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Almería vs Real Madrid, Liga BBVA 2014-15: Player Ratings

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Los Blancos really struggled for the majority of this match but managed to overcome Almería through sheer class in the end.

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Iker Casillas: 8 - Casillas really stepped it up today and had a great game, not least due to saving a crucial penalty which would have tied the game in the 2nd half. Really important performance from the Real Madrid keeper who was only denied a clean sheet by a wonder-strike from Verza. His distribution could've been better.

Dani Carvajal: 8 - A truly impressive game from Carvajal who continues to stake his claim for a starting right-back spot in the Spain national team. He was constantly up and down the right and battled well in this game which demanded character. He made an assist, 6 tackles and 4 interceptions both of which were more than any other player.

Pepe: 7 - Pepe played a decent game today as he has been doing for a while now. He was solid on defence as he often won the speed race against Hemed and Dubarbier and blocked more shots than anyone else. Going forward he made a key pass also. Good stuff from the Portugese.

Raphael Varane: 7 - The model of defensive composure, Varane gave the Madridistas another energetic display. He seemed to constantly be in the correct position in defence to snuff out any danger and this is reflected by the fact he made more clearances than any other player with 7 and showed physical strength in his aerial battles.

Marcelo: 6 - Today was the sort of game that typifies Marcelo to a certain extent. He was great when he was bombarding forward as he completed a successful take-on, made a key pass and had a good effort on goal. But defensively he was caught out of position a little too often highlighted by giving away the penalty (which admittedly was very harsh) and he wasn't defending to the standard we've been used to in recent months. His passing was a bit inaccurate also.

Asier Illarramendi: 6 - The midfield combatant wasn't as dominant as he has been in the last couple of games but he still provided a decent performance with sharp, accurate passing and a good shift defensively.

Toni Kroos: 7 - For Kroos as well, this was a quieter game than usual. He still made more passes than any other player though at an 88.3% accuracy. Defensively he wasn't as active as usual I felt but offensively he provided a beautiful curling cross to assist Gareth Bale.

Isco: 8 - The little man opened the scoring with a wonderfully taken goal. It was sublime really with the jink out, fake shot to create space, jink out again and then curled into the side netting. On top of that he also made more key passes than anyone else and really provided a link between midfield and the attackers. He also made 2 successful take-ons. Defensively he wasn't as tenacious as usual.

Gareth Bale: 7 - He scored a superbly taken header to put Los Blancos 2-1 up just before the break which was very important in the context of the match. Furthermore Gareth once again completed more successful take-ons than anyone else and had another good effort on goal. The downside was that his passing was rather poor today down at a lowly 69% success rate.

Cristiano Ronaldo: 8 - The best player in the world scored another brace today to kill the game off so what else is new? Other than that it wasn't the usual sparkling performance from him however. Like Bale, his passing was poor throughout the match and he didn't seem to be finding himself in space often enough. Eventually though he did what he does best and scored the goals as well as having the most shots on target.

Karim Benzema: 7 - Just when Big Benz seemed not to be having his best game he turned on the afterburners and sets up two goals with a couple of assists to help win the game. That's yet another important performance then from the in-form Frenchman.

Subs: Coentrao had insufficient minutes to give a rating.

MOTM: Iker Casillas. San Iker made the first penalty save in what seems like a long time and it really helped Madrid regain their composure and go on to win the game. A big moment for the club legend.