Real Madrid’s three-match win streak came to an end on Wednesday night in Tenerife. Las Blancas took a one goal lead through a Kosovare Asllani penalty kick. But UD Granadilla’s substitutions injected life into their side. They scored on a set-piece to tie the match before the fresh legs of Ange Koko set up Clare Pleuler for the game winner.
Misa — 7: Misa provided a few good saves but also had some shaky moments. She misjudged a cross in the 18th minute and was left on the ground as Chioma Ubogagu dribbled out of trouble. Misa also came off her line to make a crucial intervention and calmly executed a good first touch, but her pass was not great and she turned it over, leaving an open net. Luckily, nothing came of the mistake. Misa was beaten twice, but neither of them was her fault. She was hung out to dry by her defense.
Kenti Robles — 4.5: Kenti Robles has not looked herself when attacking the past two matches. This match was especially rough for Kenti. She only had one really good run which came late in the match. Most of her crosses were off the mark and the player she was marking got in front of her and scored the game-winner. Robles also lost Poljak on one occasion, but the winger fortunately slipped as she was through on goal.
Babbett Peter — 6: The German defender was not very involved in the match. She made a few good tackles, but she almost always elected to pass back to Misa.
Ivana Andrés — 8.5: Ivana is our rock at the back. She covers for everyone all over the pitch and makes crucial interventions with ease. Ivana was one of the best Real Madrid players in the match and she didn’t really put a foot wrong.
Marta Corredera — 6: Corredera was a mixed bag like most of the Real Madrid players in this match. She had a few good interventions but her distribution was a bit off and she hit aimless long crosses too often. Nevertheless, Corredera also made some spectacular passes and helped the team break Granadilla’s press.
Teresa — 7: Teresa’s performance was a tale of two halves. She struggled to get involved and was a bit careless with her passes in the first half. However, she did create Real Madrid’s best open play chance with her pass to Asllani in that period. Unfortunately, Asllani hit the post with her shot. Teresa also helped create the penalty and was much more involved in the second half. She dropped deep to receive the ball and played a little one-two before releasing Marta Cardona down the flank.
Thaisa — 6.5: Thaisa was one of our best ball winners on the day. She helped cover for the fullbacks and broke up counters in midfield. Thaisa was not great going forward, though. She had a few good moments where she dribbled out of pressure, but she did not contribute much to the attack.
Sofia Jakobsson — 4.5: Sofia Jakobsson had a good tightrope right run along the touchline in the first half and tried to drop deep to get involved in the play, but it just didn’t work for her today. She was rendered ineffective in attack and ghosted through the second half.
Kosovare Asllani — 7.5: Asllani was our only hope of scoring and surprisingly she was subbed off in the 69th minute. Her shot off the post was our only clear open play opportunity. Asllani took her penalty superbly to give Real Madrid a 1-0 lead. She was more involved today than she had been in the past and was often Las Blancas’ only option to move the ball through the center of the pitch.
Marta Cardona — 8: Cardona was constantly moving around the pitch and creating danger. She made some great runs and linked up well with the fullbacks. After Asllani was subbed off, she was the only player who looked like she could create or finish a chance to tie the match.
Chioma Ubogagu — 4.5: Ubogagu made her first start of the season and it was not the showing she would have hoped for. She was subbed off early in the second half and didn’t create much going forward. Her passing was a bit off, which is understandable given her lack of minutes.
Kaci — 6: Kaci came on for Ubogagu in the 50th minute. The formation change swung momentum in Real Madrid’s favor. She was decent in possession and was her normal self defensively, doing well to break things up in the middle of the park.
Jessica Martínez — 6: Jessica caused chaos in the box as she always does. She worked hard with and without the ball. Martínez’s diving header was the only good opportunity to tie the match, but she was unable to find the back of the net.
Lorena Navarro — N/A: She came on in the 76th minute and did not have much of an impact.