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September 18, 2012 2:45 PM EDT
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ D. Skomina‎
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Player Ratings: Real Madrid 3-2 Manchester City

The night ends in misery for Roberto Mancini's men despite two shock goals as Cristiano Ronaldo's dipping effort seals a dramatic but deserved victory for Los Blancos

By Liam Twomey

  • Iker Casillas
    85
    91
    2.50

    Iker Casillas

    A glorified spectator for most of the evening, yet he could do nothing to prevent Dzeko giving City a shock opener or Kolarov restoring the hosts' advantage.

  • Arbeloa
    86
    53
    2.50

    Arbeloa

    Caught out of position a couple of times when Kolarov chanced to venture forward, but the Serb's poor delivery ensured he never paid the price.

  • Pepe
    111
    47
    3.00

    Pepe

    His covering pace stifled a number of City's attempted counterattacks, and he handled Tevez with ease. If only he played with such calmness all the time.

  • Marcelo
    218
    56
    4.00

    Marcelo Top of the Match

    The visitors' lack of threat in wide areas allowed him to play most of the match as an auxiliary winger - some would say his best role. Despite rumors of a private feud, he combined well with Ronaldo and gave Maicon a torrid evening. Looked his side's likeliest goal threat after the break, and deserved his deflected equalizer.

  • Raphaël Varane
    112
    44
    2.50

    Raphaël Varane

    A surprise starter in favor of Xabi Alonso, the youngster looked assured in the face of some formidable attacking talent.

  • Ángel Di María
    142
    43
    3.00

    Ángel Di María

    His work rate, pace and skill gave Clichy trouble in the opening exchanges, and only his own poor shooting prevented him getting his reward. His influence dwindled after Kolarov's introduction, though.

  • Sami Khedira
    86
    59
    3.00

    Sami Khedira

    His industry and physicality kept Silva on the periphery but, as he tired, he fatally allowed Toure more room to break from midfield.

  • Xabi Alonso
    114
    43
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    His stunning passing range was in evidence again, switching the ball from flank to flank with ease and keeping City on the ropes for the majority of the evening.

  • Michael Essien
    117
    51
    3.00

    Michael Essien

    Not quite the implacable beast of old, but this was a promising display in which he largely kept City's creative talents firmly in check until his withdrawal after 65 minutes.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    224
    63
    3.50

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    If he is unhappy in Madrid, he certainly didn't show it. Rampant in the early stages, only Hart kept him off the scoresheet until the 89th minute, when he unleashed a devilish dipping winner.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    68
    89
    2.50

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    The Argentine enjoyed a number of chances, but a combination of Hart's brilliance and his own profligacy meant he endured a barren evening.

Substitutions

  • Mesut Özil
    129
    49
    2.50

    Mesut Özil

    Came on for Essien on 65 minutes and added more creativity and vision to the Madrid attack, but his introduction also helped create the space for Dzeko's opener.

  • Luka Modric
    157
    47
    2.50

    Luka Modric

    Replaced Khedira with just over 15 minutes left, and his assured touch and awareness played it's own part in his side's remarkable comeback.

  • Karim Benzema
    174
    26
    3.50

    Karim Benzema

    Brought on as an impact substitute on 73 minutes and fulfilled the role to perfection, curling a superb equaliser beyond Hart.

  • Joe Hart
    130
    36
    3.50

    Joe Hart

    The only reason his team withstood an early Real Madrid barrage. Made brilliant saves to deny Ronaldo and Higuain, and provided a reassuring presence at the heart of an uncertain defense. Unlucky to be on the losing side, although he might perhaps have done better with Ronaldo's winner.

  • Gael Clichy
    39
    64
    2.50

    Gael Clichy

    Seriously troubled by the pace, skill and trickery of Di Maria, he looked far calmer when reinforcement arrived in the form of Kolarov.

  • Maicon
    44
    86
    2.00

    Maicon

    Faced with one of the hardest tasks in football in stopping Ronaldo, he failed more miserably than anyone could have predicted. Embarrassed time and again by the Portuguese superstar and whoever else chose to take him on, his mind must have drifted back to Gareth Bale and that tortuous evening at White Hart Lane two years ago.

  • Vincent Kompany
    39
    124
    2.00

    Vincent Kompany Flop of the Match

    Outwitted by Ronaldo and Higuain early, he marshaled his defense with greater authority as the evening wore on. Turned too easily by Benzema for the Madrid equalizer though.

  • Matija Nastasic
    68
    71
    2.00

    Matija Nastasic

    The words "baptism of fire" don't quite go far enough in describing his selection for this game. He had some hairy moments, but on the whole the young Serb handled his opponents - and the occasion - as well as could be expected.

  • David Silva
    46
    70
    3.00

    David Silva

    Roughed up by a muscular Madrid midfield, he was never afforded the chance to showcase the class which reportedly made the Spanish giants so keen to take him away from the Etihad Stadium.

  • Gareth Barry
    27
    73
    3.00

    Gareth Barry

    Once again looked too slow for the very top level, getting caught on the ball and arriving late in the challenge. He made a couple of decent interceptions, but that was about it.

  • Samir Nasri
    33
    72
    2.50

    Samir Nasri

    Had very little time to make any sort of impact before a suspected hamstring injury forced his withdrawal 37 minutes in.

  • Yaya Touré
    129
    40
    3.50

    Yaya Touré

    Starved of possession early on, he grew into the contest and his awesome driving runs provided City's most likely hope of a goal. Eventually, on 68 minutes, one did, but his night ended in misery anyway.

  • Javi García
    40
    63
    3.00

    Javi García

    A slightly more effective shielding presence than Barry, but Madrid's tendency to attack down the flanks rather than through the middle limited his ability to protect his defense.

  • Carlos Tévez
    53
    68
    2.50

    Carlos Tévez

    Industrious as ever, but a chronic lack of service meant most of his efforts were in vain.

Substitutions

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    103
    36
    3.00

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    Chosen as Nasri's replacement to give his team greater width and defensive solidity, he did manage to help Clichy restrict Di Maria, but poor decision-making meant he contributed little to his side's forays forward. His curling free kick looked to have given his side an unlikely victory, but it wasn't to be.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    29
    75
    2.50

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Replaced the disastrous Maicon, but fared little better up against Ronaldo, allowing the Portuguese to cut inside and smash home the winner.

  • Edin Dzeko
    196
    27
    3.50

    Edin Dzeko

    Brought on to give his side greater cutting edge, and took his chance with aplomb on 68 minutes. Unfortunately for his team, it wasn't enough.

Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
6 2