Real Madrid travelled to the Jan Breydel Stadium to take on Belgian outfit Club Brugge in their last group fixture in the Champions League. The game was more or less inconsequential as Real Madrid had already booked their place in the next round and any kind of result wouldn’t have gotten them to the top spot. Brugge were out of contention to qualify.
The game was evenly matched in the first half with the home team showing a good account of themselves. Areola made an instinctive save. Jovic had the best chance of the half, but Mignolet denied him in goal. Brugge were able to get a goal just before half time, but it was ruled out due to a marginal offside.
The second half was played at a high tempo, and Rodrygo opened the scoring through Odriozola’s cross. However, the home team hit back soon. Madrid were up for just two minutes before Vanaken equalised. Vinicius Junior gave the lead back to Madrid as he scored from close quarters after the ball fell kindly to him. Modric added a late goal to make it 3-1.
Here is how Zidane’s men fared.
Alphonse Areola 6
Made one good save in the first half. Apart from that, his handing was good and gathered some regulation crosses well.
Ferland Mendy 6
Misplaced a few passes but showed good endeavour by always providing an option down the left. Had a mixed bag of a game and did alright defensively.
Eder Militao 6.5
An excellent performance overall from the defender but he made a mistake where he misplaced a pass which led to a goal. Apart from that moment, Militao didn’t do much wrong defensively.
Raphael Varane 8
Looked calm and assured in defence. Dealt with whatever dangers came his way and looked a cut above the rest at the back.
Álvaro Odriozola 6.5
Struggled defensively in the first half as he was getting caught out of position. Produced one telling moment in the attacking third as he found Rodrygo with an inch-perfect ball. Improved defensively in the second half.
A masterful performance from the Brazilian as he sprayed passes with ease and shielded the back four. Extremely calm and assured on the ball and set up the late goal for Modric.
Luka Modric 7
Struggled to get to the pace of the game initially and was found wanting a bit on the defensive front. Got booked early on but settled well and moved the ball with his usual composure. Had a few pops at goal and got his goal in the end with a classic finish from the outside of the box.
Failed to get into the game much. Linked up play well from time to time but was often chasing around to get on the ball.
His goal was exceedingly well taken as he finished first time from a low cross from Odriozola. Stretched the game in the second half but Zidane might have wanted more impact from him. Will have to take some blame for the goal which his side conceded as he got dispossessed in a dangerous area.
Vinicius Junior 5.5
Scored from close range as the ball fell kindly to him after a few deflections in the box. However, apart from the goal, Junior failed to make any meaningful contribution in the attacking half.
Luka Jovic 5
Was largely anonymous in the game as Madrid failed to get too many balls into the box. Had one good chance in the first half, which was saved well. Needs to be more mobile upfront to get involved in the game.
Karim Benzema 6
Looked sharp and linked up play well.
Brahim Diaz 6
Brough fresh legs and looked confident on the ball.
Federico Valverde 6
Set up one impressive chance for Modric with a clever backheel.
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