Champions League: One to one of Madrid vs City: Vinicius covers the gaps of Mendy and Ca

Madrid was a horror in defense against City. Errors, bad decisions, oversights, imbalances, bad ball exits, overcome, without forcefulness… A collection of nonsense in defense that under normal conditions should have left Madrid out of the tie. In fact, they conceded four goals and could have doubled. Madrid was saved again by his galactic attack partner: Benzema and Vinicius. The Brazilian covered the defensive lagoons of Mendy, Militao, Alaba and company with his verticality and the Frenchman did it by pulling punch.

First shot on goal… and goal by De Bruyne. Second shot on goal… and goal by Gabriel Jess. Sold for the umpteenth time in the match in the third by Foden and surprised by Bernardo Silva’s whiplash in the fourth. Nightmare night for the Belgian who did not have a moment of tranquility.

One to one of Madrid vs City: Vinicius covers the gaps of Mendy and C

He suffered a lot to contain the most dangerous side of City, where De Bruyne, Bernardo and Foden appeared. He arrived late to defend two of the goals, being especially portrayed in Foden’s third. Save a goal on the same line.

One to one of Madrid vs City: Vinicius covers the gaps of Mendy and C

His worst night in a long time. His mistakes were a continuous focus of problems. He could have been more aggressive against Foden on the move that made it 2-0 and another serious mistake against Mahrez almost cost another. Unrecognizable and surpassed at all times.

One to one of Madrid vs City: Vinicius covers the gaps of Mendy and C

It came very fair and I accused him. Very little forceful in the 2-0 of Gabriel Jess, allowing a goal out of nowhere. A poor clearance almost cost the Whites the third. He grazed the goal in a header that narrowly missed him. He’s not getting hold of City’s onslaught. Replaced the rest by the physical problems that dragged.

He was not physically well and it showed. Little forceful in defense and unreliable in the exit of the ball. Almost more of a problem than a solution to force him. Without being at the top, he lowers his level a lot. That’s right, full on attack: assistance to Benzema at 2-1 and Vinicius’s goal kicks off.

One to one of Madrid vs City: Vinicius covers the gaps of Mendy and C

Totally outdone. The game was played at a speed that does not reach.

Running after the ball and without the option of having it. Even so, Madrid’s moments of offensive lucidity passed through his boots.

One to one of Madrid vs City: Vinicius covers the gaps of Mendy and C

He loses sight of De Bruyne at 1-0, who surprises coming from the second row. It wasn’t enough to contain City’s midfield despite the thrashing they took on the run. Tireless.

One to one of Madrid vs City: Vinicius covers the gaps of Mendy and C

Madrid did not know how to find him and take advantage of him more. Lots of bad decisions on the occasions he had to deal damage. But in one of the ones he had, a great goal was scored after a galloping house brand and a great definition.

One to one of Madrid vs City: Vinicius covers the gaps of Mendy and C

Savior again. Double that keeps Madrid in the tie. He continues with his huge punch intact. His Panenka penalty, a work of art at a crucial moment.

One to one of Madrid vs City: Vinicius covers the gaps of Mendy and C

Missing. Nothing of the stellar and electric Rodrygo of the last games. Madrid greatly missed his usual quality and vision of the game to put together plays in attack.

Enter after the break for Alaba.

Enter for Rodrygo.

Enter for Modric.

Enter for Vinicius.

One to one of Madrid vs City: Vinicius covers the gaps of Mendy and C

I did not find the formula to straighten out a game that time and time again eluded the team. Madrid suffered in defense from start to finish and saved the tie thanks to its attacking success. A swerve from the bench was missed. Questionable decision not to replace Kroos, overcome the entire match. The team was crying out for help in midfield and it was late.