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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 April, 2003, 20:40 GMT 21:40 UK
Champions League player ratings
Marks out of 10 for the Real Madrid and Manchester United players following their quarter-final first leg.

Real Madrid

Iker Casillas: Made two important saves early on as well denying Van Nistelrooy twice later in the game, after the Dutchman scored his goal.


Michel Salgado: Kept Giggs in check throughout, though the Real right-back rarely figured in an attacking sense.


Roberto Carlos: Dispossessed Paul Scholes in the build-up to Raul's first goal. Infrequently troubled by Beckham's forages down the right.


Fernando Hierro: Started a number of Real attack's with his telescopic passing, but struggled to deal with Van Nistelrooy's forward play.


Ivan Helguera: So often influential in prompting attacks, the Real sweeper had an unusally quiet game.


Luis Figo: Scorer of a goal to rank alongside Zidane's strike in last season's Champions League final. Gave Silvestre a torrid time, though quieter after O'Shea's introduction.


Claude Makelele: One of the water carriers for Zidane, Makelele made sure his French international colleague never went thirsty.


Flavio Conceicao: Like Makelele, Conceicao kept it simple, passing and moving, as well as tracking back diligently.


Zinedine Zidane: A joy to behold, displaying his extraordinary range of talents - feints, flicks, and dummies - as well playing the final ball for the first two goals.


Raul: Had just three half-chances during the game and converted two of them with lethal accuracy and some aplomb.


Ronaldo: Kept in check by Ferdinand's pace as well as his own tendency to overelaborate on the ball, the Brazilian had an ineffectual game.


Substitutes

Guti (replaced Ronaldo): Not on long enough to gain a rating.


Manchester United

Fabian Barthez: Initially shaken by Figo's goal, the Frenchman recovered himself to make a number of important saves.


Gary Neville: Showed plenty of ambition in pressing forward at every opportunity and crossed for the goal. Picked up a booking for fouling Ronaldo and misses second leg.


Mikael Silvestre: Regularly got forward, but his delivery in crossing was poor. Limped off to be replaced by John O'Shea.


Rio Ferdinand: Never outpaced by Ronaldo and kept the Brazilian under wraps for the majority of the game.


Wes Brown: Lucky not to concede a penalty when Ronaldo ghosted past him and often left trailing in Raul's wake.


David Beckham: One of United's several key players who underperformed. Screwed the ball wide from a great position just before the hour.


Roy Keane: Left chasing shadows by the Real midfield. Once so influential for United, the game passed him by.


Nicky Butt: Failed to close down Raul for the Real striker's second goal and compared to his performance for England against Turkey very disappointing.


Ryan Giggs: Got into the box to play a part in Van Nistelrooy's goal, but never really exploited Salgado's defensive frailties.


Paul Scholes: Forced an excellent early save from Casillas, but made an elementary error for Raul's first goal. Picked up a booking and will miss the second leg.


Ruud van Nistelrooy: Deployed as a lone striker, the Dutchman worked tirelessly to grab a vital away goal. United's most impressive performer.


Substitutes

John O'Shea (replaced Silvestre): Kept a tight rein on Figo and got forward at every opportunity, the Irishman shored things up on the left for United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (replaced Gary Neville): Not on long enough to gain a rating.







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