A Three-Zero Copa del Rey last-16 first leg victory over Leganes on the Bernabeu sees Real Madrid transfer shut to the quarterfinals, and ought to — for now — ease a number of the hypothesis round coach Santi Solari’s long-term future.
Madrid performed fairly effectively as soon as they went forward thanks to Sergio Ramos’ penalty simply earlier than the break.
With confidence flowing in the second half, Vinicius Junior’s very good 12-yard volley was the cherry on prime, and one other signal that the younger Brazilian is getting very comfy at senior degree.
Fellow kids Alvaro Odriozola and Federico Valverde additionally impressed once more, and should be placing strain on their underperforming senior counterparts in the squad.
Leganes debutant Martin Braithwaite might simply have had a Hat trick as Madrid’s defence rocked early on.
The 44,231 that witnessed this one was the smallest crowd of the season on the Bernabeu.
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7 — Beneath-fire Solari declined to use the sport for any tactical variations — sticking to the Four-Three-Three form which Leganes have been ready to exploit at occasions in the primary half. As soon as forward, Madrid took management and have been impressively hungry sufficient to provoke the error which lead to the tie-killing second aim. The Argentine also needs to take credit score for the way Vinicius is rapidly rising as a bone fide potential famous person.
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GK Keylor Navas, 7 — There was further concentrate on his efficiency due to first-choice Thibaut Courtois’ new pelvic muscle damage, and he made one flying save from a strong header by Denmark worldwide Braithwaite to preserve it at Zero-Zero early on.
DF Alvaro Odriozola, 7 — As traditional did higher work in assault than defence. One driving run into the Leganes penalty field led to loud Bernabeu complaints about VAR bias, earlier than a second related tumble persuaded referee Jesus Gil Manzano to level to the spot simply earlier than half-time.
DF Nacho, 6 — Seemed fairly rusty in his first recreation since early November, not fast sufficient to cowl the area left when Odriozola raided ahead. Had a let-off when Braithwaite was allowed to run straight by way of on his personal solely to pull his shot simply extensive.
DF Sergio Ramos, 7 — Seemed eager to take cost from the off, and there was by no means any doubt who was going to take the penalty. The membership captain calmly transformed for his 100th skilled profession aim.
DF Sergio Reguilon, 7 — With first-choice Marcelo so off form, Reguilon acquired ahead effectively from left-back, and was not likely examined in defence.
MF Federico Valverde, 7 — The teen deputising for Luka Modric had a quiet first half however grew in confidence after his workforce took the lead, whereas exhibiting a promising tendency to have a go from lengthy distance.
MF Casemiro, 6 — Extra errors such as pointless fouls in harmful Space. Nonetheless in need of match-fitness — or an invisibility cloak to keep away from The referee’s detection – after final yr’s damage.
MF Dani Ceballos, 6 — Anticipated to get a run in the workforce now with Toni Kroos injured, however was not influential sufficient in possession, and could now be behind Valverde in the pecking order.
FW Lucas Vazquez, 6 — Solari’s favorite once more coated each blade of grass, and was rewarded with a helpful open aim after Benzema and Vinicius had performed the troublesome work.
FW Karim Benzema, 7 — Solely membership captain Ramos has performed extra minutes this season for Madrid, and Benzema once more linked cleverly with these behind him. Cleverly anticipated an under-hit back-pass to arrange the tie-clinching second aim.
FW Vinicius Junior, eight — Properly marshalled by Leganes’ five-man defence in the primary half, however got here into his personal as soon as Madrid took the lead. Confirmed maturity to go up a shot and as a substitute give teammate Lucas a simple end for the second aim, and his volleyed third was his greatest second in Europe to this point.
MF Isco, 7 — Will not have been blissful to be left on the Bench as soon as once more,. Was thrown on for the final 20 minutes and was concerned in the build-up to third aim, earlier than twice going himself in a bid to discover the web late.
MF Brahim Diaz, N/R — This week’s new signing from Manchester Metropolis instantly acquired some taking part in time and appeared blissful to be on the market.
FW Cristo Gonzalez, N/R — The youth workforce striker acquired late run to give Benzema a relaxation with the sport already won.