Player Ratings: Real Madrid 2-1 Sevilla – 2021/22
A late stunner from Vinicius Jr gave Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabéu on Sunday night. The win sees Madrid extend their lead at the top of LaLiga to four points.
Sevilla started the game as the better side and got an early lead through Rafa Mir. The striker opened the scoring for the Andalusians after being found unmarked by Marcos Acuna’s cross from a corner. The visitors came close to doubling their lead not long after grabbing the opener with David Alaba clearing Rafa Mir’s effort off the line.
Sevilla kept on creating chances, and this time it was Lucas Ocampos who came close to scoring. The winger hit a long range strike which came crashing off the post with Courtois beaten all ends up. Sevilla will undoubtedly rue missing all those chances as Real Madrid managed to find a equaliser at the half-hour mark. Eder Militao’s long-range effort was fumbled by Bono, allowing Karim Benzema to finish with ease.
Real Madrid came out for the second-half in much better shape and it was only a matter of time before they could find their second goal. Madrid looked to be running out of chances but Vinicius Jr was the hero for Los Blancos, cutting inside from the left wing and unleashing a thunder strike into the top corner to secure all three points for Ancelotti’s men. Our player ratings:
Thibaut Courtois: 9/10
The hero once again for Real Madrid. Courtois made a number of brilliant saves to deny Sevilla from scoring more than one goal with the highlight being his stop in the dying moments to deny Lopetegui’s men a last minute equaliser. Brilliant display.
Dani Carvajal: 6/10
Put in a decent offensive shift but had a night to forget when it came to the defensive side of the game. The Spaniard made a number of mistakes that could’ve proved very costly but he luckily got away with them.
Eder Militao: 8/10
Another solid performance from the Brazilian who continues to impress this season. Eder was always alert to any danger and his positioning throughout the game was excellent. His long range shot in the first-half resulted in Madrid’s opener and he also assisted Vinicius for the winner.
David Alaba: 7.5/10
Originally a doubt for tonight’s game, Ancelotti decided the Austrian was fit enough to start. Alaba had a few nervy moments in the first-half but grew into the game as time went on. Cleared off the line to keep the score at 1-0 early on in the first-half.
Ferland Mendy: 8/10
Another solid performance from the Frenchman. The defender was comfortable in defence and looked dangerous going forward.
Luka Modric: 7/10
Not the best of performances from Modric but the Croatian was still key to Real Madrid’s build up play and creativity in the middle of the park.
Toni Kroos: 7/10
A decent performance from the German but not quite the level we’ve come to expect from him. Kroos was brilliant on the ball, as always is the case, but he lacked the cutting edge that Madrid so desperately needed at times during the game.
Marco Asenio: 6/10
Despite being in brilliant form as of late, Asensio failed to make much of an impact tonight. The Spaniard had a number of decent opportunities to score but fluffed his lines.
Karim Benzema: 8/10
Scored the opener for Real Madrid that saw him overtake Thierry Henry as the highest French goalscorer of all time. Karim linked up brilliantly with his teammates and often found himself as the only player pressing Sevilla’s defenders and keeper.
Vinicius Jr: 8.5/10
Another Fantastic performance from Vinicius who’s simply unstoppable at the moment. The Brazilian caused Sevilla problems all night before securing the win for Real Madrid with a stunning strike. A joy to watch.
Eduardo Camavinga: 7/10 – Came on to replace Luka Modric. The young Frenchman added energy and fresh legs to the midfield and Madrid looked a much better team since his introduction.
Fede Valverde: 6/10 – Came on to replace Asensio, making his first appearance since picking up an injury in last month’s Clasico.
Nacho: N/A – Came on to replace Vinicius late on.
Lucas Vazquez: N/A – Came on to replace Dani Carvajal late on.