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January 22, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ Antonio Mateu‎
Attendance:‬ 75000‎
 
25′ Marcelo
46′ (PG) C. Ronaldo
 
67′ (PG) C. Ronaldo
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 4-1 Athletic Bilbao

Goal.com rates the players on show as Jose Mourinho's men see off a plucky Athletic Bilbao side at Santiago Bernabeu

By Martin Macdonald

  • Iker Casillas
    286
    35
    3.00

    Iker Casillas

    Could have done nothing to prevent Llorente's excellent volley and did not have too many genuine scares at the back. Took the pressure off his team a few times with some well-timed catches of the ball from crosses.

  • Sergio Ramos
    285
    51
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    The best and worst of the Madrid defender tonight. Made some perfectly timed tackles at the back, most notably an excellent interception which started off the attack which led to the fourth goal. However, drifted out of position with some aimless runs into midfield and left Xabi Alonso to deputise at the back. Also was very lucky not to give away a penalty with a tackle on Muniain inside the box.

  • Marcelo
    529
    56
    4.00

    Marcelo Top of the Match

    One of Madrid's best players in the match. Provided much-needed intensity in the attacking play when the game was getting sluggish. His determined drive into the box to grab the equalising goal summed up his performance. High tempo and swashbuckling.

  • Arbeloa
    215
    74
    3.00

    Arbeloa

    Kept Muniain and Susaeta fairly quiet whenever they were against him down the left wing. Solid as always but attacking play was non-existent. Had plenty of space to run into but opted to play it safe with short passes into the midfield.

  • Raphaël Varane
    368
    45
    2.00

    Raphaël Varane

    An assured performance from the young Frenchman. Displayed a very cool head in possession and made some very good interceptions with clearing headers inside the box. His mobility aided him in dealing with the pacey Athletic wingers whenever they cut inside.

  • Mesut Özil
    495
    400
    3.50

    Mesut Özil

    Another relatively quiet performance from the German international. With Kaka playing through the middle, Ozil can have less of an effect on the game. Failed to get into positions in front of the Athletic defence but did pick out neat passes throughout the match.

  • Xabi Alonso
    266
    45
    3.00

    Xabi Alonso

    Did not really benefit from having Granero next to him. Still managed to pick out pin-point passes throughout the match but was left in defensive positions too often whenever his team-mate ventured forward. However, defensive display was assured and slotted back into the rearguard on a number of occasions when Athletic were on the attack.

  • Esteban Granero
    218
    77
    3.00

    Esteban Granero

    A quiet performance from Granero, who was handed his first league start of the season. Very neat and tidy in midfield without picking out any truly telling passes. Had a couple of decent long range attempts on goal that were comfortably saved by Iraizoz.

  • C. Ronaldo
    642
    451
    3.50

    C. Ronaldo

    Showed signs of petulance in the first half when the game was in a stalemate. However, when called upon, showed incredible mental strength to emphatically dispatch two penalties to earn himself a brace and drive Madrid on to victory.

  • Kaká
    873
    88
    3.50

    Kaká

    A performance in the mould of the AC Milan Kaka. Looked sharper in every department. Touch was much more assured and had a change of pace that he has been missing in recent matches. Had a number of marauding runs through midfield and contributed highly to the attacking play of Madrid.

  • Karim Benzema
    339
    55
    3.50

    Karim Benzema

    A decent team contribution from the Frenchman in this match. Looked a little slow at times but showed a number of accomplished touches and linked up well with Ronaldo. Should have been awarded a goal when he scored only for play to be brought back for a penalty kick.

Substitutions

  • Lassana Diarra
    186
    69
    2.50

    Lassana Diarra

    Had a petulant kick out at Toquero and was mainly employed to stop Athletic's passing game after his introduction.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    289
    60
    3.50

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Was very unlucky not to score when he struck the post with a shot from a tight angle after his second half introduction. Also set up Callejon's goal with an excellent pass through the middle.

