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November 23, 2013 7:00 PM GMT
Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos — Almería
Referee:‬ Jesús Gil‎
Attendance:‬ 13607‎
 
 
C. Ronaldo 3′
 
 
Gareth Bale 72′
 
Isco 75′
 
Morata 81′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Almeria 0-5 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring before being forced off injured but the likes of Isco and Asier Illarramendi were in fine form in his absence

By Martin Macdonald

  • Esteban
    33
    20
    3.00

    Esteban

    The scoreline would have been much larger if it wasn't for the Almeria 'keeper, who made a string of excellent saves most notably from Ronaldo at his near post.

  • Marco Torsiglieri
    6
    22
    2.50

    Marco Torsiglieri

    Execution of the offside trap was pretty poor as he continually allowed players to run in in behind. Didn't really form a cohesive partnership with the rest of his defence.

  • Hernán Darío Pellerano
    5
    24
    2.50

    Hernán Darío Pellerano

    Almost cost his side dearly with a horribly misjudged pass back to Esteban, only to be bailed out by his goalkeeper. Was constantly caught out of defence but was pretty strong in the tackle.

  • Ángel Trujillo
    5
    24
    2.00

    Ángel Trujillo

    Stepped out of position at the wrong times as he looked to nick the ball away from the feet of the Madrid players, only to be foiled by their speed and pace.

  • Sebastian Dubarbier
    5
    23
    2.00

    Sebastian Dubarbier

    Was guilty of coming too narrow which allowed the Madrid wingers plenty of space on the wings. Gifted Gareth Bale his goal with a horrible touch off his shin inside his own box.

  • Nélson
    9
    24
    2.00

    Nélson

    Showed some attacking ambition down the right and displayed a pretty decent engine down the wing. However, shirked his defensive responsibilities at times and left his team open.

  • Verza
    3
    20
    2.50

    Verza

    Was employed just in front of the defence in an attempt to screen any balls through but did not provide any kind of barrier. Allowed Isco all the room in the world to cause problems.

  • Aleix Vidal
    14
    16
    3.00

    Aleix Vidal

    Was one of the only Almeria players who showed grit and determination and who actually looked a threat going forward. Struck a few shots just wide and saw a decent strike saved by Diego Lopez.

  • Ramon Azeez
    13
    18
    2.50

    Ramon Azeez

    Almost grabbed an equaliser for his side in the first half when he drilled a strike at goal from the edge of the box that was blocked by Arbeloa. Box to box play was decent.

  • Suso
    45
    17
    2.50

    Suso

    Almost scored the goal of the night when he cut in from the right-hand side and whipped a strike to the left corner that went just wide. Never kept up this level of danger consistently throughout the match, though.

  • Rodri
    13
    27
    3.00

    Rodri Flop of the Match

    Had very little support in the final third as his team-mates were all behind the ball. Drifted out of his central position to find the ball and had a few shots in frustration that never troubled Diego Lopez.

Substitutions

  • Tébar
    4
    19
    2.00

    Tébar

    Slotted in in midfield but never really fared batter than Verza.

  • Soriano
    4
    20
    2.00

    Soriano

    Added a physical presence for the hosts but couldn't really get into the match.

  • Diego López Rodríguez
    202
    53
    3.00

    Diego López Rodríguez

    Was basically a training session for the former Sevilla man. Was not taxed too much in terms of shot stopping but when called upon he got hid body behind the ball and looked completely dependable.

  • Pepe
    184
    33
    3.00

    Pepe

    Didn't have too much too deal with as the lone striker for Almeria, Rodri, often drifted out of his central position to seek the ball. Went through the match without breaking a sweat and wasn't really involved in the action negatively or positively.

  • Sergio Ramos
    208
    28
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    Was caught out of position a few times but this looked to be out of boredom as Madrid relentlessly pressed high up the park. Broke out of defence and was the catalyst for a few attacks, but earned a daft booking for a cynical deliberate handball.

  • Daniel Carvajal
    236
    27
    3.00

    Daniel Carvajal

    Whipped a superb cross into the box for Madrid's goal and kept this trend up by bursting down the right-hand side dangerously. Attacking presence declined slightly in the second period, but was always available for a pass on the right.

  • Arbeloa
    178
    47
    2.50

    Arbeloa

    Was employed at left-back in tonight's match but arguably performed better than his usual space on the right. Constantly nicked and made interceptions and was solid defensively when dealing with Suso.

  • Gareth Bale
    339
    65
    3.00

    Gareth Bale

    Was guilty of trying too hard throughout the match and attempted a few shots when other players where in better positions. However, improved in the second half and grabbed the third for Madrid when he latched on to Dubarbier's mistake to slot home.

  • Xabi Alonso
    478
    22
    4.00

    Xabi Alonso Top of the Match

    Was the midfield general for Real Madrid and effortlessly sprayed balls out to the wings throughout the match. Instantly makes Los Blancos looks a better team and provides a wall of assurance in the middle of the park.

  • Isco
    387
    33
    4.00

    Isco

    Prospered in his position just behind Benzema and was constantly seeking out the ball in areas in the final third. Set up Bale's goal with an incisive pass through the middle and got on the scoresheet himself with an accurate strike that squeezes past Esteban.

  • Asier Illarramendi
    304
    33
    4.00

    Asier Illarramendi

    Looked to play a lot better in his deep midfield position with less pressure on him to create from these areas due to the presence of Xabi Alonso. Confidently strutted forward and his passes into tight areas were right on the mark.

  • C. Ronaldo
    502
    50
    3.50

    C. Ronaldo

    Continued his stunning recent form by netting the opener with an acutely taken finish into the bottom corner. Looked dangerous during his time on the pitch but worryingly had to be withdrawn with injury early on in the second half.

  • Karim Benzema
    320
    44
    3.50

    Karim Benzema

    Relentlessly pressed the Almeria defence in the first few minutes of the match but dropped off slightly as the match progressed. However, linked up well with the other attackers and netted the second with a superb finish into the corner from the edge of the box.

Substitutions

  • Casemiro
    309
    31
    3.00

    Casemiro

    Was excellent after coming on his deep position and was unlucky not to score when he struck the post from the edge of the area.

  • Jesé Rodríguez
    327
    22
    3.50

    Jesé Rodríguez

    Looked bright after coming on and was dangerous down that left-hand side.

  • Morata
    332
    25
    3.00

    Morata

    Netted the fifth goal with an audaciously taken finish over the 'keeper.

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
26 4
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0