Real Madrid eased into the quarter-finals of the Champions League, as goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez helped them beat Roma 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu – progressing via. a 4-0 aggregate scoreline.
Real Madrid dominated the game, although Roma’s counter-attacking tactics did see them come close through Mohamed Salah and Edin Dzeko. The tie was sealed midway through the second half when Cristiano Ronaldo scored one and assisted James for the other within the space of 4 minutes to put the game beyond a spirited Roma.
We observe each player’s performance and assign them a rating on a scale of 1-10:
Keylor Navas – 7.5
A good diving stop to deny Alessandro Florenzi was a personal highlight for the Costa Rican. He gets extra ratings for the clean sheet.
Danilo – 7
An assured defensive performance from the full-back to frustrate el-Sharaawy. Could not offer much going forward, his first-half injury probably curtailing him from doing so.
Pepe – 7
Was stretched at the back by some dangerous approach play by Roma’s attacking midfielders, but ultimately came out unscathed thanks to some crucial interventions in the form of ground challenges and defensive headers. Was also helped by Roma’s inability to finish.
Sergio Ramos – 7
Like in the first leg, Real’s captain initially struggled with Salah’s pace on the right during Roma’s counters, but caught up with him as the game progressed. An improved second-half display helped his team maintain their clean sheet thanks to some confident tackling to stop Diego Perrotti on his runs.
Marcelo – 6.5
A lethargic performance from the Brazilian, who was constantly being outrun by Salah on the flanks. Marcelon struggled to break the partnership between the Egyptian and the fullback Florenzi. Could be grateful to Sergio Ramos for clearing up for him.
Casemiro – 7
An impressive performance against Celta de Vigo over the weekend rightly earned him a starting line-up on Tuesday. Effectively closed down Miralem Pjanic and William Vainqueur in either half.
Luka Modric – 7.5
Directed most of Real Madrid’s belligerent attacking plays, feeding off James Rodriguez on the right side of midfield or switching play to Toni Kroos on the left.. He completed almost all his passes, reflecting his confidence in moving the ball around.
Toni Kroos – 7
Did most of the work on the left, covering up for Gareth Bale who is still feeling his way back into the game following an injury layoff. Could have done better with his corners, most of them failing to trouble the Roma defence.
James Rodriguez – 7
Another below-par display from the Colombian who has struggled with form all season. He was guilty of dispossession on a number of instances, undoing the good work of Luka Modric. He earns the extra ratings for his second-half goal. Was rightly booed off by the Real faithful from the crowd.
Cristiano Ronaldo – 9
This was another Champions League masterclass from the 3-time Ballon d’Or winner. On no occasion was he in a mood to allow the two Roma centre-halves to settle down. He kept finding spaces in the opposition defence, allowing him to have cracks at goal. Could easily have had more goals against his name but for some work by Szczesny in between the sticks.
Gareth Bale – 6.5
A quiet display by the Welshman, who is understandably still not 100% fit following his month-and-a-half absence from the field due to a calf injury. His only significant contribution came in the first half when he sent a whipping cross along the ground for Marcelo, who scuffed his shot. Was withdrawn at the hour mark.
Lucas Vazquez – 7.5
Made an immediate impact after coming on, a pacy cross from the right wing met by Ronaldo’s right foot to open the scoring and extend Real’s advantage. He was lively since, dictating the right wing against a tiring Lucas Digne.
Jese – 6.5
Barely had a few touches of the ball during the 14 minutes he was on the pitch.
Mateo Kovacic – N/A
Replaced Casemiro in the 83rd minute to shut up shop.