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Lucas Vazquez endured a torrid night as Real Madrid lost 1-2 to Athletic Bilbao in the semi-finals of the Supercopa de Espana on Thursday night. #AthleticBilbao #KarimBenzema #LucasVazquez
Lucas Vazquez endured a torrid night as Real Madrid lost 1-2 to Athletic Bilbao in the semi-finals of the Supercopa de Espana on Thursday night.

After a bright start to the game, it was Athletic Bilbao who took the lead at La Rosaleda through Raul Garcia, who put the finishing touches to a fine through pass by Dani Garcia in the 18th minute. Twenty minutes later, Los Leones doubled their tally, with Raul Garcia getting his second, from the penalty spot after Lucas Vazquez had clattered into Inigo Martinez.

Marco Asensio had struck the woodwork twice as Real Madrid pushed to draw level in the second half. They pulled a goal back in the 73rd minute, when Karim Benzema poked home from close-range, with his strike initially being ruled out for offside, but the decision was overturned by VAR.

Less than ten minutes later, Benzema had the ball in the back of the net, but this time out, he had strayed offside and the goal did not stand. Moments later, Sergio Ramos went close twice with headers, with his efforts going wide, while Ferland Mendy also spurned a late chance as Athletic Bilbao held on to their lead to dump Real Madrid out of the Super Cup and set up a final against Barcelona.

It was an overall disappointing display from Zinedine Zidane’s men, with the team lacking solidity at the back and the necessary penetration while on the ball. Here’s how we rated the performances of the Real Madrid stars on the night in Malaga.

Thibaut Courtois: 5.5/10

Not a lot he could have done to stop Raul Garcia’s opener and went the wrong way for the penalty. Not tested a great deal from that point on, but did make a decent stop to deny Asier Villalibre in the latter stages of the game.

Lucas Vazquez: 3/10

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A sloppy pass in his own half allowed Athletic Bilbao to capitalise leading to the opening goal. Was guilty for the second goal as well, as he made a very poor challenge to give away the penalty which Raul Garcia converted with ease. Booked for his troubles too. Tried to make things happen, completing five key passes, but the damage was already done.

Raphael Varane: 4/10

Caught out of position for the opening goal and couldn’t make a recovery run to stop Raul Garcia. Did not look comfortable and came off with a foot injury at half-time.

Sergio Ramos: 5.5/10

Having picked up a knock during warm-up, Ramos went on to start the game. Should have done better with his headed effort with the scoreline still at 0-0. Wasn’t fast enough to catch up to Raul Garcia in the lead-up to the opening goal. Played as an auxiliary striker for the final stages as Real Madrid searched for the winner but could not divert a couple of headed efforts into the net.


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