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October 7, 2012 6:50 PM BST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Carlos Delgado‎
Attendance:‬ 95000‎
 
31′ Messi
C. Ronaldo 23′
61′ Messi
C. Ronaldo 66′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid

Goal.com was on hand to cast a critical eye over the performers at Camp Nou as a gripping show of one-upmanship from Messi and Ronaldo saw the points split in an absorbing Clasico

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Víctor Valdés
    167
    299
    2.50

    Víctor Valdés

    A rather uneventful outing for the Barcelona custodian, but he should be disappointed with himself for letting Ronaldo’s saveable shot squeeze in at the near post.

  • Daniel Alves
    173
    274
    2.50

    Daniel Alves

    Caught ball watching in the build-up to the opener, leaving Ronaldo in plenty of space to drill home. He was then taken off after only 27 minutes with a suspected injury, with Montoya coming on in his place.

  • Jordi Alba
    320
    185
    3.50

    Jordi Alba

    A somewhat subdued display from Alba in the first-half as he often saw his route forward on the left flank blocked by the defensive diligence of Di Maria and Arbeloa. Looked more dangerous after the break though, as he was able to maraud down the flanks in his usual manner.

  • Adriano
    197
    252
    2.50

    Adriano

    Surprisingly picked ahead of Song in an unfamiliar role at centre-back. Thankfully for him, Madrid did not always look to exploit his aerial weakness at they often played on the ground. But even that did not save him, as a miscommunication with the rest of the backline saw him play Ronaldo onside for Madrid’s second.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    260
    240
    3.50

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Began brightly as he looked lively in attack during the opening stages of the match. His positivity did not endure though as he found himself shunted to the periphery of proceedings at times. Withdrawn shortly after the hour mark.

  • Xavi
    343
    189
    3.50

    Xavi

    In many ways a typical Xavi performance, as he kept things ticking in the attacking third with a good display of passing and positioning. Efficient and aware in possession, but Barca could have done with a bit more cutting edge.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    340
    185
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Returned to the starting lineup but did not always look his usual self in the first-half. Embarked on one or two fleet-footed runs, but he appeared slightly rusty as he was a step too slow when making decisions on the fly. He seemed back in sync after the break though, and was able to get involved in a few promising attacks.

  • Javier Mascherano
    294
    203
    3.50

    Javier Mascherano

    Looked composed when tracking the Madrid runners whenever the ball was on the floor. A little shaky on set pieces, but otherwise, he hardly put a foot wrong at the back.

  • Busquets
    306
    210
    3.50

    Busquets

    Provided the makeshift Barcelona defence with a good degree of protection. He made tackle after tackle to halt Madrid in their tracks, and recycled possession in his typically efficient manner.

  • Messi
    621
    470
    5.00

    Messi Top of the Match

    Matched Ronaldo blow for blow in a captivating battle with the Portuguese. Was quickest to react when poking in his first goal, and echoed his exploits in August's Supercopa with another astounding free kick that beat Casillas all ends up.

  • Pedro
    259
    213
    3.50

    Pedro

    His first thought when his side were in possession was to drift into the right channel, which provided his side with some much needed width. His deliveries from the flanks were often intercepted by Madrid, but one cross did inadvertently set the events of Messi’s first-half goal in motion.

Substitutions

  • Montoya
    290
    165
    3.00

    Montoya

    Solid enough in defence after replacing Alves in the first-half, and nearly scored an unlikely winner with a late shot that cracked against the woodwork.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    236
    209
    3.00

    Alexis Sánchez

    His pace gave the weary Madrid defenders another problem to solve, but he could have timed his runs better as the offside flag pulled him up a handful of times.

  • Iker Casillas
    256
    248
    3.00

    Iker Casillas

    Not given the sternest of tests from Barca but made no mistake with routine tasks. No chance for both of Messi's goals.

  • Pepe
    267
    269
    3.00

    Pepe

    Overcommitted himself in a failed attempt to head clear a high ball in the box and as a result was left helpless as Messi stole in behind him to make it 1-1. Otherwise, his aggressive defending was key in putting a stop to Barcelona whenever they attacked.

  • Sergio Ramos
    279
    193
    3.50

    Sergio Ramos

    Showed no hesitation in putting himself about and using his physicality to disrupt Barcelona. Predictably dominant in the air against the short Blaugrana frontline, and kept his reckless side in check throughout in a solid showing.

  • Marcelo
    256
    210
    3.00

    Marcelo

    As ever, Marcelo needed no second invitation to get forward and support the attack, and he caught the eye with his role in working the opener. In defence though, a few lapses in concentration saw him tucked too far infield, affording the likes of Pedro an avenue forward.

  • Arbeloa
    248
    210
    3.50

    Arbeloa

    Hardly offered any attacking impetus, but that was never in his plans as he gave an admirable account of himself in defence. Stuck to his task and made it extremely hard for Barca to breach his flank, and he drifted inside the box on occasions to make a few crucial interceptions.

  • Sami Khedira
    308
    193
    3.50

    Sami Khedira

    Injected energy and hustle into the Madrid midfield. He patrolled the space in front of the back four to provide cover wherever it was needed, and got forward once or twice to good effect, adding an extra cog in attack.

  • Mesut Özil
    458
    199
    4.00

    Mesut Özil

    The German international was in tune with his team-mates in attack, especially when orchestrating on the break. Whenever he got involved he was decisive – as perfectly shown by his inch-perfect through ball to release Ronaldo to score. Taken off for the final stretch.

  • Xabi Alonso
    264
    206
    3.00

    Xabi Alonso

    Proved decent whenever he looked to set his side in motion on the counterattack. He was not afraid to ruffle a few Blaugrana feathers, but could count himself lucky not to see a red card for two entirely bookable offences – one of which led to the free kick that Messi converted.

  • Ángel Di María
    292
    210
    3.50

    Ángel Di María

    Rather hit or miss in attack, as some successful dribbles were contrasted with moments of sloppiness, such as a glaring miss from a rebound in front of an open goal. What cannot be faulted though is his defensive contribution, as he raced back in his own half at every opportunity to lend Arbeloa a helping hand on the right flank.

  • C. Ronaldo
    660
    439
    5.00

    C. Ronaldo

    Once again the leading light for Madrid in another Clasico. Opened the scoring with a well-placed goal, and was equally adept at facilitating his side in attack time and time again. He was simply too fast and too deadly for Barca to handle when he stole in to slot home his second goal. A virtuoso display.

  • Karim Benzema
    265
    316
    2.50

    Karim Benzema Flop of the Match

    Moved intelligently in attack, and assisted Ronaldo’s opener with a swift turn and pass. But for all his link-up play, his shooting was woeful, as he missed the target embarrassingly with a clear shot, then hit the crossbar in front of an open goal. Taken off in the second-half.

Substitutions

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    212
    242
    2.50

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Never really got a sight on goal after he came on for the latter stages of the game.

Results
 
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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