There are a few games in football that leave a lasting impression on the millions that watch along. Real Madrid’s performance last night was one such.
Faced against the league’s second-placed team, an in-form Girona, Los Blancos always had a difficult opposition to overcome if they wished for a five-point lead at the top of the table. Yet, the win from Real Madrid on the night looked effortless.
Songs can be sung on Carlo Ancelotti’s fabulous management of the situation without centre-backs, for at no point in the game did it appear to be the case. The goals for Los Blancos piled on as the game progressed, and Girona were left distraught and broken at the end of the 90 minutes at Santiago Bernabeu.
Madrid Universal brings you the player ratings from the table-top clash in La Liga.
Andriy Lunin: 7
A very silent night for the Ukrainian international as opposed to what was expected before kickoff. A mere spectator for great parts of the game.
Lucas Vazquez: 7.5
Vazquez ruled the right flank for Real Madrid in the absence of a true winger, pushing forward and providing width. Controlled both Savio and Miguel Gutierrez impeccably in defence.
Aurelien Tchouameni: 8
The Frenchman was forced to play in central defence on the night, and boy did he cover it with his all. Throughout the first half, one did not feel that the team’s defence was in any crisis at all, and Tchouameni’s aerial dominance and comfort on the ball had a big part to play in the same.
Daniel Carvajal: 7.5
Thrown into the centre-back position once more, the Spaniard showed his experience and kept his cool through the game.
Ferland Mendy: 7
Comfortable in possession, and stable with his distribution. Mendy had little to no work on the night in defence given Real Madrid’s domination, or in offence considering Vinicius’ dream night.
Federico Valverde: 7.5
As always, the Uruguayan was a machine in midfield for Real Madrid. Provided two key passes and got the assist, on paper, for Vini’s opener.
Toni Kroos: 8
There are few sights in the world more pleasing than watching Toni Kroos at his best, and his performance last night was up there. He strung perfect long balls over the top, was immaculate with his distribution and was flawless as a pivot for Los Blancos.
Eduardo Camavinga: 8.5
The Frenchman led Real Madrid’s counter-attacks time and time again on the night, combining beautifully with Vinicius Jr and Jude Bellingham. Unlucky to not get a penalty as he was fouled at the edge of the area.
Jude Bellingham: 10
Just as he did against the Catalans in their last encounter, Bellingham was a thorn in Girona’s feet last night. His runs in between the lines kept the visitors’ defence under pressure, and his finish for the team’s second goal on the night was simply exquisite.
Relatively straightforward finish for his second and the team’s third goal of the night, once again from a Vinicius assist. Left the field minutes later.
Rodrygo Goes: 8
A silent night for the young Brazilian despite Real Madrid’s carnage in the final third. Had a few good chances but was not involved as much as one would have expected in the opening half.
Placed a neat finish past Paulo Gazzaniga to bury Real Madrid’s fourth goal on the night and turned his situation around.
Vinicius Jr: 10 (MOTM)
Magical, simply astounding. It should be crimial for a player to get better as the level of opposition increases, but Vinicius Jr is just one of those players who simply never disappoints on the big stage.
The Brazilian oozed class with his every involvement against Girona and was a menace to Yan Couto on the flank. Opened the scoring with a flabbergasting curler from distance before providing an equally ludicrous assist to Jude Bellingham with the outside of his boot.
Continued his masterclass with a sensational dribble into the box, taking on and eliminating Girona’s defence for the team’s third goal. Once again involved in the team’s fourth as well.
Brahim Diaz: 7
The youngster was not rewarded with a start after his masterclass against Atletico Madrid but once again looked inspiring after coming on in the second half. Came close to scoring in the 82nd minute but could not find the finish.
Luka Modric: 6.5
Short, yet an impactful cameo from the veteran as he helped retain possession and push forward in attack after the bulk substitutions.
A relatively silent cameo from the striker, but the game was finished by the time he entered the field in his defence. Failed to convert the penalty.
Arda Guler: 7
Lovely cameo from the 18-year-old who won a penalty with a slick vertical run into the Girona box.
Fran Garcia: NA
Did not warrant a rating
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.