The big players turn it on for the big occasions, and Carlos Tevez proved that tonight at the Bernabeu by producing yet another top display in which his usual class and work rate were clear to see.
Speaking after the final whistle, the 29-year-old forward said: "We're angry about the result because we played a good game. Unfortunately it was all so much harder being a man down in the second half. I did my share of running for the team: I have no problem doing that if it's what the team needs me to do.
"The refereeing? We need to look at ourselves. We made mistakes tonight that we can't afford to make. Now we must focus on the league and try to play every game like the first half today."