Real Betis vs. Real Madrid: Live Player Ratings for Los Blancos

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2014

Real Madrid defeated last-placed Real Betis, 5-0, at the Estadio Benito Villamarin on Saturday afternoon.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema  all struck the back of the net in the first half, while Angel Di Maria added a fourth Los Blancos goal in the 62nd minute. Alvaro Morata scored in the 89th minute to put the icing on the cake for the visitors, who are now level on points with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. 

Not only did the Real Madrid attack look spectacular, but they continued their stellar run of form in defense as they have not conceded a goal in five games in all competitions in 2014. 

Below are complete match ratings for every player that touched the pitch in the victory. 

Real Madrid Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
Diego Lopez66
Dani Carvajal6.36.3
Sergio Ramos6.26.7
Luka Modric6.77.5
Xabi Alonso6.78
Angel Di Maria78
Karim Benzema77.5
Cristiano Ronaldo89.5
Gareth Bale88.5
Asier IllarramendiN/A6
Alvaro MorataN/A7

Half-time Analysis:

Diego Lopez: The Real Madrid shot-stopper was barely called into action during the first 45 minutes as he made just one save, an easy one on Ruben Castro in the eighth minute. 

Dani Carvajal: The right-back had a fairly quiet first stanza with 35 touches and an 89 percent pass accuracy.

Pepe: Pepe stormed forward a few times in the first half as he sent in two headed shots on goal, neither of which seriously tested the Betis defense.

Sergio Ramos: The center-back did pick up his eighth yellow card of the season in the 19th minute, but other than that, he has played a strong match at the back. 

Marcelo: The Brazilian left-back had just 39 touches and committed two fouls in the first 45 minutes. 

Xabi Alonso: Alonso tracked back in the 37th minute to help make two clearances to deny Betis of any substantial chance on goal. 

Luka Modric: Modric set up the third goal by Benzema by drawing defenders in his direction and sending a pass to the striker. The Croatian also had 48 touches and an 89 percent pass accuracy.

Angel Di Maria: The Argentinian was very active early on for Los Blancos and he earned an assist on the Ronaldo strike. However, he did have a lowly pass accuracy of 65 percent. 

Gareth Bale: Bale left Betis keeper Stephan Andersen standing still with his brilliant free-kick goal in the 25th minute, which was his 10th in all competitions for Los Blancos. 

Cristiano Ronaldo: Ronaldo showed us that he will not be slowing down after winning the 2013 Ballon d'Or on Monday as he struck a brilliant 10th-minute goal to kick off the scoring. 

Karim Benzema: The Frenchman got in on the scoring party right before the half as he netted his 100th career goal for Real Madrid. 


Full-time Analysis: 

Lopez: Lopez was able to sit back and enjoy all of the attacking play by his teammates all day as he was barely threatened in goal by the bottom feeders of La Liga. 

Carvajal: The 22-year-old did complete 88 percent of his passes, but he never played a major role in final result, which on Saturday was a good thing. 

Pepe: After charging forward to be involved in the attack in the first half, Pepe stayed back and defended well in the second half. The center-back led the team in clearances with five. 

Ramos: In 73 minutes of play, Ramos had two tackles and two interceptions along with four effective clearances at the back. 

Marcelo: Marcelo was the more active of the two full-backs with 94 touches, a 74 percent pass accuracy, and he won all of his aerial duels during the match.  On the offensive end, the Brazilian had three key passes. 

Alonso: Playing in a more defensive role, Alonso anchored a strong Madrid defense that conceded just one shot on goal throughout the entire 90 minutes. He led the team in passes with 88, 86 percent of them were accurate ones. 

Modric: Modric continued to show his creativity as the match progressed as he helped anchor the Real Madrid attack. His strong play started late in the first half when he found Benzema with an assist on the third Madrid goal. 

Di Maria: Just seven minutes before he was taken off the pitch, Di Maria delivered his own piece of individual brilliance with a strike from 30 yards out. While his statistics were not spectacular (he had a 74 percent pass accuracy and only 59 touches), he did record a goal and an assist in 69 minutes of play. 

Bale: Bale had just 44 touches, but he made the most of them as he was a force in the attack throughout the entire match. The highlight of his day will be the free-kick goal he scored, but he also made a key pass and won two aerial duels. 

Ronaldo: The Portuguese forward was relentless in search of his second goal during the second half. Ronaldo had a total of 10 shots on Saturday, but only one of them found the back of the net. 

Benzema: Benzema put in a solid shift while achieving a personal milestone against Real Betis. With his 45th minute strike, the French forward became the 19th different player to score over 100 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid. 



Asier Illarramendi: The substitute came on in the 69th minute and only recorded 23 touches while having little contribution to the game. 

Nacho: The birthday boy stepped in well for Ramos to gain some experience against a lowly Betis side. 

Alvaro Morata: Morata pounced at the opportunity to score a goal late in the match as the Betis defense stood around him thinking that he was in an offside position. 


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