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Benzema Gets A Perfect 10 | Real Madrid Players Rated In Dominant Win Vs Celta Vigo

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Real Madrid welcomed Celta Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium earlier tonight as they looked to pick up maximum points in front of their home supporters. Los Blancos made a sloppy start to the game as they conceded the opening goal in the fourth minute when Santi Mina found the back of the net for the visitors. However, Karim Benzema equalized for Carlo Ancelotti’s side just 20 minutes later before Celta Vigo scored again via Franco Cervi’s goal just after the half-hour mark. The home team went into the half-time break 2-1 down on the scoreline.

Los Blancos racked up the pressure in the second half as Benzema scored again in the 46th minute before Vinicius Junior completed the turnaround for the Madrid outfit with his goal just eight minutes later. Eduardo Camavinga came off the bench to get his name on the scoresheet in the 72nd minute. Benzema went on to complete his hattrick via the penalty spot late in the game. The match finished with Ancelotti’s men securing a dominant 5-2 win at the Spanish capital.

Let’s take a look at how each Real Madrid player fared during the match against Celta Vigo.

GK: Thibaut Courtois – 6.5/10

The Belgian keeper made a couple of decent saves and one important clearance during the game. However, he won’t be pleased after conceding two goals in the first half.

RB: Dani Carvajal – 7/10

He got stuck in with some crunching tackles and even made a couple of crucial blocks at the back. However, Carvajal should have offered a little bit more going forward.

CB: Eder Militao – 7/10

Militao won the ball back a few times on the defensive end of the pitch and cleared the danger when required. He was strong in the air as well.

CB: Nacho – 6.5/10

The Spaniard didn’t take too many risks with his clearances and was excellent with his passing.

Real Madrid player ratings vs Celta Vigo (Real Madrid players are in action in the photo)
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LB: Miguel Gutierrez – 7/10

Gutierrez kept a good shape and made a few encouraging runs with the ball down the left flank. He ended the game with an assist to his name.

RM: Federico Valverde – 7/10

The Uruguay international made a couple of solid tackles and even bagged an assist while operating as a makeshift right-winger.

CM: Luka Modric – 7.5/10

The veteran midfielder controlled the game well and was always willing to run with the ball. He engineered a couple of key chances in the final third.

CM: Casemiro – 7/10

Casemiro anchored the midfield well but won’t be happy after allowing two goals in the first half.

LM: Vinicius Junior – 8.5/10

Vinicius was a constant threat for the Celta Vigo defenders as he made some dangerous runs with the ball down the left flank. He did well to beat the offside trap and score the all-important third goal for Los Blancos.

ST: Eden Hazard – 7/10

He missed a couple of decent chances to score but deserves some credit for causing some problems for the opposition centre-backs.

ST: Karim Benzema – 10/10

The French striker had a perfect night as he scored three goals and bagged one assist to give his team a dominant 5-2 victory at the Bernabeu. He undoubtedly deserves the man of the match award.


CM: Eduardo Camavinga – 7.5/10

The talented whizkid came off the bench to score on his debut.

CAM: Marco Asensio – 6/10

The Spaniard added some energy to Madrid’s attack.

LB: Marcelo – N/A

He hardly had any time to influence the game.

ST: Rodrygo – N/A

He came on to run the clock down.

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