Real Madrid vs Elche: La Liga leaders Real Madrid squared off against mid-table Elche on matchday 22 of the ongoing season of La Liga at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of La Liga, as they finished with a 2-2 draw against Elche at home. Karim Benzema missed a first-half penalty and was immediately made to regret it, as Lucas Boye scored the opener against the run of play.
Pere Milla grabbed the second goal for Elche, but Madrid fashioned a late comeback to score twice inside the final 10 minutes. Luka Modric scored his first penalty in La Liga, while Eder Militao’s powerful header in the 92nd minute proved to be the equalizer.
Let’s take a look at the player ratings for the Real Madrid vs Elche match:-
Real Madrid vs Elche Player Ratings
Thibaut Courtois (6.5/10): Not much to do in the goal as Elche’s attacks came low and scarce, other than the two goals he conceded, for which he could’ve done nothing.
David Alaba (6/10): Was slow at times and was late in making his mind, but put in a good shift later on. Booked in the last minute of the game.
Éder Militão (7/10): Was booked for a mistimed tackle on Boye, as he swept the forwards feet from under him. Looked to be caught off guard at times but stuck to his duties and made amends later on with a good leaping header in the dying minutes to snatch an equaliser.
Ferland Mendy (6/10): Once again his attacking acumen was praiseworthy, but caught off guard at times defensively. Had one low shot going just wide of the goalmouth.
Lucas Vázquez (5.5/10): Regular shift put in by Vasquez. Was good in the attacking half but needs polishing of his defensive duties once again. Substituted off for Valverde in the 80th minute
Casemiro (6.5/10): Had a glancing header coming off the post late in the match and tried setting up Mendy once in the first half. Otherwise a good performance but lacked defensive duties at times.
Toni Kroos (6.5/10): Decent performance in the middle from the German. Had a goalbound free-kick well saved by Badia just before the break and had another effort just high and wife. Went off for Rodrygo.
Luka Modric (7.5/10): Came to his team’s rescue once again, when they needed him the most and now his contract extension should be a priority for Madrid. Calmly slotted home from the spot with a beautiful finish at the bottom right corner at the 82nd minute to give Madrid the onus they needed.
Karim Benzema (5/10): Missed an Early penalty in the 33rd minute which would have given Madrid an upper hand in the game, but failed to capitalise, unfortunately. Had a good effort saved early on by Badia and another before the half time mark. Substituted at the hour mark.
Vinícius Júnior (7/10): One of Madrid’s better player in the pitch today once again, dodging and skipping past Elche’s defenders with ease. Won the first penalty for his team. Assisted the late goal for Militiao with a good cross in the added minutes.
Eden Hazard (5/10): Looked in form, with his good run continuing from the last game against the same opponent. Tried setting up Benzema and Vinicius on a couple of occasions.
Luka Jovic (4.5/10): Bought in for an injured Benzema but didn’t have much of an impact.
Federico Valverde (N/A)
Edgar Badía (6/10): The keeper showed inspirational form under the sticks as he made as many as 7 saves in the first half itself.
Gonzalo Verdú (7/10): An exceptional outing for the centre back, who hardly allowed any space to Benzema. He looked to tire out in the final stages of the match.
Diego González (7/10): Gonzalez partnered his skipper brilliantly, making a number of interceptions and clearances in defence. However, he failed to win the header against Militao in the final minute.
Johan Mojica (6/10): Showed his pace and defensive resolution down Elche’s left flank. Kept the likes of Hazard and Rodrygo in check.
Helibelton Palacios (6/10): The Colombian did well to deal with the pace and threat of Vinicius down his flank. It proved to be a great battle between the two.
Gerard Gumbau (6/10): Gumbau put in fine challenges in midfield, pressing Madrid high. He recorded a pass completion of 86 proving his worth in midfield against the stalwarts from Real Madrid.
Raúl Guti (6/10): Put in an excellent shift in midfield, helping Elche maintain a good shape defensively. He was crisp with his passing and did well to hold onto the ball whenever possible.
Pere Milla (6/10): The winger had a topsy turvy game on the pitch. He scored the second goal but gave away a penalty immediately after from which Madrid scored.
José Antonio Morente (4/10): Suffered a bad ankle injury inside the first half-hour and was eventually replaced.
Lucas Pérez (6/10): The former Gunners striker did not have much service to deal with in attack. However, his defensive work rate was commendable.
Lucas Boyé (7/10): Scored the first goal of the match for Elche, with a perfectly placed header. He helped his side defensively by holding the ball.
Fidel Chaves (6.5/10): Came on to replace Morente and made an instant impact on the match. He put in the cross for Boye with a perfect cross from the right flank.
José Antonio Ferrández Pomares (NA)