Player Ratings: Real Madrid 3-2 Almeria – 2023/24

A 99th-minute winner from Dani Carvajal earned Real Madrid a dramatic 3-2 win over Almeria at the Bernabéu on Sunday.

Real Madrid found themselves 2-0 down at half time after a shocking display in the first 45 minutes.

Los Blancos’ comeback was started by a Jude Bellingham penalty goal in the 57th minute. Vinicius Junior equalised 10 minutes later with a delicate finish off his shoulder.

Real Madrid managed to secure a vital victory in a thrilling turn of events, waiting until the ninth minute of added time for Carvajal to tap in at the back post and secure the win for his team.

Player ratings:

Starting XI:

Kepa Arrizabalaga: 4/10

Another Real Madrid game, more goalkeeping howlers. Kepa should’ve saved Almeria’s opener and overall just wasn’t convincing.

Dani Carvajal: 7.5/10

Nowhere to be seen for Almeria’s opener. The Spaniard wasn’t at his best up until he popped up with the all-important winner.

Antonio Rüdiger: 6/10

Not as solid as he has been throughout this season. The German was a little all over the place.

Nacho Fernandez: 3/10

A horror show from the Spaniard who has struggled for form this season. The captain shoulders blame for both of Almeria’s goals and was hooked at the break.

Ferland Mendy: 5/10

Mendy was poor defensively and offered nothing going forward.

Fede Valverde: 6/10

Valverde didn’t lack effort or running in the middle of the park but was clearly fatigued.

Aurélien Tchouaméni: 7/10

Tchouaméni started the game as the anchor in midfield but had a below average first half performance. The Frenchman partnered Rüdiger in defence for the second half and pulled off a brilliant assist for Vinicius’ equaliser.

Toni Kroos: 6.5/10

Toni Kroos didn’t do much wrong and clocked up a 93% pass accuracy.

Jude Bellingham: 9/10

The difference maker once again. Bellingham kicked-off the comeback with a penalty goal before assisting Carvajal’s winner and also had a superb goal disallowed. Superb performance.

Rodrygo Goes: 5/10

Just like the rest of his teammates, Rodrygo was non-existent in the first half. The Brazilian was brought off for Joselu for the second half.

Vinicius Junior: 7.5/10

Struggled to get going in the first half but greatly improved after the break, netting the equaliser in the second half.

Substitutions:

Joselu: 7/10 – Came on to replace Rodrygo for the second half. The Spaniard gave Real Madrid a different option up top.

Brahim Diaz: 7/10 – Came on to replace Nacho. The Spaniard was a real difference maker in attack with his movement and trickery.

Fran Garcia: 7/10 – Came on to replace Mendy. The Spaniard was superb since his introduction and provided some much needed pace and width down the left flank.

Dani Ceballos: 6/10 – Came on to replace Valverde. The Spaniard missed a decent goalscoring opportunity.

Eduardo Camavinga: N/A – Came on to replace Toni Kroos late on.

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