La Liga 2017/18: Girona 2-1 Real Madrid: Player Ratings
In the midst of a country divided, Real Madrid travelled to Catalonia not to take on Barcelona, but their little brothers, Girona. And the Catalonian club certainly treated the game like an El Clascio, as they pushed Zidane’s men to their limits.
In the end, Girona would pick up a well-deserved win over the European Champions. Goals from Portu and Stuani were enough to give the minnows a historic victory. For Real Madrid, they now find themselves an insurmountable 8 points behind league leaders, Barcelona.
Here’s how the players rated:
Girona’s no.1 acquitted himself excellently against a front three of Ronaldo, Benzema & Isco. Madrid attempted 6 shots on target, in which Bono responded by making 4 spectacular saves.
Pablo Maffeo: 7/10
Unlike most full-backs that belong to small clubs playing Real Madrid, Maffeo was incredibly offensive-minded. The fact that he’d be up against Marcelo and Isco didn’t faze him as he continued to bomb down the right flank. In defence, he was solid and often got the better of his Brazilian counterpart. In attack, he tormented Marcelo and assisted Girona’s winning goal.
The centre-back was resolute in his defensive duties, rarely was he found out of place neither did he miss any tackles. The 26-year-old made 2 tackles, won 2 aerials and made 1 crucial interception.
Bernardo Espinosa: 7/10
Having to deal with the movement of both Ronaldo & Benzema was always going to be tricky, but as the central CB of a back three, Espinosa handled it excellently and reduced the two forwards' effectiveness.
Marc Muniesa: 6.5/10
The former Stoke defender reminded the world why he used to be of Premier League quality. He was authoritative, commanding and decisive in all of his actions. The 25-year-old made 4 clearances and won 1 aerial duel.
Aday Benitez: 6.5/10
The left full-back was much more reserved in his attacking contribution than his full-back partner Maffeo. Benitez only ventured forward when safe, as he spent most of the game trying to tuck in next to his back three.
The flashy right winger was rewarded for his constant attacking threat with a vital 2nd goal for Girona. The 25-year-old created 2 chances, completed 15 passes, attempted 3 shots and scored the winner.
Pere Pons: 6.5/10
The tough-tackling midfielder was a constant thorn in the side of Luka Modri? and Toni Kroos. At any given second, he pressed the MF pivot and deprived them of time on the ball.
Álex Granell: 7/10
The no.6 was at the heart of everything good attacking-wise for Girona. He completed 4 successful take-ons, created 3 chances and completed 44 passes.
Borja García: 6.5/10
The left-winger tormented Real’s 18-year-old right-back for his entire time on the pitch. His overflowing energy seemed to infect his teammates as they ran at Madrid’s defence as a unit.
Cristhian Stuani: 7/10
Despite being starved of service for most of the game, when Stuani got his one chance, he took it in emphatic style. He even made a mockery of Nacho Fernandez in the process.
David Timor: 5.5/10
The defensive midfielder came on to sure up the midfield and combat Madrid’s last-ditch attacks.
Olarenwaju Kayode: 5/10
The winger came in on for the last 15 minutes just to be an outlet for Girona to counter attack through.
Johan Mojica: N/A
Mojica came on in the last dying minutes just to press the Real Madrid centre-backs.