Real Madrid 5-2 Real Sociedad: Player Ratings
Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick fired Real Madrid to a 5-2 victory over Real Sociedad at the Bernabeu.
Lucas Vazquez’s header opened the scoring after just one minute before Ronaldo’s close-range finish made it two. Then, another Ronaldo goal, this time with his head, made it 3-0, before an exquisite curled finish from Toni Kroos gave Madrid an incredible 4-0 lead at half-time.
In the second half, Madrid were not as ruthless and surrendered more possession, which led to substitute Jon Bautista getting on the scoresheet. Madrid then hit back with one of their own as Ronaldo got his hat-trick capitalising on a goalkeeping error before Asier Illarramendi scored against his old club to end the match at 5-2.
Here are the player ratings from an eventful night at the Bernabeu:
Geronimo Rulli – 5
Rulli was not at fault for a single goal and was not being helped by the defence in front of him at all in the first half. That was until he made a horrendous save from Bale and parried it to Ronaldo to gift him his hat-trick.
Alvaro Odriozola – 4
Vazquez ran Odriozola ragged all night, and he must have been thankful when he was eventually taken off.
Aritz Elustondo – 4
Didn’t shut down Ronaldo’s cross for the opening goal and struggled massively in the first half. His passive defending allowed Madrid to attack with ease.
Raul Navas – 4
Similar to Elustondo, along with his risky playing out from the back against Madrid’s high press which often put his team under pressure, his defending was too passive and poor, which made it so easy for Real Madrid.
Alberto de la Bella – 4
De la Bella simply couldn’t handle Asensio and Marcelo on the overlap. He wasn’t particularly helped by anyone in front of him but it was a very difficult night for the fullback.
Mikel Oyarzabal – 5
Oyarzabal put in a terrible first half performance and barely saw any of the ball. Madrid made it easier for Sociedad
Asier Illarramendi – 6
Illarramendi struggled on his return to the Bernabeu, where he had an unsuccessful spell, but did pop up with Sociedad’s second goal. However, that did not cover up the fact it was a poor performance from the midfielder.
David Zurutuza – 5
Zurutuza struggled against Kroos and Modric who took control of the ball and often dispossessed him on the counter-attack. This led to him being taken off rather early in the second half.
Xabi Prieto – 5
Everything Prieto did was being cut out by Madrid players as he struggled to create or retain the ball on the counter-attack. It was a very tough evening for the Sociedad captain.
Juanmi – 6
Juanmi was unlucky not to score with a header from a corner when it hit the post early in the second half and it was him who nodded down to Illarramendi to assist Sociedad's second. But, his threat only came in the second half when Madrid’s intensity cooled off massively.
Sergio Canales – 5
Canales found it extremely tough all evening and just couldn’t drive at the Madrid defence as they had so much of the ball. He was eventually substituted after 60 minutes in what was a very poor performance.
Jon Bautista – 7
The young substitute found space with some good movement and slotted home well to give his side a consolation goal.
Igor Zubeldia – 6
Zubeldia showed some energy off the bench and looked keen to get involved, unfortunately, he didn’t have long enough to make too much of an impact.
Jon Guridi – N/A
Guridi replaced Juanmi for the final six minutes, but the game was petering out with the score-line being impossible to chase down for Sociedad.