Teamwork makes the dream work

Participant rankings as Guler fires second-string facet to victory


Carlo Ancelotti handed a relaxation to most of Actual Madrid’s key starters for the journey to Actual Sociedad on Friday however nonetheless got here out with a 1-0 victory.

In what was removed from a classic show, Arda Guler bagged the sport’s solely purpose halfway by the primary half, firing Madrid one step nearer to La Liga glory.

The victory brings a really welcome three factors to Ancelotti, whose focus is clearly on Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg towards Bayern Munich.

How the sport unfolded

An early cross from Javi Galan had Kepa Arrizabalaga scrambling early on however the stand-in stopper did get down nicely to disclaim Take Kubo, with Madrid underneath vital strain within the early levels of the sport.

It was one-way visitors for the primary 28 minutes, however minute 29 introduced an unlikely lead for the guests.

Dani Carvajal’s first-time cross ought to have been cleared by a scrambling Igor Zubeldia, however the ball was allowed to roll by to Guler, who transformed Madrid’s first shot on purpose to place his facet forward.

Parity was nearly restored instantly when Kubo slotted past Kepa after Aurelien Tchouameni ceded possession on the sting of his personal field, however a VAR verify confirmed the Frenchman had really been fouled and the purpose was dominated out.

Benat Turrientes almost snatched an equaliser contained in the opening seconds of the second half, however Kepa as soon as once more acquired down and pushed the hassle broad.

Sociedad’s spark started to fade across the hour mark, with Madrid glad to sit down deep and restrict the house accessible to their hosts, who have been nonetheless having fun with the vast majority of the possession at that time.

With 17 minutes to go, Sociedad had the ball at the back of the web as soon as once more, however there was no VAR verify wanted this time as Mikel Oyarzabal had clearly wandered offside earlier than poking the ball into the again of the web.

Oyarzabal thought he’d snatched a sound purpose quickly after as his pleasant dink had Kepa overwhelmed, however Antonio Rudiger’s header deflected the hassle broad of the publish.

Sheraldo Becker’s introduction off the bench sparked extra life into Sociedad however Madrid stored to their form and weathered the storm fairly comfortably earlier than the ultimate whistle.

Kepa Arrizabalaga

A uncommon begin for Kepa / Ion Alcoba Beitia/GettyImages

GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga – 7/10 – A nervy begin however made some sensible low saves to cease Sociedad from racking up the objectives.

RB: Dani Carvajal – 7/10 – Madrid wanted his expertise and Carvajal stepped up as soon as once more. A very sensible help for Guler’s opener.

CB: Eder Militao – 5/10 – Actually off his recreation right here, which may probably be put all the way down to rust after so lengthy on the sidelines. Made a handful of errors which you’d hope he’ll eradicate as he will get his rhythm again.

CB: Nacho Fernandez – 6/10 – A number of sloppy selections however largely held his personal in a surprisingly busy efficiency.

LB: Fran Garcia – 7/10 – Clearly heard criticism of his defensive influence and rose to the problem right here. Seemed actually centered on the again.

DM: Aurelien Tchouameni – 8/10 – A sluggish begin however Tchouameni wrestled management of the midfield battle. Some sensational passes, together with for Guler’s purpose, however centered on ravenous Sociedad of house to assault.

DM: Luka Modric – 6/10 – Noticeably struggled to become involved in a recreation which required extra defending than the rest however ultimately began to search out his toes.

RM: Arda Guler – 7/10 – A transparent stand-out in Madrid’s ahead line. Took his purpose nicely and performed with some severe confidence as he tried so as to add to his tally.

AM: Brahim Diaz – 4/10 – Hardly concerned in a recreation which was normally performed on the different finish of the pitch.

LM: Dani Ceballos – 3/10 – Provided no management in midfield as Sociedad stored coming time and time once more. Not the type of efficiency wanted to power his manner again into Ancelotti’s considering.

ST: Joselu – 4/10 – Cannot fault the hassle, however Joselu was on an island of his personal for the overwhelming majority of this recreation and is not the form of striker who can go chasing possession.


SUB: Vinicius Junior (68′ for Guler) – 5/10

SUB: Federico Valverde (68′ for Ceballos) – 6/10

SUB: Antonio Rudiger (76′ for Brahim) – 6/10

SUB: Eduardo Camavinga (76′ for Garcia) – 6/10

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

Subs not used: Andriy Lunin (GK), Fran Gonzalez (GK), Jude Bellingham, Toni Kroos


Carlo Ancelotti – 7/10 – His solely purpose right here was to relaxation his starters, and he did precisely that. It was under no circumstances a powerful efficiency however that was not even remotely necessary to Ancelotti.

Participant of the match – Aurelien Tchouameni (Actual Madrid)