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Played
October 20, 2012 5:00 PM BST
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ Clos Gómez‎
Attendance:‬ 70000‎
 
 
67′ (PG) C. Ronaldo
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 2-0 Celta

Goals from Higuain and Cristiano were enough to lead the Merengue past the Galician outfit, moving them up to fourth place in La Liga

  • Iker Casillas
    279
    44
    3.50

    Iker Casillas

    Barely troubled during the first half, got down well to make a save from Aspas.

  • Raphaël Varane
    296
    36
    3.50

    Raphaël Varane

    An accomplished display from the French teenager, who was not overawed playing in front of the Bernabeu crowd. Aerial threat from corners only added to his performance.

  • Pepe
    252
    56
    3.50

    Pepe

    Led from the front in defence, always on hand to cut Celta's offensive efforts at source.

  • Sergio Ramos
    261
    36
    3.50

    Sergio Ramos

    Given ample space to charge down the right flank, and troubled Celta with his passing. Had a couple of excellent set-piece opportunities.

  • Mesut Özil
    329
    92
    2.50

    Mesut Özil

    Looked crowded out of the game at times by Cristiano's insistence on drifting out to the right wing, and struggled to leave his own mark on proceedings.

  • Xabi Alonso
    249
    43
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    Charged with anchoring the midfield, and performed his duties with little fuss and a handful of ferocious tackles.

  • Michael Essien
    341
    57
    3.50

    Michael Essien

    Looked comfortable enough as an improvised full back, given few problems by Celta. One exquisite cross should have ended in a goal.

  • Luka Modric
    403
    76
    3.50

    Luka Modric

    The lynchpin of Madrid's precise gameplan, always secure in possession and created several chances with his neat touches.

  • C. Ronaldo
    473
    356
    4.00

    C. Ronaldo Top of the Match

    Far from a vintage display by the Portugual international. When it counted, however, he stepped up to put the game beyond Celta's reach with a perfect penalty.

  • Kaká
    441
    75
    3.00

    Kaká

    Showed several moments of inspiration during the first half, playing in Higuain for the opener. Taken off at the break.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    326
    48
    4.00

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Only Pipita will know if he meant to send the ball looping over Alvarez's head to open the scoring, but it made the difference in a first-half of few chances.

Substitutions

  • Ángel Di María
    246
    49
    3.50

    Ángel Di María

    One of the stars of the second period for Madrid after coming on for Kaka, intelligent passing.

  • Karim Benzema
    219
    38

    Karim Benzema

    The striker enjoyed a brief cameo in place of Higuain.

  • José Callejón
    210
    48
    3.50

    José Callejón

    A real livewire after entering in the second half, had several great opportunities.

  • Sergio
    8
    30
    2.50

    Sergio

    Guilty of straying off his line for Higuain's goal, but redeemed himself with a handful of good saves.

  • Hugo Mallo
    15
    23
    3.50

    Hugo Mallo

    A massive performance on the right hand side of defence, blocked almost everything Madrid could throw at him.

  • Roberto Lago
    10
    22
    3.00

    Roberto Lago

    Dealt with Ronaldo well on the left during the first half, let very little past him all game.

  • Andres Tuñez Arceo
    6
    26
    3.00

    Andres Tuñez Arceo

    The Venezuela international dealt well with Madrid's star-studded attack, although gaps started to appear towards the end.

  • Gustavo Daniel Cabral
    11
    39
    2.50

    Gustavo Daniel Cabral Flop of the Match

    Defended solidly, but a silly push on Ozil gifted Madrid a penalty and put the game out of reach.

  • Oubiña
    14
    19
    3.50

    Oubiña

    Harried and tackled with enthusiasm, and was not daunted by the glittering names opposite.

  • Alex López
    11
    21
    3.50

    Alex López

    The pick of the midfield for Celta, made the most of what little ball he enjoyed to try and get his team moving in the rival half.

  • Cristian Bustos
    7
    23
    3.00

    Cristian Bustos

    Passed the ball intelligently and linked well with Aspas and Lopez, although possession was hard to come by throughout the clash.

  • Michael Krohn-Dehli
    20
    28
    3.00

    Michael Krohn-Dehli

    Battled gamely up front, but needed more ammunition and looked lost at times on the left.

  • Augusto Fernández
    12
    22
    3.00

    Augusto Fernández

    The Argentine was as enthusiastic as ever in chasing down every ball and man in a white shirt. Had little opportunity to get forward.

  • Iago Aspas
    17
    24
    3.50

    Iago Aspas

    The focal point of Celta's sporadic forays into attack during the opening hour, it was a surprise to see him withdrawn towards the end.

Substitutions

  • Bermejo
    7
    22
    3.00

    Bermejo

    Was a thorn in the side of Madrid's defence, moving well and trying to force his team back into proceedings.

  • Chu-Young Park
    37
    29
    3.00

    Chu-Young Park

    Had Celta's best chance of the game with a powerful header, palmed away by Casillas.

  • De Lucas
    9
    21
    3.00

    De Lucas

    Stretched Essien on occasion after coming on in the second half, and forced a good save from Casillas.

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
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0