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Played
April 21, 2012 7:00 PM BST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Alberto Undiano‎
Attendance:‬ 99252‎
 
Sami Khedira 17′
 
C. Ronaldo 73′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Goal.com rates the players on show as Jose Mourinho's side take a big step towards the Liga title with victory at Camp Nou

By Martin Macdonald

  • Víctor Valdés
    284
    1059
    2.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Terrific save in the opening minutes in which he tipped a Ronaldo header over the bar. Failed to keep hold of the ball for Khedira’s opener, however, and was far too indecisive for Ronaldo’s goal, where he neither came out to narrow the angle, or stayed on his line.

  • Daniel Alves
    260
    898
    2.50

    Daniel Alves

    Was employed in an advanced role and looked to run in behind the Madrid defence whenever he could. Did not get on the ball as much as Barca would have liked in the second half and drifted further and further back.

  • Carles Puyol
    281
    904
    3.00

    Carles Puyol

    Failed to successfully clear the ball for the opening goal when he opted to try and shield into Valdes’ hands. Made up for this with a few very good challenges in and around the area but his mistake gifted Madrid a vital goal in the first half.

  • Adriano
    219
    868
    2.50

    Adriano

    Had an extremely quiet match in which he seemed very afraid to go forward and join the attack. However, defended solidly against Di Maria and did not fall for any of his tricks. Just needed to act as an extra man in advanced areas.

  • Xavi
    285
    878
    2.00

    Xavi

    Looked frustrated in the first half as he struggled to find any incisive passes through the middle of the Madrid defence. Did not fare much better in the second period as he found himself constantly outnumbered. Looked unhappy when he was substituted.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    348
    793
    2.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Attempted to make himself available whenever he could and always looked to play behind Messi in the hole,where he picked out a few nice passes. But drifted in and out of the match in the second half and did not pick out any meaningful passes.

  • Thiago Alcántara
    272
    870
    2.50

    Thiago Alcántara

    Was always a willing runner through the middle and looked to make late darts into the penalty area whenever he could, but his passing was not his usual best and he was unable to pick out incisive passes in the final third.

  • Javier Mascherano
    271
    828
    3.00

    Javier Mascherano

    Backed off the Real Madrid attackers and allowed too much room. However, had a relatively solid match when dealing with problems in the area and attempted to burst from defence to act as the catalyst for attacks whenever he could.

  • Busquets
    223
    892
    2.50

    Busquets

    Lacked the composure and calm nature that he usually shows in abundance. His attacking play was hampered as he dropped into centre-back for most of the match and passed the responsibility onto players in more advanced areas.

  • Messi
    618
    1585
    2.50

    Messi

    Delightfully set up Xavi for a fantastic chance in the first half that was squandered by his team-mate, in a half where he struggled affect the game greatly. Not his best match, one in which he failed to hurt Madrid in key areas.

  • Tello
    534
    1418
    2.00

    Tello Flop of the Match

    Attempted to use trickery to get the better of Arbeloa down the left but the Madrid man won the ball time and time again. Got the ball in advanced areas but continually wasted chances with poor crosses, passes, and shots.

Substitutions

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    249
    788
    2.50

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Was largely anonymous after coming on in the second half.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    537
    633
    3.00

    Alexis Sánchez

    Thought he had got Barca back into the match seconds after his introduction with scrappy goal but it proved to be in vain.

  • Iker Casillas
    1665
    147
    3.50

    Iker Casillas

    Showed a clean pair of heels to dash from goal to deny an onrushing Dani Alves in the first half when the Brazilian was through on goal, and perhaps should have batted Tello’s shot further away, as the clearance was eventually tucked away by Alexis Sanchez.

  • Pepe
    1721
    156
    3.50

    Pepe

    Whenever any central Barca players got the ball he was always very quick to dash from his position and put them under massive pressure. We saw glimpses of his villainous side but he ultimately defended well throughout the 90 minutes. not really what was asked of him tonight.

  • Sergio Ramos
    2881
    185
    3.50

    Sergio Ramos Top of the Match

    Outstanding performance from the Madrid man this evening. Allowed Lionel Messi zero time to manoeuvre and affect the match and marshalled him excellently. Was dominant aerially and epitomised the determination and grit of the away side.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    1548
    233
    3.50

    Fabio Coentrao

    Failed to spot the run of Alves in behind him on a few occasions and allowed him a little too much space. Recovered from this and ended up putting in a great display. Did not offer much in attacking areas but it was not really what was asked of him tonight.

  • Arbeloa
    1648
    136
    3.00

    Arbeloa

    Had a superbly solid match at right-back. Showed a veteran head to deal with the speedy Tello down the wing and left the Barca man barely any room to affect the match. Solid and dependable as ever.

  • Sami Khedira
    1878
    105
    3.50

    Sami Khedira

    Got the ball rolling for Real Madrid with a scrappy goal in the first half in which he showed good determination and instinct in the box to get the better of Puyol. Broke up the play excellently and was always in the face of Barca.

  • Mesut Özil
    2555
    120
    3.50

    Mesut Özil

    Put himself about in the first half and always joined with his attacking team-mates in pressuring the Barca defenders. Picked out Ronaldo with a world-class pass in the second half which lead to Madrid’s second goal.

  • Xabi Alonso
    1546
    159
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    As Khedira did the dirty work in midfield he pulled the strings for the visitors in central areas. However, did run the risk of getting sent off with a number of late challenges that broke up Barcelona counterattacks.

  • Ángel Di María
    1153
    680
    3.00

    Ángel Di María

    Saw a fair amount of the of the ball throughout his time on the park but struggled terribly to retain possession or go on any meaningful runs down the right. Lost the ball time and time again and did not link up at all well with his team-mates.

  • C. Ronaldo
    3262
    291
    3.50

    C. Ronaldo

    Took the sting out of any ascendancy Barcelona may have had in the first half with driving runs down the left-hand side, and eventually stunned the Camp Nou with an excellent goal with 20 minutes to go, one that is monumental in the destination of the title.

  • Karim Benzema
    1246
    116
    3.00

    Karim Benzema

    Was always available in the final third, and pressed the Barca players intensely, while linking up well with his team-mates. Did not create much of note but worked incredibly hard for the cause.

Substitutions

  • Esteban Granero
    1268
    143
    3.00

    Esteban Granero

    Slotted in well in midfield after his introduction and kept the ball well.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    1130
    202
    0.00

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Late substitution and missed a sitter which would have sealed the match

  • José Callejón
    1078
    173
    0.00

    José Callejón

    Second half substitute but did not offer much after coming on.

Results
 
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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