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March 18, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ Miguel Ayza‎
Attendance:‬ 73000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 1-1 Malaga

Goal.com rates the players as Manuel Pellegrini's men earn a shock point at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday

By Ben Hayward

  • Iker Casillas
    93
    107
    3.00

    Iker Casillas

    Dived low to his left to save a Rondon shot in the opening minutes when the Venezuelan was clean through. Then looked less assured as he came charging off his line to punch the ball and completely missed it late in the first half, only to be saved by Ramos and claim at the second time of asking.

  • Pepe
    69
    119
    3.00

    Pepe

    Got forward to come close with a header early on, but saw his effort blocked. Made a very good tackle on Isco as Malaga attacked in the first half. Solid and coped well following the early scare when Rondon was allowed clean through.

  • Sergio Ramos
    100
    92
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    Gave away a free-kick in a dangerous area as he brought down Isco in the first half. Made a vital block after Casillas had come charging off his line from a set piece late in opening period. Played one fantastic diagonal pass and saw a long-range effort blocked as well. Solid overall.

  • Marcelo
    65
    129
    3.00

    Marcelo

    Allowed Joaquin to get away from him early on and as usual, was better going forward than at the back. Looked bright as he advanced down the flank and made it into the Malaga area on several occasions. Appealed for a penalty late in the game, but he looked to go down too easily under pressure from Camacho.

  • Sami Khedira
    83
    132
    2.50

    Sami Khedira

    Flew into tackles and put in a shift defensively against an intense Malaga side, but was reduced to a largely restrictive role and was unable to show his abilities on the ball further up the pitch as he has done in recent games.

  • Mesut Özil
    336
    85
    3.00

    Mesut Özil

    Set up Cristiano for a decent opportunity early on, then blasted a free-kick into the wall shortly after that. Opted for a cross when he should have shot in the second half and was less precise than usual with his passing, but set up Benzema with a quite glorious move later on as he took out five rivals and saw the Frenchman miss a sitter.

  • Xabi Alonso
    76
    116
    3.00

    Xabi Alonso

    Lost a ball in midfield early on and struggled against a high-tempo Malaga midfield. Didn't look himself but still played some great passes and played one fantastic ball into the area for Ronaldo in the first half.

  • Lassana Diarra
    198
    82
    3.50

    Lassana Diarra

    Got forward well down the right and showed some neat skills as he found his way past two defenders and won a free-kick outside the area. Looked an upgrade on Arbeloa as he put in tackles and offered more in an attacking sense than the off-colour Spaniard has of late. An impressive return.

  • C. Ronaldo
    188
    280
    3.50

    C. Ronaldo

    Saw his lobbed effort blocked early on. Clattered into Weligton later on by accident. Appealed for a penalty after he went down under pressure from Camacho, but it was nothing. Played a great one-two with Benzema after that, but the Frenchman shot wide. Linked up well with the striker and his cross for the first goal was glorious, but should then have made it 2-0 in the second half, although his curler was brilliantly saved by Caballero.

  • Kaká
    284
    135
    3.00

    Kaká

    Tried to set up Benzema on a quick breakaway attack after a Malaga free-kick but his pass was too close to Caballero, who gathered comfortably. Good defensive work as he chased lost causes and almost set up Benzema for a second in the second half but Monreal cleared. Worked very hard but was less decisive than he can be, tired and went off late on.

  • Karim Benzema
    115
    158
    3.50

    Karim Benzema

    Saw a shot saved by Caballero in the opening minutes but missed a great chance to score later in the half when he dragged a low show wide from an angle following a one-two with Ronaldo. Escaped unmarked at the far post to head home Ronaldo's cross to make it 1-0, but missed two more fantastic opportunities.

Substitutions

  • Esteban Granero
    86
    259
    2.50

    Esteban Granero Flop of the Match

    A forgettable evening as he came on and - needlessly - conceded the free-kick from which Cazorla equalised.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    70
    89
    2.50

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Came on for the last four minutes but was unable to make an impact.

