Player Ratings: Real Madrid 1-1 Girona – 2022/23

Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw by Girona at the Santiago Bernabéu on Sunday largely thanks to VAR drama.

After a goalless first half, Real Madrid opened the scoring through Vinicius Jr in the 70th minute. 10 minutes later, Cristhian Stuani equalised from the spot after being awarded a controversial penalty for handball against Asensio.

Rodrygo scored a late goal but after a VAR check, the referee adjudged that the Brazilian kicked it out of the goalkeeper’s hands.

The draw means Real Madrid are now just one point clear of Barcelona at the top of the LaLiga table.

Player ratings:

Starting XI:

Thibaut Courtois: 6/10

Made a number of good saves with the highlight being his fantastic save to deny Fernandez. Guessed the wrong way for Stuani’s penalty.

Dani Carvajal: 6/10

Got skinned in the first-half and was extremely lucky Girona failed to convert the resulting chance. The Spaniard didn’t seem to be 100% fit.

Antonio Rüdiger: 6.5/10

Rüdiger was decent in defence and was a threat from set pieces. Should’ve done better with a chance he got late on.

David Alaba: 6.5/10

Just like Rüdiger, Alaba was decent in defence. Real Madrid’s defensive issues this season stem from the way the team defends as a whole rather than specific individuals.

Ferland Mendy: 6.5/10

Took a few risks in his own penalty box that could’ve easily gone wrong but overall a decent shift from the Frenchman.

Luka Modric: 7/10

Back in the starting XI after missing the last game with a knock. Modric found it difficult to get things going in the middle of the park. Frustrating afternoon for the Croatian.

Toni Kroos: 6.5/10

A solid performance from the German who kept things moving with his passing. The German got sent off late on after receiving his second booking of the game for a late challenge.

Eduardo Camavinga: 7/10

Solid shift from the Frenchman who made a number of good tackles in the first-half and came close to scoring with a shot that went just wide.

Fede Valverde: 7.5/10

Assisted the only goal of the game after some great footwork in the box. Dropped into midfield after Asensio’s introduction.

Rodrygo Goes: 7/10

Hit the post in the first-half before having a goal wrongfully disallowed in the 90th minute.

Vinicius Jr: 7.5/10

Vinicius was very quiet in the first-half but improved after the break. The Brazilian scored the opener and kept going until the very end.


Marco Asensio: 5/10 Came on to replace Camavinga. The Spaniard had a great chance from a counterattack but failed to find the right pass in time. Wrongfully penalised by VAR for a non-existent handball.

Mariano Diaz: N/A Came on to replace Valverde late on. The striker set up Rodrygo for the disallowed goal.

Eder Militao: N/A Came on to replace Ferland Mendy late on.

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