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UEFA Nations League 2018—England 1 - Spain 2: Real Madrid Player Ratings

Carvajal and Isco the best of the Madrid bunch

England v Spain - UEFA Nations League A Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

No less than six Real Madrid players make up the latest edition of the Spanish National team squad led by Luis Enrique. Given the plethora of Real Madrid players, Managing Madrid will provide ratings on their performance:

Sergio Ramos—7.5: A captain-like performance from Ramos as he marshaled the backline throughout the game. Rashford caused the Madrid center back duo of Nacho and Ramos some problems with his pace, but they did enough to see out a hard fought victory. Was the victim of some hostile whistles from the England crowd, likely due to the controversy of the Champions League final.

Nacho—6: Really struggled against Rashford who constantly looked to make runs in behind the backline. Grew into the game as time worn on and really settled once Spain took the lead. Composed in possession and helped maintain a good line as well as a strong defensive shape.

Dani Carvajal—8: Off the back of a great performance with Real Madrid, Carvajal continued with his rich vein of form. Arguably should have stepped out to Shaw on England’s first goal, but was immediate in his response driving down the right flank and starting the play for Saul’s equalizer. Was always available on the switch and his active first touch meant he was able to beat his man and advance up the pitch. Shaw and Rose both struggled to deal with Carvajal.

Isco—8: Recorded a 100% pass accuracy in the first half from 38 passes as England simply failed to take the ball off the playmaker. Enrique positioned Isco on the left of the front three where he stayed close to the by-line and provided width, only cutting in while in possession of the ball. Had a phenomenal late game tackle to disposes Rose, highlighting the defensive shift he put in as well—all game long he was relentless in covering Trippier and Lingard.

Marco Asensio—5: Made no real impact after entering the game in the 72nd minute and operating from the right flank. He had a few runs which showed his speed trying to get in behind the England backline, but his teammates could not find him.

Dani Ceballos—N/A: Did not feature.

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