  • Kaká
    44
    18
    3.00

    Kaká

    Came into the match when Real Sociedad attempted to mount a comeback. Played simple passes and kept possession.

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