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

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMay 17, 2014

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale from Wales gestures during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium  in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, May 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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It might not be quite the end to the La Liga season Real Madrid were looking for, but the final domestic game of the season against Espanyol still had plenty riding on it.

The Bernabeu club dropped out of the race for the title on the back of three games without a win, including the surprise defeat by Celta Vigo last week.

Carlo Ancelotti's team looked to be favourites for the title ahead of the game at Real Valladolid 10 days ago, but the La Liga strugglers denied them victory in a 2-2 draw.

However, Real Madrid will have one eye on their very last game of the season next weekend when they target La Decima with a 10th European Cup/Champions League win.

Real will take on Atletico Madrid in the final in Lisbon, and the league visit of Espanyol will be the last chance for some players to prove themselves and for others to sharpen their game.

Cristiano Ronaldo was set to be at the centre of attention against Espanyol, with one more goal winning the Golden Shoe for the Portugal international ahead of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, as Marca reported, and the Pichichi as top scorer in La Liga was also within his grasp.

However, a late injury before the game forced Ronaldo to miss out and his place went to Isco.

Real ran out 3-1 winners against Espanyol, but how did the individual players perform?

Here are our player ratings for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid player ratings
Di Maria68
Modric (63)6
Arbeloa (45)6
Morata (68)7
Bleacher Report

Selected player ratings

Iker Casillas: Untroubled in the first period before being needed to save well twice.

Gareth Bale: Began slowly but beginning to find his way into the game. Thoroughly deserved opening goal for Real.

Angel Di Maria: Two assists for Alvaro Morata underlined an excellent display, especially in the second 45 minutes.

Sergio Ramos: Towering display for Real. In genuine form ahead of the Champions League final next week.