Real Madrid: Top 5 performances from a 2-0 win vs. Granada

Real Madrid, Casemiro (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Marco Asensio
Real Madrid, Marco Asensio (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

LW Marco Asensio

Rodrygo Goes suffered a scary-looking injury in the first half, so Zinedine Zidane turned to Marco Asensio at the left wing position. It was a curious decision at first, but Asensio proved his manager right in a big way, backing up the kind words the French national team legend said about him.

Asensio nearly scored the goal of the season with his heel, but the ball smacked the post. Soon after, Asensio created the first goal of the match, leaving Granada’s defense for dead with his run, first touch, and delicious cross to Casemiro.

The official Man of the Match, Asensio, per, had three key passes for the Royal Whites. He threatened throughout and worked hard for his team.

CM Toni Kroos

Like Marco Asensio, Toni Kroos was magnificent on Matchday 15. But unlike Asensio, who has struggled this season, it was simply another day at the office for Kroos, so maybe that’s why he didn’t win the Man of the Match award.

He really makes it all look simple. Kroos had three key passes, completed 94 percent of his pass attempts, delivered 10 total crosses, and nailed eight of nine long balls. His calm, passing range, and efficiency of execution were marvelous, and Kroos had to step up with Luka Modric out due to an overloaded adductor muscle.

Kroos is one of Real’s most important players, and he showed his value to the team with yet another brilliant performance this week.