  • José Callejón
    352
    36
    3.50

    José Callejón

    Showed great pace and desire to get on the end of Higuain's pass to expertly dispatch a shot into the bottom corner for his goal.

  • Iraizoz
    19
    25
    3.00

    Iraizoz

    Was unlucky to concede four goals today. Made a number of excellent saves, most notably an instinctive reaction block from a point blank Benzema header. Distribution was very good. Displayed quick thinking to get the ball out to Javi Martinez, who launched the counter-attack that lead to the opening goal of the match.

  • Amorebieta
    20
    49
    2.00

    Amorebieta Flop of the Match

    Came inside a little to often which shows he his not very comfortable as a full back. Left a little too much space on the wings, which allowed Ozil and Ronaldo to use effectively. Came off on the hour mark.

  • Mikel San José Domínguez
    13
    24
    3.00

    Mikel San José Domínguez

    A no-nonsense performance from the centre-back. Made a number of very well timed challenges that were hard but very fair. Was dominant in the air and he and his defensive team-mates did not deserve to be on the end of such a large scoreline.

  • Andoni Iraola
    12
    24
    2.50

    Andoni Iraola

    Relatively solid performance from the full-back. Only shaky moment of note was a pacey burst down the left from Marcelo that saw him caught on his heels. Positioning was good as the Brazilian had more joy coming inside than he did from wider positions.

  • Iturraspe
    10
    24
    2.50

    Iturraspe

    The deep-lying midfielder picked the pocket of Madrid players time and time again throughout the match. Read the play very well and acted as a solid shield in front of the defence. His performance will be remembered, however, for a silly pull on Kaka's shirt which let to the penalty and Real Madrid's all-important second goal.

  • Susaeta
    10
    25
    2.50

    Susaeta

    Struggled to affect the game from the wings as he was well dealt with by Arbeloa. Came inside to attempt to find possession but did not make the most of the ball when he had it. Struggled to get to the byline to provide decent service to Llorente and Toquero.

  • Ander Herrera
    17
    23
    3.00

    Ander Herrera

    Is a fantastic talent and his passing was pin-point throughout the match. Could have benefited from some more room in front of the Madrid defence but was well dealt with in the end as Xabi Alonso and Granero squeezed the space where the young playmaker could be dangerous.

  • Javi Martínez
    27
    22
    2.50

    Javi Martínez

    Took the ball from Iraizoz and helped launched the attack which gave Athletic their goal. Gave the ball inside to Ander and showed great desire to get into the space on the wing. Delivery to Llorente was on the money for the goal and also displays a tremendous reading of the game from deep defensive positions.

  • Fernando Llorente
    72
    34
    3.00

    Fernando Llorente

    Some moments of brilliance from the Athletic attacker this evening. Took his volleyed goal very emphatically in the first half and held the ball up well to introduce his team-mates into the play. However, had a golden opportunity to give his side the lead when through on goal but sliced his shot wide. Was substituted on the hour mark, possibly with a niggling injury.

  • Óscar De Marcos
    18
    35
    2.50

    Óscar De Marcos

    Hot and cold performance from De Marcos. Had a number of decent attempts on goal and came very close with a right-footed long-range strike that flashed by the post. However, made life very easy for Madrid when he handed them the third goal with late challenge on Benzema in the box which earned him a red card and gave the hosts a penalty.

  • Muniain
    40
    26
    3.50

    Muniain

    Was a danger at times but like his fellow attackers struggled to find room to create many chances. Showed some impressive pace and trickery, but the end product failed him tonight. Arguably should have had a penalty under a challenge from Ramos.

Substitutions

  • Íñigo Pérez
    7
    26
    2.50

    Íñigo Pérez

    Came on after De Marcos's dismissal to plug the hole at the back.

  • Toquero
    6
    25
    2.50

    Toquero

    Showed good determination after his introduction, but failed to affect the game.

  • Ibai Gómez
    7
    27
    2.50

    Ibai Gómez

    Late substitution.

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