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Real Madrid drew points with Atlético de barrio at the top of the league after beating Eibar 3-1.
The Whites have been slowly picking up their pace after a slow start to the season, and they quickly came out of the blocks against a team that had conceded just ten goals in their first 13 La Liga games.
Unsurprisingly, it was Karim Benzema who got things going as he scooped up Rodrygo’s delicious dinked ball overhead to open the scoring after six minutes. The Frenchman became a supplier less than ten minutes later, when he made his way to the starting line magnificently before cutting for Luka Modric to shoot into the roof of the net.
Real Madrid were affected by Kike’s sensational effort, but Lucas Vázquez’s late goal, again prepared by Benzema, ensured they tied with Atlético on points, although Diego Simeone’s team has two games in hand.
Here it is 90minZinedine Zidane’s page ratings.
Thibaut Courtois (GK) – 6/10 – A couple of saves made and generally dominant in the air. A good day at the office for the Belgian.
Dani Carvajal (RB) – 7/10 – Real are a much better team with Carvajal fit and available, for which he was recently recognized by 90min as a world-class right back.
Raphael Varane (CB) – 6/10 – Comfortable in possession and safe in the air.
Sergio Ramos (CB) – 6/10 – It is not one of Ramos’ most influential games, but he took hold of things well after Kike’s superb strike surprised Real.
Ferland Mendy (LB) – 7/10 – Shock, horror: Mendy instead of Marcelo and three other points in the bag.
Luka Modric (CM) – 8/10 – It is absolutely impossible for this man to be 35, but apparently he is. Still glides on effortlessly, pulls out silky bits of skill spirit wonderful goal networks.
Casemiro (CM) – 7/10 – Solid and reliable at the base of the midfield, as it always has been. A world-class performer who is the glue on this side.
Toni Kroos (CM) – 7/10 – Probably the least effective of the three in Real’s midfield, but does he ever give the ball away? No basically.
Lucas Vázquez (RW) – 7/10 – A sloppy first touch allowed Eibar to get back into play, but they bonded nicely with Benzema to put the game to bed.
Karim Benzema (ST) – 10/9 – One goal, two assists and another first-rate performance from the best Real player.
Rodrygo (LW) – 8/10 – It is more impressive every time he puts on a white t-shirt. Of course, Eibar is not going to be your toughest test this season, but you can only beat what is in front of you, right?
Fede Valverde (CM) – 6/10
Marco Asensio (LW) – 6/10