Real Madrid player ratings as Karim Benzema and Federico Valverde help Los Blancos to 1-1 draw at Valencia

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Thibaut Courtois had a big part to play as Real Madrid rescued a point at Valencia on Sunday night.

After Carles Soler had put the hosts ahead at the Mestalla in the 78th minute, the Madrid keeper was sent forward for a corner kick deep into stoppage time.

The towering Belgian managed to get a strong header to the delivery and following a save from Jaume Domenech, Karim Benzema pounced on the loose ball to draw his side level.

The 1-1 result means Madrid go level with Barcelona at the top of La Liga ahead of the meeting between the two sides on Wednesday.

Here, we rate Madrid’s players.


Courtois 6 – Helpless against the goal but made some routine saves and his excellent header at the other end led to a dramatic late equaliser.

Carvajal 5 – A little rash with his tackling but got forward often and whipped in crosses.

Varane 6 – Swept up well as the last man. Good with his distribution as nine of his 10 long balls found their targets.

Ramos 6 – The more proactive of the two centre-backs and made some good tackles.

Nacho 5 – Good cross for Benezema in the first half. Decent display on his return from injury until his weak attempted header led to the goal.

Modric 6 – The most attacking of the central midfielders and played some good stuff but couldn’t break Valencia’s low block.

Valverde 7 – Fantastic strike was saved early on after a one-two with Benzema. Seemed to win every loose ball.

Kroos 7 – Distributed the ball impeccably. Not much thrust to his passes but flawless in keeping possession and bringing others into play.

Rodrygo 5 – An underwhelming display from the youngster though not lacking in effort as he tracked back well. Lost the ball numerous times.

Benzema 7 – Glancing header went just wide early on. Excellent movement and link-up play throughout. Snatched a point with the last kick of the game.

Isco 4 – A forgetful night for the Spaniard. Never seemed to get involved in the game.


Bale (69′) 6 – Excellent corner found Courtois in the dying seconds and led to the goal.

Vnicius (69′) 5 – Offered pace and threat but lacked end product.

Jovic (81′) N/A – Had the ball in the back of the net but was offside.

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