Player Ratings: Real Madrid 1-0 Granada – 2021/22

Real Madrid earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Granada on Sunday night thanks to Marco Asensio’s second half wondergoal.

Despite not having Benzema, Vinicius, Casemiro, Mendy and Lucas Vazquez, Carlo Ancelotti’s men took advantage of Sevilla’s 0-0 draw with Osasuna on Saturday night to go six points clear at the top of LaLiga. Our player ratings:

Starting XI:

Thibaut Courtois: 7/10

Made one or two very good saves in the first-half and had nothing to do after that. Very comfortable outing for the Belgian.

Dani Carvajal: 7.5/10

Back in the starting lineup after recovering from Covid. The Spaniard put in a solid shift, defending well, helping out in attack and producing a number of quality deliveries.

Eder Militao: 7.5/10

Routine outing for Militao. The Brazilian was barely threatened throughout the game in what was a very comfortable outing against a timid Granada side.

David Alaba: 7/10

Just like Militao, Alaba had very little to do defensively. The Austrian looked to build play out of the back and helped his team play further up the pitch.

Marcelo: 7/10

Marcelo helped Real Madrid create chances in attack with a number of beautiful touches on the ball and some exquisite deliveries. Came off to a standing ovation.

Luka Modric: 7/10

A solid performance from the Croatian without really getting out of first gear. Modric was tidy in possession but didn’t get to show his magic on the ball.

Eduardo Camavinga: 6.5/10

A couple of shaky moments at the start but Camavinga quickly settled into the game, producing a number of great passes and linkup play in the middle of the park. Replaced by Valverde at the break.

Toni Kroos: 7/10

A rather quiet night for the German. Toni played some brilliant long balls around the pitch and even came close to scoring from distance but he didn’t impact the game as much as he usually does.

Marco Asensio: 8.5/10

Real Madrid’s best performer on the night. Asensio was a constant threat down the right flank, creating multiple chances and eventually netting the winning goal with a wonderful strike.

Isco: 6/10

A surprise choice by Ancelotti to use the Spaniard as a false No.9. Isco was tidy on the ball and showed good movement but wasn’t hugely involved.

Rodrygo Goes: 5/10

Kept his place in the starting XI in Vinicius’ absence. The Brazilian linked up well with his teammates at times but didn’t do much at all to impact the game.


Fede Valverde: 7.5/10 Came on to replace Camavinga. The Uruguayan changed the dynamic of the game by giving the team more forward impetus and showed exactly why he deserves more minutes on the pitch.

Luka Jovic: 6.5/10 Came on to replace Isco. The Serbian came close to scoring on a number of occasions and linked up well with Hazard in attack.

Eden Hazard: 7/10 Came on to replace Rodrygo. The Belgian added some much needed quality and creativity in attack and earned a penalty which was overturned by VAR. Good impact off the bench.

Nacho: N/A Came on to replace Marcelo late on.

Dani Ceballos: N/A Came on to replace Modric late on.

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