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Benzema Gets A Perfect 10 | Real Madrid Players Rated In Dominant Win 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 faced off against Barcelona at the Nou Camp earlier tonight as they looked to secure a positive result on the road in the Copa del Rey. Los Blancos made a quick start to the game and scored the opening goal in the first half injury-time when Vinicius Junior got his name on the scoresheet. The Madrid giants went into the half-time break with a 1-0 lead (1-1 on aggregate).

Carlo Ancelotti’s men ramped up the pressure in the second 45 minutes. Karim Benzema scored a quick-fire brace after the restart before completing his hattrick in the 80th minute. The contest finished with Los Blancos earning a dominant 4-0 win (4-1 on aggregate) which was enough for them to book a place in the final of the Copa del Rey.

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

GK: Thibaut Courtois – 7.5/10

The Belgian keeper made a few solid saves at the back and earned an important clean sheet away from home.

RB: Dani Carvajal – 6/10

He didn’t do much wrong at the back and was lively going forward.

CB: Eder Militao – 7.5/10

Militao kept things tidy when defending inside his half and did enough to keep Robert Lewandowski quiet.

CB: David Alaba – 7/10

He organised his backline well and will be quite happy with the clean sheet tonight.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – APRIL 05: (L-R)Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid celebrates with teammates Karim Benzema, Rodrygo and Daniel Carvajal after scoring the team’s first goal during the Copa Del Rey Semi Final Second Leg match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Spotify Camp Nou on April 05, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

LB: Eduardo Camavinga – 8/10

Camavinga once again impressed at left-back as he was a positive influence at both ends of the field.

CM: Federico Valverde – 6/10

He struggled to get into the flow of the game and was mostly quiet during the game.

CM: Toni Kroos – 7/10

Kroos kept possession moving really well and produced a decent performance at the centre of the park.

CM: Luka Modric – 8/10

He made a quiet start to the game and was great after the half-time break. Modric got replaced in the 87th minute.

RW: Rodrygo – 6.5/10

He had a few bright moments in the final third but didn’t do enough to register a goal.

ST: Karim Benzema – 10/10

The French striker scored a hattrick in the second half and made a real difference for Real Madrid tonight. He deserves to get the man of the match award.

LW: Vinicius Junior – 9/10

He scored the all-important opening goal for Los Blancos and also earned a penalty in the second half. Vinicius Jr. ended the game with an assist to his name as well.


RW: Marco Asensio – 6/10

Asensio offered very little after coming off the bench.

CM: Dani Ceballos – N/A

He hardly had any time to influence the game.

CM: Aurelien Tchouameni – N/A

Tchouameni came on for the final few minutes of the game.

CB: Nacho Fernandez – N/A

He didn’t get enough time to make an impact.

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