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Played
May 5, 2012 8:00 PM BST
Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes — Granada
Referee:‬ Clos Gómez‎
Attendance:‬ 22000‎
 
C. Ronaldo 81′ (PG)
 
David Cortés 90+2′ (OG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Granada 1-2 Real Madrid

Goal.com rates the players as Jose Mourinho's title-winning side claim victory in Andalucia on Saturday

By Ben Hayward

  • Júlio César
    21
    18
    3.00

    Júlio César

    Produced one fantastic save to deny Benzema but was helpless as Cortes gifted Madrid the win with a late own goal. Went the wrong way for Ronaldo's penalty.

  • Guilherme Siqueira
    12
    20
    2.50

    Guilherme Siqueira

    A constant threat down the left-hand side as Granada enjoyed an excellent first half, but he was turned too easily by Benzema in his area after the break. Continued to be positive going forward but grew tired and was red carded at the end following an unseemly brawl.

  • Íñigo López
    14
    16
    2.50

    Íñigo López

    Defended bravely throughout but was helped by a lacklustre Madrid front line. Put in a lot of good tackles and one important block but was caught out of position at times by the visitors.

  • Borja Gómez
    13
    17
    2.50

    Borja Gómez

    Formed a positive partnership with Inigo Lopez and produced a wholehearted performance with a number of key interventions but was noticeably tired at the end and picked up a booking at the death.

  • David Cortés
    10
    28
    2.00

    David Cortés

    The full-back had done well to restrict the influence of Ronaldo down the left but gifted Madrid all three points when he inexplicably put through his own net in added time. Disastrous end to a solid game.

  • Dani Benítez
    8
    20
    3.00

    Dani Benítez

    Caused Madrid plenty of problems in the first half as he attacked with pace down the channels and linked up well with both Martins and Jara. Less effective after the break, though.

  • Mikel Rico
    13
    17
    3.00

    Mikel Rico

    A tireless performance from the central midfielder, who flew into tackles and provided a real shield for his defenders, while moving the ball quickly to his forwards when it was won back.

  • Carlos Martins
    16
    17
    3.00

    Carlos Martins

    A bright display from the Portuguese, who never really looked a goal threat as he can do, but gave the Madrid defence plenty to think about with his neat movement and link-up play.

  • Moisés Hurtado
    8
    41
    2.00

    Moisés Hurtado Flop of the Match

    Had been impressive for much of the game as he worked extremely hard in the defensive midfield position, but he then gave away the penalty from which Madrid levelled and was shown a red after the final whistle for his involvement in a brawl.

  • Ighalo
    7
    23
    2.50

    Ighalo

    Held up the ball well in attack but rarely looked a threat on goal. His excellent movement created space for his team-mates, however. Unselfish but could have done more when he had the ball.

  • Franco Jara
    28
    17
    3.00

    Franco Jara

    Scored a fantastic goal as he robbed Marcelo and raced down the flank unchallenged before slotting a low shot under Adan's body. Came close again soon afterwards and saw a deflected drive sail wide later in the half. Granada's best player on the night.

Substitutions

  • Jaime Romero
    4
    20

    Jaime Romero

    Introduced late in the game but never really made an impression.

  • Abel
    4
    20
    2.50

    Abel

    Replaced Martins with 17 minutes left but was unable to shine as the Portuguese had done.

  • Alex Geijo
    4
    20
    2.50

    Alex Geijo

    Came on for the last five minutes but had little influence.

  • Adàn
    111
    20
    3.50

    Adàn

    Given a rare chance to shine in place of Casillas, who was left behind in Madrid, but he will think he could have done better with Granada's early goal as Jara slotted the ball through his legs. Made a crucial block just moments later from Ighalo and looked alert dealing with high balls.

  • Ricardo Carvalho
    76
    47
    2.00

    Ricardo Carvalho

    Made one good intervention in the first half but was slow to get across for the goal and looks unlikely to get back to his best on this showing.

  • Marcelo
    98
    27
    2.00

    Marcelo

    At fault for the goal as he lost the ball and was unable to get back and win it from Jara, even though he tried to. Made amends shortly after by blocking a goal-bound effort on the line. Got forward well and was a threat in the opponent's half.

  • Raúl Albiol
    90
    24
    2.50

    Raúl Albiol

    Playing at right-back, the Spain defender was booked for pushing Benitez in the face in the first half and was given problems by the pace of Siqueira down the wing. Looked tidier in the second half as Madrid improved.

  • Raphaël Varane
    134
    16
    2.50

    Raphaël Varane

    His partnership with Carvalho was unconvincing but he grew in stature as the game wore on and made some timely interventions.

  • Nuri Sahin
    110
    44
    2.00

    Nuri Sahin

    Hit one fierce drive just over the bar from distance late in the first half but was otherwise subdued and this was not his kind of match. Replaced by Xabi Alonso at the interval.

  • Esteban Granero
    101
    24
    2.50

    Esteban Granero

    Started in an experimental midfield duo alongside Sahin and it didn't work. Looked more comfortable with Alonso in the seconde period and worked extremely hard against a battling Granada midfield.

  • Ángel Di María
    70
    62
    2.00

    Ángel Di María

    Put in one searching cross for Cristiano Ronaldo early on and played several more hopeful balls into the area, but this was a forgettable night for the Argentine and he was deservedly replaced with just over half an hour left.

  • C. Ronaldo
    206
    150
    3.00

    C. Ronaldo

    Off target with a header early on and then blasted a free kick into the wall. Ran the ball out of play later, much to the amusement of the home fans. Wide with a header from close range in the second half before converting a penalty to level the scores late on.

  • Kaká
    100
    73
    2.00

    Kaká

    Lofted a curled effort well over the bar from the edge of the box after 15 minutes but offered little else in a poor performance which saw him hauled off at half-time and replaced by Higuain.

  • Karim Benzema
    260
    40
    2.50

    Karim Benzema Top of the Match

    Well off target with one early effort, but turned his marker brilliantly to set up Ronaldo for a header which the Portuguese missed. Almost scored with a fierce drive in the second half and his cross forced the own goal as Madrid won it at the death.

Substitutions

  • Xabi Alonso
    115
    18
    3.00

    Xabi Alonso

    Replaced Sahin at the interval and Madrid looked a better side with him on the pitch. Struggled at times in a high-tempo match, however, and also picked up a yellow card.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    112
    19
    2.50

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Introduced at the interval and his diagonal runs gave Granada more to think about, although he seldom looked likely to get on the scoresheet.

  • José Callejón
    85
    25
    2.50

    José Callejón

    Came on for the last 32 minutes for the ineffective Di Maria but did little to improve on the Argentine's display.

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