Real Madrid Femenino picked up their first three points in the league against Eibar, coming from a goal down to win the game 2-1 thanks to strikes from Caroline Møller Hansen and Rocío Gálvez on either side of the half. Sticking with a back three from the last game, Aznar went with a 3-4-1-2/3-4-3 formation with Lorena playing behind a front 2 of Nahikari García and Møller.
Below are the player ratings for the game.
GK: Méline Gérard: 7.5/10
Méline looked decent with her passing. In the 24th min, she did really well to come off her line and make a clearance. More importantly, she also executed a crucial 1v1 save in the first half.
LWB: Olga Carmona — 6.5/10
It was the left flank where Eibar exploited the space in behind the wingbacks and generated most of their initial threat. Olga had some sloppy touches but a lack of effort is never a complaint from her end.
LCB: Babett Peter — 6/10
Babett had a poor game against Eibar with the opposition managing to get the better of her on multiple occasions. The goal Eibar scored came from a defensive lapse from the entire backline but Kuki managed to get in front of Babett with ease. The veteran defender lost out on her defensive duels and was sloppy with her passes too.
CB: Rocío Gálvez — 7.5/10
Rocío Gálvez completed the comeback with her strike at the far post from a set-piece. Her passing was brilliant once again and her attacking threat from set-pieces makes her an incredible two-way asset for the team. Her dominant nature on aerial duels was also on display in defensive situations and she was solid in her 1v1 duels as well.
RCB: Ivana Andrés — 7.5/10
Ivana was once again solid and aggressive in her defensive approach, quickly snuffing out budding attacks. She was crucial in helping Madrid bring out the ball from the back.
RWB: Kenti Robles — 7/10
Despite struggling initially when Eibar exploited the space in behind, Kenti was a catalyst for Real Madrid’s comeback, as she delivered a pinpoint cross onto the head of Møller for the equalizer. The Mexican was dangerous going forward and with her crossing.
DM/RCM: Claudia Florentino — 6/10
Claudia looked lost playing in a rather foreign role. She had moments where she’d be out of position and had to resort to fouls to stop breaks. The opposition found it way too easy to play past our midfield. She wasn’t really progressive in her passing either.
DM/LCM: Claudia Zornoza — 6.5/10
Zornoza had a mixed bag. While her passing seemed sloppy and she struggled to dictate the tempo, her set-piece delivery was good and that was a major source of danger for Real Madrid. She committed a fair few fouls as well.
CAM/LCM: Lorena Navarro — 6.5/10
Lorena didn’t have a standout game. She did try stuff and positioned herself well but often lost out on balls and couldn’t find forward avenues. She managed to press well.
RS: Caroline Møller Hansen — 8/10
Caroline Møller Hansen opened her account for Las Blancas to bring us back into proceedings. She grew into the match after her goal, pressing, driving forwards with the ball, and offering a threat in the box. She was great playing with her back to goal and offering herself as an outlet.
LS: Nahikari García — 7/10
Nahikari partnered Caroline Møller Hansen up top in the opening half but was later subbed off in the second period. She had some good bits with her pressing but ultimately wasn’t the most impactful player.
LB: Lucía Rodríguez — 7/10 (replaced Olga; 64’)
Lucía Rodríguez’s performance was really encouraging, as she drove forward with the ball and took on and beat players. She looked comfortable operating on the left and cutting inside.
LS: Athenea del Castillo — 7/10 (replaced Nahikari; 64’)
Despite lacking the final ball, Athenea caused a great deal of problems immediately after her introduction. She dribbled past and nutmegged opposition players with ease and upped the ante.
RS: Carla Camacho — NA (replaced Møller; 86’)
It was a dream come true for youth product Carla Camacho, who became the youngest ever player to debut for Real Madrid Femenino at 16 years old and 164 days. She got the call up virtue of her strong performances with Spain’s youth national team and Real Madrid B.