Real Madrid Player Ratings Vs Borussia Dortmund: Courtois, Vincius Jr, others shine

Real Madrid showed their trademark resilience to secure the 2024 UEFA Champions League title against Borussia Dortmund.

Los Blancos were heavily backed as pre-game favourites ahead of facing the Bundesliga side at Wembley Stadium.

However, despite their status as eternal winners of the competition, the Spanish giants struggled in the opening stages.

Early missed chances from Dortmund duo Karim Adeyemi and Niclas Fullkrug had the Real Madrid fans nervous over a potential 15th European Cup/Champions League crown.

The tide slowly began to turn after the restart and veteran defender Dani Carvajal headed home a rare goal to put them in front with 15 minutes to go in London.

With Dortmund forced to push on in the closing stages, a defensive error gifted Real Madrid the chance to wrap up the trophy, as Vinicius Junior fired home.

A goal in the final backs up Vinicius’ winner against Liverpool in 2022 with Toni Kroos bowing out as a Real Madrid legend at full time.

Real Madrid player ratings

Thibaut Courtois 8

Kept Real Madrid in the game with a string of big saves. Showed why he got the nod over Andriy Lunin, even after his performances earlier on. Another monster display from Courtois, who was man of the match in the 2022 final.

Antonio Rudiger 8

Rudiger endured a tricky first half but somehow survived with a clean sheet. Some strong last-line defending when Madrid were under pressure in the second, and he produced some key interceptions.

Nacho 6

The captain was caught out of position a couple of times in the first half and struggled to keep tabs on Fullkrug’s runs in behind. Almost scored with a header late in the piece.

Ferland Mendy 6

Virtually anonymous in the first half but made an exceptional tackle to shut down a counter-attack in the second.

Eduardo Camavinga 8

Did well, winning a strong tackle early in the game and always tidy on the ball. Won a useful free-kick with his quick feet on the edge of the Dortmund box late in the game.

Toni Kroos 7

In his final appearance for Real Madrid, Kroos calmly dictated play from deep without offering any decisive moments in the first half, and he was tricked by Sancho on the wing. In the second, he almost scored with a free-kick and then delivered the winning corner kick to leave his mark.

Federico Valverde 8

Excellent in his unusual role getting up and down the right side of the pitch, both in covering for the marauding Dani Carvajal and in linking play further forwards.

Rodrygo 7

Quiet first half but threatening in the second with his dribbling and movement.

Vinicius Jr 8

Wayward early shot and booked for a slightly late challenge on Kobel. Lively in the second period and finally produced the telling moment with Madrid’s second goal.

Subs: Luka Modric, 6; Joselu, 6; Eder Militao & Lucas Vazquez, n/a.

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