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Played
October 22, 2011 7:00 PM BST
Estadio La Rosaleda — Málaga
Referee:‬ Antonio Mateu‎
Attendance:‬ 26000‎
 
 
 
C. Ronaldo 24′
 
C. Ronaldo 28′
 
C. Ronaldo 38′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Malaga 0-4 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo hit a first-half hat-trick and Gonzalo Higuain scored the other as Jose Mourinho's men strolled to a comprehensive victory over free-spending Malaga

By Ben Hayward

  • Rubén
    37
    22
    2.50

    Rubén

    Under fire from the outset as Madrid dominated. Was blameless with the goals, but struggled to save a free-kick from Cristiano and needed two attempts to stop a long-range effort from Khedira in the first half.

  • Eliseu
    29
    27
    2.00

    Eliseu

    Was given a torrid time by Di Maria on the right-hand side and looked out of his depth. Earned a booking, too, and was replaced by Nacho Monreal with five minutes left.

  • Joris Mathijsen
    35
    38
    2.00

    Joris Mathijsen

    A hapless performance from the Dutchman, whose partnership with Demichelis was made to look amateur. Off the pace and out of position, the defender was also guilty of poor marking in a nightmare showing at the back.

  • Martín Demichelis
    68
    74
    2.50

    Martín Demichelis Flop of the Match

    Possibly even worse than Mathijsen, Demichelis was all over the place. Dreadful marking as Cristiano Ronaldo was allowed time and space for all three of his goals. Very poor.

  • Jesús Gámez
    27
    20
    2.50

    Jesús Gámez

    Marginally better than his defensive colleagues, but that isn't saying much. The experienced defender had a hard match, but at least the damage wasn't done on his side of the pitch as he worked hard to contain Ronaldo and Kaka, forcing them inside.

  • Santi Cazorla
    45
    26
    3.00

    Santi Cazorla

    Not up to his recent performances and was forced to defend more than usual, but came close before half-time and fired just wide after the interval as well. Was involved in much of Malaga's best play.

  • Jérémy Toulalan
    40
    24
    2.50

    Jérémy Toulalan

    Completely overrun in the first half but better along with his team-mates after the interval. Saw a volley blocked by Ramos late on. Needs a better partner than Apono, as well.

  • Isco
    33
    27
    2.00

    Isco

    Still inexperienced at this level, the youngster found it difficult against a far superior Madrid outfit. He was unable to have the influence he would have wanted and was given little time on the ball.

  • Apoño
    27
    25
    2.50

    Apoño

    Very poor in the first half and was unable to get hold of proceedings. Improved in the second half but was guilty of leaving Madrid's attackers unmarked far too often, leaving the defence exposed.

  • Joaquín
    83
    22
    3.00

    Joaquín

    One of the best performers for Malaga. Could have won a penalty in the first few minutes, linked up well with Cazorla and lashed a powerful drive against the crossbar in the second half.

  • Rondón
    41
    21
    2.50

    Rondón

    Lively up front, but found life difficult as Malaga fed off scraps in the first period. Forced Casillas into one fine save, though, and set up Sebas Fernandez for a great chance late on.

Substitutions

  • Monreal
    25
    19
    2.00

    Monreal

    Little time to make an impact as he came on for the last five minutes.

  • Diego Buonanotte
    29
    18
    2.00

    Diego Buonanotte

    Looked lively as he came on as a late substitute and almost set up Rondon for a good chance, but the game was well and truly over by then.

  • Sebastián Fernández Miglierina
    30
    19
    0.00

    Sebastián Fernández Miglierina

    Made an impact after coming on as a sub and almost scored when he lashed a fierce drive against the bar with Casillas well beaten. A lively cameo.

  • Iker Casillas
    696
    14
    4.00

    Iker Casillas

    Had plenty of work to do despite the scoreline. Made a fine first-half save from Rondon, denied Joaquin later on when the winger was one-on-one and made a stunning stop to thwart Eliseu 10 minutes into the second half.

  • Marcelo
    459
    21
    3.50

    Marcelo

    Got forward well and got himself out of trouble on occasions at the back with some neat turns. Full of energy and always available to suport his team-mates, but given problems by the lively Joaquin and conceded a few needless fouls.

  • Sergio Ramos
    407
    25
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    His mistake let in Rondon after eight minutes, but he improved as the game wore on and blocked a dangerous volley from Rondon in the second half. Adapting to his recent role in the centre of defence but endured some difficult moments in the second period.

  • Pepe
    368
    28
    3.00

    Pepe

    Prone to moments of distraction when Madrid are comfortable and against smaller sides. Made a good block from Cazorla in the first half but struggled as Malaga dominated after the break.

  • Arbeloa
    371
    24
    3.00

    Arbeloa

    Generally solid in defence and a hard worker when he comes into the side. Offered support down the right and set up Callejon for a decent chance late in the game, which the former Espanyol forward fired over the bar.

  • C. Ronaldo
    1461
    74
    4.50

    C. Ronaldo Top of the Match

    Scored a brilliant first-half hat-trick, which included a sublime improvised back-heeled effort and a run and drive from the edge of the box. Could have earned a penalty and also came close with two free-kicks. An oustanding return to goalscoring form.

  • Xabi Alonso
    507
    15
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    Pulled the strings in midfield in a fine display as he linked defence to attack with his outstanding range of short and long passing. Worked hard, too, and recovered well after losing the ball in the second half.

  • Kaká
    562
    64
    3.00

    Kaká

    Not his best game as he struggled to match his recent performances but still linked up well and showed some touches of real class as Madrid dominated in the first half. Set up Khedira for an early chance, but faded after the break and was replaced by Ozil.

  • Sami Khedira
    476
    20
    3.50

    Sami Khedira

    Scored his first official goal for Madrid in midweek and could have added another in this match, but was unable to make proper contact. A good solid game from the German in midfield, though. Positive with the ball and disciplined defensively.

  • Ángel Di María
    667
    42
    4.00

    Ángel Di María

    An outstanding game from the Argentine, who ran and ran all night. Eventually replaced by Callejon, but had set up two goals by then, the first with a fantastic filtered pass for Higuain, the second with a brilliant curling cross for Cristiano.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    513
    40
    3.50

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Carried on his fine form of late by scoring the first goal after 10 minutes, when he took the ball around Ruben and slotted home clinically. His pace caused constant problems for Malaga on the the counter in another positive showing. Replaced by Benzema late on.

Substitutions

  • José Callejón
    343
    22
    3.00

    José Callejón

    Full of running in the last 15 minutes as he replaced Di Maria. Fired over after he was set up by Arbeloa and almost found himself one-on-one with Ruben late on. A fine cameo.

  • Karim Benzema
    349
    42
    2.50

    Karim Benzema

    Replaced Higuain late on but didn't really get into the game after his fine performance in the 4-0 win at Lyon in midweek.

  • Mesut Özil
    461
    37
    3.00

    Mesut Özil

    Gave Madrid a good outlet when he came on for Kaka with half an hour left and eased some of the pressure as Malaga sought a way back into the game from 4-0 down.

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