Real Madrid 4-1 Valencia: Player rating

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Real Madrid increased their lead at the top of La Liga to eight points as they eased to a 4-1 victory over Valencia on Saturday night.

Real went close during the first half, with Eder Militao coming with a save from Jasper Cillesen before Luka Modric hit the crossbar from distance.

The breakthrough came when Casemiro was dropped in the box, allowing Karim Benzema to shoot in the top corner for his 16th La Liga goal of the season minutes before the break.

Vinicius Junior continued his inspired goal form during the second half and made his way through the Valencia defense to finish in the far corner.

The Brazilian got his second of the evening when Marco Asensio saw his shot pushed into the air by Cillesen, which allowed Vinicius to easily finish and make it 3-0.

Valencia pressed to get back into the match and got a penalty when Ferland Mendy pulled Marcos Andre into the box. Goncalo Guedes saw his fine effort strike the top of the bar following some good work up the middle by his teammates after 80 minutes.

However, there was no long-lasting fightback from the guests and Benzema sealed the victory for Real with a brilliantly taken four, turned and shot outside the post.

Los Blancos are now eight points ahead of Sevilla, although they have played two games more than their nearest rivals. Valencia is currently in ninth place.

Courtois saved a penalty but saw the return go in / Soccrates Images / GettyImages

Thibaut Courtois (GK) – 6/10 – Warning to stop Wass from netting for visitors. Good penalty save and bad luck to see the return go in.

Lucas Vazquez (RB) – 7/10 – Found space on the right and put in some good crosses. Was good in terms of position, often made interceptions.

Eder Militao (CB) – 7/10 – Had Real’s first big chance, with a direct course against Jasper Cillesen from close range. Picked down Gaya for a yellow card.

David Alaba (CB) – 7/10 – Continues to lead Real’s defense with conviction and style. His partnership with Militao is fast becoming one of the best in Europe.

Ferland Mendy (LB) – 6/10 – Linked well with Vinicius. Decision-making in the last third was a bit suspicious but a little came past him in the defense – except for the penalty, when he pulled Andre back to get a yellow card. Got an assist to Benzema’s second.

Casemiro did Casemiro cases / Soccrates Images / GettyImages

Luka Modric (CM) – 8/10 – Has been excellent in recent weeks and has continued that form here. Glided around the pitch with ease and was a threat going forward and hit the crossbar from a distance.

Casemiro (CM) – 7/10 – Missed a challenge on Wass and was booked. Picked down by Mouctar Diakhaby to serve his side a penalty. Characteristically, loose possession mopped up before being withdrawn.

Toni Kroos (CM) – 7/10 – Insert some dangerous posts from solid balls and be typically excellent in ball possession.

Vinicius was brilliant again / Soccrates Images / GettyImages

Marco Asensio (RW) – 7/10 – Played his role in the third goal and got his shot saved on Vinicius road. Should have scored himself from a wonderful Benzema pass.

Karim Benzema (ST) – 9/10 – The link game looked nice early on and he opened the scoring when he thumped in the penalty. Played some intelligent passes that should have been used better by his teammates. Swung nicely and hit the far corner to 4-1.

Vinicius Junior (LW) – 9/10 – Bunted through Valencia’s back line to establish Real’s 2-0 lead. Got another later, after Asensio’s shot had landed in the air. Now has 12 La Liga goals this season.

Eduardo Camavinga (CM) – 5/10

Dani Ceballos (CM) – 5/10

Federico Valverde (LW) – 5/10

Isco (ST) – 5/10

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