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Real Madrid 4-1 Barcelona: player ratings

Man of the Match: Vinícius Jr (9)

In the garden of another number 7, the Brazilian winger had a feast tonight. After just ten minutes of play, he managed to score a brace, each time taking the opposing defense at fault. First, he was ideally launched into the depth by Bellingham, he took on Peña to finish in an empty net. A few minutes later, Rodrygo served him on a plate for his second goal at close range from the Barcelona goal. On fire, he continued to get the upper hand in his duel against Araújo and on a cross from Tchouaméni, his counterpart held him back and the referee whistled a penalty. The coup de château was achieved thanks to his attempt in the right side netting. Substituted by Camavinga.

Real Madrid: 4-3-1-2

Lunin (7.5): A paying choice. Starting in place of Kepa, the Ukrainian goalkeeper reassured his teammates tonight by making several decisive saves. At the twelfth minute, he was saved by his bar on a shot from Torres before intervening brilliantly on a attempt, in the wake, of Lewandowski. A few minutes later, he made a save with his foot against the Spanish winger before being helpless against the number 9 of Barça at the half-hour mark. In the second half, he intervened at close range against Félix, thus preventing any hope of a comeback on the Catalan side.

Carvajal (7): After his superb semi-final, the Merengue fullback assured tonight for a good part of the match. Dominant in his duels against Roberto, he was not in difficulty until the entry of Félix who tried to stir up the Barcelona attack.

Rüdiger (7): Solid in his position, the German defender succeeded in his part from beginning to end.

Nacho (6.5): The Real captain turned in a fine copy by being valuable in the recovery in the first half. A calmer second half.

Mendy (4): He missed his first act. Absent in the defensive sector, he was too often sucked in by the ball and Barça took advantage to insist in his corridor. In fact, the big opportunities for the opposition came from his counterpart, Torres. At the half-hour mark, on a corner, he cleared the ball full axis, with his head, Lewandowski took advantage to come and reduce the score with a superb volley. A less painful second half despite a lack of penetration in the last thirty-five meters of the Blaugranas.

Valverde (7.5): As usual, he raked every blade of grass on the pitch today, being present defensively as well as offensively. Substituted by Ceballos.

Tchouaméni (7): Nice performance from the French midfielder, who in addition to being precious defensively, he knew how to create the difference in the opposing half of the field. Just before half-time, he sent a superb cross to Vinícius, who was unbalanced and the referee logically whistled a penalty, which was converted by the Brazilian winger.

Kroos (7): Well placed in his playing area and as always, technically precise, the German midfielder assured tonight. Substituted by Modric.

Bellingham (7.5): The Madrid number 5 started this game very strongly, with a sublime pass behind the Barcelona defense to Vinícius who finished the action with the opening goal. He then continued to project himself forward, regularly provoking his opponents. Substituted by Joselu.

Rodrygo (8.5): His partnership with Vinícius caused serious damage in the Barcelona defense. At the tenth minute, he managed to make the difference on the right side thanks to his speed and cut back into the center before finding his attacking partner who finished in an empty net. At the hour mark, after a beautiful collective action, he adjusted Peña from the right with a beautiful shot into the bottom corner. Substituted by Brahim Díaz.

Vinicius Jr: see above

FC Barcelona: 4-3-3

Peña (4): Impotent on Vinicius’ opening goal, which he dribbled past him, he was able to fend off the inevitable a few seconds later by imposing himself against him with a superb stop with a firm hand. However, as early as the tenth minute, he had to go for the ball for the second time in his nets. Before the break, on Vinicius’ penalty hat-trick, he went the right way, but it wasn’t enough. At the hour mark, he could once again do nothing about Rodrygo’s goal, which found its way into the bottom corner.

Araujo (3): He missed this appointment. Starting, as in every Clasico, as a right-back in order to be on Vinicius’ mark, the Uruguayan did not manage to stop his counterpart tonight. Indeed, the latter, who often cut inside, as in his two first goals, quickly took the upper hand in his duel against the Barcelona player. Just before the break, the Catalan defender was late in his marking and grabbed his opponent, the referee logically whistled for a penalty and gave him a yellow card. In the second half, he continued, in trying to recover the ball, he finally stepped on Vinicius’ foot and received a second warning, synonymous with expulsion.

Koundé (4): Absent subscribers in the first half. Never well positioned, he covered the two first Real Madrid goals, being lower than his defence. Faced with a Vinicius who often broke through in the middle, the Frenchman found himself in great difficulty.

Christensen (5): The Dane was not reassuring at the start of the game, as on the second Madrid goal, he covered the offside with Koundé. After that, it was a more satisfactory game.

Balde (4): Not in sight in his lane, the Spaniard struggled to really establish himself in the game.

Pedri (5): A complicated return to the starting lineup for the Spanish midfielder. After missing his first half-hour of play, he finally managed to be creative in the game after the 30th with a few good balls distributed around the opponent’s box. Just before the break, his left-footed shot came close to the post of Lunin, who was beaten on this shot. Substituted by Yamal.

De Jong (7): A lot of activity that didn’t pay off. Present in all corners of the field, the Dutch midfielder touched a very large number of balls, but he did not manage to create the difference that could have reversed the trend.

Gündogan (6): The Barcelona midfielder animated his team’s game in this Clasico, being present in the recovery and at the origin of his team’s offensive situations.

Roberto (4): In difficulty on the left side, he did not manage to create real differences. However, his animation in the center of the game was of better quality. Substituted by Lopez.

Lewandowski (6.5): After living a timid first half, with only one shot on Lunin, who pushed his attempt well, the Polish striker distinguished himself ten minutes from the end of the first half. On a corner from the Blaugranas, Real Madrid cleared the ball down the center and the former Bayern player came up with a superb volleyed finish from the edge of the box that ended up in the bottom corner.

Torres (6): He was the most enterprising Barcelona player offensively, but he never managed to shake the net. Often found in depth, he did not hesitate to try his luck, but he came up against Lunin on several occasions. Yet, at the start of the game, he fooled the latter, but his half-volley hit the crossbar. A quarter of an hour later, he took advantage of Mendy’s rise to go alone down his lane, but his cross shot was pushed away by the Ukrainian goalkeeper’s foot. Substituted by Félix.

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