Real Madrid entertained Liverpool at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium earlier tonight as they focused on securing a good result at home in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League last 16 tie. Los Blancos made a decent start to the game but were held to a scoreless draw at the half-time break.
Karim Benzema finally managed to break the deadlock in the 78th minute as the contest finished 1-0 in favour of Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
Let’s take a look at how each Real Madrid player fared during the match against the Reds.
GK: Thibaut Courtois – 7.5/10
The Belgian keeper made a few solid saves at the back and earned a well-deserved clean sheet for Real Madrid at home.
RB: Dani Carvajal – 7/10
The Spaniard dealt with the danger when needed but offered very little going forward.
CB: Eder Militao – 7/10
He didn’t do much wrong at the back and performed well enough to secure the clean sheet.
CB: Antonio Rudiger – 7.5/10
Rudiger made a lot of important clearances at the back and made one key chance in the Liverpool half.
LB: Nacho – 7.5/10
The Spaniard gave a good account of himself on the defensive end of the field and was lively on the ball as well.
CM: Luka Modric – 7/10
Modric was a class act at the centre of the park. He moved the ball well and dominated the opposition for major periods of the contest.
CM: Eduardo Camavinga – 7/10
He anchored the midfield with conviction and was a threat at the other end of the pitch.
CM: Toni Kroos – 7.5/10
Kroos was a positive influence at both ends of the field and was replaced in the 83rd minute.
RW: Federico Valverde – 7/10
He was a constant menace in the final third but didn’t do enough to register a goal.
ST: Karim Benzema – 8/10
Benzema caused a lot of headaches for the opposition defenders and got his name on the scoresheet with a good finish in the 78th minute.
LW: Vinicius Junior – 8/10
The Brazilian winger made a handful of excellent runs with the ball. Vinicius Jr. picked up an assist for setting up Benzema’s match-winner.
CM: Dani Ceballos – N/A
Ceballos hardly had any time to influence the game.
RW: Rodrygo – N/A
He didn’t get enough time to influence the contest.
CM: Aurelien Tchouameni – N/A
Tchouameni came on for the final few minutes of the game.
ST: Marco Asensio – N/A
Asensio added some freshness to Ancelotti.
RB: Lucas Vazquez – N/A
He didn’t get enough minutes to warrant a rating.