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Osasuna 0-2 Real Madrid: Player Ratings

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Real Madrid were pushed to the limit by Jagoba Arrasate’s Osasuna at Estadio El Sadar on Saturday night. Late goals from Federico Valverde and Marco Asensio, however, helped Carlo Ancelotti’s side seal three points.

Not for the first time this season, the scoreline is kind on Real Madrid who struggled to get the better of Sergio Herrera until the 78th minute. Yet, it is that very ability to find goals on need that makes the Merengues a force to reckon with.

The win takes Ancelotti’s men within five points of Barcelona, albeit having played one extra game. Madrid Universal brings you the player ratings from the magical night in Pamplona.

Thibaut Courtois: 8

Returned to the starting lineup after over two weeks and made a strong early save against Moi Gomez’s shot to put a brake to Osasuna’s short dominant spell. Finished the game with four saves including three from inside the box.

Nacho Fernandez: 7

The captain on the night was the Merengues’ defensive full-back with a very limited role in the final third. He did well to hold up against the versatile Ez Abde, but often required the support of his partners to do the same.

Completed two tackles, a clearance and won nine out of nine attempted duels before coming off for Carvajal.

Eder Militao: 7.5

The better of Real Madrid’s two centre-backs at El Sadar and did well to contain Osasuna’s threats in the final third. Made a whopping 13 defensive actions on the night including three vital clearances.

Antonio Rudiger: 7

A mixed bag from the German defender who struggled to contain Ante Budimir’s clever play in the box. Improved his positioning towards the end of the game and came up clutch with some vital interceptions.

David Alaba: 7

Alaba played a primarily defence-centred role in the first half which he executed well. However, his role changed slightly after the break when he pushed higher up the field with Vinicius drifting centrally.

Completed five defensive actions and won 100% of his duels attempted.

Luka Modric: 7

While most of the men in white were focused on playing a solid game with textbook combination play, Modric played the role of an innovator.

The Croatian brought an element of disorder to Real Madrid’s organised play in an attempt to crank open the opposition’s defence through his long balls and crosses.

Eduardo Camavinga: 8

Camavinga solid yet again. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

The youngster went down after a painful challenge by Lucas Torro early in the first half but did not allow the setback to deter his performance.

Camavinga was Real Madrid’s best and most involved midfielder in the first half, once again perfectly executing the role of a pivot. Did exceptionally well to combine with Vinicius in the Osasuna box midway through the opening half but the chance came to nothing.

Dani Ceballos: 6.5

A relatively off night for the in-form midfielder who just managed the one key pass in his 66 minutes on the field. Had the most number of passes at the time of his substitution but could not help unlock the Osasuna defence. Came off for Marco Asensio after the hour mark.

Federico Valverde: 8

On a night when Real Madrid’s tactics were clearly to attack down the left flank and capitalise on Jagoba Arrasate’s lack of a right-back, Valverde had a silent first period. However, his defensive contributions throughout helped his side regain possession quickly.

Came up clutch with 12 minutes to go when his late run into the box was rewarded with an inch-perfect cross that he buried.

Rodrygo Goes: 4

Quite simply the visitors’ worst player in the first half with just 11 passes. No real involvement in the buildup or in front of the goal. In all honesty, the Brazilian was invisible throughout the opening 45 minutes.

Came to life in the first minute of the second half and fared a little better, but an underwhelming display overall.

Vinicus Jr: 9

The Brazilian was Real Madrid’s brightest light in the final third, right from his first 1v1 chance against Sergio Herrera in the tenth minute. Up against a makeshift right-back in Jon Moncayola, the youngster had his work easy.

He found the back of the net with a smart touch in the 51st minute but saw it ruled out for a clear offside. Came up short against Herrera once again in the 73rd minute with the goal at his mercy.

Star man. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

Five minutes later, it was the Brazilian who sliced open the Osasuna defence with a perfect assist for Valverde. Scored a goal in the period that followed but had it ruled out for offside.

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Marco Asensio: 8

A solid cameo from Asensio who wrapped up the game for his team in the dying minutes with a neat finish. Also completed 100% of his attempted dribbles and was defensively resilient.

Dani Carvajal: NA

Played only 14 minutes on the night with little noticeable contribution.

Alvaro Rodriguez: 8.5

The 18-year-old made his La Liga debut in the 87th minute, coming on for Rodrygo. Made an instant impact, providing an unselfish assist for a goal that was eventually overruled for offside.

