A calamity at Ipurua saw Eibar demolish Real Madrid in a one-sided affair. Santiago Solari’s tenure as a permanent manager started with a 3-0 defeat to the Basque team.
Thibaut Courtois impressed while Dani Ceballos and Sergio Ramos dropped disaster-classes. We rate the Los Blancos players based on their performances.
REAL MADRID 4-3-3
Thibaut Courtois (7/10): Best player on the field for Real Madrid, prevented further humiliation after a series of some good saves, couple of them from point blank range.
Alvaro Odriozola (2/10): Dominated by Marc Cucurella throughout, forced off due to an injury in the second half.
Raphael Varane (5/10): An average performance by the Frenchman, was crucial in warding off a couple of attacks that could’ve led to goals, though.
Sergio Ramos (2/10): Ramos did his best to prove that he’s not implicated in any doping with an absolute shocker, easily the worst player on the pitch.
Marcelo (5/10): Funny that Madrid’s best attacking player is their left-back. But typically Marcelo could’ve defended a lot better.
Dani Ceballos (2/10): Looked utterly clueless throughout, lost the ball which led to the second goal.
Luke Modric (3/10): Was comfortably overpowered by Eibar’s midfield. Joan Jordan and Gonzalo Escalante did not have to break sweat.
Toni Kroos (3/10): Lacked press-resistance, creativity, threat and pretty much everything.
Gareth Bale (3/10): Started off with a 6/10 performance but went downhill and was anonymous in the second half.
Karim Benzema (3/10): Failed to break the offside traps, awful movement and sub-par finishing.
Marco Asensio (3/10): Failed to keep up with Orellana, toothless in attack.
Daniel Carvajal (5/10): Delivered a couple of crosses after coming on, Madrid attack looked more lively after he was introduced.
Isco (3/10): Can’t make a case for a spot in the starting line-up with performances like these.
Vinicius Junior (4/10): Failed to provide the final product, but in his defence, you can’t throw a teenager into the fire and ask him to extinguish with a glass of water.
Real Madrid were subject to 90 minutes of pure humiliation at Ipurua as a Marc Cucurella-led Eibar dismantled the European champions in a 3-0 win.
Los Blancos experienced their first defeat in the Santiago Scolari era in the very next game after the Spaniard was handed a permanent contract. We take a look at some of the talking points from the game.
TROUBLE ON THE WINGS
Eibar dominated Madrid in every department but their dominance on the wing stands out as the prime factor which led to Madrid’s defeat.
Cucurella grabbed two assists and was involved in all three goals. The degree to how terrible Alvaro Odriozola played cannot be stressed upon enough. The former Barcelona left-back who functioned as a wide midfielder for Eibar had the former Real Socieded right-back on his toes for every minute the latter was on the field.
An injury forced Odriozola to make way for Dani Carvajal who played his first game after recovering from an injury. But the Spanish international met with the same fate when came up against the La Masia graduate.
On the other wing, Fabian Orellana created all sorts of problem for Marco Asensio and Marcelo but failed to deliver the final ball with precision with most of the crosses flying wide.
MORE DEFENSIVE WOES
The fact the goalkeeper was one of the best players in a 3-0 drubbing says a lot about how dreadful Madrid’s defence performed. Raphael Varane had an average game and stood tall on most occasions, which further piles the blame on Madrid’s worst player of the day, Sergio Ramos.
The Real and Spain captain displayed potentially his worst performance of the season and given how poor he’s been, that’s definitely saying something. Ramos gifted the ball on a platter twice, to Kike Garcia and Sergio Enrich and the score-line could have read 5-0, had Thibaut Courtois not reacted in time.
The backline seemed extremely unsettled and with the pair of Garcia and Enrich pressing persistently, mistakes were bound to pop up.
The absence of Casemiro was clearly visible as the defence looked terribly open without the Brazilian who provides good cover.
BALE AND BENZEMA GO MISSING
After a string of good performances, the Madrid frontline went back to firing blanks. Karim Benzema frequently failed to break the off-side trap and was awful with his movement. The Frenchman also had a couple of opportunities which he should have buried.
Gareth Bale was allowed a rather free, central role in the first half and started off well, creating a few chances. However, the Welshman went completely missing in the second half.
Burdened with his defensive duties as a result of Orellana causing problems on the right, Marco Asensio was not as involved in attack as he should’ve been. The Spaniard was sub-par throughout the game and should be doing a lot better, given he’s taking up Isco’s spot in the line-up.
In a rather unconvincing defence of the forwards, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric did nothing to earn any praise either and most of Madrid’s chances came after by-passing the midfield.
This should be the last straw and Los Blancos should definitely consider bolstering the frontline as early as in the winter transfer window.
Eibar claimed their first ever win over Real Madrid in spectacular fashion to hand Santiago Solari his first defeat at the helm of the Spanish giants.
Solari had made the best start by any boss in Real’s history with four successive victories after taking over on an interim basis and he was given a permanent deal until 2021 during the international break.
But any notion of extending his honeymoon period was emphatically closed as goals from Gonzalo Escalante, Sergi Enrich and Kike condemned Real to a 3-0 defeat at the Municipal de Ipurua.
The result in no way flattered the hosts, who had lost eight and drawn two of their previous 10 fixtures against the capital club, as they delivered on boss Jose Luis Mendilibar’s pre-match promise to take the game to Real.
The visitors welcomed back defenders Raphael Varane and Marcelo while Dani Ceballos came in for injured Brazilian midfielder Casemiro and Marco Asensio replaced Lucas Vazquez, who dropped to the bench.
Sergio Ramos also started a day after he was staunchly defended by Real following a report which alleged he was involved in a breach of anti-doping regulations.
Eibar started well as former Middlesbrough striker Kike unleashed a fierce strike from distance that cannoned off the angle of the goalframe.
Gareth Bale thought he had broken the deadlock moments later when he rifled past Asier Riesgo from outside the area, only to be denied by the offside flag while Jose Angel cleared off the line after Asensio had chipped over the Eibar goalkeeper.
In a pulsating end-to-end start, Escalante put Eibar ahead in the 18th minute, following up on the rebound after Kike’s shot from on-loan Barcelona forward Marc Cucurella’s cross had been parried by Thibaut Courtois.
It was a scruffy finish and Escalante was initially flagged for offside but the decision was correctly overturned by the video assistant referee.
Emboldened by the early breakthrough, Eibar continued on the front foot although Bale went close before the break, with his free-kick tipped around the post by Riesgo.
Real had lacked any sense of haste in the first half and their passive approach was punished seven minutes after the interval when Enrich doubled Eibar’s lead.
Alvaro Odriozola was dispossessed in a dangerous area, leading to the influential Cucurella finding Enrich, who composed himself before drilling past Courtois.
The two Eibar players linked up again five minutes later, Cucurella’s cross reaching Enrich, who touched on for Kike to get on the scoresheet and leave Real thoroughly shell-shocked.
Eibar were three goals to the good before the hour mark but they still kept pouring forward and only a fine save from Courtois denied Fabian Orellana’s flash at goal.
Real could not even score a consolation in the closing stages as Enrich and Kike were greeted with raucous cheers as they were substituted late on.
Eibar move up to seventh following this success, one place and two points behind Real, who succumbed to their fifth LaLiga defeat of the season.