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March 10, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
Estadio de Balaídos — Vigo
Referee:‬ Javier Estrada‎
Attendance:‬ 25344‎
 
63′ Iago Aspas
C. Ronaldo 61′
 
C. Ronaldo 72′ (PG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Celta Vigo 1-2 Real Madrid

Goal.com rates the players on show as a Cristiano Ronaldo double secures Jose Mourinho's men their fifth consecutive Liga win against the stout Celestes

By Tom Webber

  • Javi Varas
    51
    17
    3.00

    Javi Varas

    The keeper made a number of outstanding saves during the first half to keep Madrid at bay. Benzema, Marcelo and Callejon were all thwarted by Varas but his poor clearance lead to the opener and a bad challenge conceded a penalty from which the second was scored.

  • Roberto Lago
    15
    25
    2.50

    Roberto Lago

    A disappointing night from the left-back as he allowed the visitors to get past him time and again. He was one step off the pace and looked outclassed up against such esteemed opposition.

  • Andres Tuñez Arceo
    14
    20
    3.50

    Andres Tuñez Arceo

    Began the game well, orchestrating his team's high defensive line effectively. He did well to keep things watertight through the middle for his team and was largely to thank for his side's great start.

  • Vadim Demidov
    13
    24
    3.00

    Vadim Demidov

    Started the game impressively but struggled to cope with the Madrid onslaught that followed. He was thoroughly tested but did manage to make some impressive challenges to keep the visitors at bay.

  • Johny
    16
    21
    3.00

    Johny

    The right-back was targeted repeatedly but seemed to learn from his earlier errors. His defending limited Madrid's supply from the left and he did not neglect his post which kept his team tight at the back.

  • Oubiña
    14
    21
    3.00

    Oubiña

    Screened his defence impressively and did not allow Real Madrid to completely pull apart his back four. His cover was valuable but he did not think positively enough when his side remained in with a chance of a result.

  • Alex López
    8
    22
    2.50

    Alex López

    A well-executed volley almost gave his side a 10th-minute lead but Diego Lopez managed to keep it out. However, he failed to continue to such a standard and was overrun in the middle of the park.

  • Michael Krohn-Dehli
    35
    17
    3.00

    Michael Krohn-Dehli

    A tricky performance from the Dane as he looked extremely confident on the ball. He put some brilliant crosses into the box but unfortunately for Celta his team-mates could not capitalise. He could perhaps have got more shots away himself, though.

  • Augusto Fernández
    11
    22
    2.50

    Augusto Fernández

    The Argentine found it difficult to get the better of Marcelo on the night. His involvement on the right was minimal but for a bright run that enabled him to supply the cross for Aspas to net the equaliser.

  • Iago Aspas
    49
    19
    4.00

    Iago Aspas

    Proved he was going to be a real handful as he forced Diego Lopez into his first save with just 15 seconds on the clock. He got a somewhat fortuitous goal but he deserved it for calling the keeper into action frequently.

  • De Lucas
    14
    20
    3.00

    De Lucas

    The former Chelsea man struggled to get involved in the action throughout. He tracked back regularly, perhaps more than he would have liked, but almost grabbed a goal with a well-struck free kick in the first half.

Substitutions

  • Danijel Pranjic
    41
    25
    2.50

    Danijel Pranjic

    Came on for Alex Lopez in the 56th minute but struggled to get into the thick of the action and supply his team with some more creativity.

  • Bermejo
    9
    23
    2.50

    Bermejo

    Replaced De Lucas just after the hour mark but did not see enough of the ball in attack to make his mark on the game.

  • Chu-Young Park
    46
    23

    Chu-Young Park

    A late replacement for Krohn-Dehli, Park almost netted a late equaliser but his header came back off the bar.

  • Diego López Rodríguez
    254
    36
    3.50

    Diego López Rodríguez

    A few top saves early in the game proved to be crucial as he stopped Madrid from going behind. He commanded his area well and always positioned himself in the correct areas to ensure he was in total control.

  • Pepe
    156
    56
    3.00

    Pepe

    Not one of his best performances in a Madrid shirt as Aspas' pace and movement caused him no end of trouble. However, when it came to facing up to the attacker he regularly came out on top with cool and composed tackles.

  • Marcelo
    201
    47
    3.00

    Marcelo

    The Brazilian made some crucial challenges during the early exchanges, limiting the effectiveness of Celta down his flank. He pushed on as much as possible to aid him team was only denied a goal by a brilliant Varas stop.

  • Raúl Albiol
    130
    83
    3.00

    Raúl Albiol

    His inability to clear a long ball offered Aspas a chance after just 15 seconds and that set the tone for the start. He then missed a glorious chance later in the half but atoned for that error with a brilliant clearance in the second.

  • Sami Khedira
    217
    35
    3.50

    Sami Khedira

    The Germany international had a relatively decent game, the highlight of which was a great pass that put Marcelo in on goal. He linked well with the attackers but was withdrawn at half-time.

  • Mesut Özil
    315
    63
    3.50

    Mesut Özil

    Helped inspire his side after a slow start with a number of coruscating runs from deep. Celta struggled to pick him up as he drifted across the field to great effect, however his final pass was not quite there.

  • Michael Essien
    192
    53
    3.00

    Michael Essien

    An average performance at full-back as he failed to get forward to support the attacks, instead wandering across the pitch somewhat aimlessly. Defensively, he did not actually let much get by him and was largely resolute.

  • Luka Modric
    307
    49
    3.00

    Luka Modric

    The Croatian showed his quality from set pieces as his delivery was consistently impressive. He made a few good passes from deep but never really unlocked the stout Celta defence.

  • C. Ronaldo
    483
    64
    4.00

    C. Ronaldo Top of the Match

    The Portuguese took a while to get into the game, but rattled the bar with a good header in the first half. He found the net with a simple finish soon after the break and added a second from the spot.

  • Karim Benzema
    197
    61
    3.00

    Karim Benzema

    It proved not to be the striker's night as despite some impressive movement he could not get the better of Javi Varas. He was thwarted by the keeper on three separate occasions before being withdrawn.

  • José Callejón
    99
    155
    2.50

    José Callejón Flop of the Match

    Was unable to get involved in the action throughout the game. He was largely underused on the right flank but did not go in search of the ball either. He had one great chance to find the net but Varas was equal to it.

Substitutions

  • Xabi Alonso
    232
    31
    3.00

    Xabi Alonso

    Made his side instantly more dangerous after replacing Khedira at half-time, as his raking passes stretched the Celta defence.

  • Kaká
    463
    34
    3.50

    Kaká

    The Brazilian was impressive after coming on for Callejon in the 66th minute. His brilliant run led to the penalty that ultimately proved decisive.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    117
    140
    2.50

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Replaced Benzema in the 66th minute but fared no better in front of goal. He missed two glorious chances late on to close out the result.

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