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La Liga 2017/18; Real Madrid 3-0 Eibar: Player Ratings

Greg Lea
ANALYST
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4.76K   //    23 Oct 2017, 11:19 IST

Real Madrid v Eibar - La Liga
Real Madrid v Eibar - La Liga

Real Madrid moved back to within five points of Barcelona with a 3-0 victory over Eibar at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Goals from Marco Asensio and Marcelo added to Paulo Oliveira's own goal to earn Zinedine Zidane's charges all three points in front of their own supporters.

Here's how the players rated in the Spanish capital:


Real Madrid

Real Madrid v Eibar - La Liga
Real Madrid v Eibar - La Liga

Kiko Casilla - 7/10

Casilla made three saves on Sunday and generally looked assured between the sticks. He remains Madrid's backup goalkeeper but did his prospects of further game time no harm.

Nacho - 7/10

Deployed at right-back rather than centre-half, Nacho was typically solid at the Bernabeu. He made two tackles and rarely gave his direct opponents time or space on the ball.

Raphael Varane - 8/10

Real Madrid v Eibar - La Liga
Real Madrid v Eibar - La Liga

Varane was excellent against Eibar and was possibly, the best player on the field. He read the game well, making eight clearances and five interceptions.

Sergio Ramos - 7/10

Ramos was not quite as busy as centre-back partner Varane, but he was still comfortable at the back for most of the encounter. His aggression can occasionally be negative, but here it helped keep Madrid on the front foot.

Theo Hernandez - 7/10

Hernandez motored down the left flank whenever there was a chance to do so, with his speed a key asset in both defence and attack.

Casemiro - 6/10

The Brazil international was fortunate to avoid a red card and was a little ill-disciplined both with and without the ball. He remains an integral part of Zidane's side, however.

Luka Modric - 7/10

Modric set the tempo for Madrid with his distribution, with 90% of his 70 passes finding their target. This was an understated but effective display from the Croatian.

Dani Ceballos - 7/10

Real Madrid v Eibar - La Liga
Real Madrid v Eibar - La Liga

Ceballos showed great energy in the centre of the park, shuttling forward from midfield and linking well with the likes of Isco and Asensio.

Isco - 7/10

This was a mixed game for Isco, who did some things brilliantly but was guilty of over-elaboration at times. He combined well with Asensio, particularly in the first half, before being taken off in the 71st minute.

Marco Asensio - 8/10

Asensio scored one goal, set up another and was a constant menace for Madrid on Sunday evening. His dribbling was excellent, although he was a little greedy on a couple of occasions.

Cristiano Ronaldo - 6/10

It was a frustrating night for Ronaldo, who had five shots - two of which found the target - without scoring. He was also a little wasteful with the ball, but his mere presence makes him a threat.

Substitutes:

Karim Benzema - 8/10

Benzema provided the assist for Marcelo's effort and linked the play well after entering the fray in place of Asensio shortly after the hour-mark.

Marcelo - 8/10

Real Madrid v Eibar - La Liga
Real Madrid v Eibar - La Liga

Introduced in an unfamiliar left-midfield role, Marcelo's terrific technique meant he did not look at all out of place. Scored Madrid's third to make sure of the victory.

Lucas Vazquez - 6/10

Vazquez replaced Isco with 20 minutes left on the clock but was unable to contribute much in an attacking sense.


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Greg Lea is a London-based freelance football writer for The National, FourFourTwo and various others. Follow him on Twitter: @GregLeaFootball.
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