Barcelona beat Real Madrid 1-0 in front of the crowded Elegant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Carlo Ancelotti used the first game before the start of the season to test his squad. Eden Hazard started with a false nine, Toni Rudiger played at left-back, and the young trio of Chuamini-Valverde-Camavinga started in midfield. In the end, Eder Militao’s mistake and a goal from Ravenha will be the only goal of the match. Two more matches remain before the European Super Cup: Club America and Juventus.
Full match player ratings below:
Thibaut Courtois – 9: He hasn’t missed a beat since the previous season ended. It came with some huge saves by Ansu Fati and Dembele.
Lucas Vazquez – 7: He recovered well on a few occasions to catch up with Ansu Fati and get a much-needed poke in the toe to end Barcelona’s attack. He improved offensively in the second half by introducing Modric and Asensio on the right side.
Eder Militao – 4: Still under pressure, he played a square ball across the goal and Ravenha punished her, scoring Barcelona’s only goal.
David Alaba – 6: Very aggressive with his steps and gambling against Robert Lewandowski. Most got it right, except for one moment in the first half where Levadowski managed to anticipate an interference and dodged Alaba. Militao was able to comb.
Antonio Rudiger – 6: He played an unfamiliar left-back, but did fairly well. She had a good fight with Raphinha and managed one attack forward.
Chuamini-5: He tried to be an option for his teammates, but saw too little of the ball.
Fede Valverde — 6: Column nailed with a long shot. Composed when he is on the ball, but more involvement is required.
Eduardo Camavinga – 8: Far from Cruyff inside his box that led to Ansu Fati’s chance, Camavinga was Real Madrid’s best player in the first half. He showed his dynamism, a good first touch, and the balls went up to Vinicius.
Rodrygo – 7: Another bright spot in the first half. It looks more comfortable on the right wing.
Vinicius JR-7: Araujo defended well against Vinicius Junior for most of the match. The Brazilian had a Maradona-like run, cutting three to four Barcelona defenders, before being hacked by Jordi Alba.
Eden Hazard -3: Another underwhelming performance from Belgium, this time in the role of Liar Nine. No shots, no dashing behind Barcelona’s defence, no engagement, and no sign of returning to the former pace that made him such a threat while at Chelsea.
Casemiro-5: He was arrested several times, which led to the Barcelona transitional attack.
Toni Kroos – 6: Real Madrid helped maintain a better rhythm in the second half – constantly finding the crossover switch to a cross-back, one of Lucas Vazquez or Alvaro Odriozola.
Luka Modric – 6: Supporting the right wing and providing outlets for defense when building from behind under pressure.
Ferland Mindy – 7: A good fight with Ousmane Dembele, where Mendy often surpasses his compatriot.
Nacho – 7: He intervened in the center of defense for David Alaba and dealt with the threat of Aubameyang.
Marco Asensio – 7: He played well from the right wing, taking the ball up the field with his ability to carry the ball. Despite that, he missed a great opportunity from inside the penalty area to score the equalizer in the net after one good match between him and Lucas Vazquez.
Jesus Vallejo – 6: He played the last 20 minutes, scoring a notable interference on Aubameyang.
Alvaro Odriozola – 6: He acted as a right winger, not a right back (like his Fiorentina days), but he often played left back rather than taking on the inexperienced Barcelona left back.
Dani Ceballos – 8: Electric, dynamic and confident after climbing. Team up with your teammates and provide smooth movement across the field. Worth more than the last 20 minutes.
Mariano-5: I play as a striker for Rodrygo, who played that role in the second half.