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March 4, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ José Teixeira‎
Attendance:‬ 78000‎
 
23′ C. Ronaldo
 
38′ Sami Khedira
 
 
66′ Kaká
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 5-0 Espanyol

Goal.com rates the players as Jose Mourinho's strolled to a comprehensive victory on Sunday

By Ben Hayward

  • Iker Casillas
    376
    34
    0.00

    Iker Casillas

    Produced one fine save to keep out a vicious curler from Coutinho, but was otherwise a spectator in the Madrid goal.

  • Ricardo Carvalho
    255
    171
    0.00

    Ricardo Carvalho

    One poor backpass almost let in Alvaro Vazquez and the Portuguese defender also picked up a booking. Still looks off the pace and was replaced at the break by Varane.

  • Sergio Ramos
    491
    32
    0.00

    Sergio Ramos

    Solid as he has been lately, but was hardly needed as Madrid dominated. Made one excellent clearance with a diving header in his box just before half-time. Kept Madrid organised in the absence of Pepe.

  • Marcelo
    404
    44
    0.00

    Marcelo

    Left with little to do defensively, the Brazilian operated almost as an extra winger down the left and was quick to feed possession to Cristiano Ronaldo. Some good runs and one or two dangerous crosses, but missing the final ball.

  • Arbeloa
    322
    57
    0.00

    Arbeloa

    Given some problems by the pace of Alvaro early on, but was solid as per usual and supported his team-mates with some positive runs down the right flank. Set up Higuain for one decent opening.

  • Sami Khedira
    592
    47
    0.00

    Sami Khedira

    Outstanding in central midfield as he and Xabi controlled possession in the centre of the park. Also bagged his first league goal for Madrid with a lovely low finish for 2-0 in a move in which he had earlier participated. Good passing as well.

  • Mesut Özil
    754
    68
    0.00

    Mesut Özil

    Another excellent display from the German, who played his part in Cristiano Ronaldo's opener and assisted Khedira for the second. Also set up Higuain for a wonderful chance and could have scored himself. A constant danger before he was replaced after 69 minutes by Callejon.

  • Xabi Alonso
    430
    47
    0.00

    Xabi Alonso

    Good passing and defensive work from the Basque midfielder, although his performance was more steady than stand-out. Great partnership with Khedira and did very little wrong.

  • C. Ronaldo
    769
    164
    0.00

    C. Ronaldo

    Put Madrid ahead with a fine finish as he slid a slow shot into the corner from an awkward standing position and played a part in the second as well. Set up Higuain for a wonderful chance which the Argentine should have buried and missed a good chance himself late on. Participative and constantly dangerous, he now has 30 Liga goals.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    887
    125
    0.00

    Gonzalo Higuaín Top of the Match

    Has been off form of late and it looked as if his woes would continue as he missed two wonderful chances, but he perservered and was rewarded with two goals of his own as well as two assists - one for Ronaldo and one for Kaka. A geat way to answer his critics.

  • Kaká
    1542
    71
    0.00

    Kaká

    A vintage showing from the Brazilian, who made some wonderful runs down the channels, scored a fine goal and created two more for Higuain. Could have scored earlier in the game as well, when he saw his fierce drive saved by Casilla.

Substitutions

  • Raphaël Varane
    556
    37
    0.00

    Raphaël Varane

    Came on in the second half, gave away one free-kick in a dangerous area but slotted in seamlessly alongside Ramos.

  • José Callejón
    271
    70
    0.00

    José Callejón

    Came on for the last 20 minutes against his former club but didn't have much of an impression despite his enthusiasm.

  • Morata
    461
    45
    0.00

    Morata

    The youngster came on for the last 10 minutes after the crowd had called for his introduction. And he almost scored close to the end as Casillas denied him with a fine save.

  • Kiko Casilla
    125
    29
    0.00

    Kiko Casilla

    Made wonderful saves to deny Kaka, Higuain and Morata, but was on a hiding to nothing as his side defended woefully. Let in five, but he wasn't at fault for those and without him, Espanyol would have been beaten by a far greater scoreline.

  • Raúl Rodríguez
    12
    42
    0.00

    Raúl Rodríguez

    Did well to cut out a Khedira cross after 21 minutes, but gifted the ball to Madrid as the locals went a goal up and was caught out of position on several occasions. Very disappointing.

  • Héctor Moreno
    10
    35
    0.00

    Héctor Moreno

    Did better than his central defensive partner and did well to force Kaka wide on one occasion when the Brazilian looked likely to score, but was ultimately unable to cope with Madrid's pace on the break and was left exposed at the back.

  • Javier López Rodríguez
    23
    66
    0.00

    Javier López Rodríguez Flop of the Match

    A very poor display from the full-back, who was beaten at will by Ronaldo and Kaka down the left. Dispossessed Cristiano once early on, but even that looked like a foul and he didn't do anything right after that.

  • Juan Daniel Forlín
    12
    33
    0.00

    Juan Daniel Forlín

    His role was to protect the back four, and he found himself playing as an extra defender at times. But even then, Madrid found their way through at will. Put in a shift defensively, but wasn't able to bring the ball out of defence to start any attacks for the visitors.

  • Dídac Vilà
    18
    32
    0.00

    Dídac Vilà

    Usually a threat going forward but was largely restricted in this game because Espanyol were very much on the back foot. Given a torrid time by Kaka, Ozil and Higuain, but was better of the two full-backs and used his pace to get him out of trouble on many occasions.

  • Verdú
    10
    30
    0.00

    Verdú

    Usually the creative fulcrum in midfield for Espanyol, Verdu wasn't given enough time on the ball and spent most of the evening on the back foot. Some decent distribution but didn't see enough of the possession.

  • Romaric
    8
    34
    0.00

    Romaric

    Tried his luck with a long-range effort early on which he dragged well wide. Made a good interception to dispossess Kaka outside the box but gave away several free-kicks in dangerous areas around the area. Not much oif a threat at the other end.

  • Vladimir Weiss
    48
    46
    0.00

    Vladimir Weiss

    A few flashes of inspiration as he buzzed around the Madrid box, but was starved of possession and wasteful when he did have the ball.

  • Coutinho
    43
    39
    0.00

    Coutinho

    One curling shot from outside the box which produced an excellent save from Casillas and an impressive flick over Carvalho's head. But little else. Replaced at the interval.

  • Álvaro
    10
    30
    0.00

    Álvaro

    Looked lively early on and almost latched onto a poor Carvalho backpass in the first half. Showed signs that he may be a threat with his pace but faded and was replaced at the interval, perhaps due to an injury.

Substitutions

  • Jordi Amat
    9
    34
    0.00

    Jordi Amat

    Came on for the injured Raul Rodriguez but his introduction didn't really improve Espanyol.

  • Raúl Baena
    9
    31
    0.00

    Raúl Baena

    Came on to offer more protection but didn't make much difference.

  • Sergio García
    14
    31
    0.00

    Sergio García

    Held up the ball well after coming on as a substitute at the break, but missed one good chance when his volley was off target and was rarely seen after that.

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