RB Leipzig vs Real Madrid Player ratings as Brahim Díaz screamer wins it for Real in Leipzig

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Brahim Díaz’s stunning strike earned subpar Real Madrid a vital 1-0 win at RB Leipzig.

Leipzig thought they had grabbed an early lead in the third minute when Benjamin Šeško found his way to them from a corner in the box. The goal was disallowed, albeit for an apparent foul on Real goalkeeper Lunin.

Moments later, Šeško really should have scored, but he couldn’t get a proper touch on the ball before it bounced to a grateful Lunin.

The home side didn’t look like a team with just one win in their last five as they dominated the opening 15 minutes against the La Liga leaders.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men began to settle as the half progressed but lacked the rhythm that has been so evident in recent league games. Jude Bellingham’s absence undoubtedly had something to do with it.

Šeško proved to be a danger man for Leipzig and almost had another chance, only to be denied by a brilliant cover attack by Aurélien Tchouaméni.

In the end, they regretted their missed chance in the 49th minute. Out of nowhere, Brahim Díaz dribbled from the right past several defenders and almost fell to the ground. Péter Gulácsi shook his head.

Díaz went off injured, another blow for Ancelotti after losing Jude Bellingham at the weekend.

Real should probably have doubled their lead after an hour, but Rodrygo and Vini Jr. they failed to finish from inside the box, although the latter hit the bar while the former in the stands.

Leipzig could not find an equalizer and will be bitterly disappointed to head to the Bernabeu in three weeks after a superb performance.

As for Real, the quest for title No. 15 is very much alive.

Real Madrid player ratings

GK: Andriy Lunin – 9/10 – Was active early on when Sesko had three or four sights of his goal and continued to be a major thorn in Leipzig’s side with a whopping nine saves. Really impressive.

RB: Dani Carvajal – 4/10 – Not on it at all. Really unconvincing both in and out of possession and was fortunate not to pick up a booking for a crunching challenge on Xavi Simons which he seemed adamant was a clean challenge.

CB: Aurelien Tchouameni – 8/10 – Composed at the back and needed to make some big challenges to atone for errors from those around him. Always stepped up when needed.

CB: Nacho Fernandez – 4/10 – Really poor from the first minute. Couldn’t cope with Sesko’s power or Openda’s speed. Perhaps not fully fit.

LB: Ferland Mendy – 6/10 – Typically impress defensively but his lack of attacking output continues to be a problem in a setup which does not include natural wingers.

DM: Toni Kroos – 6/10 – Dropped deeper early on when it became clear his defence wasn’t comfortable, but that limited his involvement going forwards. Needed to be done, however.

CM: Eduardo Camavinga – 7/10 – Worked incredibly hard at both ends of the pitch, doing the dirty work before trying to make things happen in attack. Clearly grew frustrated with the lack of support from some around him.

CM: Federico Valverde – 5/10 – Seemed to struggle with the pace of the game, which was unusual. Didn’t do nearly enough in attack despite a constant desire to get into the box.

AM: Brahim Diaz – 7/10 – Happy to get on the ball and, after an uninspiring first half, produced a moment of magic to open the scoring.

ST: Vinicius Junior – 7/10 – Vinicius was involved in everything good from Madrid and was unfortunate not to get his own goal.

ST: Rodrygo – 4/10 – Another clunky performance in attack. Couldn’t figure out how to profit from the fact that most of Leipzig’s defence was occupied by Vinicius.

SUB: Lucas Vazquez (84′ for Brahim) – N/A

SUB: Joselu (84′ for Rodrygo) – N/A

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