Real Madrid: Top 5 performances from 3-1 win over Barcelona

Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Real Madrid, Lucas Vazquez
Real Madrid, Lucas Vazquez (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid needed a result against Barcelona on Saturday afternoon, and they came away with all three points in a gutsy display.

After losing to both Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk, Real Madrid and manager Zinedine Zidane had every question to answer against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. Although La Blaugrana threatened Real’s goal frequently, Los Blancos came away with a well-deserved 3-1 win, icing the game late in the second half.

Everyone played a role in the result, whether it was Toni Kroos commanding the midfield or Lucas Vazquez changing the game as a substitute at right back.

Here were the top five individual performances from the victory.

Real Madrid RB Lucas Vazquez

Let’s start with the backup right back in this game, Lucas Vazquez. Nacho Fernandez started the match but was subbed off in the first half, possibly with an injury.

But as it turned out, Vazquez was the change Real Madrid needed. The right winger played the game of his life at the unnatural position, looking like a top-notch fullback defensively against an excellent Barcelona attack, featuring goal-scorer Ansu Fati.

Vazquez worked hard all game long and even created chances in attack, as he probably should have had an assist if the finishing were better.

Not only did Vazquez have two key passes, but he added four tackles and three interceptions in a colossal defensive performance for Los Blancos. What a way to bounce back from what happened last weekend vs. Cadiz.