Real Madrid 2-1 Eibar: Player ratings as Karim Benzema brace earns hosts victory

Sooraj Kamath - Writer 20:20 06/04/2019
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Karim Benzema

Real Madrid came from behind to deny Eibar a double win in the league this season. Los Blancos were 1-0 down at half-time, but a brace from Karim Benzema helped them get the better of the visitors and bag all three points.

Marc Cardona opened the scoring with a chip over Keylor Navas after he was set up by Gonzalo Escalante. The visitors were in total control but Madrid righted their wrongs in the second half and completed what was actually an unlikely comeback.

We take a look at how the Real players fared.

REAL MADRID 4-3-3

Keylor Navas 5: Was not tested as often. He could have done better with his distribution, especially amid all the intense pressing from Eibar.

Alvaro Odiozola 7: Kept a check on Barcelona loanee Marc Cucurella, so full marks for that. He also did well to set up Benzema for the equaliser.

Raphael Varane 5: Worst player in Madrid’s back-line, and by extension, on the entire pitch in the first half. Did well to put in a good shift after the break, but not enough to deserve a higher rating.

Nacho 5: The lesser of the two evils, Nacho covered for a couple of Varane’s mistake. But it was still a bad day at the office for Madrid’s centre-backs, especially in the first half.

Sergio Reguilon 6: A positive performance from the youngster, although he could have done better to prevent Cardona from scoring Eibar’s goal.

Federico Valverde 7: Madrid’s best player in the first half. He controlled the tempo in midfield beautifully and provided more than able support to Luka Modric in the double pivot.

Luka Modric 5: Pick-pocketed a couple of times and dribbled past players, however, the first half was a total nightmare for the Croatian. The second was only slightly better.

Isco 8: The source of most of the creativity for Madrid. Isco wants to fix his spot in the starting line-up after a troubling season and he is showing it through his performances.

Marco Asensio 6: Asensio did add some much-needed fire-power in the Madrid frontline but there were times where he could have done better with his decision making.

Gareth Bale 4: Performances like this will not do any good to Bale’s chances of continuing at the club. He was shaky with his passes and horrible with his shooting. Defeated.

Karim Benzema 9: Madrid’s saviour did it again. Had the ball in the back of the net four times, but only two of those, both headers, changed the scoreline. Clearly Madrid’s best player in this fixture and the entire season.

SUBSTITUTES 

Lucas Vazquez 6: Came on for the last 15 minutes, nothing significant from him.

Toni Kroos 7: Came on as a late substitute and grabbed an assist from the corner.

Brahim Diaz N/A: Arrived in injury time.

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