Real Madrid 4-1 Barcelona: Player ratings as Los Blancos claim Spanish Super Cup with huge victory vs Barcelona


Barcelona had the first opening and should probably have scored through Ferran Torres after five minutes. Nice interplay led to İlkay Gündoğan sending the ball through the middle but the winger couldn’t finish from the box.

Real made them pay shortly after, Jude Bellingham playing the ball over Barca’s high line for Vinicius Junior to run through and finish easily.

Vinicius got his and Real’s second just two minutes later and Barcelona’s defending was once again in serious doubt. The ball went past their back line for Rodrygo to run in and cross for his Brazil team-mate to finish from close range.

Desperate for a goal to get back into the game, Barça came powerfully close shortly after. Pedri teed up Torres on the edge of the box, but his sweetly struck volley went off the crossbar.

Torres looked his side’s best threat for most of the opening half hour, setting up another chance but firing wide of Real goalkeeper Andriy Lupino.

Barça found a way back into the game in the 33rd minute when Alejandro Balde’s cross eventually fell to Robert Lewandowski, who volleyed home.

Real regained their two-goal lead six minutes later and it was Vini again who completed a stunning first-half hat-trick from the penalty spot after being brought down by Ronald Araújo.

It was just the sixth Super Cup hat-trick of all time and a night to remember for the brilliant Brazilian.

The second half continued in a similar vein with Vini continuing to trouble Barcelona as they stayed in the game until the hour mark.

Any hope of a Barca comeback was further dashed in the 64th minute when Rodrygo made it 4-1. Vini dribbled down the left before hitting a low cross into the box.

Jules Koundé blocked it, but it fell right to Rodrygo, who shot through with ease.

Things got worse for Xavi’s side when Araújo was sent off in the 71st minute for a second yellow card.

The final 20 minutes flew by as Real resisted the urge to inflict even more misery on their arch-rivals.

They are Super Bowl eligible and look good to add more to their trophy cabinet this season if tonight is anything to go by.

Real Madrid player ratings

GK: Andriy Lunin – 6/10 – Could do nothing about Lewa’s goal, but made a good save a few minutes before that to the deny the Poland international.

RB: Dani Carvajal – 7/10 – Played some wonderful passes in behind the Barca defence. He’s in fine form right now.

CB: Antonio Rudiger – 6/10 – Barcelona didn’t cause him too many problems on Sunday.

CB: Nacho Fernandez – 6/10 – Like his defensive partner, Nacho didn’t have a lot to do defensively.

LB: Ferland Mendy – 6/10 – Worked hard up and down the left flank.

CM: Federico Valverde – 6/10 – Made some clever runs from deep throughout the game.

CM: Aurelien Tchouameni – 7/10 – Had full control of the midfield, completing 92% of his passes and winning four duals.

CM: Toni Kroos – 7/10 – Just the 96% pass accuracy from the German on Sunday. Quite impressive that.

AM: Jude Bellingham – 7/10 – Set up the opening goal with a lovely through ball. He was generally brilliant throughout.

ST: Rodrygo Goes – 8/10 – Scored and bagged an assist. A great performance.

ST: Vinicius Junior – 10/10 – A hat trick in El Clasico. The Brazilian put in one of the best performances of his career on Sunday night, causing havoc with his incisive runs in behind.

SUB: Brahim Diaz (77′ for Rodrygo) – 6/10

SUB: Luka Modric (82′ for Vinicius) – N/A

SUB: Eduardo Camavinga (82′ for Kroos) – N/A

SUB: Joselu (86′ for Bellingham) – N/A

SUB: Dani Ceballos (86′ for Valverde) – N/A

Barcelona player ratings

GK: Inaki Pena – 5/10 – Couldn’t do too much about any of the Madrid goals. He was hung out to dry by his defence.

RB: Ronald Araujo – 0/10 – The defender has looked like a quarter of the player he was last season. Yet another off-the-boil outing from the Uruguayan, who gifted Madrid a penalty in the first half and was sent off the in the second. A truly awful performance.

CB: Jules Kounde – 2/10 – Completely all over the place in the lead up to the opening goal. He couldn’t lay a glove on Vini all evening.

CB: Andreas Christensen – 2/10 – Pretty terrible performance. Christensen looked like he was running in treacle.

LB: Alejandro Balde – 2/10 – The full-back tried to step up and play Rodrygo offside in the Madrid half, which tells you all you need to know about his performance.

CM: Frenkie de Jong – 3/10 – Saw a lot of the ball and did a lot of nothing with it.

CM: Ilkay Gundogan – 3/10 – The German looked old in the middle of the park.

CM: Pedri – 4/10 – The youngster will take a while to get back to his best after an injury-riddled first half of the season.

RW: Sergi Roberto – 2/10 – We refuse to believe he was on the pitch on Sunday night. Utterly anonymous.

ST: Robert Lewandowski – 7/10 – Scored a wonderful goal. He simply doesn’t get enough service in this Barca team.

LW: Ferran Torres – 3/10 – Barely got a kick.

SUB: Joao Felix (61′ for Ferran) – 5/10

SUB: Lamine Yamal (61′ for Roberto) – 5/10

SUB: Fermin Lopez (61′ for Pedri) – 5/10

Player of the match: Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)

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