Real Madrid breezed past Mallorca with a 6-1 drubbing in La Liga’s midweek fixture to return to the top of the table. Marco Asensio headlined the victory with his first Real Madrid hattrick, coming against his former club, in his first start under Carlo Ancelotti. Karim Benzema continued his extraordinary start to the season with 2 more goals, adding another 2 assists to the tally too. Isco completed the rout for Real Madrid’s sixth goal, scoring his first goal since February 2020.
Kang-in Lee’s incredible solo goal immediately after Real Madrid went 2-0 up game Mallorca some hope, but Los Blancos were just too hot to handle for the Balearic side. Carlo Ancelotti’s men have now scored 21 goals in 6 league games, earning 16 points and maintaining their near-perfect start to the season.
Here are the Player Ratings from the game:
Thibaut Courtois (GK) (7/10): The Belgian keeper came up with a fabulous save in the dying moments of normal time and was barely at fault for Kang-in Lee’s goal.
Nacho (6/10): The Spaniard played as a defensive right-back and didn’t do much wrong. However, he showed that he can play anywhere across the backline as he won 5 aerial duels.
Eder Militao (8/10): This was Militao’s best La Liga performance this season. Even though he couldn’t help Courtois get a clean sheet, he look much more sharp at the back. He is returning to the form he showed last season.
David Alaba (8/10): Alaba’s ability to link up with the midfielders and forwards from the back make him a very special player. His long balls over the Mallorca defence resulted in two goals: one a direct assist for Benzema’s second goal and another that found Vincius Junior, who teed up Isco for Madrid’s 6th goal.
Miguel Gutierrez (7.5/10): The young Castilla prodigy continues to impress at left-back. His crosses caused panic in the Mallorca box and he was proactive in defence. He had 2 tackles and 2 interceptions and completed the game with a match-high 96.3% pass completion rate.
Eduardo Camavinga (6.5/10): A decent performance from the 18-year old on his first start for the club as he completed 91.9% of his passes. The Frenchman has a very bright future.
Fede Valverde (7.5/10): Fede is a bundle of energy everytime he plays. He ran at the opposition defence, made overlapping/underlapping runs, linked up well with the forwards, tracked back when Madrid lost possession, and wasn’t afraid to make challenges.
Marco Asensio (10/10): Asensio marked his first start of the season with a trident of goals, his first-ever for Real Madrid, coming against his former club. Not just the goals, but he was pretty involved otherwise as he functioned as the central attacking midfielder. He had 2 key passes, 1 dribble completed, 5 shots (all 5 on target) and a 93.3% pass completion rate.
Rodrygo (6.5/10): Rodrygo was confident in going at the defenders but he couldn’t create much danger apart from a few occasions. Nevertheless, it wasn’t a performance where he was completely anonymous as it was his action inside the box that led to Marco Asensio’s first goal.
Vinicius Junior (9/10): The Brazilian continued his rich vein of form by setting up Isco for Real Madrid’s sixth goal. He was a constant menace down the left wing and should have been on the scoresheet.
Karim Benzema (10/10): Is there any player in the world playing better than Benzema at the moment? No. The Frenchman’s otherworldly form continues as he scored 2 goals and assisted a further 2 to set the record for the best start in La Liga after 6 games (15 G+A). He also brought up his 200th league goal.
Antonio Blanco (6.5/10): He replaced Camavinga in the 59th minute and was impressive. On one occasion, he won the ball, beat his man, and created a 3v2 situation against the Mallorca defence.
Isco (8/10): It was all Magisco during his 20-minute appearance in the Bernabeu. He took over the armband from Karim Benzema and scored his first Real Madrid goal since February 2020. He completed 5 dribbles according to WhoScored.com.
Lucas Vazquez (NA): Replaced Rodrygo in the 71st minute.
Luka Jovic (7/10): Jovic could have scored an absurd acrobatic goal but it was shot directly at the keeper. It caps another encouraging performance off the bench for the Serbian.
Sergio Santos (NA): The Castilla right-back came on for the last 10 minutes and made his first-team debut for Real Madrid by coming on for former Castilla player Nacho.
Manolo Reina (4/10): A dreadful night this was for the Mallorca keeper as Real Madrid slotted past 6 goals.
Joan Sastre (4.5/10): The right-back was tamed all night by a certain Vinicius Junior, and should have done better in the lead up to the sixth goal.
Martin Valjient (5/10): The captain had 4 clearances as the only positive to take away from the game.
Josep Gaya (3/10): His Mallorca debut got off to the worst possible start as his blunder at the back led to Benzema opening the scoring after only 3 minutes and setting the tone for the rest of the night.
Brian Olivan (5.5/10): The best defender from the Mallorca backline. He had 2 key passes, 3 tackles, 1 interception, 6 clearances, 1 blocked shot, and 89.7% pass completion rate.
Rodrigo Battaglia (5.5/10): The Argentinian completed a staggering 95.4% passes completed in addition to 3 tackles in midfield, but couldn’t impose much authority.
Aleix Febas (5/10): The former Castilla player showed glimpses of his talent, but nothing more. He completed a team-high 95.5% passes.
Takefusa Kubo (4.5/10): The on-loan Real Madrid youngster failed to have the sort of impact his team would have hoped for as he was anonymous for large parts of the game.
Kang-in Lee (8/10): The youngster was the best player on the pitch for Mallorca. He scored a Messi-esque solo goal to send a warning sign to Real Madrid. He completed 5 key passes too.
Lago Junior (5.5/10): Lago was a hard-working forward on the left during his 75 minutes on the pitch. He gave Nacho a tough time but couldn’t really dominate the duel. He should have made it 2-2 in the first half with a more composed finish.
Matthew Hoppe (6/10): The talented American youngster assisted Kang-in Lee for his goal and showcased nice flicks and touches but his influence waned as Real Madrid began to take the game by the scruff of its neck.
Iddrisu Baba (4/10): Mallorca probably missed his physical presence in midfield in the first half, but his introduction as a half-time substitute had no affect on Mallorca’s fortunes.
Jaume Costa (4.5/10): He came on for Josep Gaya but didn’t had a positive impact.
Antonio Sanchez (5.5/10): He registered 2 key passes after replacing Aleix Febas.
Abdon Prats (5/10): Replacing Matthew Hoppe, he took 2 shots (both off target) and had 1 key pass.
Jordi Mboula (NA): Replaced Lago Junior in the 75th minute.