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August 19, 2012 1:00 PM EDT
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ Carlos Delgado‎
Attendance:‬ 78000‎
 
Jonas 42′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 1-1 Valencia

Goal.com rates the players on show as Los Blancos failed to get their Liga title defense off to the desired start with an unimpressive display at home to Los Che.

By Tom Webber

  • Iker Casillas
    131
    111
    2.50

    Iker Casillas

    Rarely troubled but did what he had to do competently enough. He failed to clear Tino Costa's delivery for Jonas' goal but that proved to be his only error of the game and he was only partly to blame in that regard. It was costly, however.

  • Pepe
    89
    115
    3.00

    Pepe

    The Portuguese centre-back combined well with Sergio Ramos to keep Soldado quiet for much of the first half and he was enjoying a comfortable night up until the moment a collision with Casillas left him reeling. Ultimately forced off at half-time.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    61
    131
    2.50

    Fabio Coentrao

    Motored up and down the left wing but failed to provide anything of substance. His decision-making was not on the money as he opted to shoot instead of playing Ozil in for a tap-in in the first half.

  • Arbeloa
    57
    107
    3.00

    Arbeloa

    Was not forced to do much defending as Di Maria regularly occupied Guardado and Mathieu. However, he did not use such freedom to the advantage of his team and should have perhaps exploited the space more.

  • Sergio Ramos
    113
    74
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    A comfortable evening for the Euro 2012 winner as Valencia rarely stretched the Madrid defence. He kept it simple and played a decent enough game.

  • Mesut Özil
    169
    94
    3.00

    Mesut Özil

    Looked composed in possession but in the first half he did not see enough of the ball in the areas where he can often prove so damaging. Upped his game in the second half with more craft, but the finishing was lacking.

  • Xabi Alonso
    119
    72
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    A typically competent display from the midfielder as he passed the ball well but also attempted to get forward and aid the attack.

  • Ángel Di María
    129
    120
    4.00

    Ángel Di María

    Was very lively in the first half as he buzzed up and down the right flank. He played a wonderful pass up to Higuain in the build up to the opening goal and continued to trouble Mathieu all evening.

  • Lassana Diarra
    55
    128
    2.50

    Lassana Diarra

    Was a surprise selection on the night but failed to justify Jose Mourinho's faith in him. He did very little in the middle of the park as Valencia stifled Madrid throughout the 90 minutes.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    134
    352
    3.00

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Narrowly missed the target with a powerful effort in the opening minutes but went astonishingly quiet thereafter. He never really stretched the Valencia defence as he created little and threatened the goal even less.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    174
    68
    3.50

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Had the perfect start as he scored inside 10 minutes, albeit at the third attempt, and it was largely down to his exquisite first touch. His influence waned until his header crashed against the bar in the 66th minute.

Substitutions

  • Raúl Albiol
    63
    81
    3.00

    Raúl Albiol

    Replaced the injured Pepe at half-time and provided a great aerial threat for his side in the opposing box, but his headers were easily saved by Diego Alves.

  • Karim Benzema
    112
    69
    3.00

    Karim Benzema

    Seemed to galvanise Madrid when coming on in the 62nd minute with his powerful running and was only denied a fantastic goal by a great save from Diego Alves.

  • José Callejón
    59
    84
    3.00

    José Callejón

    Came on for Di Maria with 20 minutes remaining and provided a more direct option in attack.

  • Diego Alves
    289
    15
    4.50

    Diego Alves Top of the Match

    Was extremely unlucky to concede early on after making two terrific saves to deny Higuain only to see the Argentine fire home at the third attempt. He continued to thwart Madrid with another excellent save from Benzema in the closing stages.

  • João Pereira
    60
    15
    2.50

    João Pereira

    Struggled to play his usual game in what was a difficult debut at the Santiago Bernabeu. Did not get forward as much as he would have hoped and so his defensive frailties were far more exposed.

  • Jose Andrés Guardado
    72
    10
    3.00

    Jose Andrés Guardado

    Had a relatively industrious first half but his effectiveness in the opposing half was hindered by the impressive performance of Di Maria. Replaced by Piatti in the 66th minute.

  • Víctor Ruiz
    62
    8
    3.50

    Víctor Ruiz

    Gave a good account of himself at the back with some good positional awareness. Regularly shepherded attackers away from the danger area, frustrating them, and Ronaldo in particular, with a solid performance.

  • Ricardo Costa
    57
    7
    3.00

    Ricardo Costa

    Certainly played his part in a very resolute defensive stand alongside Victor Ruiz. They rarely looked like being bested and dealt well with the pressure from the Blancos attack.

  • Jérémy Mathieu
    54
    7
    3.50

    Jérémy Mathieu

    Struggled to cope with Di Maria, who had a great game down Madrid's right. The Argentine pinned him back and stopped him from making the regular forays forward that he enjoys so much.

  • Fernando Gago
    67
    82
    2.00

    Fernando Gago Flop of the Match

    Offered very little to Valencia on his return to the Santiago Bernabeu. He was regularly bypassed by the hosts' attack and seemed to be chasing the ball for much of the night.

  • Sofiane Feghouli
    63
    11
    3.00

    Sofiane Feghouli

    Was a real live-wire for Valencia in the final third and his runs caused the Madrid defence a number of problems. Provided relief for his defenders but the attacking onslaught limited his effectiveness.

  • Tino Costa
    80
    6
    3.50

    Tino Costa

    Put in consistently excellent deliveries from set-pieces all evening and his side capitalised on it before the break as Jonas headed in from his free kick. He was also solid in the middle of the park and linked the play well.

  • Jonas
    88
    9
    4.00

    Jonas

    The Brazilian had been very quiet until he rose to nod in Tino Costa's delivery moments before the break. In the second half, though, he resumed a largely ineffectual role in behind Soldado.

  • Roberto Soldado
    70
    11
    3.00

    Roberto Soldado

    It was a very disappointing night for the striker as he received minimal service from his team-mates. Was caught offside when he did eventually get a pass and was not at his most potent best.

Substitutions

  • Parejo
    40
    11
    2.50

    Parejo

    Came on for the ineffective Soldado after 71 minutes but did not add any solidity to the Valencia midfield.

  • Pablo Piatti
    58
    6
    3.00

    Pablo Piatti

    Replaced Piatti in the 66th minute but had little opportunity to make a positive impact with his side under so much pressure.

  • Haedo Valdéz
    48
    5

    Haedo Valdéz

    Was brought on in place of Feghouli in the 82nd minute and failed to make an impression on the game.

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