Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid: Player Ratings | La Liga

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Saturday’s El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona lived up to every ounce of hype showered on it. With 22 of the world’s best players on the field in a gargantuan tussle, the quality of the game was never in question.

Barcelona began the game on the front foot, controlling and dictating the play through the first period. They even took the early lead on the day through Ilkay Gundogan, piling the pressure on Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Real Madrid, however, walked out of the dressing room with renewed determination in the second period. After 15 minutes of relentless pressing and attacking intent, they equalised through Jude Bellingham and set up for an exciting finish.

In the end, Real Madrid’s English sensation struck another goal in stoppage time to give his side all three points. An absolute thriller.

Madrid Universal brings you the player ratings from the season’s first Clasico.

Kepa Arrizabalaga: 6

The Spaniard showed slight nerves in his first Clasico with some questionable distribution throughout the game. Could not do much about Barcelona’s opener, but could have been better with his long balls. Made a big save to deny Araujo in the second half.

Daniel Carvajal: 8

Easily Real Madrid’s best defender on the day, Carvajal was the only one who looked reassuring with his moves. He struggled to contain Alejandro Balde and Joao Felix at times but made crucial interceptions to deny Joao Felix and Fermin Lopez in the first half.

Moreover, he was the only player providing width down Real Madrid’s right flank and did so to good effect.

Antonio Rudiger: 7.5

Solid, reassuring, and alert in defence, Rudiger held Real Madrid’s fortress single-handedly at times. Yet, he holds part of the blame for the first goal conceded.

David Alaba: 6

The Austrian international was far from his best at Montjuic. His weak interception fed the ball to Ilkay Gundogan’s feet for Barcelona’s opener, but that was not the only time he was defensively exposed in the game.

Ferland Mendy: 6

While Mendy was decent with his distribution, he did not contribute much to Los Blancos buildup or press against Barcelona. Virtually absent in attack, thereby reducing the width of Real Madrid’s play in the final third. Came off early in the second half.

Aurelien Tchouameni: 7

Was unfortunate for his touch to end up as the reason behind Barcelona’s opener, but the Frenchman was amongst those who failed to track back.

Apart from the blatant error, Tchouameni was decent in defence and came close to scoring with a belter of a shot from distance.

Federico Valverde: 7.5

The Uruguayan was at the heart of every Real Madrid counter and worked like a machine down the right flank. Combined well with Carvajal to create danger on the flank and effectively switched the play to catch the hosts off guard.

Top performers. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Toni Kroos: 8

The German maestro was on song but put under serious pressure by Barcelona’s midfield numbers. Yet, the midfielder was the one orchestrating the visitors’ play and looking towards the goal with the long shot.

Completed the game with two key passes and one shot blocked as he made his way off the field at the hour mark.

Jude Bellingham: 10

Was quiet for the better part of his first Clasico, tightly marked by Barcelona’s Gavi. With no balls being played through the lines, he was forced to drop deeper and collect the ball.

He stepped up, and in grand style in the 68th minute. Fired a sensational strike to beat Ter Stegen and equalise the score.

Was once again on the money in the penultimate minute as he scored a fine goal to gift his side the win. What a signing.

Vinicius Jr: 6.5

The Brazilian was frustrated by Ronald Araujo in the first half, for the Uruguayan barely allowed him to breathe in El Clasico. He was constantly marked and struggled to wriggle away.

Rodrygo Goes: 6.5

The Brazilian was one of the lone attackers for Real Madrid for long tracts in the game, especially considering how Los Blancos spent spells chasing after the ball. Created some threat with his off-the-ball runs but was largely neutralised by Barcelona’s centre-halves.

Created a more tangible threat in the second half but was taken off early for Joselu.

SUBSTITUTES

Eduardo Camavinga: 7

Came on to replace Mendy as the left-back, presumably to add punch to Real Madrid’s attack. Did so with perfection, for Los Blancos’ attacking prowess almost instantly improved after his introduction.

Joselu: 5

Replaced Rodrygo at the hour mark but did not create much of a presence in Barcelona’s box.

Luka Modric: 7.5

Modric came on and stole the show. The Croatian ran the show in midfield for the final 20 minutes as his balls over the top constantly menaced the Blaugranas

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