Player Ratings: Check out how Hazard, Benzema performed in Real Madrid’s 1-0 win over Red Bull Salzburg

Real Madrid earned a 1-0 win over Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg to make it two pre-season triumphs on the spin. The match will also be remembered for being the site of Eden Hazard’s first goal for the Los Blancos.


Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane handed Brazilian duo Casemiro and Eder Militao their first minutes of pre-season and the former showed why he is so important to the team.

Players ratings:
1. Casemiro 8: Looks indispensable to the team. Order and calm was restored upon his return.
2 Eder Militao 6: A good performance for his debute. Looked good on the ball and didn’t seem troubled in any moment.
3 Thibaut Courtois 7: Secure in everything that came his way. Began the counter-attack that led to the game’s only goal.
4. Eden Hazard 7: Always looked dangerous on the ball. Scored a great goal and looked more comfortable. He is slowly getting up to speed.
5. Marcelo 6: Looked for happier up the field as a wing-back. Always looked for Hazard or Benzema.
6. Toni Kroos 6: More comfortable with Casemiro behind him. One of the most improved performances in comparison to previous friendlies.
7. Raphael Varane 5: Did well to cover Carvajal’s runs forward as the right-sided central centre-back. A little slack after the break, like most on the field.
8. Zinedine Zidane 8: Managed to get an improved performance through his change of system (5-3-2) and the return of Casemiro.
9. Karim Benzema 6: Little success of his own but set up two Hazard chances, one of which ended in a goal.
10. Sergio Ramos 5: Looked unsettled at the start in the new 5-3-2 system but found his feet as the game went on.
11. Federico Valverde 4: He started very nervously which also coincided with Madrid’s worst period in the game but he improved as he went on.
12. Luka Jovic 3: Tried to connect with Benzema but to no avail. Missed a good scoring chance.
13. NAcho Fernandez 5:  Came on for Militao and was always in the right place.
14. Vinicius Junior 3: Was tried on the left where he prefers to be but didn’t have enough time to impress.
15. Lucas Vazquez 3: Like Vinicius, didn’t have enough time. Was put in the middle in the close stages.
16. Alvaro Odriozola 2: Entered in place of Carvajal. Little time but got stuck in.
17. Dani Carvajal 4: A willing runner as ever but imprecise throughout the game and looked out of ideas in the attacking third.
18. Isco Alcarcon 5: Still off the pace. A little slow in springing Real Madrid attacks and lacked precision in his passing, though he had a good end to the first period.