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Barcelona 0-4 Real Madrid: Player Ratings | Copa del Rey

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Real Madrid travelled to Barcelona with a one-goal deficit and turned it around in grandstand fashion. From 0-0 in the 42nd minute to 3-0 in the 58th, the Merengues destroyed Barcelona’s defence in a strong spell of play and got their revenge for recent results.

It was Vincius Jr who go the opening goal late in the first half. Immediately after the restart, Karim Benzema scored with a stunning strike before slotting home a penalty minutes later. The Real Madrid captain then completed his hattrick in the 80th minute to lead his team to a resounding 4-0 triumph.

The result sees Real Madrid book a slot in the final of the Copa del Rey and will face Osasuna in the title clash. Madrid Universal brings you the player ratings from El Clasico.

Thibaut Courtois: 8

The Belgian International had a busy night as he was forced to deal with Barcelona’s attacks for a significant part of the first half. Made a good save to deny Raphinha’s header early in the game and had a big moment at the end of the first half to deny Robert Lewandowski before the Merengues’ lethal counterattack.

Dani Carvajal: 7

Solid but far from fancy in the opening period. The Spaniard did well to limit Barcelona defensively but did not contribute much in the final third.

Eder Militao: 7.5

The Brazilian had a strong first half and controlled Lewandowski’s threat effectively for large parts of the game. Moreover, he had 21 defensive actions in the game and completed close to 90% of his passes.

David Alaba: 7.5

The Austrian international was phenomenal against Barcelona, recording ten defensive actions and a whopping six clearances in just 45 minutes. Had a controversial handball but was lucky to get away with it. Followed it up with a convincing second-half display.

Eduardo Camavinga: 8.5

Massive display from Camavinga. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

The young Frenchman started as the left-back on the night and did exceedingly well to control Barcelona’s Raphinha. His judgment and timing of interceptions were perfect on Wednesday and broke the Catalans’ rhythm for a large part.

Made a whopping seven tackles, over twenty defensive contributions in the first half alone in a stellar showing.

Federico Valverde: 6.5

Silent for large parts of the game, uncharacteristically poor in the opening period in terms of decisive impact. Nevertheless, he was accurate with his passes and far from a liability in the first half.

Toni Kroos: 7.5

Started as the pivot on the night and was flawless as usual. The German maestro dictated the play in the middle of the park and orchestrated so many of Real Madrid’s attacks.

Luka Modric: 8.5

The Croatian international was on point at Spotify Camp Nou, not only starting but recording a special performance. He completed over 90% of his passes, made one key pass and assisted Benzema’s first goal of the fixture.

Rodrygo: 6.5

Far from Rodrygo’s best night. The youngster was deployed on the right wing in the hope of bringing life to the flank but failed to do so. Hardly generated any threat in the final third in terms of key passes or shots, although his movement made things difficult for the hosts.

Went close to scoring right after Benzema’s second goal. Came off for Asensio in the 74th minute.

Karim Benzema: 10

A dream night for the French striker who could do nothing wrong. 35 years old and still dominated the Clasico slipping through Barcelona’s defence like a slippery eel.

Benzema had a big part in Real Madrid’s first goal, combining well with Vinicius to break open the Catalan defence. He then fired a low shot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen to double the lead on the night and stepped up from the penalty spot to make it 3-0.

The striker calmly finished his hat-trick in the 80th minute after receiving a lovely pass from Vini Jr. Match winner.

The deadly duo. (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

Vinicius Jr: 9.5

Arrived at Spotify Camp Nou with something to prove, left having done exactly that. The Brazilian dominated the left-flank despite Ronald Araujo’s valiant defending and scored the Merengues’ opener with some lovely combination play.

He also drew the foul from Kessie early in the second half to win the penalty and put Real Madrid two goals clear on aggregate. Put the ball on a plate for Benzema late in the game to seal the deal for Los Blancos.

Substitutes

Marco Asensio: 6.5

Came on for 20 minutes and missed one big chance.

Dani Ceballos: NA

Did not warrant a rating.

