Almería vs Real Madrid

Almeria VS Real Madrid: Player ratings as Alaba nets free-kick winner

David Alaba’s free-kick helped Real Madrid beat Almeria 2-1 on Sunday to start their La Liga title defense.

Alaba, Casemiro, Eder Militao, and Luka Modric were all benched as Aurelien Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger made their league debuts.

Largie Ramazani put the hosts ahead, but Lucas Vazquez equalized before substitute David Alaba scored with his first touch.

Real fell behind early when Ramazani took Inigo Eguaras’ lobbed pass and shot past Thibaut Courtois.

Federico Valverde drew a flying save from Fernando Martinez at the near post before Karim Benzema skewed over from Vinicius Junior’s cut back under Kayky’s pressure.

They remained vulnerable on the counterattack, and Umar Sadiq nearly put them behind 2-0.

Toni Kroos’s swinging cross went right to Martinez, but Almeria was still a threat as Sadiq went up against La Liga rookie Antonio Rudiger and Nacho.

Almería vs Real Madrid

Vinicius raced clear to force Martinez to save at his near post, and Rudiger’s header was also saved.

Vazquez’s first-time finish off Kroos’ cross was ruled offside. Almeria won a close call.

Almeria’s Eguaras sent a long shot past Courtois’ right post, while Vinicius and Benzema set up Valverde, whose shot was easily stopped.

Real’s increased pressure on Almeria’s goal deserved an equalizer, and Vazquez scored after Vinicius burst into the box off Benzema’s scuffed pass.

Alaba’s free-kick over Almeria’s wall and into the far corner just about earned the visitors the win. Martinez kept Almeria in the game with 13 saves.

Real Madrid’s next game is on Saturday when they visit Celta Vigo.

Real Madrid player ratings vs Almeria (La Liga)

  • Thibaut Courtois (6/10) Ramazani’s footwork was sluggish. saved some central shots.
  • Lucas Vazquez scored but was offside. A second-half goal from close range 11.5 km runner and team MVP.
  • Rudiger dropped too deep to keep Ramazani onside for Almeria’s opener. Never appeared to be at ease; must adapt quickly.
  • Nacho was shaky alongside Rudiger. Sadiq passed Nacho and Rudiger, whom neither wanted to face again.
  • Ferland Mendy (4/10) Falling on the ball gave Almeria a counterattack. His performance here suggests he could drop out of Real’s starting XI this season.
  • Camavinga cynically booked Ramazani. couldn’t make his deep, eye-catching runs.
  • Aurelien Tchouameni played the holding role in his first game for Real, but he made some mistakes when Almeria tried to press him.
  • Toni Kroos (6/10) is Not game-dictating early on. improved after Tchouameni left.
  • Federico Valverde (8/10) forced Fernandez to make early saves. Real advanced quickly with their runs. Many shots, no goals.
  • Benzema (7/10) Some rusty finishes in the first 45 minutes. He was not a scorer, but he helped Vazquez.
  • Vinicius Junior (7/10): A left winger who tested Fernandes at the near post when down 1-0. Vazquez equalized with a great run into the box.
  • Luka Modric (46′ for Camavinga) — 7/10-Brought Real Madrid’s midfield calmness.
  • Eden Hazard (58′ for Tchouameni)–7/10- The injury-plagued Belgian contributed to both Real Madrid goals.
  • 8/10-David Alava (74′ for Mendy) came on and scored with his first touch. Real’s help was crucial.
  • Casemiro replaces Kroos (83′) to finish things off.
  • Dani Ceballos (for Vinicius, 83): Wide legs.
  • Carlo Ancelotti (5.0/10) Real’s season opener was marred by the benching of Alaba, Casemiro, Eder Militao, and Modric. Real Madrid could have set the tone, but they were sluggish and ineffective, relying on veterans to bail them out.

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