Monday, 17 November 2008

Valladolid vs Real Madrid 1-0, Spanish Primera Liga 2008, week 10

Real Valladolid

Sergio Asenjo 7 - Didn't have any spectacular saves to make, but made a few decent ones. Was caught out of position a couple of times.

Pedro Lopez 7 - Was a constant menace attacking down the right flank, while being quite solid at the back.

Luis Prieto 7
- Looked assured for the majority of the match, before the manic final few minutes took their toll.

Garcia Calvo 7
- Looked calm and collected in defence, but missed an absolute sitter which should have been Valladolid's second.

Marcos 8 - Had an excellent game on both the defensive and attacking fronts, including an impressive last ditch tackle on Higuain that saved the day.

Alvaro Rubio 7
- Did his job well in midfield, stifling Guti's creativity and even turning him inside out once and leaving him on the floor.

Vivar Dorado 7
- Controlled the match from midfield, not allowind Real Madrid any space.

Pedro Leon 8
- An excellent game from the youngster. He showed flashes of brilliance in the first half, without any sort of final delivery. That changed in the second, with a brilliant assist for Cannobio's goal.

Jonathan Sesma 7 - Was a constant menace down the left flank, threatening every time he got the ball.

Fabian Cannobio 8
- An excellent performance capped off by an extremely well taken goal. A constant menace.

Victor 6
- A fairly quiet game for the veteran, although he did put in the hard yards for his team.


Oscar Sanchez 6
- Was not on the pitch for long, but helped to keep Real Madrid out in the closing minutes.

Javier Baraja 6 - No time to make an impact, but added numbers to Valladolid's defence in the closing stages.

Borja 1 - Absolutely shocking. Looked out of place even before his horrific back pass. The conspiracy theorists would have been out in force had Raul finished.

Real Madrid

Iker Casillas 7
- Could do nothing about the goal, looked comfortable otherwise.

Sergio Ramos 7 - A decent game, but still allowed Sesma too much space. Looked fairly dangerous in attack.

Fabio Cannavaro 5 - A shockingly poor game, including being hit on the face from a goal kick, as well as a comically poor attempted clearance that went backwards.

Gabriel Heinze 4
- At fault in the lead-up to the first goal, his night went from bad to worse when he picked up a yellow card with five minutes left, following it up with another one immediately after for arguing, and being sent off.

Marcelo 5 - Looked good in attack. Unfortunately, he is a defender, and was nowhere to be seen as Valladolid ran amok on the right flank.

Javi Garcia 5
- A nervous performance in his first start, with a lot of misplaced passes.

Fernando Gago 7 - Probably Real Madrid's best performer, which is not saying much. Looked assured and calm.

Guti 6 - Had a few great touches including some trademark through balls, but drifted out of the game as he tends to do.

Rafael Van Der Vaart 5
- Did nothing in his time on the pitch and stormed into the dressing room upon being substituted.

Gonzalo Higuain 6
- He was never going to score four goals again, and while he tried hard and looked lively, he never seriously looked like scoring.

Raul 5
- Looked off the pace for most of the game, and then missed an absolute sitter in the dying minutes to equalize.


Royston Drenthe 6 - Created a bit of trouble on the left flank, but his final ball was always poor.

Wesley Sneijder 6
- Put himself about after coming on, but was largely restricted to poor long shots.

Javier Saviola - 5
- Didn't have much time to make an impact.

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