FC Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid: Player Ratings
Sunday saw one of the most hotly contested El Clasicos in years. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid shared the honours in a 2-2 draw at Camp Nou. Though there was little riding on this game other than bragging rights, the players fought hard to come out on top.
Luis Suarez gave Barcelona the lead in the 10th minute. Real Madrid scored the equalizer five minutes later through Cristiano Ronaldo. The turning point of the match came when Sergi Roberto was sent off for what appeared to be a slap on Marcelo, right on the stroke of half-time.
Despite being a man down, Lionel Messi waltzed past the Real Madrid defenders to score the second for Barcelona. Gareth Bale equalized soon after to make it an exciting end to the match.
Let us analyze the final El Clasico of this season in greater detail and discuss how every player performed in the 2-2 draw:
Keylor Navas: 8/10
Navas was exceptionally quick to get off his line on numerous occasions. He made two brilliant one on one saves which effectively kept his side in the hunt. The Costa Rican also cannot be held at fault for both the goals conceded.
Nacho Fernandez: 6/10
Playing in an unorthodox right back position, Nacho held his ground defensively. But he could not offer anything going forward and was hence substituted for Lucas Vazquez.
Raphael Varane: 7/10
Another game and another solid outing for the Frenchman. Varane was calm in possession and was dominating in the air, winning all 3 of his aerial duels. He was fouled by Suarez in the build-up to the second Barcelona goal.
Sergio Ramos: 7/10
Ramos won 100% of his tackles on the night (3/3) and was dependable as ever at the back. Barcelona tried his best through Suarez to rile him up but surprisingly, Ramos held his nerve. The captain also received a customary Clasico booking.
Marcelo left acres of space for Sergi Roberto to surge ahead and create the first goal for Barcelona. Though he was impressive going forward, Marcelo was again found wanting without the ball. But, the Brazilian could have won a penalty late in the game when Alba fouled him in the box.
The Brazilian played the destructor's role to perfection. He stopped multiple Barcelona attacks in the bud and did all the dirty work that was needed. Casemiro retained the ball back seven times on the night, helping Real Madrid in transitions.
Toni Kroos: 7/10
The German was crucial in controlling the pace for Real Madrid. He also played a huge part in starting the move for the first goal. He put in a diagonal cross to Ronaldo, went ahead, overlapped him and then delivered a pinpoint cross to Karim Benzema.
Luka Modric: 6/10
Modric put in a great shift and worked tirelessly for his side. But the Croatian could not influence proceedings in the final third as much as he would have hoped for.
Gareth Bale: 6/10
The Welshman had to defend for a majority of the first half to track back Jordi Alba's runs. His attacking output increased after the break and was now much more involved in the game. Bale scored the all-important equalizer in the 72nd minute, curling a first time shot past Ter Stegen.
But he was extremely lucky to stay on the field as his stamp on Samuel Umtiti certainly looked like a straight red.
Karim Benzema: 7/10
Benzema impressed with his effective link-up play and holding up the ball against the strength of Pique and Umtiti. He brought his teammates into play and delivered a selfless performance. It was the Frenchman who delivered the assist for the first goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo: 8/10
Ronaldo looked livelier than ever before in the game. Going wide, he troubled the right side of Barcelona defence to great lengths. He played a huge role in the buildup to the first goal by making the pass to Kroos and then running to the right position to score from close range.
He had to be taken off at halftime due to an ankle injury. Until then, he was Real Madrid's best player. Ronaldo also had a number of good chances to increase his tally on the night.
Marco Asensio: 8/10
Asensio injected pace into Real Madrid's attacking unit after Ronaldo's departure. He was sharp with his passing and incisive with his runs. The Spaniard also provided a smart assist for Gareth Bale's equalizer.
Lucas Vazquez: 5/10
Vazquez replaced Nacho at the right wing back position in a 3-5-2 system in the second half. But he could not influence much going forward.
Matteo Kovacic: 6/10
The Croatian is fighting for his place next season and showed that hunger in his ten minute cameo. Kovacic won the ball back and drove forward with it in the dying stages.