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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Player Ratings: Juventus 2-2 Real Madrid


 
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November 5, 2013 8:45 PM WAT
Juventus Stadium — Torino
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 40696‎
 

Player Ratings: Juventus 2-2 Real Madrid

Goal took in the action in Turin as los Blancos moved to the brink of the last 16 to leave the Italian champions facing a battle to join them in the next round

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    50
    21

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Made a good save on Bale in the first half, and took care of what else came his way. Hard to find fault in him for either Madrid goal.
  • Martín Cáceres
    31
    37

    Martín Cáceres

    Was having a fine game until the 52nd minute, where a catastrophic attempt at a back pass instead released Madrid for the equaliser.
  • Andrea Barzagli
    43
    16

    Andrea Barzagli

    Stretched once or twice on the break, but was generally solid throughout not making any obvious mistakes.
  • Leonardo Bonucci
    46
    20

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Defended superbly against the Madrid front three, making a series of fine plays at the back to win possession back for his team.
  • Paul  Pogba
    89
    17

    Paul Pogba

    Ran the show throughout Juve's dominant first half, getting past his man at will, holding off challenges and generally trampling all over his Madrid counterparts in the middle of the park.
  • Claudio Marchisio
    23
    46

    Claudio Marchisio

    Looked completely out of place when drifting out wide, as he never created much, and fluffed his lines twice when getting on the end of some glorious chances.
  • Andrea Pirlo
    64
    21

    Andrea Pirlo

    Completely in control during he first half as he helped Juve concentrate play in the Madrid zone, but he began ti tire noticeably after the break, and chased the game for the mist part.
  • Kwadwo Asamoah
    44
    25

    Kwadwo Asamoah

    Failed to do much to stop Bale in the buildup for the Madrid go-ahead goal, as he was sidestepped with ease by the Welshman.
  • Arturo Vidal
    76
    19

    Arturo Vidal

    Put in an inconceivable amount of tackles to break up play by the opposition, and came up trumps at the other end of the pitch with a splendid penalty to put his side into the lead towards the end of the first half.
  • Carlos Tévez
    48
    24

    Carlos Tévez

    Drifted excellently between the midfield and attacking lines, setting his teammates in motion with a series of excellent passes and deliveries. Very difficult to pick up for the opposition.
  • Fernando Llorente
    71
    18

    Fernando Llorente

    Made himself a nuisance in the box, nearly slotting in a Tevez ball in the first half, before powerfully heading in the Juve leveler in the second half ahead of his marker Varane.

Substitutions

  • Sebastian Giovinco
    0
    1

    Sebastian Giovinco

    Barely had any time to make an impact, coming on in the 88th minute.
  • Fabio Quagliarella
    2
    0

    Fabio Quagliarella

    With his first touch, he made Casillas work to save his low drive towards the corner.
  • Iker Casillas
    153
    14

    Iker Casillas

    Another emphatic return to the starting XI for the Madrid captain, as he thwarted Juve time and time again with a collection of fantastic saves. Could not help either goal, and were he not on his game, Juve could have been out of sight at the half.
  • Raphaël Varane
    37
    111

    Raphaël Varane Flop of the Match

    Looked nervy before his fatal slip up, a late trip on Pogba that was spotted well by the referee, leading to a penalty which Vidal converted. Manhandled embarrassingly by Llorente for Juve's second goal in what turned out to be a nightmare.
  • Pepe
    51
    33

    Pepe

    Nearly turned the ball past his own keeper when defending a dangerous Pogba cross, and endured an uneasy time against the Juve frontline for the majority of the game - though he made amends with a goal line block on Marchisio.
  • Sergio Ramos
    68
    21

    Sergio Ramos

    Handled the threat of Marchisio easily, and stepped into his own box when needed to help out the central defence. Efficient and occasionally dynamic in attack,
  • Marcelo
    69
    18

    Marcelo

    Defended well against Marchisio out wide, and was efficient on the ball, setting Madrid's equaliser in motion with a perfectly weighted pass to Ronaldo.
  • Sami Khedira
    54
    36

    Sami Khedira

    Torn this way and that in the first half by Juve, but his side's second half dominance saw him return to effectiveness, as he mopped up loose ends well.
  • Gareth Bale
    150
    23

    Gareth Bale

    Tested Buffon in the first half with a low effort, but was more effective after the break, burying an exquisite goal after running at the Juve defence and picking his spot.
  • Luka Modric
    195
    20

    Luka Modric

    A big part of Madrid's second half revival, as his vision on the ball and hard work off it helped the visitors dominate the midfield, an area that they conceded in the first half.
  • Xabi Alonso
    87
    17

    Xabi Alonso

    Stymied in the first half but looked like his usual self after the restart, facilitating his team well from deep. Ran out of gas eventually though, with Illarramendi coming on in his place.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    191
    38

    Cristiano Ronaldo Top of the Match

    Hit and miss in the first half, but came alive after the break. Clinically slotted Madrid level shortly after the restart, before teeing up Bale, who made it 2-1.
  • Karim Benzema
    69
    41

    Karim Benzema

    Relatively quiet, though he registered a nice assist for Ronaldo's equaliser with a deft through ball to find the Portuguese unmarked. Missed a pair of efforts himself.

Substitutions

  • Ángel Di María
    2
    0

    Ángel Di María

    Helped inject some more pace down the flanks for Madrid in the closing stages, coming close to picking out Ronaldo with a deep cross.
  • Asier Illarramendi
    1
    1

    Asier Illarramendi

    Did not miss a beat when filling in for Alonso in the latter stages of the game. ----------- goal.com

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