Player Ratings: Real Madrid 1-1 Manchester City – 2022/23
The Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid and Manchester City will be decided at the Etihad next week after the two teams played out a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday.
Vinicius’ screamer gave Real Madrid the lead in the first half when City were in full control of the game. When it was Madrid’s turn to dominate in the second half, Kevin De Bruyne netted an equaliser for City.
Real Madrid will feel hard done by as images after the game show that the ball went out of play in the build-up to City’s equaliser.
Real Madrid will feel confident ahead of next week’s second leg, and will be undoubtedly give it their all to qualify for a second successive Champions League final.
Thibaut Courtois: 8/10
Made a number of big saves when City where dominating in the first half. Nothing he could do to save De Bruyne’s goal due to his line of sight being blocked.
Dani Carvajal: 7.5/10
Frustrated Grealish throughout the game with a plethora of tactical fouls. The Spaniard put in a good shift as he usually does in the Champions League.
Antonio Rüdiger: 8/10
Completely nullified Haaland’s impact on the game. The German matched the Norwegian physically and made sure he saw very little of the ball. Top class performance from Rüdiger.
David Alaba: 7.5/10
Pulled off a brilliant tackle early on in the second half to deny Haaland a dangerous goalscoring opportunity. The Austrian transmitted calm and composure in and around the backline. Solid.
Eduardo Camavinga: 8/10
A very energetic performance from the Frenchman who assisted Vinicius’ stunning opener with a sensational run down the left. Camavinga was excellent in the first half and continues to impress as a left-back.
Fede Valverde: 7/10
Didn’t have much of an impact on the game but his energy was crucial once again.
Toni Kroos: 8/10
One of those classic Champions League performances from Toni Kroos. The German played as the holding midfielder and provided Alaba and Rüdiger with the necessary protection they needed, registering two tackles and four interceptions. Brilliant once again.
Luka Modric: 7.5/10
Rodrygo Goes: 6/10
Had a few good moments on the ball but the Brazilian saw very little of it and therefore couldn’t make much of an impact.
Karim Benzema: 6/10
Karim demonstrated his brilliant movement in and around City’s box but lacked that cutting edge that he’s normally associated with in the Champions League.
Vinicius Jr: 8.5/10
Scored a stunning goal to give Real Madrid the lead in the first half. The Brazilian caused City the world of problems in the first half before eventually cooling off a little after the break. Special player.
Marco Asensio: N/A – Came on to replace Rodrygo late on.
Aurélien Tchouaméni: N/A – Came on to replace Toni Kroos late on. Nearly scored with a stunning strike.
Nacho Fernandez: N/A – Came on to replace Luka Modrić late on.