Real Madrid player ratings vs RB Leipzig: Vinicius Junior and Jude Bellingham combine to send vulnerable Blancos into Champions League quarter-finals

Carlo Ancelotti’s dynamic duo made the difference in redeeming a poor European performance at the Bernabeu as Madrid advanced despite a 1-1 draw.

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When all else failed, Real Madrid relied on their star men; Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Junior combined to score a vital goal and send a depleted Madrid side into the last eight of the Champions League with a 2-1 aggregate win over RB Leipzig on Wednesday night.

Lois Openda missed two chances inside 20 minutes, twice running in behind Los Blancos’ high line before having his efforts parried. He hit the third wide shortly before the break.

Real, for their part, scored very little in the first 45 minutes. Manager Carlo Ancelotti deployed five midfielders, and Madrid had to work harder than expected as a result. Ancelotti introduced Rodigo at the break and a moment of magic turned things around. Bellingham stepped into the final third and fed Vinicius, who fired his finish past a towering goalkeeper.
Leipzig responded immediately, with Willi Orban finding the bottom corner with a neat header to equalize on the night. The visitors had more chances as Openda once again went close and Xavi Simmons’ effort was well denied by Antonio Rudiger. Nevertheless, they could not find the net and Madrid conceded the ball.

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GOAL rated Real Madrid players from the Santiago Bernabéu…
Goalkeeper and defense
Andrey Lunin (5/10):

Were forced to make some key saves in the first half. Leipzig could do nothing about the goal.

Dani Carvajal (7/10):

Often the player is in the lead in the initial stages. He then settled into his usual role – and looked much better for it.

Antonio Rudiger (7/10):

An effort from Xavi Simmons that looked certain to go in was blocked – and celebrated with appropriate enthusiasm.

Nacho (6/10):

Fixed behind. Possessed the ball well and had the ball in his hands at the right time.

Ferland Mendy (5/10):

Slightly dragged down by Leipzig’s difficult attacking players. He was also not at his best in tackling.

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Tony Cruz (7/10):

Kept the ball moving, especially when Madrid surged on the break. Completed 93 percent of his passes.

Aurelien Tchoumeni (6/10):

Stable at the base of midfield. Made some timely tackles, but also made some silly fouls.

Eduardo Camavinga (5/10):

The game mostly did not go in their favor in the first half. It was unfortunate to be subbed in the half, but Madrid had to get rid of a midfielder.

Federico Valverde (6/10):

Deployed in an unfamiliar attacking role for the first 45 minutes. When asked to delve deeper after the break, it felt much better.

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Jude Bellingham (7/10):

Acted as an orthodox striker in the first half, but did not get much support. A beautiful assist was provided for Vinicius’ goal, and it was much improved after the break.

Vinicius Junior (8/10):

He was dangerous when he had the ball, but often got into trouble. Scored a wonderful goal to increase his team’s overall lead and made quite a few defenders look foolish.

Deputy and Manager
Rodrigo (7/10):

An essential introduction in half the time. He was lively when he came on and helped take the game forward.

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Luka Modric (6/10):

Cruz was replaced late on. Provided little control over the midfield.

Joselu (N/A):

No time to make an impact.

Carlo Ancelotti (6/10):

Went with an interesting line-up, starting five midfielders and benching Rodrigo. Revised his decision at half-time and Madrid were much better for it. His side here was not particularly good, but he got the job done. Bring the final eight.

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