Arandina 1-3 Real Madrid: Player ratings as Los Blancos survive Copa del Rey upset

Arandina 1-3 Real Madrid: Player ratings as Los Blancos survive Copa del Rey upset

  • Real Madrid through to last 16 of Copa del Rey
  • Joselu, Brahim Diaz and Rodrygo with goals at fourth-tier Arandina
  • Los Blancos able to rest most of their key players

Joselu was among the goals
Joselu was among the goals / Florencia Tan Jun/GettyImages

 

Real Madrid advanced to the last 16 of the Copa del Rey with a routine win at fourth-tier side Arandina on Saturday night.

Los Blancos’ defence of the national cup began with a trip to El Montecillo, where their hosts put up an admirable fight before eventually succumbing to an expected defeat.

Carlo Ancelotti made several changes to his lineup and there was a lack of cohesion at times, but Real Madrid’s talent ultimately helped see them to victory.


How the game unfolded

Real Madrid went close to taking an 11th-minute lead when Brahim Diaz carried the ball into the Arandina box, and though he was tackled cleanly, Eduardo Camavinga was on hand to strike the loose ball, with his effort whistling past the far post via a deflection.

Debutant Arda Guler forced goalkeeper Adrian into a smart save soon after with a fierce strike towards the near post after finding a pocket of space on the right of the Arandina penalty area.

Guler nearly broke the deadlock with a fine free-kick from 20 yards, rattling the outside of the Arandina post.

Long throws were causing Real Madrid plenty of problems down the other end, and the hosts were furious when Diaz was not punished when the ball appeared to strike his arm at the end of a worked routine.

Another chance went begging for Real Madrid as Fran Garcia’s cross was graciously brought down by the long legs of Joselu, but he fired into the side netting.

Arandina looked threatening on the break at the start of the second half before Real Madrid spurned another chance, with Diaz curling a strike past the post after making his way to the edge of the six-yard box.

With the clock rolling over to 53 minutes, Real Madrid were awarded a penalty when Diaz was tripped by Zazu. Joselu stepped up and scored from 12 yards.

Almost immediately from the resulting kick-off, Real Madrid doubled their lead. Diaz drove right through the Arandina defence and shifted play wide to Joselu to cross, and though a defender managed to initially clear the ball, the diminutive forward was on hand to lash the rebound into the bottom corner.

Joselu should have added a third goal late when Real Madrid broke at pace, but he fired high into the stands from close range.

Substitute Rodrygo capped off the win in stoppage time with a well-taken goal from just inside the box, setting himself before firing into the far corner.

There was still time for Arandina to find a consolation, with Raly Cabral’s low cross deflecting in off of Nacho Fernandez.


Real Madrid player ratings (4-3-3)

Brahim Diaz
Diaz was superb / Diego Souto/GettyImages

GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6/10 – A passenger for much of the game. Raced off his line to sweep up with Real Madrid playing a high line.

RB: Vinicius Tobias – 6/10 – Stationed himself high in the final third when Real Madrid were in the ascendancy.

CB: Alvaro Carrillo – 6/10 – Didn’t look out of place despite Arandina’s plan to just put the ball in behind the high backline.

CB: Nacho Fernandez – 5/10 – Similarly untroubled for the most part, though didn’t cover himself in glory with an own goal in added time.

LB: Fran Garcia – 7/10 – Provided some much-needed width with both of Real Madrid’s starting wingers determined to play infield.

CM: Nico Paz – 6/10 – A mixed display. Sometimes gave the impression of a smooth operator who couldn’t be rumbled, sometimes of a player lazily strolling with complacency.

CM: Eduardo Camavinga – 7/10 – The 21-year-old had one of the calmest heads on the pitch, maintaining his composure even when Real Madrid were under the cosh a little. Withdrawn just before the hour mark on his return from injury.

CM: Dani Ceballos – 5/10 – Didn’t have much control in the game. Threw up a quite laughable dive in the first half to win a cheap free-kick.

RW: Arda Guler – 7/10 – Showed glimpses of spritely brilliance on his long-awaited debut, always searching for the reverse pass to split open a defence. Like Camavinga was hooked to protect his fitness.

CF: Joselu – 8/10 – Showed the graceful flexibility of a prime Zinedine Zidane, as weird as that is to say. Deserving of a goal regardless of it being from the penalty spot.

LW: Brahim Diaz – 9/10 – Real Madrid’s most influential player, carrying the ball into dangerous areas and punishing Arandina.

 

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Rob Edwards believes Luton should have been awarded a late penalty at Kenilworth Road as they were made to settle for a goalless draw against League One Bolton in the FA Cup third round.

Alfie Doughty went down in the closing moments under a challenge from defender Will Forrester, seconds after he had been denied a likely winner when his shot came back off a post.

Edwards fielded a near full-strength side but it was not enough to find a way past the team currently second in the third tier.

Substitutes Andros Townsend and Jordan Clark both saw second-half efforts deflected wide as Luton laboured in vain to avoid a replay.

Chances for Ian Evatt’s side were at a premium, Josh Sheehan briefly worrying stand-in goalkeeper Tim Krul in the first half with a rasping drive that cleared the crossbar, but by and large this was a result earned via a determined, organised defensive effort.

Yet Edwards felt his team had been unfairly denied the chance to win the tie from the penalty spot after referee Andrew Madley was advised by VAR that Forrester had not committed an infringement in challenging Doughty for the ball.

“The big decision was a penalty on Alfie Doughty,” he said. “I never moan about decisions going against us but I’m not sure what VAR was thinking there with that one.

“I think Andrew Madley should have been told to go to the screen. I think that was a big mistake.

“Credit to Bolton. They’ve got a result and we go and do it again.”

The result means a replay which in turn will force a rearrangement of Luton’s upcoming Premier League visit to Burnley, now brought forward three days to January 12.

Edwards had hoped to take his players away on a warm-weather training camp after the game at Turf Moor, but that will now have to wait until after the rematch against Bolton.

“I’m disappointed that we’ve not managed to get the job done today,” he said. “The reality is we haven’t, and we have to go again.

“We’re on a different schedule now, we were going to be off (Monday), have a bit more time to plan for Burnley, but now we play them away on Friday night. That’s just the reality and we’ve got to deal with it.

“I respect the (FA Cup) hugely, it’s one I love and have grown up watching. I want us to progress in it. I respect Bolton Wanderers and everything (Ian Evatt) has done there.

“I genuinely feel whatever team I would have picked would be strong and be capable of winning the game.”

Bolton boss Evatt reflected that the decision not to award Luton a late penalty was fair.

“The referee made the decision and there were two experienced officials in the VAR hub who looked at it as well and both of them thought it wasn’t a penalty, so it wasn’t a penalty,” he said.

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