The early kick off saw Real Madrid take on Las Palmas away from home in a game that promised a lot of control, if not anything else.
Both teams struggled to create for most of the first half, with a few moments of brilliance here and there from some players.
Eventually, after a slow first-half, Las Palmas found a way through with a goal from Javier Munoz. However, as is the case with most games, Madrid found a way to equalise within 12 minutes courtesy of a superb combination form Eduardo Camavinga and Vinicius Jr.
Madrid were on the front-foot for most of the remaining time, and eventually Carlo Ancelotti’s gamble paid off as Aurelien Tchouameni headed in the winner from a corner.
Andriy Lunin: 7
Was not called into action for most of first half but produced a superb save to deny Munir in the second period. Did not do a good enough job with his distribution, though, often misplacing or over-hitting his passes.
Daniel Carvajal: 6
Far from Carvajal’s best performance as he looked shay in possession, and gave away possession early on in the game in a dangerous position.
Antonio Rudiger: 7.5
Absolutely solid once again, putting his body on the line to defend chances and tracking back brilliantly during transitions. Could not have done much about the goal.
Did not track back efficiently enough to deny Las Palmas the goal, and was lucky that they did not take their other chances.
Fran Garcia: 7.5
Shades of the Rayo Vallecano Fran Garcia were visible today as he provided width from the left, and linked up brilliantly with Vinicius and Kroos. Had some trouble dealing with Marvin Park, but otherwise one of the better performers
Dani Ceballos: 7.5
Tasked with containing Sergi Cardona on the wing, Ceballos did a good job defensively, and played in a ridiculous through ball to Rodrygo that was missed. Was lucky when a possible penalty was not called on him, though.
Eduardo Camavinga: 8
Superb performance from Camavinga today, especially in the second half playing in an advanced role. Pulled out an absolute sensational pass to assist Vinicius.
Toni Kroos: 7
Solid in possession, circulating the ball and combining well with Garcia and Vinicius.
However, his poor defending on two separate occasions must be highlighted. Firstly, allowed too much space to Munit to get a shot through, and was lucky Lunin pulled off a superb save. But was punished later on when he did a very poor job of tracking Javier Munoz who scored.
Made up for it with an assist for Aurelien Tchouameni’s winner.
Brahim Diaz: 5
Brahim’s role looked unclear through the game as he was a bit here and there throughout without making any real difference. Was the first to be subbed off at the hour-mark.
Missed the easiest chance of the game as Ceballos played in a sensational through ball. Went largely invisible through the rest of the game, too, and was deservedly subbed off.
A case of poor decision making from Vinicius in front of goal, attempting to chip Alvaro Valles on two occasions, but eventually came through with a superb goal.
Was also constantly the most active player on the pitch, attempting creative solutions to rescue Madrid.
Understandbly a bit invisible after being subbed on as the target man. Did a solid job of moving around in the box and taking out defenders, though.
Federico Valverde: 6
Put in a superb shift in the 30 odd minutes he got.
Aurelien Tchouameni: 7.5
Brought on for the last ten minutes of regulation time, Tchouameni scored the winner on his birthday. One hell of a cameo.
Arda Guler: 2
Had the chance to score the third on the counter, but took a very heavy touch that went straight to Valles.
Ferland Mendy: N/A
Real Madrid 1-0 Sevilla: Player Ratings
Following Barcelona’s convincing 4-0 win against Getafe yesterday, the onus was on Real Madrid to reinstate the eight-point gap between the sides as they hosted Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu today.
Lucas Vazquez opened the scoring for los blancos after ten minutes, but the goal was controversially disallowed for a foul on Youssef En-Nesyri in the build-up.
Madrid found it difficult to unlock Sevilla’s defence after that, with the first-half ending 0-0 after just one shot on target from both teams combined.
Madrid started the second 45 with more intent, creating some better scoring opportunities, but were left without success until an unbelievable effort from Luka Modric scathed the post and went in.
Sergio Ramos put in a wonderful performance on his return to the Santiago Bernabeu for Sevilla, but it was not enough as Madrid escaped with all three points and an eight-point lead on top of the table.
Andriy Lunin: 8
Was not called into action in the first-half, and was pretty much faultless in possession. But made an incredible save off Romero’s effort in the second half and was extremely proactive collecting crosses, too. Game-changing.
Lucas Vazquez: 7
Did a good job overlapping and was unlucky that his goal was disallowed. Did well to deal with Romero and Ocampos defensively.
Antonio Rudiger: 6.5
Rudiger was lucky that Romero and En-Nesyri did not convert their efforts from close range, as he often left space in behind. Went up to attack with the score at 0-0, too, but came back fruitless.
Was substituted off after 75 minutes after an mostly average display. Again, lucky that he was not punished for the space he left behind.
Ferland Mendy: 7
A few decent moves for Mendy today, but for the most part, his inability to overlap properly gave Vinicius too much to do.
Federico Valverde: 8
By far the most active midfielder today, Valverde was everywhere. Ran the show for Madrid, both in possession and stopping counter attacks before they even started. Missed the easiest chance of the game, though.
Aurelien Tchouameni: 6.5
Did his job as the 6 well, kept the game ticking and kept finding the spare man in midfield. Moved back to the defence eventually, and came away with a clean sheet.
Toni Kroos: 7
With Madrid struggling to break through Sevilla’s defence, Kroos was tasked with a lot of deep progression. Created some tame chances here and there, but failed to find properly find a man through.
Brahim Diaz: 7.5
Kept Kike Salas and Ocampos on their toes, making some tremendous solo runs from deep, but was often left without support. Created a brilliant chance for Valverde, that was scuffed.
Did not take many risks in possesion, but was crucial in Vinicius and Brahim finding space on the wing by offering support.
Vinicius Jr: 7.5
With the Sevilla defence looking very organised, the onus was on Vinicius to create something out of nothing. He attempted a few different things, including flicking the ball over players and attempting shots from distance, but all unsuccessful.
Has to be credited for the effort, though, especially with the rest of the team lacking.
Luka Modric: 8.5
Super-sub Luka Modric coming in clutch for Madrid today with his wonder goal from outside the box. Was also brilliant in possession, increasing the tempo of the game.