Player ratings: Real Madrid 3 – 1 Manchester City 1; 2nd match of the UEFA Champions League semifinals 2022

It’s hard not to give each of these players a “10” after another historic comeback. What this team has achieved Champions League this season is a matter of legend. It just can’t be scripted. We can only hope that one day a documentary will be made about each win in the knockout round, each seemed less likely than the previous one. What a night for the Los Blancos and their loyal support. ON THE 14TH!

Full player ratings below:

Thibaut Courtois — 9: The Belgian will be remembered for a long time for his heroism in this UCL campaign. Whether it’s his penalty shootout against Lionel Messi or his last-minute defense on Phil Foden’s header.

Carvajal Days — 9: What is the difference between full condition and rhythm of the game for the player. After being tortured by Mbappe in two games against PSG, Carvajal became a reliable soldier who helped this club to 4 Champions League titles. He was huge in defense, just like in the home game against Chelsea.

Eder Militao — 7: The pass left a lot to be desired – he still fights under pressure and decides to throw the ball into the field for no purpose. Defensively it was good – it contributed with 3 outbursts and 3 completed outbursts.

nacho — 9: What a performance – when the team needed to get stronger, Nacho got stronger. His speed and athleticism were crucial in stifling City’s counterattacks. His only stain will be on City’s goal, where the Madrid line was supposed to be further on the field, but it was a collective failure, not an individual one.

Ferland Mendy — 8: Exit from the goal line in the late game when Madrid was still losing 1-0. This approval will later prove to be absolutely vital.

Casemiro — 6: Quick and aggressive with early clashes on Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden, happy they didn’t get a yellow card. Despite some difficult challenges, he was important in providing the missing defensive strength of the first game.

Toni Kroos — 7: After the game, he talked about his position – he played deeper as the second pivot with Casemir. He is very important in helping Madrid get out of the City, often falling as the third center-back or “fake left-back” to provide the first “exit” ball.

Luka Modric — 7: The most advanced of the midfield three (often four with Fede playing closely). Like Kroos, he was a key player in construction through the City press and allowed the team to retain possession despite being in the narrowest space.

Fede Valverde — 8: What an advantage in these big games. Its quality is so important on both sides of the ball. He never allowed Carvajal to isolate himself in a defensive position.

Karim Benzema — 7.5: It’s not as involved as previous knockout matches, but it’s still just as impressive. He earned and scored the deciding penalty and assisted on Rodrygo’s first goal.

Vinicius Junior — 7.5: The Brazilian didn’t stop trying, he kept running at Walker over and over again. The two of them fought an intense battle all evening before Walker came out with an injury. Vini’s pressing out of the ball and defensive position were great, even though he was part of a collective miss on City’s only goal.

Replacements:

Rodrygo goes — 10: Mr. Champions League. He did it again. He entered the match and transformed it with two of the most challenging goals of his career (along with his goal against Chelsea and contribution against PSG).

Eduardo Camavinga — 10: An absolute gem of a player. Like Rodrygo, he changed the course of the match in favor of Madrid. His carrying of the ball, vision and catching in transition were key in his return.

Marco Asensio — 6: He moved around the field in several different positions. He worked hard in defense, but limited influence on the ball. He got credit for assisting Rodrygo’s 2nd goal by hitting the ball with his head.

Jesus Vallejo — 8: He came in with the burden of the world on his shoulders – defending a total advantage of 1 goal in extra time of the UCL semi-finals. He got involved as the 3rd center back in the top five and made several important head shots.

Lucas Vazquez — 7: He joined the match alongside Jesus Vallejo to complete a five, while Carvajal moved to center-back. A fighter who gave extra fresh legs and oxygen to the team in the final minutes.

Dani Ceballos — 7: He kept the ball in a difficult situation immediately after entering the match. He gathered an audience and worked in tandem with Asensio to defend himself as the attacker’s twin in the final minutes.

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