  • José Callejón
    65
    89
    2.50

    José Callejón

    Came on as a subsitute and looked lively, with one goal-bound effort blocked late in the game. Stretched the Malaga defence with his pace but couldn't make the difference.

  • Willy Caballero
    113
    9
    0.00

    Willy Caballero

    Made an early save from Benzema, then stopped a Ronaldo shot with his body and claimed the resulting corner. Comfortably cut out Kaka´s pass to Benzema on a breakaway attack later in the first half and made a stunning save from Cristiano in the second half. Could do nothing with the goal.

  • Weligton
    54
    9
    0.00

    Weligton

    Was clattered accidentally by Ronaldo early on but recovered to continue. Lost the ball to the Portuguese in a dangerous position on the edge of the box late in the first half when he should have just cleared but stood his ground and helped crowd out the Madrid man. Worked incredibly hard.

  • Martín Demichelis
    63
    11
    0.00

    Martín Demichelis

    Won the ball back several times on the edge of the box, cleared from corners and put in lots of tackles as he worked tirelessly in his role as defensive midfielder. Provided a good shield for his defence.

  • Joris Mathijsen
    51
    11
    0.00

    Joris Mathijsen

    He and Monreal let Benzema get away at the far post for the opener, but the Dutchman stuck to his task dilligently in central defence and his partnership with Weligton was impressive, particularly in the first half.

  • Monreal
    44
    14
    0.00

    Monreal

    Found himself unmarked on the left early on and played a good ball through to Isco, who shot across goal. But he let Benzema get away for the first goal and his marking was suspect at times. Cleared a Kaka cross for Benzema under his posts in second half.

  • Sergio Sánchez
    51
    8
    0.00

    Sergio Sánchez

    Let Ronaldo escape his attention early on but got away with it as Caballero saved, but couldn't prevent the Portuguese from crossing to Benzema for the opening goal. Struggled at times against Cristiano and Kaka, but stuck to his task and got forward well.

  • Camacho
    48
    10
    0.00

    Camacho

    Saw Ronaldo go down under his challenge in the area in the first half, but it didn't look like a foul. Like Demichelis, he put in a lot of stellar defensive work and spent much of his time on the edge of his box. Seldom seen at the other end of the pitch.

  • Joaquín
    57
    14
    0.00

    Joaquín

    Won a corner early on in the game as he got behind Marcelo and exposed the Brazilian full-back on occasions, but wasn't as good an outlet on the right as he could have been and faded as the game wore on.

  • Santi Cazorla
    281
    48
    0.00

    Santi Cazorla Top of the Match

    Played a lovely through ball for Rondon early on, but the Venezuelan couldn't beat Casillas. His passing was neat as he showed some nice touches around the box, but his decision making wasn't always the best. Nevertheless, he was the hero for Malaga as he won a late free-kick and then rifled a stunning shot into the top corner to shock the Bernabeu.

  • Isco
    69
    8
    0.00

    Isco

    Got into the area to latch onto Monreal's ball early on, but his shot was dragged well wide. Wonderful skill and one-two with Rondon later in the half but was unable to get a shot in after advancing into the area. Silky skills, but not enough end product and was replaced in the second half.

  • Rondón
    43
    14
    0.00

    Rondón

    Latched onto Cazorla's through ball early on, but his low shot was saved by Casillas. Should have scored or at least put more power on his shot. Played Isco in later in the half and his hold-up play caused Madrid problems at times.

Substitutions

  • Eliseu
    54
    8
    0.00

    Eliseu

    Lively presence going forward after coming on as a sub and he was also disciplined in defence. His bursting run late in the second half stretched the Madrid defence and the home side will have been glad to see his cross evade his team-mates in the area.

  • Ruud Van Nistelrooy
    81
    18
    0.00

    Ruud Van Nistelrooy

    Applauded as he warmed up and also when he came on due to his Madrid past, but isn't the player he was then and made little impact as his side chased the game.

  • Sebastián Fernández Miglierina
    36
    11
    0.00

    Sebastián Fernández Miglierina

    Came on for the last 18 minutes but didn't really get into the game.

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