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

PAMPLONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 14: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid CF controls the ball during the La Liga match between CA Osasuna and Real Madrid CF at Estadio El Sadar de Navarra on December 14, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterFebruary 8, 2014

Karim Benzema bagged a brace and both Jese and Gareth Bale found the back of the net as well as Real Madrid picked up a 4-2 win at home to Villarreal on Saturday.

On two occasions the guests cut Madrid’s deficit to just a single goal, but after Benzema’s second in the 76th minute it was clear the hosts were not going to be beaten on this night.

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

Real Madrid Player Ratings
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Half-Time analysis

Lopez: Was helpless to stop Mario’s wonder-strike.

Carvajal: Has a keen understanding with Bale on the right-hand side.

Pepe: Distribution has been quite poor.

Ramos: Has so far won all of his aerial battles.

Marcelo: Was withdrawn in the 18th minute after picking up a back injury.

Illarramendi: Would have liked to have touched the ball a bit more in that first half.

Modric: Has so far completed 96% of his passes.

Di Maria: Really starting to thrive in this midfield role.

Bale: A goal and an assist in an impactful first half.

Benzema: Scoring for fun lately.

Jese: Only 28 touches so far and struggling to involve himself.

Coentrao: Being outplayed by Mario and Aquino so far.

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Full-Time analysis

Lopez: No chance on either of Villarreal’s superb goals.

Carvajal: Quite clearly Real Madrid’s number-one right back.

Pepe: Rallied the troops when they took their foot off the gas to start the second half.

Ramos: Another solid performance in what has so far been his best season in years.

Marcelo: Was withdrawn in the 18th minute after picking up a back injury.

Illarramendi: Improved drastically after the restart and contributed three tackles on the defensive side of the ball.

Modric: Finished the match with a pass-completion rate of 95%.

Di Maria: Delivered an exceptional through-ball on the Jese goal.

Bale: Drifted out of the match somewhat in the second frame.

Benzema: Has now scored eight goals in his last six matches at the Bernabeu.

Jese: An impactful second half saw him score the eventual match-winner.

Coentrao: Was withdrawn at the restart in favour of Arbeloa.

Arbeloa: Deputised admirably at left-back.

Xabi Alonso: Came on in the 68th minute to tighten things up defensively.

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