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Real Madrid player ratings vs Salamanca

Brahim stole the show. He might be on his last legs at the club but gave Zidane plenty to think about with a two-goal cameo against Unionistas.

Real Madrid player ratings vs Salamanca
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Areola: Made a couple of important stops in the second half when Unionistas were looking for an equaliser - 7.

Marcelo: A lot of Unionistas attacks started down the left in the first half and Marcelo was missing in action on a number of occasions. Deliver the ball into the box for Brahim's goal and was constantly involved in attack - 7.

Nacho: Plugged in for the entirety of the game. Suffered when Unionistas got on top of Casemiro and have to cover for Militao - 7.

Militao: A silly lunge for the ball resulted in Unionistas goal and he was caught badly out of position for it. Under pressure a couple of times in the first half when Unionistas pressed - 6.

Carvajal: Pushed back and forced to stay there to make room for Bale and James on the right. Defensively solid and disciplined - 7.

Casemiro: Improved as the game went on. Unionistas success depended on how the Brazilian defended them - 6.

Valverde: Giving him the ball is a guarantee that it will be moved forward. He linked well with Benzema in particular and Zidane changed him and James to Madrid's benedit - 8.

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James: Showed flashes and tried to get involved as much as he could. He played better the less space he was offered. Had a chance to score but saw it saved. Decent return to the field for the Colombian - 7.

Bale: Has the quality needed to settle these games. Taken off in the end after 53 minutes for Brahim. Got lucky with the goal but he got it. - 7.

Benzema: Back in the starting team. Linked well a number of times with Valverde. Had a couple of dangerous shots with no luck but he really wanted to score. Taken off after 75 minutes for Jovic - 7.

Vinicius: Carried on from his good performance with a similarly lively performance on Wednesday night. The end product is still not there but he is growing in confidence and continues to trust his dribbling skills. A couple of dangerous balls into the box turned into nothing but he was active - 8.

Substitutes

Brahim Diaz: Player of the game despite only playing for 35 minutes. He played with purpose and had that cutting edge Madrid were lacking. Hit both posts and still manage a lovely goal along with forcing the second. Gave Zidane plenty to think about - 9.

Luka Jovic: Came on for the last 15 minutes. Ran, fought and attacked the area but nothing really to show for it.

Isco: Came on for James after 80 minutes and didn't have enough time to make an impact.