Player Ratings: Real Madrid 2-3 Shakhtar Donetsk
Real Madrid started their Champions League campaign with a defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk. Los Blancos really went for it in the second half after trailing 3-0 at half-time, but the two goals weren’t enough. It’s now back-to-back defeats for Real Madrid. These are our player ratings:
Thibaut Courtois: 6/10
Couldn’t do much to prevent the goals with his defenders completely non existent. Could’ve been 4 or 5 if not for some great saves from the Belgian.
Ferland Mendy: 4/10
Not the best of performances from the Frenchman. Didn’t look comfortable playing as a right-back.
Raphael Varane: 3/10
Poor performance from Varane. Scored an own goal and looked shaky all game without Ramos beside him.
Eder Militao: 4/10
After a great performance against Cadiz, Militao really disappointed tonight. The Brazilian looked rusty and was caught out of position way too many times.
Yet another poor performance. The Brazilian is struggling.
Fede Valverde: 4/10
Awful performance from the Uruguayan. Was constantly beaten in midfield. Nowhere near the level we’ve come to expect from him.
Luka Modrić: 5/10
Started the match in similar fashion to his teammates, poor. Massively improved in the second half and opened the scoring for Real Madrid with a thunderbolt.
Casemiro has yet to get going this season. Added no grit or presence to the midfield.
Marco Asensio: 4/10
Didn’t contribute anything in attack.
Luka Jovic: 4/10
Finally managed to start a game but didn’t take advantage of it. Anonymous throughout and missed a great opportunity with a mistimed header.
Ineffective. Didn’t do anything of note.
Karim Benzema: 5/10 – Added some dimension to the attack but wasn’t presented with any opportunities to score.
Vinicius Jr: 7/10 – Real Madrid’s best player on the night. Scored less than a minute after coming on and was a constant headache for Shakhtar’s defense.
Toni Kroos: N/A