La Liga 2017/18 - Real Madrid 0-1 Real Betis: Player Ratings
Real Madrid remain winless in La Liga home matches this season after a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Real Betis on Wednesday night.
Zinedine Zidane’s men threw everything at Real Betis on Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to domestic action after suspension, but couldn’t find the net for what would have been the 74th consecutive match.
Instead, Antonio Sanabria’s late, late header snatched a dramatic victory for Betis - their first over Real in 19 years - leaving Real seven points behind leaders Barcelona.
Let’s take a look at how the players fared for both the teams.
Keylor Navas: 7/10
Made two fine stops in the first half to deny a buoyant Betis, but could do nothing about Betis’ winner.
Dani Carvajal: 6/10
Brilliant goal-saving clearance in the first half was ruined by some poor ball control in good attacking positions throughout the match. Lost possession more times than any other player on the pitch.
Put in some good crosses in the first half, but was strangely ineffective before being substituted.
Sergio Ramos: 6/10
Poor defending almost lead to an early Betis opener, and was a handful late in the game as a makeshift striker, but he could not find another dramatic winner.
Raphael Varane: 6/10
Looked reasonably composed for much of the match, and stemmed the early flow of Betis attacks. Caught out of position for the Betis winner.
Recovered well from a nasty collision in the first half. Was his usual combative self, competing in double the number of duels of any team-mate.
Toni Kroos: 7/10
Took a while to get going, but passed the ball around with his usual accuracy, finishing the game with the best pass completion percentage. Unlucky with a rasping second-half effort which was well saved.
Luka Modric: 6/10
Got forward to support the attack really well in the first half, and almost scored twice. Faded badly after the break and could not pick that killer pass.
Gareth Bale: 7/10
A reasonably quiet evening after his weekend heroics. Drifted in and out of the game, but almost lit up the occasion with an audacious, flicked effort that was well saved. Crossing was on point at times, but shooting deserted him.
Another Real player who took his time to find his rhythm. Only Bale made more key passes, but that does not tell the full take of how ineffective Isco was.
Cristiano Ronaldo: 5/10
He had his chances, two very good ones either side of half-time, but Ronaldo couldn’t find the net on his first domestic appearance of the season. Had 12 shots in total, but his finishing was wayward in the extreme. Will find his range soon enough.
Marco Asensio: 6/10
Injected little enthusiasm into the match. Got crowded out in a congested final third.
Borja Mayoral: 6/10
Got amongst it, and could have scored with a header, but was denied by Adan.
Lucas Vazquez: 6/10
Like Asensio, made little difference when he came on.
Antonio Adan: 9/10
Will have had few better evenings in his entire career. Some of the saves Adan pulled off were right out of the top drawer. Deserved to be on the winning side for his heroics.
Aissa Mandi: 7/10
Threw himself at everything, and made more blocks than any other player on the Bernabeu pitch.
Zouhair Feddal: 7/10
Also put his body on the line, and made some timely headers. Great positioning to keep Ronaldo quiet.
Riza Durmisi: 7/10
Another Betis defender who was rewarded for his hard work. Covered so much ground, but was let off when caught out twice in the first half.
Antonio Barragan: 8/10
Also put in a great shift, but gets an extra mark for his superb cross for the winner. Got forward on plenty of occasions.
Javi Garcia: 8/10
Showed he can still cut it at the highest level. Marshalled his man and passed the ball out of the back well. Controlled performance.
Fabian Ruiz: 7/10
Another solid display. Kept Bale quiet on the flank, and constantly timed his tackles to perfection.
Fluffed his big moment to shine when clean through, but still can be pleased with his evening’s work.
Cristian Tello: 7/10
No Betis player won possession more for his side. A little reckless at times, but added that bite to the first line of defence.
Antonio Sanabria: 8/10
What a night for the 21-year-old. Could easily have blown his big chance at the death but expertly guided the header home.
Victor Camarasa: 7/10
Made some poor decisions at key times, but never let his head drop and kept taking the attack to Real.
Ryad Boudebouz: 6/10
Steady replacement for Francis. Lost possession too often.
The veteran was a bystander as his side snatched a famous win.
Andres Guardado: 6/10
Stretched the play when the game opened up well.