Real Madrid vs Valencia Player rating as Vinicius bags two as Real Madrid earn comeback draw at Valencia


Vinicius Junior’s brace saw Real Madrid fight for a point ahead of Valencia.

It was a thrilling opening 45 minutes and Valencia felt they should have a commanding lead.

Two goals in the space of three minutes from Hugo Duro and Roman Yaremchuk saw Valencia race into a two-goal lead, but Vinicius Junior silenced a roaring crowd at half-time with a close-range strike to reduce Real Madrid’s deficit.

Los Blancos struggled to find an equalizer after the break and found their talisman in the last 15 minutes when Vinicius Junior popped up to complete his brace to earn Real a point.

It was the visitors who felt aggrieved at the final whistle when the referee blew the whistle for full-time just as Real Madrid looked set to score what would have been a dramatic winner at the death.

Chaos ensued but Valencia stuck to their point. Having played one game more than their pursuers, Real Madrid are seven points ahead of Girona.

Real Madrid player ratings

GK: Andriy Lunin – 6/10 – Could do nothing about either goal. Made a smart save to deny Lopez on the hour mark.

RB: Dani Carvajal – 6/10 – It was his poor back-pass which gifted Yaremchuk a goal, but Carvajal made up for that with the cross for Vinicius’ strike shortly before the interval.

CB: Aurelien Tchouameni – 5/10 – Looked like an unnatural fit at centre-back for this one. Valencia’s press caused him a handful of problems.

CB: Antonio Rudiger – 6/10 – Guilty of ball-watching at times but didn’t exactly get much wrong. Had to bail out Mendy more than once.

LB: Ferland Mendy – 5/10 – Not good enough at either end of the field. Often vacated his position, leaving Rudiger to pick up the scraps.

DM: Toni Kroos – 5/10 – Didn’t offer any defensive solidarity but was also underwhelming in possession. Several misplaced passes.

CM: Federico Valverde – 5/10 – Had plenty of the ball but didn’t do much with it. Made a poor pass for the opening goal and was then too safe in possession. A great challenge to stop Javi Guerra in the second half.

CM: Eduardo Camavinga – 5/10 – Like Valverde, Camavinga got around the pitch but didn’t take the risks needed to make something happen.

AM: Jude Bellingham – 5/10 – Pretty quiet. Valencia’s deep line limited the space available to him, keeping Bellingham on the sidelines for the most part.

ST: Vinicius Junior – 8/10 – Played without composure early on, charging around looking to get into it with opponents. Made the difference with his goals and used the first to send a poignant message to the home fans.

ST: Rodrygo – 5/10 – His early foul on Gaya was pointless and only succeeded in riling Valencia and their fans up.

SUB: Luka Modric (63′ for Kroos) – 7/10

SUB: Brahim Diaz (63′ for Rodrygo) – 7/10

SUB: Fran Garcia (73′ for Mendy) – 6/10

SUB: Joselu (73′ for Camavinga) – 7/10

SUB: Nacho Fernandez (86′ for Valverde) – N/A

Player of the match – Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)

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