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September 14, 2013 9:00 PM BST
Camp El Madrigal — Villarreal
Referee:‬ Fernando Teixeira‎
Attendance:‬ 23852‎
 
21′ Cani
Gareth Bale 39′
C. Ronaldo 64′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Villarreal 2-2 Real Madrid

Goal took in the action at El Madrigal, where Gareth Bale's debut goal was not enough to lead los Blancos past the intrepid Yellow Submarine

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Sergio Asenjo
    52
    7
    3.50

    Sergio Asenjo

    Pulled off a few quality stops in a bid to repel Madrid and cannot take the blame for either of the goals that he conceded.

  • Mario Gaspar
    26
    6
    3.00

    Mario Gaspar

    Given the slip on a handful of occasions, but he always fought to recover his ground and put in a solid shift in the end.

  • Mateo Musacchio
    29
    7
    3.00

    Mateo Musacchio

    Strong and uncompromising at the back and, though his defending was a little risky, luck was one his side on one or two calls.

  • Dorado
    23
    7
    3.00

    Dorado

    Hardly put a foot wrong at the back and often dropped deepest to defend on the line.

  • Jaume
    21
    9
    3.00

    Jaume

    Could have tracked Dani Carvajal better during the build-up to Madrid's equaliser, but showcased a lot of attacking intent at the other end of the field.

  • Cani
    113
    19
    4.50

    Cani Top of the Match

    Elusive out on the left and a darting run inside the box saw him arrive at the perfect time to sweep home the opening goal of the game. Another driving run, this time on the ball, was instrumental in laying on Villarreal's second. A menace throughout.

  • Trigueros
    28
    7
    3.00

    Trigueros

    Worked his socks off in the middle of the park, contributing in both halves of the field. Dovetailed well with Bruno.

  • J. Aquino
    40
    5
    3.50

    J. Aquino

    Very resourceful out wide, always able to play in a team-mate with a pass or cross. Ramos was forced into increasingly aggressive measures to contain him.

  • Soriano
    29
    7
    3.50

    Soriano

    His late runs from a deep central position spelled trouble for the opposition defenders and one such sequence saw him cause panic in the box, leading to the events of the opener.

  • Giovani dos Santos
    94
    14
    3.50

    Giovani dos Santos

    Pulled the defence out of position often with his movement across the front line and linked well with Pereira in attack. Very hard to track when he was in the mood.

  • Jonathan Pereira
    37
    6
    3.50

    Jonathan Pereira

    Showed absolutely no fear when running right at the defence with the ball, and caused constant havoc with his ability to both create and get on the end of danger. Denied a goal more than once by good keeping from Diego Lopez.

Substitutions

  • Tomás Pina
    13
    5

    Tomás Pina

    Played just 15 minutes.

  • Uche
    24
    7
    2.50

    Uche

    Found it hard to garner any space on the ball.

  • Diego López Rodríguez
    272
    33
    4.00

    Diego López Rodríguez

    Hard to fault him for either goal, as he pulled off a string of fine one-on-one saves to keep his side in the contest.

  • Pepe
    38
    219
    2.00

    Pepe Flop of the Match

    A bad giveaway early on set the tone for his evening, as he was pulled all over the place by the opposition.

  • Sergio Ramos
    66
    135
    2.50

    Sergio Ramos

    A few good defensive plays were marred by a reckless approach and he was found out of position too many times.

  • Daniel Carvajal
    158
    49
    3.50

    Daniel Carvajal

    Made a solid interception on Giovani Dos Santos' dangerous trek into the box early on and delivered a lovely raking ball across the goalmouth for Gareth Bale to tap home his side's first-half goal.

  • Nacho Fernández
    40
    132
    2.50

    Nacho Fernández

    Found it hard to keep tabs on Aquino out wide and was clearly not ready for the intensity that Villarreal brought to his doorstep.

  • Gareth Bale
    242
    125
    3.50

    Gareth Bale

    It was not the most swashbuckling debut from the Welsh winger, but the world's most expensive footballer did manage to get his name on the scoresheet with a close-range finish. Subbed after an hour.

  • Luka Modric
    248
    70
    3.50

    Luka Modric

    Helped to facilitate Madrid's first-half leveller with a clever slipped pass that picked out the run of Carvajal perfectly. Was effective distributing the ball today.

  • Isco
    97
    129
    3.00

    Isco

    Not quite himself in the hole, as the dominance of the ball by Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo saw him on the periphery at times.

  • Asier Illarramendi
    58
    131
    3.00

    Asier Illarramendi

    A decent enough debut from the midfielder, who was nevertheless rattles at times by the ferocity of the opposition.

  • C. Ronaldo
    214
    104
    3.50

    C. Ronaldo

    Came up with a timely goal on the rebound, but it was far from a vintage display, as most of what he tried did not come off.

  • Karim Benzema
    41
    198
    2.00

    Karim Benzema

    Unspectacular leading the line and, though his shot did force Asenjo to parry into Ronaldo's path for one of his side's goals, he just did no offer enough.

Substitutions

  • Sami Khedira
    121
    50
    3.00

    Sami Khedira

    Solidified the midfield after coming on.

  • Ángel Di María
    106
    59
    3.00

    Ángel Di María

    Had a few chances at goal in his spell on the pitch, but could not find the back of the net.

  • Morata
    77
    70

    Morata

    Set up Ronaldo for a great chance in a positive cameo.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0