Player ratings as Dani Ceballos, Isco and Marcos Asensio standout for Real Madrid in win over Alaves

Andy West 21:23 23/09/2017
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  • Dani Ceballos scored twice on his full debut as Real Madrid bounced back from a shock midweek defeat to Real Betis to close to within four points of La Liga leaders Barcelona with a 2-1 win at Alaves.

    Here is our match ratings for both sides…


    Pacheco 5 – Made a couple of decent saves but looked shaky and made a terrible error for the winner with a weak clearance.

    Vigaray 5 – Limited impact in the opening period before departing through injury at the break.

    Ely 6 – Did a good job in defence with several key clearances and offered a threat coming forward for set-pieces.

    Maripan 5 – Good in the air but poor with the ball on the floor, and contributed to Madrid’s winner by colliding with his goalkeeper.

    Duarte 6 – Had more touches than any other Alaves player, always looking to be constructive in attack.

    Garcia 7 – Lion-hearted display and a brilliant header for his team’s first goal of the season, but lucky to stay on after elbowing Vazquez.

    Torres 6 – Battled hard in midfield to subdue the threats of Madrid’s more technically gifted players.

    Burgui 6 – Started the move for the equaliser with a brilliant run but otherwise wasteful in possession.

    Medran 5 – Couldn’t make sufficient impact upon the game, struggling to escape the attentions of Casemiro.

    Gomez 6 – Generally the brightest and most dangerous Alaves player, troubling the visitors with his darting runs and clever deliveries.

    Munir 6 – Worked tirelessly and delivered a great cross for Garcia’s goal, but otherwise lacked impact in the final third.

    Alaves boss Javier Cabello

    Alaves boss Javier Cabello


    Sobrino 5 – Came on for the latter stages and didn’t really get into the game.

    Pedraza 7 – Unlucky not to steal a point as he twice hit the woodwork after coming on.

    Alexis 6 – Introduced at right-back for the second half and stuck to his task well defensively, albeit limited coming forward.

    Dani Carvajal vies with Alaves' Alfonso Pedraza

    Dani Carvajal vies with Alaves’ Alfonso Pedraza


    Navas 6 – No chance for Alaves’s goal and few saves to make. Did what he had to well enough.

    Carvajal 6 – The threat of Gomez made him less of an attacking threat than usual, but his cross led to the winner.

    Ramos 7 – Excellent defensive display to shackle Munir but should have scored when presented a near-open goal in the second half.

    Varane 6 – Used his pace to good effect but made a key slip which nearly allowed Pedraza to grab a leveller.

    Nacho 6 – Typically committed performance, doing well against Burgui and nearly scoring with a header from a corner.

    Ceballos 7 – Marked his full league debut with two well-taken goals and a bright first half, but faded as the game went on.

    Casemiro 6 – Missed the presence of Modric and Kroos, looking less assured than usual, but worked hard defensively.

    Isco 7 – Not his best performance but still at the heart of everything and produced a magical piece of control to create a golden chance for Ramos.

    Vazquez 6 – Gave his team good width and always tracked back in defence, but lacked precision in the final third.

    Ronaldo 6 – Still waiting for his first league goal of the season after twice hitting the post. One of the few times he’s lined up as central striker in a front three.

    Asensio 7 – Some classy moments including the assist for Ceballos’s opener. Fluid in his movement and worked hard without the ball.

    Dani Ceballos (R) celebrates his second goal

    Dani Ceballos (R) celebrates his second goal


    Llorente 6 – Received a standing ovation as he returned to former loan club and gave a safe, reliable performance.

    Mayoral – Came on for the dying stages and hardly touched the ball.

    Zinedine Zidane watches on as Real Madrid edge past Alaves

    Zinedine Zidane watches on as Real Madrid edge past Alaves