Made a slightly unorthodox save from a Didier Drogba piledriver, but was generally assured between the posts.
The power of Drogba was a bit of a shock for him early on, and he was shrugged off with ease by the Ivorian forward during an early Galatasaray chance. However, he soon stepped up his performance remarkably after shaking off the early nerves, and made a few key last-ditch defensive plays to maintain his side’s advantage.
During one first-half sequence, he was beaten too easily by Drogba, but it was a rare hiccup in what was usually a secure performance from the central defender, though he was not often tested in the second half.
An excellent challenge right at the far post denied Emmanuel Eboue a dangerous cutback following a rampaging run. That summed up his evening rather well, as the Portuguese full back was very attentive to his defensive duties.
As usual, his discipline and vision was an effective cog in the Madrid counter-attacking machine. He positioned himself well to help out his back four, and his accurate passing upfield helped his side break forward quickly. Provided Higuain with the third from a free-kick.
Provided good support in both halves of the field. He took care of loose ends at the back, and made himself available as a safe passing option for the attack. His contributions may not have been noticed often, but there is no doubt that they benefited his team.
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A tad more passive than the dynamic duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil, but the winger still did what he had to do to help his team win. He kept possession well, and was always aware of his teammates in better positions.
Handed a start over incumbent Alvaro Arbeloa at right back, and the Ghanaian made sure that his coach’s choice was justified. He got forward well, and one inch-perfect cross around the half-hour mark picked out Benzema, who duly made it 2-0.
Played with a spring in his step right from the first whistle. With nine minutes on the clock, he released Ronaldo to score the opener with a perfect through pass, and came close himself with a quick shot from the edge of the box that was held by Muslera. Ran rings around his would-be marker Felipe Melo all game long.
The Portuguese star got the ball rolling early in the game when his delightful lob sent Madrid into the lead. As ever, his control of the ball at full speed was a nightmare for the opposition defense, and he was inches off target with a free-kick towards the end of the first half.
Chosen ahead of Gonzalo Higuain to lead the line, and he did just that to good effect. Linked up well with the trident of attacking midfielders roaming behind him, and with half an hour gone, a sublime piece of control from Michael Essien’s cross allowed him to tap home the second goal for his side.
Made a smart stop on Mesut Ozil's low drive, and can accept no blame for any of the goals conceded by his side.
Slightly more assured than his defensive partner Dany Nonkeu, but once Madrid were in full flow, he could do little to stop them. Beaten more than once.
At times, he seemed overwhelmed by the pace and movement of Madrid on the counter attack. That often manifested itself in frustration, and he picked up a yellow card for bringing down Karim Benzema that rules him out of the second leg in Turkey.
Tried often to help his team when going forward. But the flip side to that was the complete lack of focus on his defensive positioning, which opened up many avenues for Madrid out wide. Out of position for Cristiano Ronaldo’s first, and inexplicably ducked out of the way to allow Karim Benzema to score the second.
The Dutch midfielder was barely a factor throughout the game, and could not inspire his team with any noticeable displays of his creativity. A very disappointing outing for him against one of his former clubs, and he did not last beyond the break.
Showed no initiative to close down Michael Essien, even when it became obvious that the Ghanaian was squaring up for a cross. And as a result, he supplied the assist for Madrid’s second goal in the first half.
Made to chase shadows for the majority of the game by the lively play of Mesut Ozil. The Brazilian failed to anchor the midfield in any kind of convincing fashion, as Madrid found a lot of joy in his central zone just outside the box.
Had one or two decent bursts forward during the first half to drive his team into the opposition half. But those encouraging moments were more an aberration rather than the norm, and he spent large spells on the periphery of the game.
He worked very hard in the center of the park to close down the space in front of his defense, but sometimes, the quality of the opposition attack left him huffing and puffing after the ball in vain.
Fluffed his lines with one first half chance after being set up by Didier Drogba, but he generally found quality service hard to come by, and as a result, struggled to make his mark on the game.
The brightest spark for Galatasaray throughout. A swift and powerful turn freed him from Raphael Varane for a shot, which he missed, and not long after, he called Diego Lopez into action with a swerving drive. Never stopped trying to make things happen.