Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich: Real Madrid Player Ratings
In a second historic UEFA Champions League semifinal in two days, Real Madrid followed their La Liga counterparts FC Barcelona in upsetting the odds and failing to make it an El Clasico final in Germany.
Los Galacticos were widely tipped to beat Bayern Munich, but after losing at the Allianz Arena 2-1, could only manage a 2-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu, leveling the scores at 3-3 on aggregate and setting up a penalty shootout, which the Bavarians were always going to win.
Many in Spain will be disappointed over the events from the past two nights, but for world football as a whole it's a nice story as two unfancied sides have the chance to make history.
On the night Real Madrid were the better team, but should've done more with the chances they had. Here are the home side's player ratings from the match.
GK, Iker Casillas: 8
Captain Casillas didn't put a foot wrong tonight, and whilst he didn't have any spectacular saves to make, the 30-year-old did everything asked of him.
If it wasn't for the penalty Real conceded—which he did his best to save—Iker would've kept a clean sheet, and it would have been a deserved one.
The Madrid 'keeper—given his performance—has every right to bemoan his side's loss.
RB, Alvaro Arbeloa: 7
Did Real Madrid Deserve To Be Beaten?
Alvaro Arbeloa did well to keep Franck Ribery quiet, and put in a good few tackles when required.
However, he could've made a better impact going forward and didn't put in a single cross, with his lack of forward play from the right helping Bayern Munich have some breathing space in defence.
CB, Pepe: 6
Pepe put in a good defensive shift against Bayern, but spoiled his night by conceding the penalty—converted by Arjen Robben—which put the visitors back in the game.
His play-acting was also a negative—damaging both to his team (with the referee determined to not fall for any more antics) and his own ego.
CB, Sergio Ramos: 7
His blazed penalty in the shootout gifted Bayern Munich the win, but overall Sergio Ramos had a solid night, clearing the danger well when required and putting his body on the line at the right time.
And his tackle on Mario Gomez in the 77th minute was both impressive and vital.
LB, Marcelo: 9
Marcelo wasn't great when it came to setting up teammates and getting balls into the box, but he drove play forward extremely well and was stellar in defence.
He won six tackles, and complemented it by driving play out of defence eight times, allowing Real to get the ball forward with ease, and making potential attacks better by keeping the ball on the ground.
DM, Sami Khedira: 7
A solid performance from Sami Khedira in the heart of midfield. The German didn't have a brilliant game, but he didn't have a bad one either, reflected by his 88 percent pass success rate, two tackles won and four clearances made.
Going forward he was a bit of a threat, with the vision and movement to pose Bayern a few problems. Again though, he wasn't stellar.
DM, Xabi Alonso: 9
The grand pass master of Madrid, Xabi Alonso had another great game and was unlucky to be on the losing team.
He hit 91 passes with a 92 percent success rate, and hit a staggering 12 accurate long balls up the pitch. Pepe actually hit more, but Alonso's were more incisive and important.
The UEFA Champions League winner with Liverpool in 2005 also set up teammates through on goal on three separate occasions, and combined that with a great defensive shift, winning six tackles.
A stand-out player for Real Madrid on the night.
RW, Angel di Maria: 7
His shot on five minutes created the penalty which got Real Madrid going, and he caused Bayern problems for all of the first half.
Di Maria put in a few good crosses, made some incisive passes and was an all-round threat, but his impact waned in the second period and it was a smart move by Jose Mourinho to replace him with Kaka.
His tracking back has to be applauded though, and that's reflected in the fact he won three tackles and made two interceptions.
AM, Mesut Ozil: 8
Mesut Ozil not only did well in actually lasting 90 minutes and longer, but was also good at stretching the visitors' back for a number of times.
A beautifully disguised pass in the 14th minute provided the assist for Cristiano Ronaldo to put the team 2-0 and in the driving seat, while two more equally as incisive setups created further great chances for the hosts.
Two great crosses, some good long balls and a number of silky passes capped off a fine display from the German.
LW, Cristiano Ronaldo: 9
He didn't have much luck with his free kicks, and his failed spot kick when it really mattered set the tone for the penalty shootout, but overall Cristiano Ronaldo had a very good game.
He scored his team's two goals, and was always available to be on the end of his teammate's passes.
The Portuguese star had 10 shots and while only four were on target, his pace, his movement and his vision in the final third had Bayern Munich stretched almost every time he got forward.
ST, Karim Benzema: 6
Karim Benzema never looked like scoring, apart from one chance in the 34th minute when he curled a shot that was just inches of flying in at the top corner.
He made some good movement and provided good space for teammates, but didn't make a big impact on the game with his touch letting him down in key positions.
It was surprising manager Jose Mourinho didn't take him off sooner.
Sub, Kaka: 6
The UEFA Champions League winner with AC Milan in 2007 drove play forward well on four occasions with some excellent technique and footwork, but apart from that didn't make a significant contribution for the 45 minutes he played.
Gonzalo Higuain and Esteban Granero came on too late to receive an adequate rating.
Overall, Real Madrid deserved the 2-1 win on the night, but could've done much better and ultimately deserved to crash out of the competition.
They were good in attack, but Jose Mourinho could've done better with his tactics as the game was too open at times, and in the end that gave Los Merengues less opportunity to attack with Bayern Munich creating many chances of their own.
Meaning Real Madrid couldn't create the chances their play merited, contributing to their surprise failure to score that elusive third goal and set up the Clasico final most people were expecting.
Statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com
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