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Osasuna 2-4 Real Madrid: Player Ratings

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Having not won any games against Real Madrid in 13 years, Osasuna hosted the league leaders tonight at the Estadio El Sadar for gameweek 29 hoping to put an end to that streak with a win and take revenge for last season’s Copa del Rey final.

Madrid were never going to make the task easy for the hosts, though, and started the game with a goal in the 4th minute from Vinicius Jr after a mistake from Alejandro Catena.

Ante Budimir came up clutch three minutes later, though, scoring from a corner before Daniel Carvajal restored the lead in the 18th minute.

The first-half ended 1-2, with Osasuna looking not too shabby at all. However, the second half, put the game to bed and beyond, with Madrid shifting things to the second gear.

Brahim Diaz doubled their lead with a slick finish through route 1 football before Vinicius called time with a sensational finish into the bottom corner.

The sixth goal of the game through Osasuna, who pestered Madrid till the end, with Iker Munoz nutmegging Lunin. All three points for the league leaders, though, who go ten points clear, at least temporarily.

Andriy Lunin: 8

Made a superb save to deny Jose Arnaiz in the first half, and was composed with the ball at his feet. Collected long balls and corners with ease, and could have come away with another clean sheet today if not for that one corner. Could have done better with Munoz’s goal, though.

Was also important in Brahim’s goal, finding Valverde in midfield, who headed it onto the Spaniard before the goal.

Daniel Carvajal: 8

Was having a troublesome game, tasked with containing Arnaiz, but as has been the case so often this season, found the back of the net with a creative outside-of-the-box finish.

Aurelien Tchouameni: 7.5

Started as a centre-back today, and did well to contain the Budimir threat on multiple occasions. Kept it simple and slick with his distribution as well, conducting Madrid’s game from deep.

Antonio Rudiger: 8

Rudiger’s best moments today came with the ball as he sprayed long passes beyond the Osasua backline, one of which created a superb chance for Vinicius in the first half.

Ferland Mendy: 7

Not a standout performer by any margin, but did well defensively, especially while covering for Kroos.

Federico Valverde: 9

Was beaten to the ground on a couple of occasions, but more than made his mark on the game with first, an acrobatic assist for Carvajal, and then one for Brahim, finding him through with a header lay-off.

Was everywhere on the pitch without the ball, as well, covering for Carvajal and also making runs off-the-ball into the box and on the wing.

Eduardo Camavinga: 7

Not one of Camavinga’s dynamic performances by any means, but Camavinga did well to keep the ball ticking and breaking lines as Osasuna tried to press high. Was booked for a rather poor challenge, though.

Toni Kroos: 7.5

Was taken advantage of defensively as Osasuna tried to progress from his side quite often. In possession, though, as neat as ever, completing 11/11 of his long ball, and creating a couple of chances.

Brahim Diaz: 7.5

In a game where he seemed lost for the most part, and all over the pitch, too, Diaz came through with the one chance he got inside the box, as he has so often this season

Rodrygo: 6

A game Rodrygo will not remember rather fondly as he found it difficult to connect with his teammates, and especially Vinicius. The one time he did have a chance to convert, he missed.

Vinicius: 9

Once again the Man of the Match, Vinicius was solid as ever, making threatening runs behind the backline through the game. He opened the scoring, and then took the responsibility to put the game beyond reach with the sensational fourth, too.

Had two solid chances to cap off the game with a hattrick, but unfortunately, could not convert everything.

SUBSTITUTES:

Luka Modric: 6

DId not have an awful lot of responsibility with the game seemingly over, but did well with his fresh legs, adding energy to the centre of the park. Nearly scored, as well.

Nacho: N/A

Did not to anything noteworthy in the 18 minutes he got to warrant a rating.

Lucas Vazquez: 6

Brought on too late, but had the chance to convert into an open net with the last kick of the game, but failed.

Arda Guler: N/A

Got too little time to warrant a rating, but did hit the crossbar from the half-way line with the goalkeeper off his line.

Fran Garcia: N/A

Was brought on with only five minutes-plus-time to spare.

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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.

SUBSTITUTES

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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