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March 2, 2013 10:00 AM EST
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ Miguel Pérez‎
Attendance:‬ 83500‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona

Goal.com rates the players on show as a late Sergio Ramos header earned Los Blancos both bragging rights and all three points after their second Clasico victory in five days

By Tom Webber

  • Diego López Rodríguez
    259
    60
    3.00

    Diego López Rodríguez

    The keeper made a few decent saves to keep the score at 1-1 before Ramos netted a late winner. He should perhaps have done better to keep out Messi in the first half as he was beaten at his near post.

  • Raphaël Varane
    502
    47
    3.50

    Raphaël Varane Top of the Match

    A very accomplished display from the young centre-back. Whenever a Barca player got in behind he seemed to be straight there with an excellent tackle, proving what a competent defender he is.

  • Pepe
    273
    65
    3.00

    Pepe

    Screened the defence well from a holding midfield role, squeezing the space in which Barcelona could play. However, he lacked the energy to chase the ball and therefore the visitors controlled much of the possession

  • Sergio Ramos
    339
    50
    3.50

    Sergio Ramos

    He allowed Messi to get away from him and the Argentine grabbed a first-half equaliser. Nevertheless, he rose highest to head the ball into the back of the net and secure his team three points. Almost undid his good work with an awful tackle that should have seen a penalty awarded to the Blaugrana.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    236
    54
    3.00

    Fabio Coentrao

    Coped well with Pedro and did not allow the Spaniard to dribble past him and supply the ball to Messi. He did not get much of a chance to push on but it enabled him to help ensure solidity in the defence.

  • Michael Essien
    207
    106
    2.50

    Michael Essien

    The Ghanaian looked error-prone as he misplaced several passes and was breezed past by the Barcelona forwards all too easily. Had it not been for support from his team-mates the score could well have gone more in favour of the visitors.

  • Luka Modric
    433
    67
    3.00

    Luka Modric

    The Croatian orchestrated the rare Madrid attacks as he knocked the ball out of midfield, acting as a fulcrum between the forwards and back line. His excellent delivery was headed home by Ramos for the winner.

  • Kaká
    344
    76
    3.00

    Kaká

    Forced to drop back for most of the game as Barca were allowed total control of the ball. It limited Madrid in attacking terms and so Kaka was unable to get in possession and test the opposition defence.

  • Karim Benzema
    286
    56
    3.50

    Karim Benzema

    Got his team off to the perfect start with a simple finish from Morata's cross in the sixth minute. However, he was starved of service for much of the game and failed to test Valdes again.

  • José Callejón
    194
    94
    2.50

    José Callejón

    The winger did not use his pace to try and get at Jordi Alba as he failed to influence the game from the right side. To his credit, though, he regularly tracked the left-back's runs to assist Essien in defence.

  • Morata
    324
    60
    3.00

    Morata

    The youngster showed that he merited inclusion as he supplied a fantastic cross for Benzema to open the scoring after just six minutes. He should have got one himself shortly before the break but he headed into the side netting.

Substitutions

  • Arbeloa
    190
    66
    2.50

    Arbeloa

    Replaced Coentrao in the 68th minute and did not look completely comfortable at left-back but he helped Madrid maintain the stout organisation that ensured the win.

  • Sami Khedira
    235
    50
    3.00

    Sami Khedira

    Came on for Kaka in the 57th minute and added a lot more energy to the midfield. His dynamism breathed new life into Madrid as they charged on to victory.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    534
    78
    3.50

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Galvanised the team after coming on for Benzema in the 57th minute. He was a continual threat, running at defenders and finally testing Valdes. He saw one free kick palmed away by the keeper before another came back off the woodwork.

  • Víctor Valdés
    66
    240
    2.50

    Víctor Valdés

    The Barcelona keeper could do very little to keep out the opener but proved to be a safe pair of hands thereafter. He kept out whatever was thrown at him and was shown a red card for his remonstrations after the final whistle.

  • Daniel Alves
    41
    231
    2.50

    Daniel Alves

    Allowed Morata to skip past him and set up the first goal after just six minutes but somewhat atoned for that with a brilliantly nonchalant through-ball that Messi tucked away to level the scores. Nevertheless, he always looked vulnerable defensively.

  • Piqué
    42
    228
    3.00

    Piqué

    Made a series of brilliant fully-committed, well-timed challenges to halt Madrid in their tracks throughout the game. However, he allowed Ramos to out-jump him at a crucial moment which cost his team a point.

  • Jordi Alba
    39
    218
    3.00

    Jordi Alba

    Showed unrelenting energy as he motored up and down the left side of the pitch, though his link-up with Villa was not great. Unfortunately for him he was watched very closely by Callejon and thus his role was hindered.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    97
    171
    3.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Displayed his characteristically excellent vision as he picked out a few quality passes, but in a low-intensity game he struggled to make his mark on the game. Madrid's compact play suffocated his ability to change the game.

  • Thiago Alcántara
    36
    232
    2.00

    Thiago Alcántara Flop of the Match

    The youngster lost possession early on and Mourinho's men immediately attacked an put the ball in the net. He was swamped in midfield or the whole game and seemed a bit aimless due to that.

  • Javier Mascherano
    46
    197
    2.50

    Javier Mascherano

    Read the game well in the heart of the defence and picked the right moments to step out and make a challenge. He dealt with both Benzema and Morata throughout but tired as the game grew on and that proved costly.

  • Busquets
    43
    204
    3.00

    Busquets

    Did not have an awful lot to do in terms of sniffing out the ball and breakdown the Madrid momentum as his side were in control. However, he acted as a regular reference in midfield by always offering a route out of trouble for his team-mates.

  • David Villa
    65
    183
    3.00

    David Villa

    Looked like he had the beating of Essien whenever he was one-on-one with him, but he was unable to exploit that. He was perhaps underused out on the left and was withdrawn in the 67th minute.

  • Lionel Messi
    188
    396
    3.50

    Lionel Messi

    Equaled Alfredo di Stefano's Clasico scoring record with his 18th goal against Real Madrid with a bright run and a similarly smart finish. He was at the heart of his team's best moments and could well have got another in the first half.

  • Pedro
    41
    212
    2.50

    Pedro

    The winger did not get enough opportunities to really get at Coentrao and test the Portuguese full-back. He had a fairly average night, never really providing any danger on the right in terms of crosses or link-up with Alves.

Substitutions

  • Adriano
    44
    173
    3.00

    Adriano

    Replaced Pedro in the 77th minute and did not make an impact on the match.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    42
    182
    2.50

    Alexis Sánchez

    Came on for Villa in the 67th minute but never really got going, something which has been indicative of his disappointing season so far.

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