Brahim Díaz produced one of the best individual performances of the season and received a standing ovation at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Full player ratings from the match below:
Andriy Lunin—8: Great save to deny Greizmann’s backheel at the end of the match. Strong in his distribution and had a total of four svaes on the night.
Lucas Vázquez—8: He bagged Rodrigo Riquelme in the first half, forcing Simeone to change tactics and replace the difficult Spanish winger. He worked tirelessly all afternoon and remains in good shape.
Dani Carvajal—7: The center’s emergency option was activated. The vice-captain played well in an unusual position and made a couple of crucial tackles on Greizmann. Madrid’s weakness throughout the afternoon was aerial duels, as expected.
Nacho—4: The captain’s bad streak continues: when will the real Nacho return? He could have done more with the goal conceded in the last minute and he probably should have attacked the ball with his head, rather than his foot.
Ferland Mendy—8: You know a certain French left-back is coming into his own when he starts playing roulette near his own box, out-dribbles four players and launches long, weak-footed balls down the field. Mendy was solid all night and none of Llorenete, Molina or Rodrigo de Paul had much success against the side.
Eduardo Camavinga—7: Very good first half, where the Frenchman completed each pass and was disciplined in his positioning. The game was more chaotic in the second half, an atmosphere in which Camavinga and Madrid usually thrive, which allowed Camavinga to make some of his forays with the ball in space, but one of those plays late in the game caused a dispossession and the goal conceded. .
Toni Kroos—9: What a season the German is having, one of the best midfielders of all time once again put in an incredible performance. He had the most touches of any player on the pitch (117), 3 key passes, 16/18 long balls completed (crazy), defended well and almost scored a volley from outside the box. He makes everything seem so simple.
Fede Valverde—6.5: He played closer to the right side of midfield to support Vázquez and provide overloads with Brahim, Bellingham and Rodrygo. He helped generate many combination plays and numerical superiority on the right.
Judas Bellingham—8: Even with two or three players chasing him, Bellingham put in another fine display. He finished the game with 4 key passes, he should have deserved at least a penalty for his two clear shouts (Llorente holds on in the area and Savic’s push), he almost had Benzema at the moment of skill of the calderón, he freed Joselu with a skillful blow who -megged Lllorente- had a little bit of everything in his game and the only thing missing was a goal.
Brahim Díaz—9: Sensational: Sid nicknamed him the “mini maradona” on the post-game podcast and rightly so. The Spaniard produced amazing moments to showcase his technical ability and scored Madrid’s only goal. Just before being unfairly substituted, he produced what would have been one of the goals of the season. He finished the match with 4 complete dribbles and 3 key passes in addition to a standing ovation from the Santiago Bernabéu.
Rodrygo—5.5: A great opportunity was missed in the second half in a moment of transition in which Fede chose to bring on Rodrygo and the Brazilian’s shot went wide. His interaction and defensive work rate were good, but he is proving to be a streaky player when it comes to finishing. He’s coming back on a five-game goalless streak and needs that killer instinct to take his game to the next level.
Joselu—7: A good central presence when entering the game. He had several layoffs, one-touch moves and good first touches that helped ease the game and keep the team moving forward.
Luka Modric—6: He played well and provided the energy needed to keep the ball moving and provide more controlled possession, but arguably he came on early for that type of tactic in the game or, if Carlo insisted on more control in midfield, he should have played deeper and more central instead of Replace Rodrygo further up the pitch.
Dani Ceballos—N/A: Late substitution for Bellingham to provide even more control and fresh legs to finish the game, but a last minute equalizer negated that plan.