Could do nothing to prevent any of the Sevilla goals and when called into action he bailed out his team. Denied Jairo one-on-one with a superb save with his legged and also palmed Gameiro's corner bound strike round the post.
Positioning could have been slightly better as he
was caught up the park a few times but his pace was a real asset at the
back as he was needed to keep up with Sevilla counterattacks.
Was commanding aerially but didn't deal with
the movement of the Sevilla attackers particularly well. Would feel
slightly aggrieved that his slight nudge on Figueiras gave away a
penalty but recovered well and organised the defence to be more solid in
the second period.
Showed tonnes of attacking ambition from the
get-go and enjoyed linking up with Ronaldo down the left. Crossing took
a while to get sharp but eventually was a threat on the overlap and got
an assist for Benzema's header.
Looked as though he was towing a caravan
whenever running back at Sevilla counterattacks but did keep calm when
under pressure. Attacking play was better than usual as he put in some
dangerous crosses after linking up with Bale.
Was guilty of trying to get in on the
scoring act when his solidity was sorely needed in the middle of the
park. Positioning was not great as it left Madrid exposed but did
trouble Sevilla with a few penetrative runs through the middle.
Took his first goal superbly well with a
lashed finish into the top corner and doubled his tally thanks to a
slice of luck from a free kick and. Got on the assist chart too with
crosses inside for Ronaldo and Benzema and generally looked extremely
dangerous running towards goal.
Was fantastic with his back to goal in the
fist half as his ability to turn sharply lead to a number of Madrid
counterattacks. Almost opened the scoring with an unlucky dink over Beto
but as the game went on, so did his ability to affect proceedings.
Was neat and tidy without being too
ambitious and acted as a good safety net for Madrid. Was overrun at
times in midfield but this was mainly due to his partner floating out of
position. Replaced by Xabi Alonso in the second half.
Took his first-half penalty confidently and
even had a little dig towards Sepp Blatter in his celebration. Second
half goals were all about pace, power, and determination as drifted in
at the back post for his second and tore a hole in the Sevilla defence
with a penetrative power for his third.
Top of the Match
Rest for the Clasico looked to have did him
well as he looked sharp and hungry from the first whistle. Took his
first goal with a fantastic touch and composed finish and latched on to
Marcelo's cross to bullet a header home as he got back onto the
Organised the midfield well after coming on and acted as a calming presence.
Conceding seven goals in a horrible,
horrible night for any 'keeper but he was given desperately little
protection by his defenders. Should have done better for Ronaldo's
second though, as he allowed the shot to slip through his hands.
Went into rash challenges time and time
again which resulted in him being skinned by Madrid players at will.
Couldn't deal with the pacey Bale running at him and opted to foul him
rather than run back a few times. Was torn apart at times by the
Diogo José Rosário Gomes Figueiras
Earned the first half penalty thanks to a
determined run into the box past Marcelo but was fortunate to get the
second spotkick as he appeared to kick the leg of Ronaldo. Was always up
and down the wing but was posted missing at right-back far too often.
Stepped out at the wrong times and struggled
terribly to deal with the incisive movement on the Madrid attackers.
Faired poorly with the ball at this feet and couldn't manage to clear
his lines quick enough.
Was pushed and pulled out of position all
night long by Benzema and could barely get a touch on the Madrid
frontline. Positioning was nowhere as he continually left spaces in
behind him which the hosts were able to utilise.
Deservedly went into the book after a
scything challenge on Ronaldo and then gave away the penalty after
getting the wrong side of Isco. Was employed in a more advanced role
down the left and attacking play was decent, but gave Navarro absolutely
no help in dealing with runners.
Took his penalty well and was one of the
main catalysts for Sevilla's first half resurgence and also got them
back into contention in the second period with a fantastic strike into
the top right corner. Was arguably unlucky to be on the losing side.
Found space at the front post and swivelled
quickly to pass back inside for Bacca's goal but should have got on the
scoresheet himself early in the second half as he tamely finished when
through on goal with Diego Lopez.
Went on a superb galloping run down the
left-hand side which lead to Sevilla's second goal and his pace was
always a danger on the counterattack. Drifted out of the match after the
break as he was replaced by Perotti with 30 minutes remaining.
Flop of the Match
Struggled with the pace of the match from
the get go and couldn't find his feet in the middle of the park. Earned
his first booking after hauling down Isco and left his side on the back
foot for 15 minutes as he put a forearm across the face of Modric to get
Scored Sevilla's second with a predatory
finish but drifted in and out of the match. Didn't work Madrid's shaky
backline as much as he could have and was eventually replaced relatively
early in the second period.
Made an instant impact as he set up Rakitic's second goal moments after coming on.
Tested Diego Lopez with a drilled strike from inside the box. --------------- goal.com