Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Benzema Gets 8, Kroos With 7 | Real Madrid Players Rated In Victory Vs Valencia

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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 Valencia at King Fahd Stadium earlier today as they looked to secure a win in the Supercopa de Espana. Los Blancos made a solid start to the game and scored the opening goal in the 39th minute when Karim Benzema got his name on the scoresheet from the penalty spot. The Madrid giants went into the half-time break 1-0 up on the scoreline.

Samuel Lino equalised for Valencia in the 46th minute as the contest finished 1-1 after full-time. Real Madrid ended up winning the match on penalties by a 4-3 scoreline.

Let’s find out how each Real Madrid player performed during the match against Valencia.

GK: Thibaut Courtois – 6.5/10

The Belgian keeper made a couple of important saves during the game but won’t be pleased after conceding a goal just after the half-time break.

RB: Lucas Vazquez – 6.5/10

Vazquez didn’t do much wrong at the back and was accurate with his passing.

CB: Eder Militao – 6.5/10

Militao was mostly solid when defending inside his half and was a strong presence in the air.

CB: Antonio Rudiger – 6/10

He cleared the danger when needed and made one key chance in the final third.

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Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

LB: Nacho – 7/10

The Spaniard earned the ball back a few times and made one good chance in the final third.

CM: Federico Valverde – 7/10

He worked hard at the centre of the park and caused a few problems in the Valencia half.

CM: Toni Kroos – 7/10

Kroos made two key chances in the final third and scored his penalty in the shootout.

CM: Eduardo Camavinga – 6/10

He struggled to influence the game and got replaced in the 45th minute.

RW: Rodrygo – 6/10

Rodrygo made one good run with the ball and was accurate with his passing.

ST: Karim Benzema – 8/10

Benzema was a constant menace in the final third and scored both his penalties tonight.

LW: Vinicius Junior – 7/10

He was a real threat down the left flank but has got no goals to show for his efforts.

Substitutes:

CM: Luka Modric – 6.5/10

The veteran midfielder earned the ball back once and scored his penalty in the shootout.

RB: Dani Carvajal – 6/10

He made one important clearance at the back.

LB: Ferland Mendy – 6/10

Mendy was solid when defending inside his half.

RW: Marco Asensio – 6.5/10

He converted his penalty in the shootout.

CM: Dani Ceballos – 6/10

Ceballos added some energy to Carlo Ancelotti’s midfield.

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