Made a good punch from a corner in the first half and did what he wasn't able to at the Bernabeu as he saved a Ronaldo shot with his legs. Looked nervous occasionally with the ball at his feet. Couldn't be blamed for the goals, though.
His block deflected Cristiano's cross out for a corner in the first half on the near post. He then came out to make a good headed clearance with Ronaldo racing through. Slid along the turf to no avail as he was unable to cut out the Portuguese's angled drive.
Looked languid early on as Ronaldo got into some good positions and he failed to look alert as Higuain went clear in the opening seconds, but was generally solid alongside Puyol. Made one superb interception to cut out Pepe's ball into the box, but his poor pass let Benzema level the match.
Smashed a free-kick into the wall early on, then won the ball with his chest with some wonderful skill after that. Kept quiet down the flank by Cristiano but popped up with a fantastic finish as he drove an unstoppable angled drive into the top corner for 2-0.
A steady presence on the left-hand side for Barcelona. Gave the ball away once or twice but was largely solid. Didn't get forward as much as he can do. One foray into the area in the first half came to nothing but a positive performance overall.
Wonderful turn to fund himself space after 10 minutes between two Real defenders but his evening came to a premature end after he clashed with Arbeloa and was replaced by Pedro.
Extraordinary control to shake off Lass in the opening minutes. Fantastic ball into the area for Alexis late in the first half but the Chilean went down under a challenge from Pepe. Curled a free-kick over the bar early in the second period, then a fantastic 'roulette' in the second half earned him roars of approval from the Camp Nou crowd on his 32nd birthday.
Not Cesc's greatest night. Forced deep early on and unable to link up with Messi as he likes to, he didn't provide much of a goal threat and looked lost between the midfield and the attack. Took a bad blow to the face on the wing from Pepe, again out of control.
Cut out Pepe's attempted flick-on to concede a corner after 20 minutes and sat deep to protect his defense but gave away too many balls in what was a poor performance by his standards. Offered little in an attacking sense.
Ran through midfield and defense early on to win a free-kick, side-footed wide from outside the box after 15 minutes. Set up Pedro for the opener after 43 minutes and saw an effort fizz just past the post with the scores at 2-2. Not his best night, but still involved.
Failed to control the ball in the area when he raced onto a dangerous ball after 11 minutes, then saw his cross deflected straight to Casillas after that after good work from Alves. Went down under two challenges from Pepe and was unlucky not to get at least one penalty. Lively and participative.
Nothing he could do about either of the goals, but the Madrid keeper did remain alert throughout and made a couple of decent stops as well as some vital interventions. Once again, though, it wasn't enough.
One excellent tackle to stop Alexis in his tracks in the first half and another vital block in the second, the Portuguese looked accomplished in the left back position as Madrid largely defended well. A couple of cynical fouls, but otherwise decent.
The good, the bad and the ugly again from Pepe. His poor pass-back forced Casillas into a rash clearance early on, but he made a great tackle to deny Messi in each half. Lucky not to give away a penalty when he clattered into Alexis twice, played one decent ball into the Barca area in the second period, but lashed out at Cesc, could have given away two penalties to Alexis and produced a number of horrible fouls. Was jeered constantly.
Partly to blame as Pedro was left all alone for the first goal and produced one or two unseemly moments. Clashed with Iniesta and the Barca midfielder was forced to depart. Generally solid as Madrid defended well.
Won the ball cleanly off Puyol in the area in the first half and made another good clearance following a dangerous cross into the box. Headed home a free-kick early in the second half but was penalized for a foul on Dani Alves. Some excellent defending but saw red at the end after he jumped with Sergio Busquets and was punished, harshly, for a raised arm.
Freed Cristiano on a decent attack after 12 minutes but the Portuguese saw his shot saved. Showed some neat touches and good skill to shake off defenders but injuries have taken their toll and he lacked pace and lost possession too easily.
Worked incredibly hard in midfield and was full of running. Recycled possession well and played a lot of passes as he kept the Madrid midfield ticking over. Looked frustrated again at times but it was a good showing overall.
Scythed down Messi with a poor tackle on the edge of the box and the free-kick led to Alves' goal. Lost possession too often and offered little in an attacking sense. Also looked like he may end up sent off. Was replaced by Granero after 52 minutes.
Twice set up Ronaldo for a decent opportunity early on, then shot straight at Pinto midway through the half but the whistle had already gone for offside. Wonderful long-range effort rebounded off the bar and down almost on the line short of the half-hour mark. Set up Cristiano for the Portuguese's goal and looked quality every time he touched the ball. Lasted the distance, too.
Raced on to a loose ball early on but shot woefully wide. It may have been offside anyway. Failed to get into the game for the second Clasico running and Benzema looked much sharper when he came on.
Sent an angled drive wide from the left early on when he should have test Pinto. Deflected shot saved by Pinto's legs later on. Blasted over with a long-range effort after that. Wonderful overhead flick but ended up losing possession late in the first half. Did well defensively against Alves and got Madrid back in it with a fine finish as he took the ball round Pinto and slid home.
- Víctor Valdés
- J. Mascherano
- Isaac Cuenca
- J. dos Santos
Always seems to do well against Real Madrid and did again as he replaced Iniesta and troubled the visitors with his pace and movement. Produced a neat finish for the first goal and gave the Madrid defense plenty to worry about. Missed headed chance late on.
- Thiago Alcântara
- Ricardo Carvalho
Replaced Lass after 52 minutes and gave Madrid a more creative outlet in central midfield, while still working hard defensively. His superior ball skills helped Madrid see more of the possession in the second period.
Came on and looked much sharper than Higuain, scored a good goal and got back into midfield and even defense to help out as his team gave everything to turn things around in the final minutes.
Came on as a substitute with just under half an hour left and his fresh legs gave Madrid a new outlet. He also worked hard defensively as he tracked back to regain possession against a tired Barca late on.