Real Madrid went on to win an all-out 3-0 over Moldovian club Sheriff Tiraspol in their fifth match of the UEFA Champions League. David Alaba opened the scoring for the visitors after his shot from a free kick missed defender Sheriff. The great Toni Kroos forward gave them a 2-0 lead before Karim Benzema scored in the second half to put a dot on the cake for the Spanish side.
The win confirmed Los Blancos’ place in the knockout stages while Sheriff was guaranteed a place in the Europa League.
Sheriff’s Player Rating
Georgios Athanasiadis- (6.5 / 10) – The saver made a few excellent saves, but received little help from his defenders while conceding and was able to do little to stop them.
Gustavo Dulanto- (5.5 / 10) – Dulanto had a difficult night in defense as he constantly had to cling to Real Madrid’s brilliant attacking trio. His best chance to make an impact came at the other end of the field, when he headed in from a corner.
Danilo Arboleda- (6/10) – Like his defensive counterpart, the towering centre-back struggled to deal with the quality from attacking players at the opposition.
Cristiano- (6/10) – The left-back struggled to defend and gave Rodrygo too much space on his side. However, he was the closest to scoring for Sheriff when his dangerous shot went wide of the post in the second half.
Fernando Costanza- (5.5 / 10) – Right-back played well in the face of threats from Vinicius and Mendy on the flanks, but was rough on Casemiro and was shown a yellow card in the first half.
Dimitrios Kolovos- (5.5/10) – Kolovos had a disappointing night as he barely provided any offensive momentum to his team. He committed a few missed passes that prompted the manager to send him off the field early in the second half.
Sebastien Thill- (6.5 / 10) – Thill is considered Moldova’s most likely goalscorer, and often uses his luck from long range.
Edmund Addo- (7/10) – Addo had a pretty good game in the midfield, making some interceptions. He finished with a pass completion rate of 93% and won a whopping 6 tackles during the game.
Adama Malouda Traoré- (6.5 / 10) – Traore was the sole runner and did a great job of that throughout the match. He had a few shots on goal but failed to hit the target.
Frank Castañeda- (6/10) – The Colombian is not appreciated in attack, because the Sheriff is rarely strong front foot. He was eventually taken off the field behind the sub-display on the hour markers.
Bruno- (5.5 / 10) – Another striker who didn’t have much tackle time for the Sheriff. His time on the pitch was mainly devoted to defensive duties, and he was called off after 60 minutes.
Momo Yansane- (5.5 / 10) – Substituted for Castaneda as an attacking threat, but did not have many chances to score in the remaining minutes.
Boban Nikolov- (6/10) – The midfielder looked dazzling after coming on and winning a number of free kicks that made it difficult for Marcelo to cross the left flank.
Keston Julien- (5.5 / 10) –
Real Madrid player ratings
Thibaut Courtois- (October 7) – The Belgian goalkeeper was not called up for most of the game, but was in command in goal and made a couple of great saves later in the game. second half.
David Alaba- (7.5 / 10) – Alaba excelled in defence, and also excelled as Madrid’s unlikely scorer from a free kick near the box.
Éder Militão (7/10) – Eder Militao had a great game and showed his speed against Traore. He also contributed to the possession of the ball, winning five dogfights over the course of 90 minutes.
Ferland Mendy- (7.5 / 10) – The French left-back spent most of the game in the opposition half, linking well with Vinicius and Kroos. He was also the assist for Karim Benzema to score from the flanks to the inside.
Dani Carvajal- (7/10) – Carvajal didn’t have to do much in defense and kept moving forward, making extra runs to create more of a threat for attack.
Casemiro (7.5 / 10) – Regularly featured in defensive moves, he won 6 tackles and 2 air-to-air fights, and finished with a very high pass completion rate.
Toni Kroos- (8.5 / 10) – The German ADC scored his second Real Madrid goal again, in his true style of putting the ball into the top corner of the goal.
Luka Modric- (7.5 / 10) – A dominant performance by the veteran Croat midfielder, as he controlled the ropes for Real Madrid. His ability to press and defend also played a big part in the second half.
Karim Benzema- (8/10) – Benzema didn’t look his usual in the first half, but matured into the game, and scored a beautiful goal early in the second half.
Vinícius Júnior (7.5 / 10) – The Brazilian winger was not at his best tonight and seems a bit reserved in attack. Even so, he bonded brilliantly with Benzema and Mendy.
Rodrygo- (8.5 / 10) – Rodrygo is an excellent player on the right, showing his tricks in attack. He had a few attempts on target but was unlucky to not score a goal for himself.
Marcelo- (October 6) – A rare outing for Marcelo, who was substituted for Ferland Mendy to leave the field for Real Madrid.
Nacho- (October 6) – The Spaniard came on for David Alaba in the final half hour of the game.
Vazquez- (6.5 / 10) – He came on for Dani Carvajal, and continued to attack from the right, linking well with Rodrygo.
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