Bale: It hurts to see him roam the countryside. His first part was dismal, without overflow or danger, but also without attitude, oblivious to what was happening on the grass. It worsened every ball that came to him. Something Zidane must have told him at the break, as he improved ostensibly, pressing much harder on Celta’s possessions and looking for Benzema with more zeal. Even so, very little of the Welshman, who took the yellow for an ugly entry over Rafinha. He left in 84 ’for Mendy to enter. The Bernabéu fired him with a mixture of whistles and applause, showing the division between the fans: between those who believe there is still a player to rescue and those who believe he has lost all credit.Benzema: little danger of the French during the 90 minutes, which still showed good chemistry with Hazard on the left side. Out of his boots came the ball that ended in the penalty that Ramos would make 2-1. But the center forward of Madrid must contribute more in attack, left no notable shots saved in the prolongation, when he had two occasions: on one, he riveted horrible after a good chest control; in the other, his left-footed shot was cleared by Rubén.Hazard: the best white attacker, despite leading without playing since he was injured against PSG on November 26. Its ownership surprised by premature, but proved justified. The Belgian wore rhythm, overflow and quite daring, well above the level with which the course began. He lacked release more at the auction, had chances and did not take advantage of them. But he provoked the 2-1 penalty, taking advantage of a somewhat brownish Ruben. He left his place to Vinicius in 74 ‘and the Bernabéu recognized his great game, which anticipates much more on his part.Vinicius: it came out in 74 ’by Hazard. On the left, he sought to extend the white game with starts, although without much luck. Zidane corrected him more than once. He left to the right, where he could not shine either.Modric: entered 82 ’instead of Kroos. Something was wrong with their snatching in dangerous areas, the party asked for pause and touch when it came out.Mendy: entered 84 ’by Bale. He left to finish tying the triumph and found himself face to face with Mina’s draw. He tried on the left in the short time he had. Courtois: Little can be blamed on Smolov 0-1, it was sold and covered as the Russian’s shot could. He saved Madrid in the first half with a stop at the top of Aidoo that would have meant 0-2. Mina’s 2-2 also caught him sold, with no room for maneuver.Carvajal: as usual, omnipresent in attack, although little harmful, failing the centers. Although Bale helped him very little to appear in attack in advantageous positions. Mina got away in 2-2, he had to close it with more fortitude.Varane: serious error in the 0-1 of Smolov, that pass was his thing and he measured badly, it happened close and did not cut the assistance of Aspas. He suffered to contain Moaña and the Russian, although he gained security over the minutes. Well at the start of the ball, especially when Madrid launched into the attack in the second half. In 2-2 it also gave the feeling that that pass line was his, although only Denis Suarez imagined that pass.Bouquets: The 0-1 also caught him off-site, with the rear open, although the major responsibility went to Varane. In the second half he scored two goals, although only one went up to the scoreboard: first he was knocked out for offside, well marked; Then he scored the 2-1 penalty, a luck in which he has been infallible. He claimed a penalty in the extension that Alberola Rojas did not grant.Marcelo: surprising its alignment, with Mendy with four yellow and the Classic two days away. Celta’s goal came by his flank, although he cannot be blamed for great responsibilities. He improved the tone of the last matches in attack, combining well with Hazard and Benzema. He served Kroos 1-1 with a good pass to the front of the area. Green sprouts for the Brazilian.Valverde: discreet Uruguayan party in attack, did not show much his deployment or his arrival, although the back of five Celtic men did not help him in that regard. In defense, as always, very intense to raise the pressure.Casemiro: something heavy with a ball, although with a lot of security. Far from his best version, he tested his good shot in the first half and he had little to score a goal, but his shot went high.Kroos: the German was the best white midfielder, long. Very safe with the ball, rising to the first white pressure and venting with your changes of direction. To this he added his good punch to score the 1-1, despite doing it with his bad leg, the left. His hit was excellent. Good commitment in defense. He left by Modric, cheered by the Bernabéu.
It was yet another insipid bowling display by Gujarat Lions as Raina (1/11) looked lack of resources and was forced to bowl two overs. A brilliant Robin Uthappa slammed his second halfcentury of the tournament while Sunil Narine played a cameo at the top as Kolkata Knight Riders toyed with Gujarat Lions lacklustre attack to post a commanding 187 for five in an Indian Premier League match, here today. Narine began his assault with three boundaries in Praveen Kumar’s first over that yielded 12 runs, and then he hammered four boundaries, three of them on succession, off Faulkner’s next over. After Narine’s departure, Uthappa, in his 50th appearance for KKR, made a feast of the lacklustre Gujarat Lions attack and smashed 72 runs in 47 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes to post his second halfcentury of the season and 19th overall in IPL. cricket KKR batsman Robin Uthappa plays a shot during IPL Match against Gujarat Loins in Kolkata on Friday. – PTI COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT IPL 2017 It was raining boundaries and sixes at Eden Gardens with Narine using his long handle to great effect. KKR had routed Gujarat Lions by 10 wickets in the first leg match in Rajkot with Chris Lynn and Gambhir putting on a T20 record opening stand of 184. Narine, the makeshift KKR opener, dealt only in boundaries en route to a blistering 42 from 17 balls (9x4s, 1×6) —— an IPL highest score only in boundaries, bettering Sanath Jayasuriya’s 36 (6x4s, 2x6s). × Looking for some respite, Raina brought on Basil Thampi who’s known for bowling consistent yorkers. But the Kerala speedster too failed to arrest Narine’s run flow as hit him for two fours and one six to take KKR to 44 after three overs. SHARE A desperate Raina brought himself in the fourth over, a move that finally worked as Narine failed to clear the in— field this time giving a straight forward catch to Faulkner at midwicket. KKR batsman Robin Uthappa plays a shot during IPL Match against Gujarat Loins in Kolkata on Friday. – PTI The spectacular start meant KKR raced to 65 for one in the powerplay as Gambhir and Uthappa built the innings from there on. Dropped on six by Aaron Finch at long on, Uthappa put together 69 runs off 49 balls with Gambhir (33 from 28 balls; 2x4s, 1×6). Published on He swung his bat to every ball and the Gujarat Lions new ball attack of Praveen Kumar and James Faulkner was found wanting. April 21, 2017 Narine played 42-run cameo knock that came off just 17 balls as he and skipper Gautam Gambhir put together quickfire 45 runs off 20 balls for the opening stand to get KKR off to a blazing start. Gambhir mistimed a pull shot and the top edge ballooned up in the sky before Raina completed the catch but Uthappa stayed on to bring up his second fifty of the season in 35 balls. Narine had shown his big-hitting skills as an opener in his T20 career-best 37 against Kings XI Punjab earlier in the tournament and today he got past that mark with another blistering knock.