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October 2, 2011 9:00 PM BST
Estadi Cornellà-El Prat — Cornella de Llobregat
Referee:‬ Fernando Teixeira‎
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Player Ratings: Espanyol 0-4 Real Madrid

Goal.com looks at the players on show as Gonzalo Higuain marked his return to the starting line-up with a hat-trick in Real Madrid's 4-0 away win over Espanyol

By Luke Matthews

  • Cristian Alvarez
    14
    21
    2.50

    Cristian Alvarez

    Made an important yet unconventional stop in the early stages to push Ronaldo's effort onto the post. The Argentine was unlucky with Higuain's goal in what was a decent performance, despite the scoreline.

  • Dídac Vilà
    27
    12
    2.50

    Dídac Vilà

    The young full-back played fairly well tonight. He attacked with purpose and helped keep Ozil fairly quiet, forcing the German to drift infield to create opportunities.

  • Héctor Moreno
    11
    16
    2.00

    Héctor Moreno

    Not a bad performance from the Mexican who made several decent interceptions in the first half in particular. However, he did struggle as the game went on and looked tired near the end.

  • Juan Daniel Forlín
    6
    17
    2.00

    Juan Daniel Forlín

    Was a little slow in reacting to Higuain's run for Madrid's opening goal yet improved as the game went on. Made a few solid tackles and limited the away side to trying their luck from range at times.

  • Javier López Rodríguez
    12
    33
    2.50

    Javier López Rodríguez Flop of the Match

    Struggled especially in the first period with Ronaldo getting the better of him constantly. Resorted to kicking lumps out of the Portuguese international and was lucky to only receive a yellow card.

  • Romaric
    15
    21
    3.00

    Romaric

    The midfielder on-loan from Sevilla was his side's liveliest player in the first period and came close to scoring from 40 yards. Disappeared a little in the second half but not the worst player by any means.

  • Javi Márquez
    5
    18
    2.50

    Javi Márquez

    A decent outing from the midfielder who showed vision at times with his range of passing and willingness to get forward. However, his defensive work was not at its best, and in the end Madrid's midfield got the better of him too many times.

  • Verdú
    7
    20
    2.50

    Verdú

    Quiet game from a player who looked uncomfortable on the wing. He struggled to influence the game and show off his usual passing game.

  • Raúl Baena
    5
    21
    2.50

    Raúl Baena

    Sat in front of the defence and struggled to pick up the likes of Ronaldo, Kaka and Ozil who were constantly moving around. Gave 100 per cent but not his best display.

  • Thievy Bifoum
    8
    21
    2.50

    Thievy Bifoum

    Lively first-half from the French player who had two attempts at goal, but was replaced by Weiss in the second period after visibly tiring.

  • Sergio García
    8
    23
    2.50

    Sergio García

    The striker did not enjoy a great game. He looked lively at times during the first half and forced a nice save from Casillas late on but was out of the game for large spells.

Substitutions

  • Jesús Dátolo
    6
    20
    2.00

    Jesús Dátolo

    The former Napoli man did nothing when on as a substitute and inadvertently set Higuain up for his hat-trick goal with a late attempt to clear danger.

  • Vladimir Weiss
    40
    19
    2.50

    Vladimir Weiss

    The Slovakian looked lively in a cameo appearance but was guilty of missing a guilt-edged opportunity when the score was at 2-0.

  • Iker Casillas
    390
    12
    3.50

    Iker Casillas

    The Spanish No.1 was in great form this evening, making several impressive stops to keep a clean sheet against a lively Espanyol attack.

  • Marcelo
    277
    23
    2.50

    Marcelo

    As usual, the left-back looked impressive going forward. He supported the Madrid attack well with numerous lung-bursting runs down the wing and looked fairly comfortable defensively.

  • Raúl Albiol
    258
    18
    3.00

    Raúl Albiol

    Solid performance from the former Valencia man who made some decent blocks against the Catalan club, showing he is committed to the Madrid cause throughout.

  • Sergio Ramos
    281
    21
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    The right-back was brought into the centre of defence tonight and impressed. His positioning was decent and he made a few very important interceptions to deny the home team.

  • Arbeloa
    317
    16
    2.50

    Arbeloa

    Solid and dependable as usual. The former Liverpool player did not let the Espanyol attack get down his flank and he also attacked whenever possible, threading a marvellous pass through for Higuain's second.

  • Kaká
    862
    22
    3.00

    Kaká

    Another impressive game from the Brazilian who appears to have forced his way back into the side's starting line-up. He showed flashes of his old self throughout and was a real handful for the Espanyol back line.

  • Xabi Alonso
    364
    14
    3.00

    Xabi Alonso

    Bright performance from the deep-lying midfielder who had a hand in Madrid's opening goal. His passing was precise and he also caused havoc in the Espanyol penalty area with his set-piece deliveries.

  • Mesut Özil
    402
    54
    2.50

    Mesut Özil

    Linked up well with his fellow attackers and was always looking to make something happen in attack with his vision. Proved he can work alongside Kaka in the Madrid attack, but it wasn't his most productive of evenings.

  • Lassana Diarra
    291
    39
    2.50

    Lassana Diarra

    Decent performance from the Frenchman who was a surprise starter for Mourinho's men. He helped keep things ticking over in the centre of the park and kept his passing simple.

  • C. Ronaldo
    750
    85
    3.50

    C. Ronaldo

    Caused the home side all sorts of problems and was unlucky not to open the scoring when his long-range drive was pushed onto the post early on. Great awareness to find Higuain for his opening goal and unselfish play to assist Callejon for Madrid's third.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    725
    45
    4.50

    Gonzalo Higuaín Top of the Match

    The Argentine looks like he is returning to his best form following injury problems and was lively throughout. Took all three of his goals brilliantly and has certainly given Mourinho something to think about when Benzema returns from injury.

Substitutions

  • Sami Khedira
    212
    34
    2.50

    Sami Khedira

    Replaced Diarra late on who was on a booking and helped maintain Madrid's dominance in the middle of the park.

  • José Callejón
    369
    13
    0.00

    José Callejón

    Decent cameo performance in his 100th appearance in La Liga from the former Espanyol player who even got on the scoresheet.

  • Esteban Granero
    211
    35
    0.00

    Esteban Granero

    Replaced Kaka late on but was not given sufficient time on the pitch to make any impact.

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