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May 11, 2013 9:00 PM BST
Estadi Cornellà-El Prat — Cornella de Llobregat
Referee:‬ Ignacio Iglesias‎
Attendance:‬ 30023‎
 
23′ Stuani
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Espanyol 1-1 Real Madrid

Goal rates the players on show as Gonzalo Higuain brings los Blancos back from behind, but the point is not enough to stop Barcelona wresting the Liga title from them

By Tom Webber

  • Kiko Casilla
    21
    5
    3.00

    Kiko Casilla

    Was only called into action once in the first half and even that was a relatively tame effort from Di Maria. He could do little to keep out Higuain's header but he was confident when coming to collect the ball.

  • Juan Daniel Forlín
    21
    5
    3.00

    Juan Daniel Forlín

    The Argentine was industrious in midfield and although he did not get to spend an awful lot of time on the ball, he was never rushed and used it wisely. He could perhaps have got forward to support his team on the break.

  • Héctor Moreno
    29
    3
    3.50

    Héctor Moreno

    Was unfortunate to have a legitimate header ruled out in the first half. He maintained concentration throughout the game and helped ensure that Higuain was cut off for much of proceedings.

  • Javier López Rodríguez
    17
    5
    3.00

    Javier López Rodríguez

    A decent performance from the right-back as he remained stout defensively and was not shy of venturing forward. Despite his intent, though, his delivery was not frequent enough.

  • Joan Capdevila
    19
    6
    3.00

    Joan Capdevila

    The left-back left too much space in behind him and kept allowing Di Maria to come inside far too easily. He did not get forward to provide some additional width to his side when they had rare spells in possession.

  • Diego Daniel Colotto
    19
    6
    3.00

    Diego Daniel Colotto

    A physically impressive performance from the Argentine centre-back. He was very strong in defence and was fully-committed to every challenge as he organised the defence capably.

  • Víctor Sánchez Mata
    19
    5
    3.00

    Víctor Sánchez Mata

    Put in an energetic display in the centre of midfield, continually hounding the opposition whenever they had the ball. He was quick to close the play and always chased back, though his determination saw him dismissed late on.

  • Verdú
    19
    5
    3.50

    Verdú

    Dropped deep to pick up the ball and propel Espanyol into the final third. He made some clever passes and acted as a pivot for his team's attacks, continually making the most of their time in possession.

  • Wakaso
    33
    6
    3.50

    Wakaso

    The Ghanaian worked his socks off as he chased up and down Espanyol's left. He provided additional cover for his defence but did not add the natural width to help get at the Madrid back four.

  • Stuani
    34
    7
    3.50

    Stuani Top of the Match

    A decent performance from the Uruguayan. He made a series of brilliant diagonal runs in from the left that were rarely picked up by the defence. He found space in the area to net the game's first goal.

  • Sergio García
    21
    5
    3.50

    Sergio García

    Was very busy in the final third, continually hassling the Madrid defenders. However, he was unable to use his pace to get into threatening areas and hardly gave Lopez anything to worry about, though he did get an assist.

Substitutions

  • Raúl Baena
    14
    6

    Raúl Baena

    Brought on for Wakaso in stoppage time.

  • Simão
    17
    9
    2.00

    Simão

    Came on for Verdu in the 82nd minute but was unable to impact on the game.

  • Diego López Rodríguez
    63
    42
    3.00

    Diego López Rodríguez

    The keeper was let down by his defence when Espanyol opened the scoring. After that he was rarely tested again, other than a great stop to keep out Stuani soon after.

  • Raphaël Varane
    61
    30
    2.50

    Raphaël Varane

    Began the game with some strong, striding runs forward but his outing was cut short after picking up a knock. He was withdrawn in the 19th minute.

  • Ricardo Carvalho
    28
    56
    3.00

    Ricardo Carvalho

    The veteran centre-back was in the middle of nowhere when defending the corner which Stuani converted from. He failed to cope with the pace of Sergio Garcia and certainly showed his years.

  • Raúl Albiol
    33
    47
    2.50

    Raúl Albiol

    A disappointing performance from the centre-back as he lacked pace and mobility to cope with the passes in behind during the early exchanges. Communication with Carvalho seemed minimal.

  • Nacho Fernández
    78
    33
    3.00

    Nacho Fernández

    Appeared nervous and apprehensive in the early stages, with his sloppy touch enabling him to be caught in possession. The second half was very different as he read the play well to make some crucial interceptions.

  • Michael Essien
    56
    42
    2.50

    Michael Essien

    Was moved out to right-back early on following the injury of Varane. He did not provide a lot of support to his team-mates when attacking and did not look comfortable whenever he had the ball at his feet.

  • Luka Modric
    158
    38
    3.00

    Luka Modric

    The Croatian made some positive movements forward early on but struggled to find the space to orchestrate things from deep. Nevertheless, he supplied a great delivery from which Higuain equalised.

  • Ángel Di María
    53
    54
    3.00

    Ángel Di María

    Drifted in off the flanks dangerously early on and got his team's only shot on target in the first half. Unfortunately he did not keep that up and did not run at defenders frequently enough.

  • Kaká
    93
    63
    2.50

    Kaká

    Directed the play through the middle of the park but seemed to lack the craft to create anything for his side. He did not look particularly dangerous when in possession and could not find the killer pass to serve Higuain.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    77
    45
    3.50

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    The Argentine did not receive an awful lot of service in the first half, but nor was he at his liveliest. However, he kept trying to get into dangerous areas and grabbed an equaliser for his side with a decent header.

  • Morata
    36
    95
    2.00

    Morata Flop of the Match

    Given a rare start for Madrid but was unable to impress. Playing wide on the left he lacked confidence to run at the defence and was hardly involved at all. He was replaced by Benzema at half time.

Substitutions

  • Xabi Alonso
    48
    59
    3.00

    Xabi Alonso

    Brought on for Varane in the 19th minute and after taking a few moments to acclimatise to the game, he soon had Madrid controlling possession.

  • C. Ronaldo
    96
    98
    3.00

    C. Ronaldo

    Came on for Kaka after 57 minutes but failed to turn the game around. He was eager to take players on when picking up the ball, but he could not pull a save from Casilla.

  • Karim Benzema
    76
    36
    3.00

    Karim Benzema

    Replaced Morata at half time but could not provide much more of a threat in the final third than the young Spaniard.

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
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0