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Benzema Gets 7, Modric With 5.5 | Real Madrid Players Rated In Poor Loss Vs Barcelona

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Real Madrid clashed heads with Barcelona at the King Fahd Stadium earlier tonight as they hoped to grind out a good result in the Spanish Super Cup final. Los Blancos made a poor start to the game and conceded the opening goal in the 33rd minute when Gavi found the back of the net. Robert Lewandowski scored for Barca just 12 minutes later as Carlo Ancelotti’s side went into the half-time break 2-0 down on the scoreline.

Pedri managed to kill the contest off when he got his name on the scoresheet in the 69th minute. Karim Benzema scored a late consolation goal for Real Madrid as they crashed to a 3-1 defeat in Saudi Arabia.

Let’s take a look at how each Real Madrid player performed during the match against Barcelona.

GK: Thibaut Courtois – 6/10

The Belgian keeper made a few important saves at the back but still conceded three goals tonight.

RB: Dani Carvajal – 6/10

He failed to keep things solid at the back but struggled to influence the game going forward.

CB: Eder Militao – 6/10

Militao did his fair share of defending inside his half and won a couple of aerial duels.

CB: Antonio Rudiger – 6/10

The German talent impressed at times but failed to keep the Barca attackers quiet.

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LB: Ferland Mendy – 6/10

Mendy tried to keep things solid at the back and made one key chance in the final third.

CM: Luka Modric – 5.5/10

He failed to get into the rhythm of the game and was replaced after the hour mark.

CM: Eduardo Camavinga – 6/10

Camavinga had a tough first half and was substituted at half-time.

CM: Toni Kroos – 6/10

The German sensation failed to get into the flow of the game but was accurate with his passing.

RW: Federico Valverde – 6/10

He made one decent chance from the right flank but never looked like he would score.

ST: Karim Benzema – 7/10

The French striker was a constant menace in the final third and got his deserved goal in injury time.

LW: Vinicius Junior – 6/10

He got stuck in with some solid tackles and made two good runs with the ball.

Substitutes:

ST: Rodrygo – 6.5/10

Rodrygo managed to impress at times after coming on at half-time.

CM: Dani Ceballos – 6.5/10

He made two good chances in the final third.

CB: Nacho – 6.5/10

Nacho engineered one key chance going forward.

RW: Marco Asensio – 6.5/10

He engineered a couple of decent chances in the opponent’s half.

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