Top performances from Eder Militao and Vinicius Junior earn them 9s for Real Madrid

Sooraj Kamath - Writer 01:12 26/09/2019
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Vinicius

Real Madrid marched to the top of the La Liga table after they became the first team to defeat newly promoted Osasuna this season.

Los Blancos emerged 2-0 victors, with Vinicius Junior’s incredible goal from distance and Rodrygo’s neat finish from the edge of the box triggering no response from the visitors.

Luka Jovic had a goal ruled out by VAR for being marginally offside before he latched on to Lucas Vasquez’s pass.

We take a look at how the Madrid players performed.

REAL MADRID (4-3-3)

Alphonse Areola: Hardly tested but made some superb claims and was always positioned very well. 7

Alvaro Odriozola: Overlapped well, produced some promising runs and tracked back in time to make up for the space he left behind. 7

Eder Militao: Confident display at the back, did a great job to clean up the mess when he was the last man. Displayed promising signs of what he is capable of. 9

Sergio Ramos: A solid, error-free game from the captain. Never shied away from venturing out of his position to get the job done and almost always made the right call. 7

Nacho: Not as productive in attack, barely tested in defence. Earned a yellow card and was mostly a spectator on the pitch. 6

Federico Valverde: A bland performance from the youngster, outshone by everyone else around him. 5

Casemiro: Always at the right place at the right time, screened the defence very well and provided a wonderful pass to Rodrygo that turned into an assist. 8

Toni Kroos: An assist marked a fresh change of pace from a disastrous performance in Paris and a sub-par show against Sevilla. Also fired from a distance to keep the opposition goalkeeper on his toes. 7

Lucas Vasquez: An average performance, lacked the elements that could make a case for why he must bench Gareth Bale. 6

Vinicius Junior: One of his best performances in a Los Blancos shirt that had everything – dribbles, accurate crosses and a banger of a goal. 9

Luka Jovic: Missed two easy chances and had a goal disallowed for marginal offside by VAR. An unlucky night for Jovic. 6

Substitutes

Rodrygo (71’): Came on for Vinicius and scored a brilliant goal within 90 seconds of coming on. 8

James Rodriguez (82’): Came on for the last 10 minutes, barely got an opportunity to do anything. N/A

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