Real Madrid came out with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Moldovian club Sheriff Tiraspol in their fifth match of the UEFA Champions League. David Alaba opened the scoring for the away side after his shot from a free-kick deflected off a Sheriff defender. Toni Kroos’ metronomic striker gave them a 2-0 lead before Karim Benzema scored in the second half to put the icing on the cake for the Spanish side.
The victory confirmed Los Blancos‘ qualification into the knockout stages of the competition whereas Sheriff were guaranteed a spot in the Europa League.
Sheriff Player Ratings
Georgios Athanasiadis- (6.5/10)- The shot-stopper made a couple of fine saves, but received very little help from his defenders while conceding the goals and could do little to stop them.
Gustavo Dulanto- (5.5/10)- Dulanto had a tough night in defence, constantly having to keep tabs on the bright attacking trio of Real Madrid. His best chance to impact the game, came at the other end of the pitch, as he skied a headed effort from a corner.
Danilo Arboleda- (6/10)- Like his defensive partner, the towering centre back struggled to match up with the quality from the attackers in the opposition.
Cristiano- (6/10)- The left-back struggled defensively and allowed Rodrygo far too much space on his side. however, he was the closest to a goal for Sheriff when his vicious shot struck the post in the second half.
Fernando Costanza- (5.5/10)- The right-back was decent while dealing with the threat of Vinicius and Mendy down his flank, but made a rash challenge on Casemiro to earn himself a yellow card in the first half.
Dimitrios Kolovos- (5.5/10)- Kolovos had a disappointing night as he hardly provided any attacking impetus to his side. He was guilty of a few miss placed passes which led the manager to take him off early on in the second half.
Sebastien Thill- (6.5/10)- Thill looked the most likely player to score for the Moldovan side, and often fancied his luck from a long way out.
Edmund Addo- (7/10)- Addo had a good game in the middle of the park, making a number of interceptions. He ended up with a pass completion rate of 93 per cent and won a whopping 6 tackles throughout the match.
Adama Malouda Traoré- (6.5/10)- Traore served as the lone runner and did a good job of it throughout the match. He had a couple of shots on goal but failed to hit the target.
Frank Castañeda- (6/10)- The Colombian was not seen much in attack, as Sheriff rarely got on the front foot. He was eventually taken off after a sub-par display on the hour mark.
Bruno- (5.5/10)- Another forward, who did not have a great deal of time on the ball for Sheriff. His time on the pitch was mostly restricted to defensive duties, and he was called off after 60 minutes.
Momo Yansane- (5.5/10)- Came on to replace Castaneda as an attacking threat, but did not get many chances to score in the remaining minutes.
Boban Nikolov- (6/10)-The midfielder looked bright after coming on and won a number of free kicks troubling Marcelo with his pace down the left flank.
Real Madrid Player Ratings
Thibaut Courtois-(7/10)- The Real Madrid goalkeeper was not called into action for large parts of the game, but had a commanding presence in goal and made a couple of great saves later on in the second half.
David Alaba- (7.5/10)- Alaba was excellent in defence, and also popped up as the unlikely scorer for Real Madrid scoring expertly from a free-kick close to the penalty box.
Éder Militão (7/10)- Eder Militao had a great game and showed his pace against Traore. He also helped in holding up possession, winning 5 aerial battles throughout the 90 minutes.
Ferland Mendy- (7.5/10)- The French left-back spent the majority of the match in the opposition half, and linked up well with Vinicius and Kroos. He also provided the assist for Karim Benzema’s goal cutting back inside from the flanks.
Dani Carvajal- (7/10)- Carvajal did not have much to do in defensive duties and constantly got forward making the overlapping runs to provide an extra threat on the attack.
Casemiro (7.5/10)- A constant presence in defensive transitions, he won 6 tackles and 2 aerial balls, while also finishing up with a very high pass completion rate.
Toni Kroos- (8.5/10)- The German sniper was on the money yet again, and scored the second goal for Real Madrid, in his true style slotting the ball home into the top corner.
Luka Modric- (7.5/10)- A dominant performance from the veteran Croat midfielder, as he controlled the strings for Real Madrid. His pressing and defending also proved to be crucial in the second half.
Karim Benzema- (8/10)- Benzema did not look his usual self in the first half, but grew into the match, and scored a beautiful goal early on in the second half.
Vinícius Júnior (7.5/10)- The Brazilian winger was not at his potent best on the night, and looked a bit reserved in attack. Despite that, he did well to link up brilliantly with Benzema and Mendy.
Rodrygo- (8.5/10)- Rodrygo was a handful on the right flank, showing his wide range of tricks while on the attack. He had a couple of decent attempts on target but was unlucky not to grab a goal for himself.
Marcelo- (6/10)- A rare outing for Marcelo, who was brought on in place of Ferland Mendy to see off proceedings for Real Madrid.
Nacho- (6/10)- The Spanish centre back came on to replace David Alaba for the final half-hour of the match.
Vazquez-(6.5/10)- He was brought on in place of Dani Carvajal, and continued the attacking threat from the right flank, linking up well with Rodrygo.
Antonio Blanco- NA