APOEL FC 0-6 Real Madrid: Player Ratings
Real Madrid bounced back from their humiliating defeat in London, with a formidable 6-0 win over Cypriot minnows APOEL FC in the UEFA Champions League. Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo (2), Karim Benzema (2), Luka Modric and Nacho Fernandez gave Zidane’s men a comfortable win in Cyprus.
This 6-0 win gives Madrid a superior goal difference to group leaders Tottenham, but despite only 3 points separating them, the head-to-head rule assures Tottenham a 1st-place finish, leaving Madrid the second spot on the table.
Here’s how the players for both teams rated after last night's encounter:
Nauzet Perez: 4/10
After an injury scare in the first few minutes, the Spaniard’s night somehow got worse from there on. The 32-year-old went on to concede 6 goals and he didn’t look like saving a single one of them either.
Praxitelis Vouros: 5/10
The slow right-back had no joy going forward and in defence, he was completely overrun. Cristiano Ronaldo regularly drifted in from the left to centre, forcing Vourous to abandon his position at times. This led to irregularities in APOEL’s defensive organisation, opening up more space for Real Madrid to exploit.
Jesus Rueda: 4/10
The APOEL defence were run ragged throughout the game by a rampant Real attack. So much so that Rueda resembled a headless chicken at times as he could only chase shadows at best. In fact, it was his error that led to Cristiano scoring his 2nd of the game.
Karim Benzema basically used Carlao as a training cone on several occasions. The Frenchman’s runs were so good that Carlao couldn’t even get near him, let alone play him offside. Instead, Benzema kept running off of the Brazilian. Real’s attackers were so untouchable that Carlao didn’t successfully make one tackle all game.
Roberto Lago: 5/10
Playing against Real Madrid is always difficult, especially when you consider the fact that they have the best full-backs in the world. Dani Carvajal is the model example of an attacking right-back, and his constant runs down the right thus pinned Lago in his own defensive third.
Nuno Morais: 5/10
The holding midfielder was powerless to stop Toni Kroos and Luka Modric from dominating the game. Off the ball, he struggled to make interceptions (0) and on it, he failed to influence the game at all. The game basically bypassed him from start to finish.
Vinicius did his best to join the attack when he could, but when he did, he left gaping holes in the midfield. Space Real Madrid simply used to counter-attack and hit APOEL for six. The 31-year-old only made 24 passes all game.
Ghayas Zahid: 5/10
The Norwegian winger hardly influenced the game at all, in fact, he basically acted as a defender most of the game. To his credit, the 23-year-old created 2 chances and attempted 1 shot on goal. But his effectiveness was limited due to his burdening defensive responsibilities.
Roland Sallai: 4/10
The central attacking midfielder tried to overload a resolute Madrid defence, but with a clear lack of support, there was not much he could do. The 20-year-old didn’t create a single chance all game and only completed 8 passes throughout the game.
Efstathios Aloneftis: 6/10
If there was ever an attacking spark in APOEL’s attack, it came through the exploits of Aloneftis. The 34-year-old Cypriot was a livewire down the left-hand side, regularly giving the world’s best right-back - Carvajal a torrid time. The winger created 2 chances, had 3 shots on goal completed 1 successful take-on.
Mickael Pote: 5/10
The 33-year-old striker made several runs into the attacking third, but the lack of service to him rendered his movement useless. Instead, he cut a frustrated and isolated figure up front. The striker was dispossessed twice and didn’t manage one shot on target.
Agustin Farias: 4/10
Farias had plenty of time to affect the game, but he didn’t do that all. He just came on as a substitute to be a passenger in midfield.
Georgios Efrem: 5.5/10
The 28-year-old came on to steady the ship for APOEL. He maintained a fantastic 90% passing accuracy, helping the Cypriot team restore some kind of balance in the second half.
Lorenzo Ebecilio: 4/10
With just 24 minutes to affect the game, the 26-year-old added more to APOEL’s problems than solutions. He completed 6 passes in that time, giving the ball away 4 times.