Eder Militao and Eduardo Camavinga impressed as Real Madrid and Real Betis played out a tame goalless draw in their final La Liga game of the season.
The game began with both Real Madrid and Real Betis giving each other a guard of honour for their respective La Liga and Copa del Rey triumphs this season. As for the action, once the whistle blew, neither team posed a great threat in the early exchanges, although Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos came close for Los Blancos, while Juanmi posed a danger for the visiting side.
The second half was also a similarly dour affair with very few clearcut opportunities for either team. Benzema arguably had the best chance of the night but shot his effort from a Dani Carvajal cross too close to the Real Betis goalkeeper. Neither goalkeeper was called into action from that point on as the game meandered towards a goalless draw.
There were a few special moments though, as Real Madrid stars Isco and Marcelo got to say their goodbyes to the fans in their final league game for the Spanish capital giants. It was far from the ideal preparation for Carlo Ancelotti’s men heading into the UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool in a week.
However, the Real Madrid manager will be pleased that none of his key players picked up any injuries in the final league game of their successful La Liga clash. Here are our player ratings for the Real Madrid stars.
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Real Madrid Player Ratings
Thibaut Courtois: 6/10
Reinstated into the lineup, the Belgian international hardly had anything to do of note, apart from stopping a couple of long-range efforts from the visitors. His distribution from the back was accurate.
Dani Carvajal: 7/10
Another player who was reintroduced into the starting XI, Carvajal put in a solid, all-round performance against Real Betis. The veteran defender held his own against Juanmi in defence and started to pose a threat going forward after the break, playing three key passes in total.
Eder Militao: 8/10
Militao’s game vs Betis by numbers
4 headed clearances
4/5 ground duels won
1/1 aerial duels won
2/3 tackles won
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A much-improved display from the Brazilian who has been off the pace in recent games. Militao was rock-solid on the night against Betis, as he used his pace and game-reading abilities well to cut out attacks with ease. At the same time, the centre-back was equally assured when in possession.
Nacho Fernandez: 7/10
An assured display from the Real Madrid cantera, who hardly gave Willian Jose any room on Friday night. Nacho was not troubled a great deal defensively and was alert to any threat posed by Betis while being reliable on the ball.
Ferland Mendy: 6.5/10
There were a few astray passes here and there, which reduces his rating slightly. Otherwise, Mendy fared decently against Real Betis, keeping things in check and making some good overlapping runs forward.
Luka Modric: 7.5/10
The veteran midfielder was back in the side after serving out suspension and looked in control throughout. Modric oozed class and quality each time he was on the ball as he kept things ticking along for Real Madrid.
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The Brazilian played just 45 minutes on the night, and it was a mixture of bizarre and good from the defensive midfielder. Casemiro made a couple of rash challenges, and attempted a wild strike from a distance, although he made some key interventions before making way at half-time.
Toni Kroos: 7/10
A fine display from the German even though he was on the pitch for only 45 minutes. Kroos sprayed some attractive passes forward in typical fashion and created three chances. His recent form bodes well for Real Madrid ahead of the UCL final.
Rodrygo Goes: 6/10
The Brazilian forward could not carry forward his recent goalscoring form against Real Betis, but he was a willing runner as he helped out the team at both ends of the pitch.
Karim Benzema: 5.5/10
A scratchy display from the Frenchman, who did carry a goal threat and had several opportunities to put Real Madrid in front, but his finishing was not up to the usual level. Real Madrid will be hoping that it was just an off day for their ace goalscorer ahead of the UCL final.
Vinicius Junior: 6/10
A lively presence on the ball, Vinicius looked like a threat each time he ran at the Real Betis defenders, but the final ball was lacking from the Brazilian on the night, which contributed to Real Madrid’s lack of penetration in the attacking third.
Eduardo Camavinga: 8/10
Eduardo Camavinga vs Betis
87% pass accuracy
3/5 accurate long balls
1 key pass
2/2 successful dribbles
6 tackles won
1 aerial won
12/14 duels won
19 years of age. Exceptional player. pic.twitter.com/Mxl1v5qLsH
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On for Casemiro after the half-time break, the Frenchman was a breath of fresh air again as he added bite and energy to the Real Madrid midfield with his athleticism, intensity and quality on the ball.
Federico Valverde: 6/10
Replaced Kroos at half-time and did the job in midfield before finishing the game on the right flank.
Dani Ceballos: 6/10
The former Real Betis man came close with a low, driven effort.
A club icon, Marcelo bid goodbye to the Real Madrid faithful on his final appearance at the Santiago Bernabeu. Nearly set up a goal for Benzema.
A nice moment representing a full circle for Isco as he made his final league appearance for Real Madrid against the same club he had made his debut against, under the same manager.