Supercopa semi-final notes: Courtois brilliant, Vázquez pale

Real Madrid qualified for the Supercopa de España final after beating Valencia CF 5-4 on penalties. Thibaut Courtois once again excelled in goal in Madrid’s success. Karim Benzema can also prove his worth to the team again. Lucas Vázquez and Eduardo Camavinga disappoint. The REAL TOTAL individual review of the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals.

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While Courtois impressed, Vázquez kept a low profile – Photos: Getty Images

starting lineup

Thibaut Courtois

Once again, the Belgian has proven his importance for Real Madrid. He couldn’t do much about Samuel Lino’s 46th-minute goal as the Valencia striker appeared free in front of him and managed to shoot just yards away, but the 30-year-old saved the people of Madrid in the 111th minute with a mega- save against Fran Pérez. Moreover, Real number 1 saved José Gayà’s last penalty and sent his team to the final. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 1.5.

Lucas Vazquez (up to 68 mins)

Because Daniel Carvajal didn’t start, the Spaniard took over as right-back in the Supercopa semi-final against FC Valencia. However, the 31-year-old failed to live up to expectations. He reacted discreetly via the right flank, and in addition he let Lino finish immediately after the break. It achieved the goal. In the 68th minute he had to leave the pitch due to injury. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 4.5.

Éder Militao (up to 74 minutes)

In contrast, Vázquez’s Brazilian neighbor in the last four seemed more confident. The 24-year-old sent a long, beautiful ball past Karim Benzema in the 37th minute. As a result, the Frenchman was knocked down, there was a penalty, which he converted into an interim lead. Thus, Militão also contributed to the goal. During that time, he did a good job defensively. When conceding a goal, he had to be wary of Edinson Cavani. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 2.5.

Antonio Rudiger

The Germany international came up against Valencia without leading a ground tackle. As a result, the Berlin native’s appearance was rather low-key. After all, he managed to thwart four shots on goal and two headers from the opposition. And his success rate was decent with a success of 93%. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 3.5.

Nacho Fernandez

The Spaniard had to replace Ferland Mendy at left-back against Valencia. And Real number 6 has again done its job satisfactorily. The 32-year-old showed a mature performance, played a total of 93% successful passes and won six out of eleven duels with the opponent. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 3.

Federico Valverde (until the 106th minute)

The Uruguayan is still unable to repeat his strong performances from before the World Cup. In the Supercopa semi-finals, however, the 24-year-old played reasonably. With a total of 95 ball contacts, he had some action in the game, so he was quite present. Additionally, he played eleven assists in 120 minutes in the attacking third. Nothing measurable resulted. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 3.

Tony Croos

Moreover, the 2014 world champion delivered a decent performance. With passing accuracy at 96%, he once again provided structure in Real’s playing structure. In the 105th minute, the 33-year-old even dared a dangerous shot from the second line. Bad luck: Giorgi Mamardashvili made a clean save. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 3.

Eduardo Camavinga (up to 46 minutes)

The 20-year-old was favored over Luka Modrić in Riyadh on Wednesday night. However, the France international failed to set the accents. The youngster only played the first round and therefore could hardly stand. He was on the ball only 29 times, it was not enough for special actions. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 4.

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Rodrygo goes (until 84 minutes)

The Brazilian looked pale on the right wing against Valencia. Although the 22-year-old showed promise in the game against the ball and won three out of four duels, not much has come of it for him. He fired a shot, but he missed the target. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 4.

Karim Benzema

The reigning world footballer kept a low profile in the Supercopa semi-final before winning and converting the penalty in the 37th minute. The 35-year-old offered himself several times as a pass in the center of the attack, but Valencia made it difficult for him to score another goal. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 2.5.

Vinicius Junior

Real’s number 20 has hit Valencia several times via the left wing. This is one of the reasons why the Brazilian had to play a total of 23 duels, of which he only won ten. He took two shots on goal, neither landed in the net. The big chance in the 95th minute was particularly painful, as he was saved from a promising shooting position by Mamardashvili, who stormed on. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 3.

substitute

Luka Modric (from 46 minutes)

Going into the game for Camavinga, the 37-year-old hasn’t necessarily offered Real Madrid much reinforcement in comparison. After all, he won his three duels and converted his penalty. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 4.

Daniel Carvajal (from 68 minutes)

The right-back was quite nimble after being substituted but was often left behind in duels. He only won two out of nine duels. In return, he gave even more pressure to Real’s efforts. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 3.5.

Ferland Mendy (from the 74th minute)

After being substituted, the 27-year-old performed unspectacularly. Not particularly challenged at the back, but he didn’t break through up front. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 4.

Marco Asensio (from the 84th minute)

He came on just before the end of regular time and vowed to give Real Madrid the win after all. His efforts put pressure on Valencia but he was well contained. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 3.5.

Daniel Ceballos (from 106 minutes)

The 26-year-old midfielder also came for extra time. But he only had 15 more shots before the penalty shootout. Without rating.

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti

The performance offered by Carlo Ancelotti’s players in the semi-finals was not convincing. But at least effective in the end with the advancement on penalties. Admittedly, the Italian also had to tinker a bit in the starting formations. David Alaba and Aurélien Tchouaméni weren’t available anyway, Carvajal and Mendy obviously not being part of the starting XI. After all, the team completed the mandatory task and got their participation in the final. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 3.

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Supercopa semi-final notes: Courtois brilliant, Vázquez pale

Real Madrid qualified for the Supercopa de España final after beating Valencia CF 5-4 on penalties. Thibaut Courtois once again excelled in goal in Madrid’s success. Karim Benzema can also prove his worth to the team again. Lucas Vázquez and Eduardo Camavinga disappoint. The REAL TOTAL individual review of the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals.

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