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November 17, 2012 4:00 PM EST
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ José Teixeira‎
Attendance:‬ 76000‎
 
12′ (OG) Aurtenetxe
Ibai Gómez 42′
30′ Sergio Ramos
 
 
56′ Mesut Özil
 
72′ Sami Khedira
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 5-1 Athletic Bilbao

Goal.com rates the players on show as Karim Benzema inspires the reigning Liga champions to an emphatic victory over Marcelo Bielsa's men at the Santiago Bernabeu

By Tom Webber

  • Iker Casillas
    83
    14
    3.00

    Iker Casillas

    With his side on top, Casillas had a rather leisurely evening between the sticks. Could do nothing about Ibai's strike but was hardly tested throughout the 90 minutes. He came to claim a number of crosses, though he did not always hold them.

  • Pepe
    70
    32
    3.00

    Pepe

    The Portuguese centre-back was composed and comfortable in possession. He was never really stretched by the Athletic forwards, and was assured in everything that he did.

  • Sergio Ramos
    107
    15
    3.50

    Sergio Ramos

    A brilliant performance from the defender, who played excellently from start to finish. Had a header tipped over the bar before nodding home his side's second goal of the night. He also fed the forwards with some quality passes.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    59
    41
    2.00

    Fabio Coentrao

    Pushed forward down the left frequently and had his best chance tipped over the bar by the impressive Iraizoz. However, he regularly left a gaping hole on the left side of Madrid's defence which was often exploited.

  • Arbeloa
    56
    29
    3.00

    Arbeloa

    It was a simple night for Arbeloa, who had Muniain in his pocket during the first half. He picked his movements to move forward wisely and got himself an assist when he set up Khedira for Madrid's fifth.

  • Mesut Özil
    124
    31
    3.50

    Mesut Özil

    The Germany international's delivery from set plays were consistently fantastic and it helped keep his team in charge of the game throughout. He played some great passes and capped his night with a simple goal in the 56th minute.

  • Xabi Alonso
    90
    19
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    Screened the defence well and provided a fantastic link to the attack. He fed a number of passes into the likes of Callejon and Benzema. The way he sprayed the ball across the pitch enabled Madrid to control the game.

  • Luka Modric
    208
    25
    3.50

    Luka Modric

    Despite playing in the deeper midfield role, the Croat was as creative as ever. He sent a superb pass forward for Benzema to open the scoring and continued to distribute the well all evening.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    116
    92
    3.50

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Proved not to be his night as although he started the game impressively he sent the majority of his efforts straight at the keeper. Nevertheless, he supplied a great ball to Benzema in the build-up to his side's fourth.

  • Karim Benzema
    173
    24
    4.00

    Karim Benzema Top of the Match

    A monstrous performance from the French striker who could not be contained by the Bilbao defence. His power, pace and finishing made him irrepressible and were key to a pair of brilliant goals.

  • José Callejón
    83
    31
    4.00

    José Callejón

    It was a very lively performance from the forward, who was unlucky to not to find the net. Thwarted by a brilliant Iraizoz save in the first half and also saw an shot cleared off the line by Gurpegui.

Substitutions

  • Sami Khedira
    75
    27
    3.00

    Sami Khedira

    Replaced Ozil in the 62nd minute and grabbed himself a goal 10 minutes later with a well-struck effort. He was solid in the midfield and added some dynamism.

  • Ángel Di María
    74
    27
    3.50

    Ángel Di María

    Came on for Callejon in the 70th minute and his dribbling caused Bilbao all sorts of problems.

  • Morata
    79
    17
    3.00

    Morata

    Played 15 minutes in place of Benzema and was only denied his second goal for the club by a brilliant Iraizoz save.

  • Iraizoz
    29
    10
    3.00

    Iraizoz

    Although he as beaten five times, Iraizoz made some key saves that kept a level of respectability to the scoreline. He held a number of shots close to his chest and made top stops from Callejon and Modric either side of the break.

  • Aurtenetxe
    8
    14
    2.50

    Aurtenetxe

    Left a lot of space in the channels with Benzema was quick to exploit. He deflected the ball into his own net for the first goal which then opened the flood gates. He offered very little in the opposing half but denied Benzema a hat-trick with a goal-line clearance.

  • Mikel San José Domínguez
    9
    12
    2.00

    Mikel San José Domínguez

    Lacked awareness inside his own area as he regularly allowed Sergio Ramos to wander free. The World Cup winner punished him midway through the first half with a decent header and he never really recovered.

  • Andoni Iraola
    8
    14
    2.50

    Andoni Iraola

    Offered an option out on the right but did not exploit the poor positioning of Coentrao as much as he could have. He did not even stay tight enough to the centre-backs himself as Athletic were torn apart.

  • Borja Ekiza
    5
    14
    2.50

    Borja Ekiza

    His positioning was poor throughout as Madrid managed to cut apart the Basque defence at will. He provided little resistance to Benzema and was incapable of tracking the runs of others from deep.

  • Iturraspe
    6
    12
    2.00

    Iturraspe

    The midfielder was unable to link up with the forwards which ultimately led to their isolation. He was overrun in the middle and could not get near the ball, limiting the amount he could supply the attackers.

  • Susaeta
    8
    12
    3.00

    Susaeta

    Saw a lot of the ball down the right and regularly made himself available. With a lack of options in the middle there was little he could do but he rolled a fantastic pass across for Ibai's goal. However, it proved to be nothing more than a consolation.

  • Carlos Gurpegui
    5
    12
    3.00

    Carlos Gurpegui

    He did well to clear Callejon's shot off the line in the first half and provided a bit of steel to the rather limp Bilbao midfield. He was one of few players who did what he was supposed to.

  • Ibai Gómez
    10
    10
    3.50

    Ibai Gómez

    Had a very quiet first half until he drilled home from Susaeta's cross moments before half time. He only offered glimpses of his ability but clipped the frame of the goal in the second goal.

  • Muniain
    10
    21
    2.00

    Muniain Flop of the Match

    A lot has come to be expected of Muniain and he failed to deliver that at the Bernabeu. He was forced to drop deep and help compete in midfield and was unable to dribble at the opposing defence.

  • Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia
    5
    14
    3.00

    Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia

    The striker was starved of service throughout as Madrid's dominance made it very difficult for him to make an impact on the game. He did not test Casillas and was replaced by Toquero in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Xabi Castillo
    5
    13
    3.00

    Xabi Castillo

    Replaced Castillo in the 79th minute but could not make a lasting impact on the game.

  • Toquero
    5
    12
    3.00

    Toquero

    Came on for Aduriz in the 68th minute but received a similarly disappointing amount of service to Aduriz.

  • Fernando Llorente
    13
    10
    3.00

    Fernando Llorente

    Was brought on for Muniain in at half time but failed to use his height to test the Madrid defence. He did get into some decent positions but never looked like beating Casillas.

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