An Emiliano Insua own goal provided the hosts the lead in the 17th minute, but Jese’s superb strike just shy of the hour-mark provided a bit of a cushion and Angel Di Maria rounded out the scoring in the 73rd minute when his shot took a deflection off Miranda.
Following are player ratings and analysis for all the Madrid players.
|Real Madrid Player Ratings|
Casillas: Made an excellent safe off Turan’s header from in close.
Arbeloa: Lucky to still be on the pitch after a stamp on Costa, and he might have also conceded a penalty when he grabbed the Atletico striker’s shirt on a corner-kick.
Pepe: Already in the book and will be taking an early bath if he doesn’t cool it.
Ramos: Winning three-quarters of his aerial battles.
Coentrao: Hasn’t been as involved as either he or Ronaldo would like, but distribution has been good.
Modric: Pulling all the strings whenever Madrid set up in the attacking third.
Alonso: Completed 95% of his passes and successfully executed a pair of important tackles.
Di Maria: Continues to settle nicely into his new midfield role.
Jese: Madrid’s best attacker so far and will give Bale a run for his money even after the Welshman regains full fitness.
Benzema: Only 18 touches.
Ronaldo: Ball control has been poor, and his two attempts at target were well below standard.
Casillas: His save on Turan was his best on the night, as he only had one other shot to deal with.
Arbeloa: Fortunate to not have been ejected in the first half but generally combined well with Jese down the right.
Pepe: Made an absolutely vital challenge on Adrian in the final minutes to preserve Madrid’s clean sheet.
Ramos: Perhaps his best performance of the season.
Coentrao: Excellent distribution from the Portugal left-back, but he might have got even further forward a bit more often.
Modric: Cleared the ball off the line as it looked as though Godin was ready to score for Atletico.
Alonso: An all-around effective performance from the ginger veteran.
Di Maria: Combined well with Morata in the buildup to his goal.
Jese: Came off to a well-deserved standing ovation.
Benzema: Made only 28 touches and was very, very poor.
Ronaldo: Came to life somewhat in the latter stages, but generally this was one of his less effective matches of the season.
Morata: Picked up an assist on the Di Maria goal.
Illarramendi: Brought on late to shore things up defensively.
Isco: Only nine touches in a brief cameo.
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