LaLiga 2017/2018: Real Sociedad 1-3 Real Madrid: Player Ratings
Borja Mayoral and Gareth Bale were two unexpected goalscorers at Anoeta on Sunday evening, as a weakened Real Madrid side travelled well in the LaLiga.
Keylor Navas made an error, but otherwise, Los Blancos put in a solid showing in the Basque region, beating Real Sociedad in an emphatic 3-1 victory
Here are the player ratings for both sides:
Geronimo Rulli - 6/10
Was quick off his line to make a couple of good saves at opponents’ feet, but didn’t command his area all too well in the air. Could do little about the goals.
Alvaro Odriozola - 7/10
Used his pace and technical ability to great effect when haring down the right-hand side on the attack, but did find it tough to match Theo’s physicality. Great on the front foot.
Aritz Elustondo - 5/10
Struggled with the physical presence of Sergio Ramos in the build up to the first goal, and was caught a little short both for pace and in the air in different instances.
Diego Llorente - 6/10
An aerial threat from corner deliveries, and put his body on the line when required at the other end of the pitch too. Continues to stake a claim for a constant first-team place at centre back.
Kevin Rodrigues - 6/10
Tucked home a neat finish for Real Sociedad’s equaliser, and was unfortunate to score an own goal at the other end. Made a couple of great sliding blocks inside his own box, however.
Xabi Prieto - 6/10
Had a bit of a lax first half, by his own high standards, and struggled to have a telling impact on proceedings. Neat and tidy, but rather anything penetrative from the ageing playmaker.
Asier Illarramendi - 7/10
Calm and composed in possession, helping the hosts to play out from the back, but also dug in to rob opponents of the ball as a shield for his back four. Again, a classy showing in midfield.
David Zurutuza - 6/10
The game passed him by a little in terms of creating any opportunities for his teammates. Struggled to get tight to the likes of Modric and Casemiro in midfield on the defensive side of things.
Sergio Canales - 5/10
Went on a few mazy runs, occasionally winning a free kick in a good area, but largely struggled to provide any kind of end product from both in and outside the penalty area. A frustrating evening.
Willian Jose - 5/10
Didn’t get much service in good areas whatsoever, with Varane and Sergio Ramos having the fairly easy task of keeping an eye on the Brazilian striker.
Adnan Januzaj - 6/10
Showed what he could do in the form of several explosive darts upfield, getting to the byline or the edge of the box well, but his end product wasn’t quite present. Continues to impress upon arrival to LaLiga.
Carlos Vela - 6/10
Had a couple of half chances when coming in from the right-hand side, as Eusebio continues to try not to depend on the Mexican winger ahead of his January move to the MLS.
Juanmi - 5/10
Usually a super sub, but the former Southampton forward didn’t have any opportunities to pop up with a goal this time around.
Imanol Agirretxe - 5/10
Introduced late on, but the Basque striker didn’t have opportunities to grab a league goal upon his stuttering return to top-flight football after a lengthy injury absence.