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Real Madrid 1-1 RB Leipzig: Player Ratings

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The Santiago Bernabeu hosted the second leg of Real Madrid’s Round of 16 clash against RB Leipzig late on Wednesday night.

Taking on Marco Rose’s men, Los Blancos had their work cut out for them and the 90 minutes that unfolded serve as a testament to the same.

Real Madrid held a one-goal advantage from the first leg, putting the visitors under pressure to go on the offensive. The Germans did so and to some effect.

Through the first half, the Merengues’ defence were under pressure of the highest order. Leipzig, with not much to lose, did not hesitate to press in attack and were unlucky to not level the score.

Vinicius Jr eventually doubled his team’s lead on aggregate with a cool finish after the hour mark before the visitors pulled one back minutes later. 

Despite retaining the momentum, the Bundesliga side could not find the second goal they direly needed, handing the men in white a berth in the quarterfinal of the Champions League.

Madrid Universal brings you the player ratings from Los Blancos’ 1-1 draw against RB Leipzig that sealed their progression to the final eight.

Andriy Lunin: 7

The Ukrainian shot-stopper had a busier first half than expected and was forced to stay alert throughout as RB Leipzig constantly threatened to find the opener. Made one good save in the opening period, and had an even busier second half.

Daniel Carvajal: 7.5

A relatively solid showing from Carvajal who did not allow Rose’s men much space to build up on the right flank. However, it was his poor clearance that laid the foundation for Leipzig’s opener on the night.

Antonio Rudiger: 7.5

Far from the dominant and imposing figure he normally cuts in defence, Rudiger was under pressure for the entire 90 minutes.

Kept his cool through the havoc and led from the front nevertheless.

Was involved in a potentially goal-stopping interception seconds after Vincius’ opener.

Nacho Fernandez: 7

Held on through Leipzig’s turbulent attacks for over an hour but eventually switched off for the Germans’ equaliser. Nacho failed to mark the goalscorer, Willi Orban and allowed the visitors back into the game.

Ferland Mendy: 4

Made no defensive actions through the first 45 minutes but was dribbled past on two occasions, one of which stemmed into a big chance for Leipzig. Uninspired in attack and careless at the back – a howler of a performance.

Aurelien Tchouameni: 6.5

Deployed back in his niche position in defensive midfield, Tchouameni did well to cut off Leipzig’s buildup. Was instrumental in keeping the ball ticking when in possession as well.

Toni Kroos: 8.5

Kroos was the player who partnered Tchouameni as the double pivot last night and was one of the team’s better performers through the night.

Impeccable with his accuracy, long balls to kill for and a work-rate worthy of a Champions League outing.

Eduardo Camavinga: 6

The Frenchman struggled to extend his influence in the team’s dismal first-half display as he looked lost for ideas for the better part.

Hooked off at half-time, and rightfully so, as Ancelotti’s five-midfielder experiment needed fixing.

Federico Valverde: 8

Another trademark Valverde performance as he worked silently in the shadows to orchestrate Real Madrid’s attack.

With a double pivot in place, he played higher up the field with more attacking intent on the night, although he later retreated as the game progressed.

Jude Bellingham: 8.5

Bellingham was one of the players on the night who exuded confidence when on the ball last night, constantly making runs behind the defence.

Did not get the service he deserved in the opening period, yet came close to scoring on one occasion.

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Created Los Blancos’ eventual opener on the night with a very smart assist to Vinicius, showing a great understanding of space and time.

Came off for Joselu with five minutes remaining.

Vinicius Jr: 8.5

One of Vincius’ more frustrating nights as Benjamin Henrichs did splendidly in nullifying his influence down the left. However, all he needed was one lethal break in the second period.

Made a smart run in the 65th minute to get onto the end of Bellingham’s threaded ball and needed just one touch to dispose it into the back of the net.

Substitutes 

Rodrygo: 7

The Brazilian’s introduction added much-needed dynamism to Real Madrid’s buildup and threat on the counter.

Was not involved on the ball as much as Ancelotti would have liked but did well to improve the incisiveness of attack regardless.

Luka Modric: 6

Replaced Kroos late in the night and played higher up in attack so as to improve the creativity in midfield.

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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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