One of the most anticipated football matches in the world started with Madrid top of the table with a 6 point difference over arch rivals Barcelona at the Camp Nou. Barca went into the game after drawing their last two games against Sociedad and Hercules. Real Madrid were in fantastic form this season and still unbeaten this season.
- Marc-Andre Ter Stegen 6.5
Very calm first half for the German keeper who was called only once to action to save a Ronaldo shot from a tight angle. Got a touch to Ramos’ header but couldn’t keep it out.
- Sergi Roberto 6.0
Didn’t make many runs forward to avoid leaving space behind him and still couldn’t fit in for Dani Alves who left for Juventus.
- Gerard Pique 7.0
Always clashing with Ronaldo during every Clasico since 2009 and today was another battle between the two. A battle he won tonight.
- Javier Mascherano 7.0
He looked calm since the beginning of the match and made some strong tackles. Got a bit vicious at times to avoid conceding headers against Ronaldo.
- Jordi Alba 6.0
Looked good at the back and denied Carvajal and Lucas space at every attempt.
- Sergio Busquets 7.0
Started every build up play for Barca and had a good performance overall. He put some pressure on Isco not allowing him any space to create chances.
- Ivan Rakitic 5.5
Lost many 50-50 chances in midfield and couldn’t be creative as usual against Kovacic and Marcelo.
- Andre Gomes 5.0
Not a very good match for Gomes who was a bit lost in his first Clasico.
- Neymar 7.5
Neymar looked dynamic on the left and clashed with Carvajal many times during the match. The best Barca player tonight.
- Lionel Messi 7.0
A lot was expected from Messi after beating teammate Suarez to make the shortlist for the Ballon D’Or of 2016. However, his battles against Modric often ended in favor of the Croatian. Missed a glorious chance in the second half.
- Luis Suarez 7.5
Didn’t receive many balls in the first half. Scored a great header at the beginning of the second half to put Barca up 1-0.
Andres Iniesta 7.0
Arda Turan 5.0
Deniz Suarez N/A
- Keylor Navas 5.0
Rarely involved in the first half. The Madrid shot stopper was in great form when needed. However he could be blamed for staying back when Suarez headed the goal.
- Daniel Carvajal 5.5
Looked a bit tense at the start but got into the game as time went on. Made some errors when defending against Neymar but was good at the back overall.
- Raphael Varane 5.5
Showed strength and character at the back. Didn’t allow any ball past him in the first half. Made some errors in the second half and didn’t have a good time on the pitch
- Sergio Ramos 7.0
Strong defensive performance for the Madrid Captain and was vicious at times when defending against Suarez. Inspiring when needed to score the equalizer.
- Marcelo 6.0
Madrid’s great playmaker did his best to balance his forward runs with defending mostly against Messi and Rakitic.
- Luka Modric 7.5 TOP OF THE MATCH
The best player on the pitch. Corrected his teammates’ errors for the entire first half and cut off almost every Barca attack in the middle. The Croatian had an inspiring performance and led Madrid to keep their 6 point lead at the top. He bagged an assist as well.
- Mateo Kovacic 6.5
Good in 50-50 battles and had to shift to the left whenever Marcelo went forward.
- Isco 5.5
Didn’t have many space to work his magic as he was closed down brilliantly by Busquets whenever he received the ball.
- Lucas Vazquez 6.0
Dynamic performance by Lucas on the right flank but couldn’t provide the assist to the forwards.
- Cristiano Ronaldo 6.0
Had one shot saved by Ter Stegen in the first half as it was the only time he was allowed space in attack. Had to drift back a lot to support the defense. Not his best night.
- Karim Benzema 5.0 FLOP OF THE MATCH
Karim is not in his best form. Although he always looked dangerous in the past when playing Barcelona.
Carlos Casemiro 6.0
Marco Asensio 5.5
Mariano Diaz N/A