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April 28, 2013 8:00 PM BST
Estadio Municipal de Anoeta — Donostia-San Sebastián
Referee:‬ David Fernández‎
Attendance:‬ 28097‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Real Sociedad 4-2 Valencia

Goal.com was on hand to cast a critical eye over events at the Anoeta Stadium, where a swashbuckling encounter from the first whistle to the very last saw the hosts clinch victory

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Claudio Bravo
    18
    3
    3.50

    Claudio Bravo

    He was luck not to be penalised for an inexplicable handball outside his own area, but a world-class save on a Mathieu free kick helped rescue all three points for this side.

  • Carlos Martínez Díez
    10
    1
    3.00

    Carlos Martínez Díez

    Supported the attack well from a wide position, constantly providing a good potion on the overlap. He did not take any risks when defending, preferring to boot the ball away from danger.

  • Mikel González Martínez
    11
    1
    3.00

    Mikel González Martínez

    Though he was slow to react to stop Soldado for Valencia's first, he was otherwise unflappable at the back. Strong and robust in the challenge, and took no prisoners.

  • Íñigo Martínez
    19
    1
    3.50

    Íñigo Martínez

    Showed the technique and clinical ability of a forward to sidefoot home the equalizer on the volley from close range. Defended stoutly to boot and was very important to his side's triumph.

  • Alberto De la Bella
    8
    1
    3.00

    Alberto De la Bella

    Stung the palms of Alves with a stinging drive from outside the box, and the left-back showed the propensity to get into advanced positions all game.

  • Markel Bergara
    6
    2
    3.00

    Markel Bergara

    Committed a few careless fouls but, otherwise, his physical strength when squaring up with the Valencia midfield was a huge asset.

  • Asier Illarramendi
    8
    2
    3.00

    Asier Illarramendi

    Toiled diligently in the centre of the park to win the ball back for his side and help them spark forward on the break, but he started to run out of gas in the second half and was subbed.

  • Xabi Prieto
    18
    2
    4.00

    Xabi Prieto

    Everything god for Real Sociedad ran through him in the centre. He was always wonderfully quick to release the ball to his team-mates in threatening positions, and never seemed to lose it.

  • Chory Castro
    14
    1
    3.50

    Chory Castro

    His directness really gave his side some joy down the left flank, and he came very close to finding a way through on two separate occasions in the first half. He picked out Inigo Martinez with a peach of a cross following a short corner, and the defender did the rest. But the best was to come later, as a scintillating display of one-touch counter attacking football with Imanol Agirretxe saw him put his side 2-1 up.

  • Imanol Agirretxe
    35
    1
    5.00

    Imanol Agirretxe Top of the Match

    What a game for the striker. His one-touch pass and move counter with Chori Castro for Sociedad’s third was the stuff that football purists dream of. That alone would have been enough, but he made it 3-1 with a half-volley, before sprinting half the length of the field again to exquisitely lob home the fourth with virtually the last kick of the game. This could be the legendary performance that sends Sociedad back into the Champions League.

  • Carlos Vela
    30
    3
    3.00

    Carlos Vela

    The Mexican international was a real livewire at times, winning countless free-kicks against a defence that had little answer for his directness. His deliveries into the box from wide areas, even with his weaker right foot, were also of a high standard.

Substitutions

  • Diego Alves
    8
    4
    3.00

    Diego Alves

    Made an excellent reflex save to stop Agirrexte from point blank range, and though he conceded four times, none of the goals can be pinned on him.

  • Aly Cissokho
    3
    8
    2.50

    Aly Cissokho Flop of the Match

    Motored up and down the left flank with superb energy and hustle. A neat cross towards the near post set up Roberto Soldado for the opener. However, the most indefensible and idiotic handball inside the box was met with an equally indefensible and idiotic no-call by the referee.

  • João Pereira
    3
    4
    3.00

    João Pereira

    Offered his side some decent avenues down the right hand side with his propensity to overlap, but he did not always recover his defensive position in time, as Chori Castro found inroads down his side more than once.

  • Ricardo Costa
    3
    4
    2.50

    Ricardo Costa

    His first half was full of key defensive plays to rescue his side, not least a last-ditch sliding block on Chori Castro from well inside the six-yard area. Really marshalled the backline well amid spells of significant danger.

  • Jérémy Mathieu
    6
    4
    2.50

    Jérémy Mathieu

    Tested Claudio Bravo early on with an excellently-struck free kick that was heading for the top corner. His defending, however, did not always live up to his standards at the other end of the pitch, and he picked up a warranted booking for a late hack on Carlos Vela.

  • Albelda
    5
    3
    3.00

    Albelda

    Though his age showed him up once or twice when contesting the speedy Sociedad attackers, but he was still an important cog in the Valencia midfield.

  • Sofiane Feghouli
    3
    6
    2.50

    Sofiane Feghouli

    Never seemed to gel with the rest of his attacking team-mates, as he spent large spells on the periphery of the game. At times, he seemed to be too close to the man on the ball, congesting play.

  • Ever Banega
    6
    7
    2.50

    Ever Banega

    Really caught the eye driving Valencia forward into the attacking third. His composure on the ball, awareness of those around him, and accurate distribution was very important to his side’s chances in the first half. But as time wore on, he tried to force the issue too much and became selfish.

  • Parejo
    4
    4
    3.00

    Parejo

    Looked accomplished whenever Valencia were on the ball, but he was not much help to his side defending against the waves of Sociedad attacks.

  • Jonas
    5
    2
    3.00

    Jonas

    It was set to be a forgettable game from the Brazilian, but he showed good reactions to follow up a saved shot to briefly give Valencia hope, making the score 3-2 with minutes to go.

  • Roberto Soldado
    9
    3
    3.50

    Roberto Soldado

    Stole in at the near post to glance a header into the back of the net to make it 1-0 in a classic display of predatory instincts. He could not add to that tally though, but not for a lack of trying.

Substitutions

  • Jose Andrés Guardado
    4
    3
    2.50

    Jose Andrés Guardado

    Did not feature much after making his appearance 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