Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid: Live Player Ratings

Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterApril 8, 2014

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 02:  Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Borussia Dortmund goes past Xabi Alonso of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 2, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid did just enough to progress into next round of the Champions League, surviving a Borussia Dortmund onslaught in the second leg but prevailing 3-2 on aggregate.

Angel Di Maria had his early penalty saved by Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, and from there the hosts went on the attack—getting a pair of first half goals from Marco Reus to blow the tie wide open.

But Los Blancos held firm after the restart, and thanks to a pair of spectacular Iker Casillas saves they go into the hat for Friday’s semi-final draw.

Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.

Borussia Dortmund Player Ratings

Half-Time analysis for Borussia Dortmund

Weidenfeller: Guessed right on Di Maria’s penalty.

Piszczek: Conceded the penalty after being judged—perhaps harshly—to have handled Coentrao’s cross.

Friedrich: You’d think he’s the weak spot in this Dortmund team.

Hummels: Quite nearly beat Casillas at the far post following a free kick from Reus.

Durm: Pushing high up the left and pinning Carvajal back.

Kirch: Has been a colossus in the centre of midfield so far.

Jojic: Has contributed two tackles to the cause.

Reus: What can you say? He looks to be putting in a performance for the ages.

Mkhitaryan: Missed an absolute sitter after being played through by Lewandowski.

Grosskreutz: Distribution has been poor.

Lewandowski: Hit the post in the buildup to Reus’ second.

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 02: Roman Weidenfeller of Borussia Dortmund reacts during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 2, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by De
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Full-Time analysis for Borussia Dortmund

Weidenfeller: Saved Di Maria’s penalty and made spectacular stops on Benzema and Bale.

Piszczek: Conceded a penalty but was generally outstanding opposite Coentrao.

Friedrich: Didn’t put a foot wrong over the 90 minutes.

Hummels: Made an exceptional, last-ditch challenge on Bale.

Durm: Looking better and better each time out.

Kirch: No one touched the ball more often than the 31-year-old.

Jojic: The 22-year-old won back possession on numerous occasions.

Reus: Set up Mkhitaryan for a golden opportunity midway through the second half.

Mkhitaryan: Missed a pair of sitters and also hit the upright.

Grosskreutz: Dortmund’s poorest defender on the night.

Lewandowski: Did well enough, but his side will have come into the match expecting a goal from him.

Aubameyang: Dortmund’s only substitution touched the ball just once.

Real Madrid Player Ratings
S. Ramos68
X. Alonso78
Di Maria66

Half-Time analysis for Real Madrid

Casillas: Could only partially save Lewandowski’s shot before Reus smashed in the rebound after the ball hit the upright.

Carvajal: Not used to having to sit this far back.

Pepe: Headed the ball into Reus’ path as he gifted Dortmund an opener.

S.Ramos: On a booking after fouling Lewandowski.

Coentrao: Showed some spark early on, but has had few touches and is being quickly closed down.

Modric: His distribution is decidedly sub-standard.

X.Alonso: Has won two tackles but is also on a yellow card.

Illarramendi: Conceded possession ahead of Reus’ second.

Bale: Struggling to make an impact so far.

Benzema: Just 13 touches in the opening period.

Di Maria: Slipped to ground as he took his penalty.

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 02:  Gareth Bale of Real Madrid goes past Erik Durm of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 2, 2014 in Madrid
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Full-Time analysis for Real Madrid

Casillas: Made a pair of outstanding saves to keep Madrid in the driver’s seat.

Carvajal: One of five Madrid players to end the night on a booking.

Pepe: Was much better after his disastrous first half.

S.Ramos: Didn’t get to run the ball out of defense or operate high up the pitch as much as he’d have liked.

Coentrao: Pinned back much of the night.

Modric: His passing was far better after the restart.

X.Alonso: Should have been ejected midway through the second half for a second bookable offense.

Illarramendi: Sacrificed for Isco at the interval.

Bale: Found another gear after the restart.

Benzema: Forced Weidenfeller into a wonderful stop near the end of the second half.

Di Maria: A mostly forgettable night for the Argentine, who was substituted in the 73rd minute.

Isco: Madrid’s best distributor of the ball following his introduction.

Casemiro: Made an absolutely vital tackle on Mkhitaryan.

Varane: A late, time-wasting substitution.