Real Madrid ratings: Vinicius, Reguilón hosts' top performers
AS' Agustín Martín offers his verdict on how Real Madrid's players performed in their Copa del Rey semi-final defeat to Barcelona.
Real Madrid's goalkeeper had practically nothing to do in the first half, but conceded Barcelona's first goal with Luis Suárez's first shot four minutes into the second 45. The Costa Rican could do nothing about the Uruguayan's other two goals, though.
Carvajal was engaged in a tough battle on the right with Ousmane Dembélé, and came out on top in the first half. However, much of Barça's counter-attacking joy came on his flank after the break.
Assured, calm, and adept when bringing the ball out from the back. Varane cut out a dangerous Dembélé moment when the Frenchman had the chance to put Ivan Rakitic in on Keylor. He was reliable in the tackle.
Watching Ramos, you got the feeling that he was playing with the handbrake on, possibly for fear of getting the booking that would have ruled him out of the final. His display also suffered in the first half after a collision with Casemiro left him feeling his hamstrings.
The youth product produced a fine performance in the first half, starting nervously but quickly settling into his stride. Closed down well and was brave in attack. He came close to scoring with a terrific diving header from Vinicius' cross, but was denied by a sensational Marc-André ter Stegen save.
The Ballon d'Or winner drove the team on from midfield in the first half, linking up the play well; just like the rest of his side, however, Modric let Barça's opening goal take far too great a toll on his performance.
The Brazilian cut out a good few balls to break up Barcelona attacks, with one recovery of possession - which snuffed out a charge led by Gerard Piqué - leading to a one-on-one chance for Vinicius and, subsequently, a Karim Benzema shot saved by Ter Stegen. Picked up a booking.
Orchestrated the play neatly in Madrid's midfield, but at times lacked oopmh. Kroos took one shot at goal (early in the second half) that flew over the bar. As the game progressed, the German's influence waned.
Played out an intense battle with Jordi Alba, who he did well to deny in defence on a couple of occasions. Was booked for a foul on Clément Lenglet. Never stopped running until being substituted for Gareth Bale with 20 minutes to go.
Dropping deep to receive the ball, Madrid's centre-forward found spaces in between the lines but at times seemed a little isolated. He held the ball up well as he waited for support to arrive. The Frenchman had a clear chance to score when found in the box by Vinicius' first-half pass, but Ter Stegen kept his shot out with his right boot.
Vinicius hammered away at Barça on the left flank - drifting further inside as the game progressed - in a performance from which all that was missing was goals: the Brazilian missed several good chances to score. Together with Reguilón, he was Madrid's best performer.
Bale came on for Vázquez, but had little impact other than to send a shot wildly wide (albeit he was offside anyway).
The Uruguayan replaced Casemiro, and showed fight and determination in the minutes he got.
Asensio was introduced for Vinicius with 10 minutes remaining, firing just off target with five left.
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