Player Ratings: Real Madrid 2-1 Bayern Munich (4-3 agg.) – 2023/24

Real Madrid secured their place in the Champions League final on Wednesday evening with a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabéu, thanks to two late goals from Joselu.

With the first leg ending 2-2 in Munich, the teams remained evenly matched at the end of a tense first half in the Spanish capital.

However, the game came alive after halftime with Alphonso Davies’ stunning goal. Joselu then became Madrid’s hero with two late goals, sending the Spanish giants to the final.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men will now face Borussia Dortmund in the final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, June 1st.

Player ratings:

Starting XI:

Andriy Lunin: 7/10

Lunin stood no chance of stopping Davies’ incredible strike but resisted Bayern’s other attempts on his goal.

Dani Carvajal: 7/10

Back in the starting line-up after missing the first leg through suspension. The Spaniard was outdone by Davies’ excellent strike but he showed aggression and remained defensively solid across the pitch.

Antonio Rüdiger: 8/10

A commanding defensive display from the German who kept Kane reasonably quiet and also assisted Joselu’s winner.

Nacho Fernandez: 7/10

Solid performance from the captain. The Spaniard played a key pass in the build up to Joselu’s winner and stepped up when it mattered yet again.

Ferland Mendy: 8/10

The speculation about Davies joining Real Madrid in the summer has quietly faded. A significant factor has been Mendy’s return to form, and he was in top form this evening. The Frenchman dealt with Sane extremely well and helped Vinicius down the left.

Fede Valverde: 7/10

Fede Valverde was a little wasteful in possession at times but his once again covered loads of ground and had a few pops at goal.

Aurélien Tchouaméni: 7/10

A relatively quiet evening for the Frenchman who didn’t have too much defensive work to do. The Frenchman was solid in midfield and kept things ticking in the middle of the park.

Toni Kroos: 8/10

Once again showcased his spectacular passing skills on the field, completing a game-high 95 out of 101 passes. Bayern Munich failed to get anywhere near him.

Jude Bellingham: 7/10

Required painkillers for a knee injury before the game, and it was evident. The Englishman looked sharp at the start but dropped off as time went on. Jude was unable to influence proceedings in the final third.

Vinicius Jr: 9/10

Vini was sharp from the first minute and could’ve scored a hat-trick within an hour had it not been for some truly outstanding saves from Manuel Neuer. The Brazilian had Kimmich on skates for the entirety of the game. Sensational once again.

Rodrygo Goes: 6.5/10

Had the best scoring chance early on which was spectacularly kept out by Neuer. Rodrygo should’ve scored one or two goals but the Brazilian didn’t have his shooting boots on.

Substitutions:

Luka Modric: 7.5/10 Came on to replace Toni Kroos. The Croatian added some fresh legs to the teams midfield and helped turn the game around once again.

Eduardo Camavinga: 7/10 Came on to replace Tchouaméni. His fresh legs made a difference.

Brahim Diaz: 6/10 Came on to replace Valverde. The Moroccan was lively during his time on the pitch.

Joselu: 10/10 Came on to replace Rodrygo. The Spaniard couldn’t have dreamt of a better cameo on the pitch. Two shots, two goals which secured Real Madrid’s spot in this year’s Champions League final. Heroic.

Eder Militão: N/A Came on to replace Jude Bellingham late on.

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