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

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 25:  Pepe of Real Madrid CF celebrates with Cristiano Ronaldo (R) after Ronaldo scored Real's opening goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Granada CF at Santiago Bernabeu stadium on January 25, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterJanuary 15, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema each found the back of the net as Real Madrid beat Granada 2-0 to rise to the top of La Liga, Saturday.

Gareth Bale was forced off at the interval with an apparent injury, but as it happened Los Blancos were better balanced with Jese’s introduction and managed to earn the three points without getting out of third gear at the Bernabeu.

Following are player ratings and analysis for all the Madrid players.

Real Madrid Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-TimeFull-Time
Lopez88
Carvajal88
Pepe89
Ramos88
Marcelo78
Modric89
Alonso88
Di Maria88
Bale7N/A
Benzema78
Ronaldo78
JeseN/A8
IscoN/A7
IllarramendiN/A7
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MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 25:  Gareth Bale (L) of Real Madrid CF tries to outrun Brayan Angulo of Granada CF during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Granada CF at Santiago Bernabeu stadium on January 25, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis D
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Half-Time analysis

Lopez: Had only a single save to make in the first half.

Carvajal: Offering a useful, attacking outlet down the right.

Pepe: Frequently pushing forward to provide another passing option.

Ramos: Booked for a eager challenge on Nyom.

Marcelo: Giving the ball away a bit too much.

Modric: Pulling all the strings in the buildup.

Alonso: Covering admirably for the marauding Pepe.

Di Maria: Picking out his teammates with accurate passes from his role in midfield.

Bale: Selfishly attacked the entire Granada defense when Carvajal was unmarked to his right.

Benzema: Had the ball in the back of the net but was rightfully called for offside.

Ronaldo: Just 25 touches in the first half.

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 25:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Granada CF at Santiago Bernabeu stadium on January 25, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis D
Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Full-Time analysis

Lopez: Made just one save in each half.

Carvajal: Another terrific performance as he continues to supplant Arbeloa.

Pepe: One of his better games of the season, particularly in moving forward.

Ramos: Booked in the first half but gave nothing away during a solid 90 minutes.

Marcelo: Exceptional pass to Benzema on Madrid’s second goal.

Modric: Played a lovely through-ball to Ronaldo for the opener.

Alonso: Made six tackles on the defensive side of the ball.

Di Maria: Completed 94% of his passes in his midfield role.

Bale: Replaced by Jese at the break.

Benzema: Hit the woodwork and scored Madrid’s insurance marker.

Ronaldo: A much better second half left him with seven shots and a goal.

Jese: Offered speed and good movement off the ball.

Isco: Distribution was poor.

Illarramendi: Only nine touches in a brief cameo.

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