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Real Madrid beat Leganes after coach Zinedine Zidane heavily rotated his side in preparation for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich.
Wales forward Gareth Bale produced an acrobatic finish from close range on the volley to put Madrid ahead against their neighbours in the eighth minute of the game, narrowly beating the offside trap despite protests from the visiting players.
Borja Mayoral doubled their lead right at the end of the first half by stabbing in from a metre out. Again Leganes appealed for offside but the goal was eventually allowed to stand after the referee consulted with his assistant.
Leganes were unfortunate to go two goals down at the interval after coming to close to scoring on three occasions, including Watford loanee Nordin Amrabat striking the crossbar.
They eventually pulled a goal back in the 66th minute when Darko Brasanac knocked a cutback from Amrabat into an empty net.
Here we rate the players from both teams…
Kiko Casilla 7
No chance for Leganes’ goal and the stopper put up a solid performance under consistent pressure from Leganes.
Achraf Hakimi 7
Comfortable showing at the back as he continues to grow into the first team. Has a chance of playing against Bayern.
Jesus Vallejo 6
Decent display but the defender was caught out late on and it could have led to another Leganes goal.
Playing at centre-back he put in some good challenges but might have done better for Brasanac’s strike. Always committed.
Theo Hernandez 4
Another miserable display in what has proven a very disappointing season. Needs to get out of here and continue developing like he did at Alaves last term.
Mateo Kovacic 7
A solid performance and impressive in bringing the ball out from the back, up the pitch. His best showing of the season.
Marcos Llorente 7
The youngster impressed again and while far from essential, his status is growing at Madrid.
Dani Ceballos 5
Pale performance from the former Betis midfielder, who has lost his way since joining Madrid.
Gareth Bale 8
Worked hard throughout and opened the scoring with a well-taken goal from close range.
Borja Mayoral 7
Sharp and alert, saw one effort cleared off the line and netted Madrid’s second goal.
Karim Benzema 5
His problems with scoring have been well documented this season but here even his usually neat build-up play was lacking.
Toni Kroos 5 – Given the last half-an-hour but could not find his rhythm.
Marco Asensio 5 – Failed to make an impact on the left after coming on for the invisible Benzema.
Cuellar 5, Zaldua 7, Bustinza 6, Siovas 6, Rico 6, Perez 6, Pires 7, El Zhar 6, Amrabat 8, Brasanac 7, Guerrero 4 (Beauvue 6).
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