Monday, 8 December 2008

Real Madrid vs Sevilla 3-4 Players Rating


Casillas – 5: Horror mistake led to Sevilla’s opening goal. Didn’t come out for the cross which led to the second goal. Even his clearances and goal-kicks went astray. Did make one extremely crucial save after Madrid pulled it back to 3-3.

Salgado – 5: Wasn’t tested too much but he struggled to keep Navarro and Adriano in check when they did attack his wing. Pushed forward a lot in the second half and caught out of position countless times.

Sergio Ramos – 5.5: Constantly charged forward through the middle. Although not entirely his fault, he was beaten in the air three times as all four of Sevilla’s goals came from crosses from the flanks.

Cannavaro – 5.5: Showed no understanding or synergy with Sergio Ramos whatsoever. Did make a few crucial challenges and interceptions.

Marcelo – 4: Carelessly gave away the foul that led to Sevilla’s second goal. At fault for Sevilla’s winning goal as he abandoned his flank and allowed Kanoute all the time in the world to deliver the cross for Renato.

Van der Vaart – 6: Took a while to get going. Started pummelling the Sevilla goal with a few decent shots but it wasn’t enough for him to stay on the pitch for the second half.

Gago – 8: Did his best to lead the midfield from the back. But he had little support and was constantly outnumbered by Romaric and Duscher. Did not stop running for even a second as he constantly shuttled between defence and attack. Scored what would have been the all-important equalising goal.

Guti 7: Provided two assists from set-pieces. Worked tirelessly in attack and even helped out in defence. Pulled the strings in midfield as he directed his team’s attacks with his passing and movement of the ball.

Higuain – 7: Could not get into the game at all in the first hour or so. But when he came alive, he drew his team back into the contest with the second goal and had at least two excellent chances to win the game.

Raul – 8: The captain led by example. He was everywhere on the pitch, fighting for every ball, throwing himself to get to the end of every cross. Could easily have claimed a hat-trick if it wasn’t for Palop.

Robben – 7.5: Very lively with his mazy runs. Could have scored inside the first 15 seconds. Had to backtrack to help out in defence. Foolishly got himself sent off for over-protesting and will now miss El Clasico.


Drenthe – 6: Undoubtedly sparked his team to life in the second half. Saw plenty of the ball down the left but only one in every five attempts at a cross got through.

Bueno – N/A


Palop – 9: Made nine saves in total. Despite leaking in three goals, he single-handedly kept Sevilla in the game. Without question the man of the match.

Konko – 6.5: Very adventurous going forward, despite having to shackle Robben at the back. Provided a number of telling passes into the Madrid box.

Squillaci – 8: Made several critical interceptions and clearances. Always there at the back to clean up whatever got through the backline.

Escude – 6: Had real problems coping with van der Vaart and Robben. But with the help of Squillaci, they managed to keep the Madrid attack at bay for long periods.

Fernando Navarro – 6.5: Like Konko, he was very active upfront with his overlapping runs and dangerous crosses into the box. Had some trouble defensively, though as he was turned inside out by Robben in the second half.

Duscher – 7: Had an intriguing battle with Guti and Gago in the centre of the park. Defended very high up in midfield and that limited Madrid’s attacking potency in the first half.

Romaric – 7: Combined well with his fellow midfielders and played his part to stifle Madrid’s attack in the first half. Forced to defend deep in his own half as the opposition laid siege on his goal.

Jesus Navas – 8: Gave the Madrid backline endless headaches. Took on Marcelo time and again and easily came off best in the duel. A real livewire down the right wing and even through the middle.

Renato – 7: A real menace down the middle whenever he had the ball and took the winning goal well. Made his presence felt in the Madrid box whenever the crosses came flying in.

Adriano 7: Collaborated well with Navarro down the left flank. Wasn’t the flashiest of displays but incredibly effective.

Kanoute – 7.5: Didn’t see too much of him, but his two biggest contributions counted most as he scored once and made another.


Capel – 5: Didn’t have enough time to showcase his abilities and only had one real chance going forward.

Fazio – 5: Brought in to tighten up the backline late in the game.

Dragutinovic – N/A

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 3-4 Sevilla

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