Real Madrid Femenino left it late against Santa Teresa. Las Blancas needed a headed winner from the 4’11’’ Lorena Navarro in the 95th minute to take all three points.
Misa — 7/10: Misa was relatively unbothered for almost the entire match. She came up with an important diving save to deny Santa Teresa the opener on a counter-attack.
Kenti Robles — 7/10: Robles was much more dynamic in attack than she has been in prior matches. Her ability to drive at defenses helped Las Blancas create in the final third and she played an integral role in the build-up to the winner.
Babett Peter — 6.5/10: Santa Teresa didn’t create much and whenever they did Peter was there to cut it out. She didn’t put a foot wrong defensively but she didn’t have much to deal with either.
Claudia Florentino — 6/10: Florentino was solid overall. At times she tried to jump passing lanes or pressure a ball carrier, which gave the opponent the chance to get past her off-the-dribble. She was beat a couple of times but it never materialized into anything for Santa Teresa.
Olga Carmona — 8/10: Carmona was Real Madrid’s second most impactful attacker on the day and she was playing at left back. Her ability to drive into midfield and juke past players was integral to Las Blancas’ chance creation. She also put the ball in the back of the net, but had her goal wrongly ruled off.
Kaci — 6/10: Kaci looked off her game in the first half. She had a few cheap giveaways and her distribution was not at her best. However, Kaci improved in the second period and was much more impactful before being replaced in the 71st minute.
Maite Oroz — 7.5/10: Oroz was by far the best midfielder on the pitch. She was comfortable in possession and under pressure. Maite showed her range of passing and ability to open up defenses. Not all of her attempts came off, but she was the only creative force in central channels for Las Blancas.
Teresa — 5.5/10: Teresa struggled to influence the match. She helps provide security in possession but was not on her game today. Teresa improved as the match progressed but was unable to influence play in the final third like she did against Madrid CFF. She was replaced in the 59th minute.
Sofia Jakobsson — 9/10: Jakobsson was Real Madrid’s best player. She slalomed past defenders and looked the most likely to score. Jakobsson did get on the stats sheet with an assist, having placed a pinpoint cross onto the head of Lorena Navarro to secure the victory for Las Blancas.
Kosovare Asllani — 5.5/10: Asllani was uninvolved throughout the match. She had one shot blocked and a goal ruled off. In the latter, she bundled in a Maite Oroz deflected shot but her effort was annulled for either a foul or offsides.
Marta Cardona — N/A: Cardona showed good signs while she was on the pitch. Unfortunately, she wasn’t on the pitch long. She was forced off due to a knee-to-knee clash.
Marta Corredera — 5.5/10: Corredera replaced Cardona. She played as a winger which was unexpected. Corredera didn’t play badly but was operating out of position. In the 2nd half, she tucked infield and allowed Carmona space to get up the pitch.
Thaisa — 7/10: The Brazilian replaced Teresa in the 60th minute and put in her best performance of the season. She dribbled out of pressure, made incisive passes, and got off some dangerous shots.
Ariana Arias — 6.5/10: Ari was impactful off the bench. She caused the Santa Teresa defense issues and almost scored when she redirected a Jakobsson cross.
Lorena Navarro — 8.5/10: Navarro also provided a spark as a substitute. The 4’11’’ attacker was able to fire a perfect header into the back of the net in the 95th minute to win the game.