Real Madrid 1-2 Manchester City: player ratings from the Bernabéu

Marcus Christenson
Photograph: Bernat Armangué/AP

Real Madrid 4-3-3

Thibaut Courtois

Saved a Jesus effort from close range in first half but could have done better on the Brazilian’s goal 6

Dani Carvajal

Lost possession a few times early on and his clumsy challenge on Sterling won City a late penalty. 5

Sergio Ramos

As the last man he was sent off for a tug on Jesus towards the end and will now miss the second leg. 6

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Raphaël Varane

The Frenchman had a couple of nervy moments in the beginning. Not the force he once was. 6

Ferland Mendy

Did a solid job defensively but was unable to create much going forward. Missed a late chance. 6

Luka Modric

Unable to exert his influence on the game as City dominated the game and won the midfield battle. 5


Spread the ball impressively initially and cleared one effort off the line but grew increasingly sloppy. 6

Federico Valverde

One of the success stories of the season for Real but this was one of his quieter games. Booked. 5


Preferred to Bale but had not created much before suddenly scoring the opener after an hour. 6

Karim Benzema

Often forced wide to the right and left and had very few touches. Still nearly scored with a header. 5

Vinícius Júnior

Real’s best player. Showcased his incredible technique and worked extremely hard defensively. 7

Subs Gareth Bale (for Vinícius Júnior 75) 6, Lucas Vazquez (for Isco 84) 6, Luka Jovic (for Modric 84) 6.

Manchester City 4-4-2


Outstanding save low to his right from a Benzema header in first half. No chance on the goal. 7

Kyle Walker

At his energetic best. Did well against Vinícius but should have cleared before Isco scored. 7

Nicolás Otamendi

Always seems to have a mistake in him and his difficult pass to Rodri led to Real’s goal. 5

Aymeric Laporte

Looked comfortable before suffering another injury and having to go off after half an hour. 6

Benjamin Mendy

Did well without excelling and his booking for a foul on Modric means he will miss the second leg. 6

Riyad Mahrez

One of City’s most dangerous players on the night but could not make the most of his half-chances. 7

Ilkay Gündogan

The game suited him, his careful ball retention helping City establish their dominance in midfield. 7

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The former Atlético player was a calming influence in midfield as always. Lucky not to be booked. 6

Bernardo Silva

Showcased his impressive close control at times but unable to break free to threaten Courtois. 6

Kevin De Bruyne

Superb in an unfamiliar role high up the pitch and was rewarded with an assist and a goal. 8

Gabriel Jesus

Almost a left-back at times but worked extremely hard and got the crucial first goal with a header. 8

Subs Fernandinho (for Laporte 33) 7, Sterling (for Bernardo Silva 73) 7.