UEFA Champions League 2016/17: Sporting CP 1- 2 Real Madrid - player ratings
Real Madrid continued their unbeaten run in the 2016 UEFA Champions League with a 2-1 win over Sporting. The Los Blancos took the lead through Raphael Varane in the 28th minute of the game before Adrien Silva equalised for Sporting.
However, Karim Benzema scored the winner for Real Madrid in the dying stages to give Zidane’s side all 3 points and keep them in contention for top spot.
Here are the player ratings for the game:
Rui Patricio – 5/10
Rui Patricio didn’t have much to do in the game. The Portuguese goalkeeper couldn’t have done anything with the goals either.
Joao Pereira – 5/10
The full-back had the responsibility of dealing with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale. Even though he faced a tough time against the Welsh international, he was able to limit space for the player. Pereira was given a controversial red card just after the hour mark for an off the ball incident with Kovacic which ultimately turned the game.
Ruben Semedo – 7/10
The 22-year-old was very good for Sporting at the back. Ruben Semedo made some key interceptions and tackles. He did well to deal with everything that came in his way.
Sebastian Coates – 7/10
The former Liverpool player was also solid alongside Semedo. Coates didn’t do anything wrong in the game and the fact that Real Madrid only had two shots on target tells a lot about the Sporting defence. The centre-back made an amazing 8 interceptions and 11 clearances in the match, one of the highest in the team.
Marvin Zeegelaar – 6.5/10
The full-back did well defensively but could have contributed more offensively. The 26-year-old handled Lucas Vazquez on the flank. He made sure that the Spaniard did not have much space for most of the game. Zeegelaar had a pass accuracy of 90.7% and also made two key passes, joint best along with Gelson Martins and Luka Modric.
William Carvalho – 8/10
The highly rated defensive midfielder did his job perfectly. Carvalho had the responsibility of marking Isco Alarcon and he did it very well. The Portuguese acted as the defensive cover for the backline.
Adrien Silva – 8/10
The midfielder was very good on the ball and also his passing was on point on the night. Silva’s creativity helped his team threaten the opposition. He took the penalty very well and all in all, It was a perfect captain’s display from the 27-year-old.
Bruno Cesar – 6/10
The attacker was extremely involved in his team’s attacking moves in the first half but faded away in the second half. Cesar was arguably Sporting’s most dangerous player in the first half, but was unable to find the back of the net.
Gelson Martins – 8/10
The battle between him and Real Madrid’s Marcelo was a treat to watch. Gelson Martins was very good with the ball at his feet. Martins also made some good runs on the flank and troubled Marcelo for most of the game.
Bryan Ruiz – 4/10
The former Fulham player didn’t have an influence in the game and struggled to contribute for his team. Ruiz was subbed off in the 67th minute of the game.
Bas Dost - 6/10
The Dutch striker worked tirelessly and pressed hard as usual. The player also used his physicality to hold the ball at his feet. However, he couldn’t do much to threaten the Real Madrid defence.
Joel Campbell – 7.5/10
The 24-year-old replaced Bruno Cesar on the 62-minute mark and had a decent impact. Campbell was a real threat after coming on and eventually won the penalty for his team which Silva tucked away.
Ezequiel Schelotto – 6/10
The defender came on for Ruiz in the 67th minute of the game. Schelotto filled the space left by the red-carded Pereira and did a fairly decent job.
Andre – 5/10
The striker came on as a replacement for Dost in the 78th minute of the game but struggled to contribute much offensively.