Real Madrid Femenino dismantled Breidablik in the UEFA Women’s Champions League Group Stage on Wednesday. Caroline Møller Hansen scored a first half hat-trick, and Olga Carmona and Lorena Navarro each scored in the second half. Las Blancas have put themselves in a great position in the UWCL Group Stage and have now won three straight matches in all competitions.
GK: Misa – 6/10: Misa was relatively untested during the match. She handled Breidablik’s few corner kicks well and was quick off her line to cut out any potential danger.
RCB/CM: Ivana Andrés – 7/10: Ivana was solid in possession, as she typically is. She broke lines and pressure through dribbling and passing. Ivana aggressively stepped into midfield to break up Breidablik’s attacks and even offered as an option in midfield during the second half.
CB: Rocío Gálvez – 7.5/10: Rocío had a dangerous early giveaway but recovered well and was crucial in possession. Her distribution from the back was great and she was a constant threat on set-pieces, having a header cleared off the line and another fly just wide of the post.
LCB: Babett Peter – 8/10: Peter had one of her best matches this season. The German defender dealt with the little threat Breidablik posed with ease. She was also great in possession and played a role in the build up to four of the five goals.
RWB: Kenti Robles – 8.5/10: Kenti was marauding down the right flank throughout her 54 minutes on the pitch. She delivered a peach of an assist to Møller for the first goal. She picked up her second assist on Møller’s third goal as well; Robles received a crossfield switch and played a one-two with Lorena Navarro before playing a square ball to the scorer.
LWB/CM: Lucía Rodríguez – 7/10: Lucía started at left-wing back and made an impact from the first whistle. She bombed up and down the flank and defended and went forward well. In the second half, Lucia played in the midfield and did alright. She had a few cheap giveaways but did what she needed to do in the middle of the park.
LCM: Claudia Florentino – 6/10: Claudia Florentino was substituted off at the half for Olga Carmona. In the first half, she didn’t touch the ball much but she did make some nice switches of play. One of the crossfield passes found Kenti Robles in the build up to Las Blancas’ third goal.
DM: Claudia Zornoza – 7/10: Zornoza was the metronome in midfield. She dropped deep to receive and facilitated Las Blancas’ forward progression. She was able to switch the point of attack consistently and was able to initiate isolations for Kenti Robles and Lucía down the flank.
RCM: Lorena Navarro – 8/10: Lorena continues to be one of Las Blancas’ most in form players. She dropped deep into midfield to help Zornoza in possession and also linked up well going forward. One of Lorena’s shots were cleared off the line into the path of Møller, which led to the second goal. She also played Kenti Robles down the right before Robles provided an assist to Møller for the third goal. Lorena finally got on the scoresheet in the 88th minute as the ball fell to her in the penalty area and she thrashed it into the back of the net.
LS/RWB: Athenea del Castillo – 7.5/10: Athenea was very lively on the day. She constantly sparked dangerous attacks. She played dangerous passes into the penalty area throughout the match and should’ve had one or two assists. She linked up well with Møller and caused the defense many headaches. Her brilliant run in the 20th minute created Las Blancas’ second goal and her cross to Nahikari García led to Lorena’s late goal.
RS: Caroline Møller Hansen – 10/10: Møller had a field day against Breidablik. She dropped deep to link up before turning and running into space. She scored in the sixth, 20th, and 43rd minutes, completing a first half hat-trick. And she could’ve had more goals. Møller got on the stats sheet in the second half as well. She played a slip ball through to Olga Carmona, who made it 4-0. All in all, three goals and an assist equals a 10/10 performance.
LWB: Olga Carmona – 7/10 (replaced Claudia Florentino; 46’): Olga caused problems down the left flank immediately after coming on. Olga was fed through on goal by Møller and scored three minutes after coming onto the pitch. Overall, she caused a lot of danger but turned the ball over more than she is accustomed to.
RCB: Marta Corredera – 6/10 (replaced Kenti; 53’): Corredera was unable to make a similar impact going forward as Kenti but Las Blancas’ didn’t need it with the result already decided.
LS/RS: Nahikari Garcia – 6.5/10 (replaced Zornoza; 53’): Nahikari linked and held play up well. Nahikari also got into quite a few good scoring positions. She fired over the bar in the 55th minute, had a header saved, a volley headed off the line, and another shot cleared off the line that Lorena cleaned up to make it 5-0.
LS: Paula Partido – 6.5/10 (replaced Møller; 73’): Partido made her entrance at 16 years and 226 days old, becoming the youngest ever debutant for Las Blancas. As soon as she stepped onto the pitch it was clear that she belonged. Partido was great in her cameo. She had a good understanding of where to find and create space and wasn’t afraid to take players on and have a rip at goal.