Look on the Player rating for the Remarkable Clasico Real Madrid defeated Barcelona 2-1 in the El Clasico on Saturday, with Karim Benzema and Federico Valverde shining, while Lionel Messi had a quiet night.
Real Madrid drew first blood in this historic match against Barcelona after Karim Benzema converted a Lucas Vazquez cross with a brilliant backheel attempt after just 13 minutes. The reigning champions doubled their lead fifteen minutes later when Toni Kroos’ free-kick was deflected into the net by Sergino Dest.
It should have been 3-0 shortly after, but Federico Valverde’s effort hit the woodwork, and Barcelona even hit the post with Lionel Messi’s free-kick on the stroke of half-time, before Thibaut Courtois denied them. At the hour mark, though, Oscar Mingueza thumped in Jordi Alba’s cross to cut the deficit in half.
Real Madrid hit the post once more, this time by Vinicius Junior, as Barcelona pressed for an equalizer, with Alba and Ilaix Moriba both coming by. Late drama arose when the Catalans felt a penalty for a push on Martin Braithwaite was not awarded, Casemiro was sent off for a second bookable offence, and Moriba struck the crossbar in stoppage time.
Look on the Player rating for the Remarkable Clasico Despite this, Real Madrid held on to their slim lead to secure a massive victory that propelled them to the top of the La Liga table, leaving Barcelona two points behind. Here’s how we scored both sets of players’ results at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on the night.
6.5/10 for Thibaut Courtois.
He couldn’t have done anything with Mingueza’s target. Made a pair of crucial saves either side of halftime, and would consider himself fortunate that Messi’s free-kick in the first half and Moriba’s late shot both hit the crossbar.
7.5/10 for Lucas Vazquez
From kickoff, he was on the lookout for it, as he was always on the defensive lookout for any danger and ready to raid forward. Assisted Benzema on the opening goal with a precise cross. After a tough challenge from Sergio Busquets, he had to be pulled off injured just before halftime.
7/10 Eder Militao
With another strong performance at the heart of the Real Madrid defence, he continued his good form. For the majority of the game, he hardly gave the Barcelona attacker a foothold, and he withstood late pressure to help his team cross the finish line. It’s impressive.
7/10 for Nacho
Took over as the captain of the Madrid defence and did an excellent job at the back. Stuck next to Messi and kept an eye on the Barcelona captain. A challenge on the Argentine has been scheduled.
6/10 for Ferland Mendy
Although there were a few jitters in the penalty box, the defence was fairly solid. I had some driving runs, but they didn’t have the same effect as Vazquez’s overlapping runs. For the target, I should have gotten closer to Mingueza.
8/10 for Federico Valverde.
Zidane made an unexpected choice, but it was a brilliant one. Until releasing Vazquez in the buildup to the first goal, he had a genius line-breaking sprint. Soon after, I hit the woodwork. By keeping a close eye on Alba, I made sure he didn’t face the same degree of challenge on the flank. Throughout his time on the field, he worked hard.
7.5/10 for Casemiro
The Brazilian was solid and physical in his approach as he screened the backline, continuously breaking up play in the middle of the park and preventing Barcelona from risking the Real Madrid score. Five interceptions and four tackles were a game high for him. He was sent off after two short bookings late in the game, which lowers his ranking.
8/10 for Toni Kroos
He didn’t see most of the ball, but when he did, he made the most of it, initiating counterattacks and attempting to locate teammates in precarious positions. Through a deflected free-kick, he scored the game’s crucial second penalty, which turned out to be the game’s winning goal. With one key pass, I was able to complete the task.
7.5/10 for Luka Modric.
Throughout the game, he exudes so much passion that it’s hard to believe he’s just 35 years old. Carved out opportunities for the attackers and was still able to drop deep and build up numbers at the back in order to stop Barcelona’s attacks. Each player had one tackle and one interception.
8/10 for Karim Benzema.
With a beautiful backheel, you’ve opened the scoring with exquisite talent. He was able to connect well with others around him, make some risky passes, and make one main move. In the shape of his life.
