Real Madrid Player Ratings Vs Real Sociedad: Casemiro Has To Do Everything
2 years ago
Another player back in the fold after injury, the midfielder contributed a smart backheeled pass in the move that led to Vinicius' equaliser.
After over two months out injured, the youngster made his return against La Real. He added some pace to Real Madrid's attack and flashed a shot wide too.
Up against one of the form strikers of LaLiga Santander in Alex Isak, the centre-back demonstrated his worth to Zidane yet again. The Swede was quiet because of his opponent's close attention.
The German got into some good positions in attacking areas for the hosts but struggled when it came to going back towards his own goal.
The Real Madrid captain wasn't far away from opening the scoring in the first half, seeing his looping header bounce off the crossbar at a corner. In defence, he was given a tough evening by La Real's movement.
Spared the embarrassment of giving away a penalty on Nacho Monreal because of an offside flag, Casemiro went on to provide one of the hosts' most dangerous threats. He had two headers in the second half that really should've rippled the net.
After a quiet first half, the Belgian's clean sheet came under threat immediately after the break. Following an initial scare fumbling a cross, Courtois was then beaten by Portu in the 55th minute. The accuracy of the forward's header was too good for the goalkeeper.
The substitute came up with the goods on his 100th appearance for Real Madrid. Just as the hosts looked to be falling to another home defeat, he swept in Lucas's cross in the closing stages.
The 35-year-old started once again for Los Blancos but didn't have much of an impact on the game apart from a couple of nice touches and a shot that Maxime Le Normand blocked. He was replaced by Valverde in the second half.
The right-back created Real Madrid's best chance of the first half when his chip to the back post was smacked against the crossbar by a combination of Mariano and Andoni Gorosabel.
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Having found it difficult on the left wing to start with, the Spaniard was more effective in a more central role. He left his mark on the match, showing off typically close control and almost assisted Modric for a goal. Zidane had seen enough by the 60th minute, though.
The Castilla graduate would've been glad to see Vinicius convert Lucas's cross having completely missed the ball himself at the near post.
A change of system for the second half and the substitutes he made added some freshness and creativity to a Real Madrid side lacking in both up until that point. One of his substitutes, Vinicius, came up with the equaliser.
Holding a high position on the left wing, the Frenchman was eventually caught out when Porto got free of him at the back post to head the visitors into the lead.
Benzema's stand-in was rarely involved at Valdebebas. When he was, he somehow diverted Lucas's cross against the crossbar. Duro relieved him of his duties in the 60th minute.
Real Madrid will expect more from their No.11 in Karim Benzema's continued absence. Other than an exquisite piece of control in the opening minutes, the Spaniard did little to get those watching from home off their seats. He was taken off in the 60th minute.
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