Real Madrid dropped points for the second time in as many games at the Bernabeu on Sunday evening. The men in white were expected to run away with the game against Girona and return to winning ways after the midweek defeat. Yet, it turns out that the weekends clash just smeared salt onto their wounds.
Vinicius Jr gave his team the lead in the 70th minute but Girona struck back from the penalty spot through Christian Stuani ten minutes later. The game had no dearth of drama, with several refereeing decisions going against the hosts in the closing minutes.
Despite the draw, Real Madrid gold onto the first spot on the La Liga standings but now have just a slender one-point lead over Barcelona. Madrid Universal brings you the player ratings from Real Madrid’s draw against Girona.
Thibaut Courtois: 8
The Belgian is not just back to business but back in form in just his third game after his return. Was not called into action in the first half but made a crucial save after the hour mark to deny Valery Fernandez in a one vs one duel.
Daniel Carvajal: 6.5
A relatively solid performance from the veteran right-back. Took on Girona’s most dangerous player Valery head-to-head on the right side and did well to limit the play down his flank. Also created two chances and had one shot on goal.
Antonio Rudiger: 6.5
Flawless in distribution, strong and reliable in defence. Made three clearances and six recoveries in defence, winning one ground duel and 100% of his attempted aerial duels on the night.
David Alaba: 6.5
Formed a formidable combination with Rudiger and made seven defensive interventions in 90 minutes. No flamboyant moments but also did not put a foot wrong.
Ferland Mendy: 6.5
Very little contribution in the final third once again, but was rock-solid in defence. Made seven recoveries, one headed clearance and two clearances to keep Yan Couto at bay. Also won 100% of his duels.
Luka Modric: 7.5
A magical night for the Croatian international, providing a whopping five key passes on the night. He was at the centre of every Real Madrid attack, orchestrating the team’s movement and the ball progression.
Eduardo Camavinga: 6.5
Played as the defensive midfielder on the night after Aurelien Tchouameni faced muscular discomfort ahead of kickoff. The youngster did well to adjust to a relatively new role and completed eight defensive actions in his 61 minutes. Eventually came off for Marco Asensio.
Toni Kroos: 4
Kroos endured a frustrating night but was not short in quality. He recorded 108 touches against Girona with an accuracy of 96%. Further, he made two key passes and completed ten long balls. However, the German lunged into two unnecessary poor challenges out of pure frustration and eventually saw the red card.
Federico Valverde: 7.5
Once again a phenomenal display. Coming back from injury, he recorded three shots on the night, made two key passes and created one big chance.
His biggest contribution on the night came in the form of a lovely cross-field pass to Vinicius Jr across the face of the goal to pioneer Los Blancos’ opening goal.
Started the game as a centre-forward in Karim Benzema’s absence. While he could not completely fill the void left by the Frenchman, Rodrygo was a constant threat to the goal and tested Gazzaniga time and time again.
Had three shots on target and missed two glaringly clear chances. Scored one goal in the dying minutes but had it ruled out because he kicked it from the goalkeeper’s hand.
Vinicius Jr: 8.5
Was a thorn in the feet of the visitors throughout the game, getting under their skin for his antics both on and off the ball. Vinicius danced past the helpless Girona defence repeatedly and was the key to unlocking the tight defence.
Eventually got onto the end of Valverde’s cross to score the team’s opening goal and continued to create threats even after the visitors’ equaliser.
Marco Asensio: 5
Missed a clear chance to double Real Madrid’s lead just minutes after Vinicius’ goal. Later gave away a penalty that brought Girona back into the game.
Eder Militao: N/A
Came on in the 87th minute, and does not warrant a rating.
Made only one accurate pass in 13 minutes but created a big chance that led to Rodrygo’s disallowed goal. No other significant contribution.
Real Madrid World Cup Spotlight: Vinicius, Rodrygo, Militao advance to the Round of 16
The second round of group-stage fixtures in Qatar came to a close on Monday in what was a day of very high-quality football. The first two games alone accounted for 11 goals in what was the highest tally in a day in this edition.
The first game saw Serbia and Cameroon face off in an epic clash that saw no end of twists and turns. The game ended 3-3 with the teams sharing the points.
The next game saw South Korea go 2-0 down quickly against Ghana before coming back in the second half. However, the African side scored once again on demand to steer themselves to a win.
Brazil needed a late winner from Casemiro to break the deadlock against Switzerland in the third game and secured their spot in the Round of 16.
The last game between Portugal and Uruguay was expected to be a match of equals. That perception quickly changed when the Europeans produced a dominant performance and killed off the game with two goals.
Madrid Universal brings you an overview of the performances of Real Madrid players on Monday.
Vinicius Jr (Brazil vs Switzerland)
Over the past few years, Vinicius Jr has carved out a reputation for being a thorn in defenders’ feet, be it with his world-class dribbling or his antics. As one of the best young wingers in business, he stands out in chance creation even when faced against the best in the business.
However, it appeared like Silvan Widmer had Vinicius in his pockets for large parts of the game. The two created a fabulous battle down Brazil’s left-wing but it was often the Real Madrid player who came second best.
The youngster scored a goal in the 66th minute with a perfectly placed shot after beating his man. However, it was ruled out for an offside intervention after the VAR review.
Apart from sporadic moments of magic, Vinicius did not offer much. He had just one shot on target, completed just one of his five attempted dribbles and missed one big chance. Moreover, he did not complete a single cross accurately and lost more than 50% of his duels. But he was involved in the buildup to the goal.
Eder Militao (Brazil vs Switzerland)
After spending 90 minutes on the bench against Serbia, Militao received his first World Cup start on Monday night. However, the manager deployed him as the right-back as opposed to his usual position in central defence.
Despite playing in a foreign position, the Brazilian was convincing in defence and stopped the likes of Ruben Vargas and Ricardo Rodriguez.
Understandably, Militao did not look to burst into the final third and create chances like a traditional full-back but was still heavily linked in the build-up play. He completed 87% of his attempted passes, five out of eight long balls and even provided a key pass.
Rodrygo Goes (Brazil vs Switzerland)
After Brazil’s underwhelming first half, the manager turned to Rodrygo at the start of the second period. The youngster came on for Lucas Paqueta at halftime in an attempt to ramp up Selecao’s threat in the final third and the decision paid off.
It was the young sensation who assisted Casemiro’s goal in the 83rd minute. Receiving the ball from Vinicius, Rodrygo just flicked the ball away from defenders and into the feet of Casemiro to set up an ideal half-volley.
Apart from his assist, the Real Madrid man came painfully close to scoring in the 94th minute only to be denied by Manuel Akanji. He had one shot on target, one blocked, and a key pass.
Federico Valverde (Uruguay vs Portugal)
Uruguay have perhaps been the most disappointing team in the World Cup this year. The squad is filled with quality players from Rodrigo Bentancur and Darwin Nunez to Luis Suarez, Federico Valverde and Diego Godin.
The South Americans once again dished out an average game against Portugal, but it was Valverde who seemed the most inspiring in the Uruguayan team.
The in-form midfielder did not pose much threat to the goal on the night but worked like a machine off the ball. He recorded three interceptions, and two tackles, and won two tackles against Fernando Santos’ side in addition to a key pass and a big chance created.