7/10 Vinicius Junior
The Brazilian was a vibrant force for Real Madrid once again, building on his brilliant performance against Liverpool. He moved forward quickly and posed a challenge each time. Even if his decision-making wasn’t always spot-on, he still managed three main passes and won the free-kick from which Kroos scored.
6/10 for Alvaro Odriozola
The Spaniard, who came on to replace Vazquez right before half-time, was always going to be a priority for Barcelona. For the most part, he kept things close, but there were moments when he was taken off guard.
6/10 for Marco Asensio
Despite his recent form, Asensio was left out of the starting lineup and came on to substitute Valverde shortly after Barcelona scored. However, with Real Madrid defending deep for the majority of the period, it was difficult to get into the game. Despite this, I was able to make a lot of crucial throws.
6/10 for Isco.
In the 72nd minute, Kroos comes on. When on the ball, I tried to find holes and worked incredibly hard off it.
6/10 for Marcelo
And less than 20 minutes remaining, Vinicius was replaced. He used his expertise to assist Real Madrid in seeing the game through.
5.5/10 for Mariano Diaz
On as a replacement for Benzema, he won a pair of aerial duels but didn’t do anything else.
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Ter Stegen: 6/10
I couldn’t do anything for any of Real Madrid’s goals on the night. He was well-distributed out of the back, with just one of his 29 throws going astray, and he even made a main throw.
6.5/10 for Oscar Mingueza
When faced with Vinicius Junior in 1v1 conditions, he struggled defensively in the season. With his thumping strike in the second half, he gave a ray of light to Barcelona by remaining composed on the ball and completing 96 percent of his passes.
Ronald Araujo gets 5/10
The Uruguayan felt a little scratchy at times in his first start since returning from injury. For the first penalty, Benzema could have been dealt with more harshly, and then he gave away the free-kick from which Kroos scored the second.
5/10 for Clement Lenglet
Look on the Player rating for the Remarkable Clasico Lenglet, a key member of Barcelona’s defence, struggled to deliver. On the ball, he was clumsy at times, putting his teammates under pressure.
Sergino Dest score is 5/10
Despite his recent good form, the USMNT star was not at his best on Saturday. Mingueza was repeatedly revealed against Vinicius because he didn’t deliver anything going forward. At halftime, he was taken off.
6/10 for Frenkie de Jong.
Since returning to the centre of the field after a few games in defence, the Dutchman looked dangerous while bringing the ball forward, completing three dribbles. However, not everything he tried went according to schedule.
5.5/10 for Sergio Busquets
The Real Madrid midfield’s vitality and dynamism is difficult to deal with. They each had a couple of catches and tackles, while only missing nine of the 79 passes they attempted.
Pedri gets 6/10
Early in the first half, he was sent off for a penalty on Casemiro. He didn’t let it bother him as he manoeuvred his way into the final third, trying to make it work. I made a couple of primary throws, but none of them resulted in anything.
6.5/10 for Jordi Alba
In the build-up to Real Madrid’s first goal, there was room for improvement. In the first half, I didn’t have much luck going forward. After the break, he seemed more dangerous and assisted on Mingueza’s goal. With two primary passes, I was able to complete the project.
6/10 Lionel Messi
Messi was unable to make an impression in what may be his last El Clasico. In the first half, he hit the woodwork with a free-kick and that was the closest he came to the Real Madrid target. Despite creating a few opportunities for his teammates, having seven attempts and completing a career-high seven dribbles, he was unable to get his team back into the game.
Ousmane Dembele gets 5/10
He had a poor first half in which he was not involved. After the break, showed signs of progress, but it wasn’t enough to help Barcelona stage a comeback.
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Antoine Griezmann is a 6/10 player.
At halftime, he took over for Dest. Mingueza’s goal was preceded by a clever dummy.
Sergi Roberto gets 6/10
In the 64th minute, he returned from injury to replace Busquets. Just one of his 19 throws was misplaced, and he played one crucial throw.
Ilaix Moriba: 6/10 In the 72nd minute, Ilaix Moriba came on for Araujo. In stoppage time, Lively came agonizingly close to equalizing, catching the crossbar.
N/A, Martin Braithwaite
For the last ten minutes, he came on for Dembele. I had a penalty claim denied.
N/A, Francisco Trincao
In the 81st minute, he came on to replace Pedri.