Player ratings: Real Madrid 3 – 1 Manchester City 1; 2022 UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg


It’s hard not to give each of these players a “10” after another historic comeback. What did this team achieve? Champions League This season is the stuff of legends. It simply cannot be written. We can only hope that one day a documentary will be made about every knockout tour victory, each one that seemed less plausible than the last. What a night for Los Blancos and their loyal support. A POR LA 14!

Full match player ratings below:

Thibaut Courtois – 9: The Belgian will be remembered for his heroism in this UCL campaign. Whether it was a penalty he saved against Lionel Messi or he saved in the last minute with a Phil Foden header.

Dani Carvajal – 9: What a difference the full fitness and rhythm of the match makes for a player. After being tortured by Mbappe in the legs against Paris Saint-Germain, Carvajal became the trusted soldier who helped this club win four Champions League titles. He was formidable defensively, as in the home match against Chelsea.

Eder Militao – 7: The pass left a lot to be desired – he still struggles under pressure and picks the ball hoof on the field to any specific target. He was a sound defensive player – making 3 tackles and 3 full tackles.

Nacho-9: What a performance – when the team needed him to step up, Nacho stepped up. His speed and athleticism were crucial to blocking City’s counter-attacks. His only flaw would be on the City goal, as Real Madrid’s streak should have been at the top of the pitch, but this was a collective rather than an individual failure.

Ferland Mindy – 8: Clearing the goal line late in the game when Real Madrid were still 1-0 down. This evacuation will later prove to be very vital.

Casemiro-6: Rush and fierce with early interventions on Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden, fortunately did not see a yellow card. Despite some tough challenges, he was significant in providing the defensive solidity lost in the first match.

Toni Kroos – 7: He spoke after the match about his position – he played more deeply as a second hub alongside Casemiro. So important in helping Real Madrid build City’s press, they often drop a third centre-back or ‘false left-back’ to provide the first ‘out’ ball.

Luka Modric -7: The most advanced of the three midfield (often four with Fede playing tight). Like Kroos, he served as a key cog in the build-up by pressing City and allowing the team to maintain possession despite being positioned in the tightest of spaces.

Fede Valverde —8: What an advantage in these great games. Its quality is very important on both sides of the ball. Carvajal was never allowed to be isolated defensively.

Karim Benzema – 7.5: He has not participated in previous knockout matches, but still with the same effect. He scored and scored the decisive penalty kick as well as provided the decisive pass for Rodrygo’s first goal.

Vinicius Jr – 7.5: The Brazilian never stopped trying, he ran into Walker over and over again. These two had an intense battle all evening before Walker came out with an injury. The pressure on the ball by Vini and his defensive positioning was superb, although it was part of a collective gaffe for City’s only goal.

Alternatives:

Rodrygo goes -10: Mister Champions League. I did it again. He joined the match and turned it into two of the most likely goals of his career (in line with his goal against Chelsea and the contribution against Paris Saint-Germain).

Eduardo Camavinga – 10: An absolute gem for the player. Like Rodrygo, he changed the course of the match in Madrid’s favour. Carrying his ball, seeing and tackling him in a transitional period were key factors in the comeback.

Marco Asensio – 6: She moved around the field in several different positions. He worked hard defensively but had limited impact on the ball. He got credit for helping Rodrygo’s second goal by heading the ball.

Jesus Vallejo – 8: He came with the weight of the world on his shoulders – defending his lead by one goal on aggregate in extra time from the Champions League semi-finals. He plugged in as the third defender in a five defense position and made several important vertical passes.

Lucas Vazquez – 7: He joined the match alongside Jesus Vallejo to complete the fifth line of defense, with Carvajal moving into the center of defense. A fighter who gave more legs and oxygen to the team in the last minutes.

Dani Ceballos – 7: He kept the ball in a difficult position immediately after entering the match. The fans mobilized and worked alongside Asensio to defend as twin strikers in the final minutes.

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