Aurelien Tchouameni: NA

Did not warrant a rating.

Nacho Fernandez: NA

Did not warrant a rating.

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Three takeaways from Real Madrid 3-2 Barcelona | La Liga

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Jude Bellingham stunned the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys when Real Madrid met Barcelona last year in La Liga with a stunning brace including a stoppage-time winner.

Last night, once again, he came up clutch to give his side all three points against the same opposition in stoppage time.

The 90 minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu were far from easy for Real Madrid, especially with Barcelona dominating parts of the game and creating good chances in the final third.

However, the dressing room was clear about their objective from the get-go, and nothing, it appeared, could make them take their eyes off the target. After a valiant 90-minute battle, the scoreboard read 3-2 in Real Madrid’s favour.

Madrid Universal brings you three talking points from Real Madrid’s emphatic El Clasico win.

Two gems shine bright

Coming off a difficult 120-minute shift against Manchester City midweek, it was always going to take a herculean effort from the Real Madrid dressing room to find a way past Barcelona.

After all, the team were far from their best from a physical standpoint, and Carlo Ancelotti’s rotations on the night reiterated the same.

While the eventual 3-2 win was possible only courtesy of a comprehensive team effort with contributions from all over the field, two players impressed in particular – Jude Bellingham and Lucas Vazquez.

The right-back was Real Madrid’s best player on the night, constantly creating pressure and threats in the Barcelona area. Playing down the right flank, he dominated Barcelona star Joao Cancelo and made the wing his own.

Vazquez won Real Madrid the penalty that helped them get back into the game after an early setback and did so with fine trickery on the edge of the area. Eventually, Barcelona’s young Pau Cubarsi was forced to make contact and bring the dynamic full-back down.

When Real Madrid went down a goal once more, Vazquez timed his run into the box with perfection to get onto the end of Vinicius Jr’s cross and slam it in the first time.

If his goal and assist were not enough to cap off a special display, it was Vazquez’s pass in the dying minutes of the game that created the opening for the team’s winning goal.

Bellingham, meanwhile, significantly stepped up from his recent lean patch and effectively dictated Real Madrid’s play in the final third. In addition to scoring the game-changing winner, he completed two key passes, 100% of his dribbles and four accurate long balls on the night.

A team with elite mentality

Elite mentality. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Only Real Madrid can pull off the comebacks they have in the last week, especially given the special circumstances surrounding each game.

The clash against Pep Guardiola’s side midweek was the most gruelling 120 minutes of football Los Blancos have played all year. Despite being dominated for the most part, they came out clutch and defended valiantly to pull through on penalties.

Last night, still sore from their overtime duty on Wednesday, Real Madrid faced a stiff challenge against a relatively fresh Barcelona. The game, once again, showed why they boast of a mentality as elite as it gets.

Los Blancos went behind twice on the night, yet pulled back the deficit on both occasions to level the scores. A draw was a good enough result for Ancelotti’s men as it would give them a good lead ahead of the final six games in La Liga.

Having played the 90 minutes against Barcelona, the men in white could well have defended deep and settled for a draw. That, after all, would be the natural reaction of any weary party.

Yet, they pushed high and hard for a winner. With a draw in hand and the title in their grasp, they still gunned on for a win and were rewarded with Jude Bellingham’s clutch goal.

Is there a more mentally resilient team in the world? Probably not.

League in the bag

Having secured the critical win over Barcelona, the full-time whistle last night saw celebrations like none other.

Emotions poured out on the Real Madrid bench with players clenching their fists and pumping them into the air. The stadium chanted the chorus in unison, for they too knew what the result meant.

Three points secured against the second-placed team now take Real Madrid a staggering 11 points clear of Barcelona on the standings. Only six games remain to be played in La Liga, and the Merengues would have to lose four of them to let go of the title now.

Thus, for all practical purposes, Real Madrid are the champions of Spain. It may take a few more weeks for the accolade to be mathematically and officially theirs, but one can rely on the group to ensure that there are no slip-ups between now and the day the title is theirs.

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