Lucas Vazquez 8/10, Luka Modric 8/10 as Real Madrid beat Valencia

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Real Madrid are up to fifth within the La Liga desk after a 2-Zero win at house to Valencia, which appeared seemingly to be simple once they went forward early by way of visiting defender Daniel Wass’ personal aim, however was solely sealed late on when Lucas Vazquez discovered the web on the break.


The primary half was one of the best 45 minutes of Santi Solari’s time in cost, with numerous vitality and ambition in Madrid’s play. The second half was not almost as spectacular, however the Argentine continues to profit from success and his workforce had been in a position to kill the sport on the break late on.


Madrid’s full dominance of the primary half solely yielded one aim, and that from a Valencia participant. And Los Che had the higher probabilities after the break, with the house midfield not fairly in a position to management the sport, and defence once more creaking when beneath strain.

Supervisor ranking out of 10

7 — Solari continues to present a mixture of widespread sense and bravado along with his choice calls, and his belief in among the squad’s youthful gamers is paying off. The workforce nonetheless seems effectively wanting its greatest construction and type although.

Participant rankings (1-10; 10 = greatest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)

GK Thibaut Courtois, eight — A bystander within the first half, then principally watched Valencia’s forwards miss probabilities after the break. However when wanted got here up with an outstanding shut vary cease when it appeared sure substitute Michy Batshuayi was set to equalise late on.

DF Dani Carvajal, eight — Spectacular power and guile to drive after which trick his well beyond two defenders alongside the goal-line for the cross which Wass headed to his personal internet on simply eight minutes. Aggression and focus additionally elementary on the again. Was badly missed when out injured.

DF Raphael Varane, 7 — Slowly coming again to type and simply dealt along with his someday France worldwide colleague Kevin Gameiro. Just a few misplaced passes a reminder that there is nonetheless a manner to go although.

DF Sergio Ramos, 6 — Struggled to maintain tabs on Valencia’s most inform attacker Santi Mina, who twice acquired in behind however was unable to end.

DF Sergio Reguilon, 7 — With Marcelo out with a knock, Reguilon, 21, once more confirmed athleticism and ambition in assault, though struggled extra in defence when Valencia got here into it second half

MF Dani Ceballos, 7 — Changed the injured Toni Kroos and introduced a lot wanted vitality to midfield — particularly evident in urgent to recurrently win ball again in Valencia half, though not as distinguished when his workforce wanted him previous half-time and ultimately changed.

MF Marcos Llorente, 7 — One other assured efficiency within the holding midfield function, utilizing the ball merely however intelligently, and driving ahead usefully now and again. Bought away with a dangerous push on Mina in space at 1-Zero although.

MF Luka Modric, eight — Final sport earlier than Modric receives the 2018 Ballon D’Or (most likely). It was his greatest 70 minutes of the season, perhaps helped by having youthful legs alongside him.

FW Lucas Vazquez, 7 — Solari and the Bernabeu followers worth his workrate and tactical consciousness on the wing, and two objectives in two video games now after he once more popped up to end a transfer from shut vary

FW Karim Benzema, eight — New Bernabeu favorite was loudly cheered on three events for working again to personal half to regain possession — got here shut to aim of month contenders with a flashing volley and curling 20 yarder in first half. Additionally laid on the Lucas Vaquez aim which clinched the factors.

FW Gareth Bale, 6 — Just a few harmful driving runs on the ball, and introduced high save from Valencia goalkeeper Neto at close to put up in first half. However no aim in 10 La Liga video games now and whistled when substituted with 25 minutes remaining with an obvious thigh damage.


FW Marco Asensio, 6 — Nonetheless not clicking for him this season, ought to have made it 2-Zero when arrange by Llorente, however hit defender on the road.

MF Fede Valverde, 7 — Surprisingly sprung to substitute Modric with 20 minutes remaining, the Uruguayan 20 yr previous confirmed why with some good touches and long-limbed strides ahead.

FW Isco, N/R — Again from the chilly for the final 9 minutes of regular time, and helped maintain ball and run down clock at 2-Zero up.

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