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Real Madrid got back on track with a 1-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday afternoon, relieving pressure on Merengues manager Zinedine Zidane.
The two teams were unable to separate during a cautious first half, but the Whites finally managed to break the deadlock in the 56th minute with a large chunk of fortune.
A cross pass from Ferland Mendy from the left flank gave the slightest touch to Vinicius Junior’s extended boot, but it was enough to fool goalkeeper Yassine Bounou, who somehow allowed the ball to slip out of his hands. trickle down the line.
Sevilla pushed to stay level, but Madrid stood firm to claim three valuable points in the title race and reduce the pressure on manager Zidane.
Let’s take a look at the ratings of the Madrid players on Saturday afternoon.
Thibaut Courtois (GK) – 7/10 – He was not called into any drastic action due to the solid display of his rear, but he handled any task with authority.
Lucas Vázquez (RB) – 8/10 – He is not a natural defender, but he does merit, he wore the role on Saturday. He never shied away from his duties and stopped a steady stream from that flank.
Raphael Varane (CB) – 8/10 – He led the baseline with confidence after the midweek horror show against Shakhtar Donetsk. He pushed aside a barrage of crosses and defended with authority. Just what the doctor ordered.
Nacho Fernández (CB) – 8/10 – I can’t believe that Nacho is still a Madrid defender. However, he proved his worth this time, acting as a capable partner for Varane.
Ferland Mendy (LB) – 8/10 – He got the assist for the goal with a dangerous center in that dreaded corridor of uncertainty. Well defended after some poor performances in recent weeks.
Luka Modric (CM) – 7/10 – He sought to keep the game moving and tried to control the midfield battle on a tough afternoon in Seville. A quality player.
Casemiro (CM) – 8/10 – Without a doubt, the most important player in this midfield. He looked to nullify Sevilla when he got ahead, and he managed countless interceptions and blocks when the time came. A superior destroyer.
Toni Kroos (CM) – 10/7 – I was hired in the middle of the first half and I had to walk a tightrope ever since. Luckily, he was flawless in possession and tackle. He is not able to influence the games that much, but he is still important.
Rodrygo (RW) – 6/10 – Full of tricks and he loved to take his marker at every opportunity. Less involved as the game flowed down the other flank, and he was the first to replace whites.
Karim Benzema (ST) – 10/7 – Super pre-assist to release Mendy from the left side of his back to play. That is the kind of irreplaceable class that Madrid offers.
Vinicius Junior (LW) – 7/10 – He broke the deadlock with a brave snaking boot to hit home a taunting cross from the left. It made the difference.
Marco Asensio (RW) – 6/10