Not at fault for any of Madrid's goals, and made a smart double-save on Marcelo's cross and Karim Benzema's follow up.
Slow off his mark to close down Gonzalo Higuain, who then proceeded to belt home Madrid's third goal of the game.
Completely out-jumped by Cristiano Ronaldo, who headed home Madrid’s second from a free kick, bringing back memories of Patrice Evra’s similar misfortune in the Champions League. Hauled off immediately after by his coach.
Kept tabs on Karim Benzema well, and made sure that the French striker was always attended too any time he looked like peeling away into space.
Allowed Cristiano Ronaldo's flick to pass through his legs but it was a rare mishap on a solid showing from the defender, who put in a strong shift.
Caused the Madrid defense no end of problems with his movement on and off the ball in the first half, though he was almost a non-factor after the break. Switching flanks regularly, he worked himself into space in dangerous areas in the opening 45, and saw a low shot saved by Diego Lopez, before he was double-teamed off a close range finish by Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria.
Effective at the base of the home side’s midfield, wining the ball back regularly and generally attending to his defensive duties well. He did have a few instances to have a go on goal but he could not find his range, though one effort at the end of the first half whistled painfully wide of the top corner.
Involved in many interesting combinations with the other attack-minded players in his team. But, after an encouraging first half, he could not quite maintain the intensity after a break and a few careless fouls showed signs of a fatigued player
Bent one effort with the outside of his boot badly over the bar from a good position, and that rather summed up his evening ,as he was wasteful when in possession.
At times he was tricky to pick up in that zone just in front of the back four. Had more than one enterprising runs towards goal, and showed good awareness of his teammates when in dangerous positions.
Led the line convincingly in the first half and was a troublesome proposition for the opposition defense. His physical presence offered his side a constant target on crosses and set pieces but he also was able to link play effectively both facing up and with his back to goal. However, he faded noticeably in the second half.
Stood tall to deny Markel Susaeta's low drove from a testing position, and gave another commanding performance. Club politics may have thrust him into the starting XI, but his strong displays since have kept him there.
A little less secure than Sergio Ramos on the opposite flank as Susaeta found space in behind more than once, but he countered that with some enterprising play in the attacking third, forcing a save from the opposition keeper with a tricky cross.
On hand to hack clear a few dangerous centers from the Bilbao wide players, and more often than not, he was in the right place at the right time to take care of danger.
Though the considerable frame of Fernando Llorente was a handful to deal with, the defender proved himself to be a solid deterrent in front of his goal.
Posed one or two problems by the considerable speed of Bilbao on the flanks, but in the end, he did not often put a foot wrong and completed his task.
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The Argentine made a fantastic challenge in his own box to deny Susaeta a shooting chance, and nearly came up trumps at the other end moments later, with a run and shot that rebounded off the crossbar.
Set up Cristiano Ronaldo's second goal with a well-flighted free kick, and though his lack of mobility was a hindrance on occasion, his discipline kept him competitive.
Appeared cumbersome on occasion, particularly when trying to shot down the passing triangles that had sprung up in the attacking third from Bilbao.
The Croatian was smacked painfully in the face with the ball in the first half and, to add insult to injury, was inexplicably booked for handball by the referee. Tracked back well to offer more protection for his defense, and improved offensively as the second half wore on.
Largely a thankless task for the Frenchman up front, as he barely saw the ball, and on the rare instance he managed to work himself into a goalscoring position, was ignored by his teammates.
A cut above the rest. The Portuguese superstar racked up his 50th goal of another incredible campaign, and was the main reason that the scoreline was not as close as it should have been. An excellent free kick opened the scoring, a thumping header extended it, and a clever flick set up the third.