Having his assist taken away, the youngster just required seconds after the restart of play to assist Asensio for the game-sealing goal.

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Real Madrid 3-2 FC Barcelona – Player Ratings

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Still fatigued from their weary 120 minutes midweek against Manchester City, Real Madrid took on Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier today in a fascinating clash.

Unlike the two previous games between the two sides this season, tonight’s Clasico was a very tight affair with both teams having their chances to steal the show. 

Andreas Christensen opened the scoring for Barcelona early in the night, giving the visitors the lead. A clean penalty conversion from Vinicius Jr, however, soon pulled one back for Los Blancos.

Fermin Lopez’s goal gave the Catalans the lead once more in the second period but the advantage was short-lived as Lucas Vazquez cut the deficit once more.

In the end, Jude Bellingham scored an injury-time winner for the men in white and Real Madrid got the result they required. The league title now appears written in their name.

Madrid Universal brings you the player ratings from El Clasico.

Andriy Lunin: 5

A relatively shaky night for the Ukrainian shot-stopper who never really looked confident with his saves. Was very poor in Andreas Christensen’s opener with his decision-making and came very close to conceding to a Lamine Yamal flick in the first half. 

Was directly at fault for the Blaugranas’ second goal of the night as he pushed the ball straight into the path of Fermin Lopez.

Lucas Vazquez: 10

A strong display from the Spanish full-back who once again showed that he is a potent force in the final third. Won the penalty for Real Madrid after some masterful trickery on the flank, setting up the team’s equaliser.

Found a stunning half-volley to stun Barcelona minutes after their second goal, levelling the scores once more. Was vital in the buildup for the team’s winner as well.

Sensational. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Aurelien Tchouameni: 6.5

The French centre-back was presumably chosen for his prowess in the air but was nowhere to be seen when Christensen netted Barcelona’s opener. Was regularly poor in defending against set pieces, especially at the far post.

Antonio Rudiger: 7

The German centre-back led the team’s defensive unit but was also far from his best on the night. Did not make any glaring mistakes, but fatigue is likely to have impacted his influence.

Eduardo Camavinga: 6

The young phenom started the game well and was a lively presence in the final third. However, he soon began to struggle to keep up with Barcelona’s Lamine Yamal who began running havoc down the flank.

Was caught napping for Yamal’s cross that set up Barcelona’s second goal of the night and was dribbled past twice. Replaced by Fran Garcia at the 70-minute mark.

Federico Valverde: 7

Real Madrid’s midfield machine was undoubtedly fatigued on the night, yet came out at the team’s most valuable asset off the ball.

Completed seven defensive actions and 92% of his passes, executing his duties well.

Toni Kroos: 8

Sitting deep in the defensive midfield, Kroos was instrumental in holding the fortress for Real Madrid on the break. Silky smooth as ever with his distribution and creativity, combined with some no-nonsense defending.

Luka Modric: 8

Showing his quality. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

A good showing from the Croatian talisman who controlled the midfield alongside Kroos and Valverde throughout the first half. 

Jude Bellingham: 9

A much-improved performance from the Golden Boy who has been under scrutiny in recent weeks for his dip in form.

Bellingham was vital on the break for Real Madrid, dictating the attacking play of the team. He was immaculate with his passing range and completed 100% of his attempted dribbles.

Of all the Real Madrid players, Bellingham was likely the one who put in the biggest defensive shift when out of possession. Found the back of the net in emphatic fashion in the final minutes of the game to give his side the win.

Vinicius Jr: 8

Another Clasico goal. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Not the Brazilian phenom’s best night on the grasses of the Santiago Bernabeu as he struggled to conjure up much on the counters. Regardless, he scored a vital penalty and even came close to assisting Rodrygo twice in the first half.

Laid the ball on a platter for Lucas Vazquez, setting up the team’s second goal.

Rodrygo Goes: 7

While Rodrygo did not enjoy too much freedom in the final third either, his runs between the lines often created problems for the visitors. Yet, one felt Real Madrid should have capitalised more on the 23-year-old’s presence in the final third.

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Brahim Diaz: 7

Brought life to Real Madrid’s counterattacks after coming on, although he did not really get into the game considering Los Blancos’ defence-heavy strategy.

Fran Garcia: 7

Did relatively well to defend against Yamal, and demonstrated more defensive awareness than Camavinga.

Eder Militao: NA

Came on too late to make a tangible impact.

Joselu: NA

Came on too late to make a tangible impact.

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