Real Madrid Femenino beat Real Betis 3-0 on Saturday. In a fifteen minute span, Real Madrid scored three great goals. Despite the goals, the team struggled to create clear-cut opportunities. Real Betis dictated the tempo of the match behind good performances from Ángela Sosa and Rosa Marquez. But Real Madrid’s individual quality was too good, allowing Las Blancas jump to fourth within one point of Atletico Madrid.
Misa — 7: The goalkeeper didn’t have much to do today. Real Betis didn’t create much. But when she was called upon in the 90th minute she came up big and made the save that was needed. Misa will be happy securing her second consecutive clean sheet.
*Bonus points for calmly saving a shot with a thigh-trap.
Kenti Robles — 6.5: Robles performed well, but wasn’t too involved in the attack because Las Blancas didn’t get forward all that often. She had two back-to-back interventions that broke up a dangerous Betis counter-attack. Robles came off in the 62nd minute for some much needed rest.
Ivana Andrés — 7: Ivana wasn’t tested all that often but made the tackles she needed to. She tracked the Betis forwards up the pitch and cut off service to them before they could get the ball at their feet. Ivana won the ball and then played the defense-splitting ball to set-up Cardona’s goal. Much like Robles, she got subbed off to rest early in the second half.
Babett Peter — 7.5: Peter had a really good match at the back. It was one of her best games of the season. She made some good challenges and clearances in dangerous areas. Peter was the best defender on the day.
Marta Corredera — 6: Corredera was solid defensively. Like Robles, she struggled to get forward. Every game Corredera has some brilliant passes and some that can get Real Madrid in trouble in transition. This was the case again today. One of those brilliant passes was a challenge that turned into a nice lofted ball over the top of the defense for Asllani’s goal. She showed her versatility today as well, starting at left back and switching over to right back with the entrance of Olga Carmona.
Kaci — 8: Kaci was really good on the defensive side of the ball in midfield. She committed a multitude of duels and recoveries in a match where Real Madrid struggled to get a foothold in the middle of the pitch. She also scored a brilliant goal from outside of the box that started the 15-minute onslaught.
Teresa — 7: Teresa was unable to play her usual role as a facilitator of possession. Real Madrid was not set up well to possess against Betis. But she did make the backheel tackle that allowed Kaci to score the first goal. She had other good moments throughout the match but wasn’t able to really put her stamp on proceedings.
Kosovare Asllani — 7.5: Asllani is going to Asllani. She was completely isolated throughout the match, being forced to come deep to try and get touches and her runs were often ignored. Despite this, she received the ball high up the pitch on one occasion and finessed the ball into the bottom corner of the net for her league-leading eighth goal of the season.
Sofia Jakobsson — 6: Jakobsson struggled again today against Betis. She was caught offsides a few times and was unable to get involved. She did well defensively and provided a good square ball that no one got on the end of, but her good moments were few and far between.
Marta Cardona — 8: Cardona has been Las Blancas’ most creative offensive force all season and it was more of the same today. Though she wasn’t very involved in the second half, she identified a weak point in the center of the Betis defense and attacked it in the first forty-five minutes. She cut in again and again and was rewarded. Cardona made a clever run down the center of the pitch, was played through, and nutmegged the keeper for the second goal.
Jessica Martínez — 5.5: Martinez was isolated just like Asllani. She held up play well but was almost always hacked down. She didn’t really have any offensive opportunities and was subbed off for Chioma Ubogagu in the second half.
Claudia Florentino — 7: Florentino came on for Ivana Andrés in the 56th minute. She made a bad pass almost immediately after coming on that allowed Betis a transition opportunity, but recovered well. After the initial mistake, she didn’t put a foot wrong.
Olga Carmona — 7.5: Carmona came on for Robles and slid in at left back. She was the most impactful sub on the day. She was good in defense and was involved in almost everything offensively after coming on.
Lorena — 6.5: Lorena had a pretty good showing today. She was brought on late in the match but provided a spark. She was extremely close to creating a goal for Carmona but her pass was just a little too soft.
Chioma Ubogagu — 6: Ubogagu was not very involved in her substitute appearance. She had the chance to play provider for Asllani but her pass was terribly overhit.