Isco involved in both goals, earns 9/10 in Real Madrid win over Malaga

Isco involved in both goals, earns  9/10 in Real Madrid win over Malaga
From ESPN - April 15, 2018

Real Madrid moved past Valencia in the league after a 2-1 victory over Malaga on Sunday night, and third place is now theirs to lose. In a game that was lacking in intensity, Isco and Casemiro scored in either half to doom the home side to another defeat as they look destined for the drop.


Atletico Madrid are in their sights after this victory, and Los Blancos keep up their good form in La Liga. Zinedine Zidane got the chance to rest some of his players that needed rest and won regardless.


There tends to be a sense of complacency that leaks into Real Madrid's performances in the league of late. Bayern Munich in the semifinal of the Champions League is on everyone's minds, but they need to be careful not to let their performances drop. The absence of Gareth Bale was a strange one and the inability to keep a clean sheet against a very poor side will also irk Zidane.

Manager rating out of 10

6 -- Zidane rested many of his starters, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Bale, Marcelo and Raphael Varane. That meant Jesus Vallejo and Sergio Ramos got the chance to play alongside each other and get comfortable. Zidane reverted back to a 4-4-2, which was a smart move given his options. He only used two subs in a game that was perfect for rest and getting more fringe players minutes.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Keylor Navas, 7 -- Saved Real Madrid at the end of the first half with a good one-on-one save. Confident despite his mistake midweek against Juventus. Brave in the air, too, even if he did almost knock out his own teammate, Vallejo, in a collision.

DF Dani Carvajal, 8 -- As always, heavily involved in everything that happened on the right-hand side for Real Madrid. Solid defensively and always an option in attack.

DF Jesus Vallejo, 6 -- Recovered well for Ramos on a couple of occasions. Looked much more comfortable and involved than he did in his Champions League debut during the week. Dreadful mistake at the end that allowed Malaga to score a late equaliser as he seemed to fall over himself.

DF Sergio Ramos, 8 -- Largely tasked with starting play and spreading the ball to teammates and was Real Madrid's most successful passer at 07.5 percent. A veteran's performance with the most blocks (2), clearances (6) and interceptions (3) on the team, too.


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