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1 vs 4
Played
October 3, 2012 2:45 PM EDT
Amsterdam ArenA — Amsterdam
Referee:‬ J. Eriksson‎
Attendance:‬ 49491‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Ajax 1-4 Real Madrid

Goal.com rates the performers on show in the Primera Division champions' impressive victory at the Amsterdam ArenA

By Stefan Coerts

  • Ryan Babel
    9
    9
    2.50

    Ryan Babel

    Cut a frustrated figure as Ajax's lone striker in the first half. More lively after the interval and sent in a superb cross from the right that should have led to the equalizer at 2-1.

Substitutions

  • Fabian Mitchel Sporkslede
    5
    5
    1.50

    Fabian Mitchel Sporkslede

    Made his Champions League debut in the second half.

  • Jody Lukoki
    5
    3
    1.50

    Jody Lukoki

    Came off the bench with 10 more minutes to go when the game was already decided.

  • Danny Hoesen
    4
    6
    2.00

    Danny Hoesen

    Came close to making a dream debut as he almost made it 2-2 with his first touch.

  • Iker Casillas
    72
    21
    3.00

    Iker Casillas

    Didn't have anything to do in the opening 45 minutes, but didn't convince when called upon after the break. Stayed on his line for the corner that led to the 2-1 when he should have claimed the cross.

  • Pepe
    78
    10
    3.50

    Pepe

    The powerful center back hardly set a foot wrong in defense. Won the majority of his duels and looked comfortable on the ball.

  • Sergio Ramos
    77
    4
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    Ramos was hardly troubled by Babel before the break as the Dutchman had little support. Called into action more often after the introduction of Hoesen, but hardly troubled.

  • Marcelo
    80
    7
    3.00

    Marcelo

    The wing-back had an easy evening against Sana as the Swede offered next to nothing on the ball. Happy to charge forward, and almost scored in the first half.

  • Arbeloa
    54
    16
    3.00

    Arbeloa

    Arbeloa occasionally struggled versus the enthusiastic Boerrigter, but always recovered well. Not much of a threat going forward, but solid overall.

  • Xabi Alonso
    82
    5
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    Had a relatively comfortable game in midfield against De Jong. Showed some nice and accurate passing and very strong positionally.

  • Michael Essien
    56
    38
    2.50

    Michael Essien

    Given the nod ahead of Khedira and Modric, but did nothing to justify his inclusion. Outsmarted by Eriksen a few times, while he couldn't keep up physically, either. Deservedly hooked.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    165
    28
    5.00

    Cristiano Ronaldo Top of the Match

    Should have opened the scoring in the 14th minute, but was denied by Vermeer. Made amends later in the first half when he tapped home from close range, before netting two more in the second half. Simply outstanding.

  • Kaká
    185
    7
    3.50

    Kaká

    The Brazilian midfielder was outstanding in the opening 45 minutes and came close to opening the scoring with a shot from inside the area. Excellent cross for Ronaldo later on. Dominated the midfield, before he was taken off after the break.

  • Karim Benzema
    130
    8
    4.00

    Karim Benzema

    Largely anonymous in the first half until he showed his class with a superb run down the left that resulted in the opener. Then got a smile on Mourinho's face with a phenomenal finish, before providing yet another assist.

  • José Callejón
    45
    29
    2.50

    José Callejón

    Netted twice against Ajax last year, but was unable to repeat that feat as he was largely anonymous. Replaced after the break with a minor knock.

Substitutions

  • Sami Khedira
    64
    19
    2.00

    Sami Khedira

    Got an assist to his name during his 12 minutes of the pitch as he set up Ronaldo with a fine pass.

  • Mesut Özil
    74
    23
    2.00

    Mesut Özil

    Came off the bench for Kaka late in the game, but didn't see too much of the ball. More time on the bench could be on the cards for the German.

  • Ángel Di María
    69
    17
    3.00

    Ángel Di María

    Replaced Callejon at the hour-mark and looked lively. Came close to adding his name to the score sheet with a fine shot after cutting inside.

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