Real Madrid 4-0 Alaves: Player Ratings
Real Madrid hosted Alaves at the Santiago Bernabeu as they looked to close down the gap between themselves and the league leaders. The match went smoothly for them as they registered a comfortable 4-0 victory.
The first half saw Real Madrid dominate proceedings with Alaves countering on a few occasions. Los Blancos took the lead in the closing moments of the first half courtesy a Cristiano Ronaldo goal.
Real then had a perfect start to the second half. Gareth Bale scored just two minutes after the restart which was followed by a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo then allowed Karim Benzema to take a penalty in the closing stages of the game despite being on a hat-trick himself.
Here, let’s take a look at how the players fared for both the teams:
Fernando Pacheco: 6/10
Pacheco was a solid presence at the back. He was called into action quite often and did well on a number of occasions. He made excellent stops throughout the match to keep the final scoreline from crossing double digits.
Alexis Ruano: 4/10
One of many Alaves players who could not perform to their full potential. He struggled in defence as Bale looked quite threatening on his side of the pitch. He did not contribute much in attack too, apart from a few decent runs.
Victor Laguardia: 5/10
A completely underwhelming performance as he was nowhere to be found during Real's goals and then gave away a penalty for a late challenge on Bale. He would like to forget the night quite quickly.
Rodrigo Ely: 5.5/10
Like his centre-back partner, Ely too had a miserable performance at the heart of Alaves' defence. He was left for dead by Ronaldo and company throughout the match and never really could put up a fight against Madrid attackers, especially in the second half. He did make a few important interceptions and tackles to keep the scoreline respectable.
Ruben Duarte: 6/10
Duarte defended his team's left flank quite diligently. He was tentative and always ready to go into a tackle. However, he was quite often overwhelmed by the overlapping Vazquez and Carvajal combo later in the game.
Hernan Perez: 7/10
He was the liveliest of Alaves' attackers and used his pace well to trouble Real Madrid's defenders on the odd counter attacks. However, for all his pace, the lack of quality was quite apparent.
Manu Garcia: 6.5/10
This was not a flashy performance for the Spanish midfielder, however, it was an effective one. He dispossessed Real’s midfielders quite a few times and used the ball efficiently.
Daniel Torres: 6/10
Torres put in a decent display in the midfield as he screened his defence to some extent and also distributed the ball intelligently. However, he struggled against Kovacic and lost him several times.
Alfonso Pedraza: 4.5/10
This was again a game to forget for Pedraza, who has been one of Alaves' better player this season, barring this fixture. He struggled to cause too many problems and his final passes were poor. He failed to provide any end product as Alaves struggled to score.
John Guidetti: 5.5/10
He was unable to unleash any troubling shots on goal to continue his goal-scoring form. He tried to link midfield and attack a couple of times but nothing that inventive came off.
Ruben Sobrino: 6/10
The forward made one or two excellent runs across the box but without any end product. He certainly was one of the better attackers for Alaves and certainly could have used some help from his teammates.
Ibai Gomez: 6/10
He was brought on for Pedraza in the second half. His pace on and off the ball did make things interesting on a few occasions, but, overall, he could not influence the game much.
Alvaro Medran: 6/10
brought on for Garcia, he slotted into the middle of the park. His introduction did mean that Real looked a bit less threatening while attacking.
He was brought on for Guidetti in the 74th minute, and did not have enough time to change the outcome of the game.