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Played
December 22, 2012 7:00 PM GMT
Estadio La Rosaleda — Málaga
Referee:‬ Alejandro Hernández‎
Attendance:‬ 28004‎
 
49′ Isco
Sergio Sánchez 66′ (OG)
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Malaga 3-2 Real Madrid

Santa delivered for the Andalusians, catching los Blancos sleeping with pair of goals in the second half to send his side to within two points of third place

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Willy Caballero
    157
    11
    3.50

    Willy Caballero

    Unfortunate for both Madrid goals, and kept his side on top with a handful of stunning saves. An authoritative presence between the posts.

  • Jesús Gámez
    99
    13
    3.50

    Jesús Gámez

    Though his forays forward left him a little exposed at the back, his threat in the opposition half made up for it, as his deliveries from out wide set up a few great chances for his team-mates.

  • Martín Demichelis
    207
    14
    4.00

    Martín Demichelis

    Put himself about confidently on a number of occasions, and got the job done with distinction, snuffing out a number of dangerous attacks from Madrid, particularly a clutch tackle on Ronaldo at the very last inside the box. An absolute rock in defence.

  • Monreal
    106
    10
    3.50

    Monreal

    A crucial clearance off the line from a sure-fire Di Maria goal was the highlight of an accomplished display at left-back. Despite finding little opportunity to get forward, he more than fulfilled his role defending his flank.

  • Eliseu
    115
    9
    3.50

    Eliseu

    Afforded a great deal of space in the second half and took advantage often, stretching the defence with his directness out wide. A dangerous presence in attack.

  • Sergio Sánchez
    93
    14
    3.00

    Sergio Sánchez

    Every bit as assured as Demichelis at the heart of the home side’s defence, working superbly in tandem with the Argentine to nullify the threat from Madrid with a number of fine defensive plays. However, he was unfortunate to turn home Madrid’s equaliser into his own net after a goalmouth scramble.

  • Camacho
    89
    15
    3.00

    Camacho

    Carried out his task simply and effectively, helping out the defence when required and supporting the attack with an efficient array of passing. However, he was guilty of a sloppy give-away in midfield that allowed Madrid to make it 3-2 late on.

  • Joaquín
    313
    15
    4.00

    Joaquín Top of the Match

    Heavily involved in the attack for the home side, and caused the Madrid defence a good bit of headache with his excellent running on the flanks. His shooting was a tad wayward, but it mattered little as he popped up in dangerous positions all across the attacking third, and set up all three of Malaga’s goals.

  • Isco
    246
    10
    3.50

    Isco

    Another electrifying display from the Malaga prodigy, who tormented the Madrid defence time and time again with his close control and awareness of his team-mates in advances positions. His efforts were justly rewarded with a goal early in the second half, picking his spot superbly from just inside the area.

  • Javier Saviola
    147
    12
    3.50

    Javier Saviola

    Acquitted himself well up front for the hosts, keeping the defence honest with a series of well-timed runs, and linking well with Joaquin and Isco in an energetic Malaga front-line.

  • Portillo
    94
    13
    3.00

    Portillo

    Found himself in a few good positions, but unfortunately for Malaga, his shooting was not of the required standard. Still played a part in many of his side's attacks.

Substitutions

  • Manuel Iturra
    85
    9
    3.00

    Manuel Iturra

    Added fresh legs to midfield after his introduction, helping to steady the ship for the hosts.

  • Roque Santa Cruz
    254
    11
    3.50

    Roque Santa Cruz

    Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Santa Cruz delivered right on time for Malaga, scoring twice in the second half with a pair of well taken finishes to stun Madrid and seal all three points for his side. An electrifying cameo.

  • Adàn
    82
    278
    2.50

    Adàn

    All eyes were on him after he was picked to start ahead of Casillas, but despite a fine save on Joaquin, the reserve keeper was not the most convincing, and could have done more to prevent both of Santa Cruz's goals.

  • Pepe
    43
    327
    2.00

    Pepe

    Run ragged by the pace and directness of Malaga's front-line, and wasted a few chances to score from set pieces at the other end of the pitch.

  • Sergio Ramos
    75
    243
    2.50

    Sergio Ramos

    Fared as badly as the rest of Madrid's defence, as he struggled to contain the likes of Isco and Joaquin in the second half. Appeared nervy and hesitant under pressure.

  • Arbeloa
    33
    253
    2.50

    Arbeloa

    Beaten often out wide, and offered his team little going forward. Arbeloa simply was not good enough on the night.

  • Sami Khedira
    75
    228
    2.50

    Sami Khedira

    Put in a lot of effort, but the quality simply wasn't there. his frustration built as the game went on, and he was booked late on for a cynical challenge.

  • Xabi Alonso
    68
    228
    2.00

    Xabi Alonso

    He simply could not keep up with the hosts in midfield, and failed to inspire much with his passing when on the ball. Too slow and static for this type of game.

  • Michael Essien
    73
    323
    1.50

    Michael Essien Flop of the Match

    Torn left and right by the play of Malaga on the flanks, as Joaquin and Isco were able to breeze past him with embarrassing ease. The Ghanaian did not cover himself in any glory after a poor game.

  • Ángel Di María
    68
    257
    2.50

    Ángel Di María

    Should have had a goal and an assist in the first half after seeing a pair of chances go begging, but the Argentine was mostly inconsistent, drifting in and out of the game.

  • Mesut Özil
    321
    137
    3.00

    Mesut Özil

    Responsible for most of his team's offensive production in the second half, as he set up Benzema's goal after nearly scoring himself with a marauding run through the defence.

  • C. Ronaldo
    163
    467
    3.00

    C. Ronaldo

    Missed a pair of glorious chances to score, but was always dangerous when on the ball. Set up a great chance for Di Maria, and it was his delivery that put the events of Madrid's first goal in motion. Had his team matched his effort, the result may have well been different.

  • Karim Benzema
    201
    161
    2.50

    Karim Benzema

    Brought Madrid back into the game late on with a goal, but was otherwise frustrating in his inability to get involved in the game.

Substitutions

  • Luka Modric
    132
    219
    2.50

    Luka Modric

    Took charge of a few set pieces, but was unable to offer his team anything significant.

  • Kaká
    241
    145
    2.00

    Kaká

    Tried hard, but could not stem the tide against his side.

  • José Callejón
    61
    216
    2.50

    José Callejón

    Much like the rest of the front-line, he was rather flat after coming off the bench.

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