Confident in goal, racing off his line numerous times to execute some perfectly timed challenges.
Made an unbelievable sliding challenge to stop a surefire Benzema finish, and that set the tone for an assured game.
Made sure that Ronaldo had a rather below par game with staunch positioning and tough tackling.
Despite a lot of pressure on his goal, he marked Benzema well and read Madrid's attempts at through balls regularly.
Drove his team forward relentlessly, and set up the opener with a magnificent cross.
Helped out his defense excellently, stepping into the back line regularly to thwart attacks.
Like the rest of the team, he did not stop running until the final whistle, helping to harry Madrid off the ball.
Always on hand to get first to the ball in what was an excellent first-half display.
Hit or miss on the flanks, as one or two clever passes were countered by some bad decisions on the ball.
Sent a punishing header into the back of the net to open the scoring and was a superb outlet for his side.
His defensive contribution was unbelievable, as he popped up everywhere on the pitch to break up attacks.
No chance for the goal, and was barely worried otherwise.
Solid in defense and in attack, but really didn't offer anything special.
The full back was out of position more than once and a poor headed clearance set up an attack for Bilbao that hit the post.
Beaten in the air on two glaring occasions by Aduriz, with one leading to the opener and the other to a header that hit the post.
The defender was an occasional threat in the Bilbao end from set pieces, but was slow to react to the cross in for the opener.
The midfielder was soon sacrificed in the second half after a completely uninspiring display.
Some decent bursts down the right proved to be the best outlet for Madrid. Struck the post late on with an outrageous 45-yarder.
Some neat footwork set up one or two chances down the flanks, but otherwise he was inconsistent.
Booked for a sloppy challenge on Rico, and was unable to control the passing game in his usual manner.
Simply not at the races today as the defensive attention of the hosts shut him out.
One or two half chances, but defenders always seemed to beat him to the ball.