Atalanta vs Real Madrid: Mendy Late Goal Seals Victory

Real Madrid earned a 1-0 win at Atalanta on Wednesday in their Champions League round of 16 first leg with Ferland Mendy scoring on his only shot of the game.

The goal came in the final moments and puts Los Blancos in the driver’s seat to advance to the quarter-finals when they play the second leg in March.

But how did each player perform in this one? See player performances and ratings for the Real Madrid team for every starter, substitute.

All ratings are out of 10, and the higher the number the better. A zero would be a first-minute red card. A 10 would be like a dominant hat trick.

Real Madrid

GK – Thibaut Courtois
He made as many saves as you and I did. A spectator for nearly all of the 90 minutes and had just one corner to worry about.
Rating: 5

DEF – Ferland Mendy
The hero with his second goal of the season, taking it well. He got forward a lot and looked lively early, but nobody saw that goal coming. What a hit.
Rating: 8

DEF – Nacho
Had pretty much nothing to deal with, but he did create a really dangerous chance in attack. He only had to watch his fellow center back in this one as it wasn’t a tough shift.
Rating: 5

DEF – Raphael Varane
Strong as usual, though he wasn’t challenged much. Had 12 recoveries but did struggle a bit in the air with Atalanta’s height, though it didn’t amount to anything.
Rating: 7

DEF – Lucas Vazquez
Not a natural defender, his pace and effort go a long way. Missed badly on a few challenges but did more good than bad.
Rating: 5

MID – Toni Kroos
Created the best chances, was nearly perfect in his passing and really helped to get the attack going after a slow start.
Rating: 7

MID – Casemiro
Very strong in the middle, commanding the game on both ends. Also had some creative moments, but his passing in the final third was a tad off.
Rating: 6

MID – Luka Modric
The Croatian star got the assist and created four chances. He completed nearly 93 percent of his passes and had a good look himself, missing a chance just wide in the second half.
Rating: 7

FWD – Vinicius Jr.
Left his scoring boots in Madrid. Had two shots and should have done better. Was taken off after 57 minutes.
Rating: 5

FWD – Isco
Played in the false nine role and did OK. He created a dangerous chance, had a couple looks himself and put in a good effort in what wasn’t an ideal situation.
Rating: 6

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FWD – Marco Asensio
Created next to nothing and wasted a really good free kick in the second half. Played 76 minutes before being taken off.
Rating: 5

SUB – Mariano Diaz
Wonder how he feels about being the only healthy striker yet having Isco start ahead of him. Credit his professionalism and his effort, but he never came close to making an impact after coming on.
Rating: 5

SUB – Hugo Duro
Late substitute.
Rating: N/A

SUB – Sergio Arribas
Another late sub.
Rating: N/A

MANAGER – Zinedine Zidane
It wasn’t pretty, but it was enough, despite an odd lineup. The 0-0 draw would have been solid, but the 1-0 win is a very good result and felt a tad fortunate. But, careful, because this one isn’t even close to being over. Zidane knows that, but this result sets them up nicely.
Rating: 7

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