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Real Madrid 2-1 Elche: Player ratings as Karim Benzema late show saves the day

Real Madrid left it late to snatch all three points on Saturday afternoon, beating Elche 2-1 with a last-minute winner in the Spanish capital.

Los Blancos were far from their best in the first half, creating only a handful of half-chances, and rarely forced Elche goalkeeper Edgar Badia into any meaningful action.

— Premier Sports ? (@PremierSportsTV) March 13, 2021

Karim Benzema almost broke the deadlock early in the second half, showing some exquisite control to bring the ball down and fire towards goal on the turn, but his shot hit the side-netting. Elche squandered a great chance on 58 minutes, but they did make a shock breakthrough three minutes later when Dani Calvo powered a header in off the underside of the crossbar.

Madrid looked completely shellshocked at conceding the opener, but they had Benzema to thank on 73 minutes, when he headed Luka Modric’s corner into the back of the net to drag the hosts level.

And the Frenchman saved Zinedine Zidane’s blushes in injury time, rifling a brilliant volley into the bottom corner to clinch all three points for the under-par hosts.

RIght, let’s get on with Real’s player ratings.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Sergio Ramos
At the heart of the defence | Soccrates Images/Getty Images
Tete Morente, Isco
Isco on the move | Denis Doyle/Getty Images

3. Forwards

Karim Benzema
The saviour once more | Denis Doyle/Getty Images
Luka Modric
One of the subs | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Rodrygo (RW) – 7/10 – Didn’t really impact the game from the bench until he assisted Benzema. Still, that’s why he came on, right?

Luka Modric (CM) – 7/10 –

Still going strong, adding a bit more zip and life to Real’s play when he came on. Assist in the bag to cap a decent cameo.

Toni Kroos (CM) – 6/10

Eden Hazard (LW) – 6/10

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