Real Madrid finally beaten! Winners, losers and ratings as Champions League winners stunned by Leipzig

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The European champions were 2-0 down within 20 minutes as they were bested by the German side in the penultimate game of the group stage.

Real Madrid's unbeaten start to the season has finally come to an end!

RB Leipzig brought the European champions crashing back down to earth with a well-deserved three points.

Vinicius Junior found the net and Rodrygo fired in a very late penalty, but it was not enough against a German side who were more than up to the challenge.

Josko Gvardiol, Christopher Nkunku and Timo Werner were on target to upset Carlo Ancelotti's team who were just too flat and lacking inspiration for too much of this match.

The Spanish champions remain top of the group, however, with just one game left to play.

With Leipzig now a point behind them, they have a battle on their hands for that coveted first place in Group F.

  1. The Winners

    The Winners

    Vinicius Junior:

    He pulled a goal back for his side by getting free in the box and sending a fantastic header into the back of the net. More than that, however, the Brazilian was once again all over the attack, always looking for a way to give his side a chance against the Germans. He set up Rodrygo well at 2-0, but his attacking team-mate couldn't get his shot on target - once again showing that he is the man Madrid can rely on while Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema is out of commission.

    Josko Gvardiol:

    There has been growing interest from across Europe in the centre-back and he certainly showed why this evening. He got ahead of Antonio Rudiger to pounce on a great chance and nod his side into the lead to show that he can be a danger up front. He also looked strong in defence, though, and was comfortable on the ball.

    Christopher Nkunku:

    The best player on the pitch. He was such a livewire against a strong Madrid defence. His goal was well taken but he was a big threat throughout this match. It's no surprise to see so many teams willing to pay big money to sign the France attacker as most defences would find it tough to keep him quiet.

  2. The Losers

    The Losers


    Try as he might, he just could not get into this game. The forward must be commended for his determination in dropping back to try and get involved but very little worked in his favour until he won the last-minute penalty that was too little, too late.

    Carlo Ancelotti:

    He made some questionable choices with his starting XI, lining up with a flat midfield and a lack of attacking inspiration. Ancelotti then waited too long to mix up his midfield, only bringing Eden Hazard on for the last 10 minutes. A match like this will surely have him pushing for new signings in the January window.

    Thibaut Courtois:

    For the first time this season the Belgian goalkeeper has conceded more than once in a game. Courtois let three goals slip this time around, and while he was not totally to blame for any of them, he will feel he could have done better with Gvardiol's opener and went to the ground too early as Nkunku fired in the second.

  3. Real Madrid Ratings: Defence

    Real Madrid Ratings: Defence

    Thibaut Courtois (6/10):

    The goalkeeper produced some strong saves but he made it easy for Gvardiol to knock in the opener by diverting a save back into the middle of the box. Later in the half, he came too far out, was easily beaten and lucky to see a long-range shot hit the side of the net. There wasn't much he could do about the home team's second goal, though.

    Lucas Vazquez (5/10):

    Got forward a lot and tried hard to help his team create something from the wing as he took the place of Dani Carvajal, who has underwhelmed so much this season. However, he is clearly not the answer to Madrid's problems on the right. Just not good enough.

    Eder Militao (7/10):

    Overall he looked good and was once again a wall at the back for Madrid. Saying that, he let Timo Werner go free in the vital moment as the German attacker moved towards the back post and tapped in the goal that made it 3-1.

    Antonio Rudiger (6/10):

    Quite underwhelming as he did not react to the loose ball that Gvardiol jumped at to open the scoring then failed to stand up to a couple of other Leipzig attacks.

    Nacho (5/10):

    A third start in the Champions League for Carlo Ancelotti's men this season and while he was not terrible, he did nothing to stand out either before he was replaced by David Alaba with just over 20 minutes left.

  4. Midfield


    Eduardo Camavinga (5/10):

    You cannot deny his talent but he looked out of place in this team as he was playing high up the field. Madrid missed a player like Luka Modric as the away side were lacking some forward thinking in midfield.

    Aurelien Tchouameni (7/10):

    The best of the three midfielders for the visitors, Tchouameni did not shy away from digging in with a few tackles but was perhaps let down by the shape of a midfield that lacked a proper creator.

    Toni Kroos (6/10):

    A classy and comfortable passer of the ball as always but he did not have much of an influence on the game.

  5. Attack


    Marco Asensio (6/10):

    Calm on the ball and got the assist for Vinicius Junior's goal in the first half. He works hard but not consistently good enough throughout the match to really stand out.

    Rodrygo (5/10):

    Was totally unable to have a big impact on this game before the late penalty as he tried to influence his team from deep positions but struggled to connect with those around him.

    Vinicius Junior (8/10):

    He was by far his team's best attacker throughout the game, drifting anywhere he was needed to try and pull something out of the hat for the visitors. His header was well placed, choosing precision over power, but as always he did more than just find that important goal.

  6. Subs & Manager

    Subs & Manager

    David Alaba (6/10):

    Came on to replace Nacho with just over 20 minutes left but could do little to impact the match.

    Dani Carvajal (5/10):

    Was brought on for Lucas Vazquez and didn't offer any upgrade. He has been really disappointing for most of this season.

    Eden Hazard (6/10):

    Helped create a chance for his team after taking Toni Kroos' place but couldn't pull the vital goal back for his team.

    Carlo Ancelotti (4/10):

    He was deprived of two Ballon d'Or winners for this game and it was pretty obvious. His midfield was devoid of any creativity and his substitutes did not offer enough to change the match in his team's favour.