Atlético Madrid made it through to the Champions League quarter-finals on penalties, courtesy of a 3-2 penalty shoot-out win over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night.
A single goal down from the first leg, Mario Suárez levelled things up on aggregate with a deflected strike in the first half, but nothing could separate the two sides across both legs. In the end, it went all the way to the lottery of spot kicks. Fernando Torres struck the winner, and the red and whites go into Friday’s draw in Nyon.
Here’s how the players fared for us.
Moyá – 5
Nothing of note, given that he had to be withdrawn on 20 minutes. We will await news on his injury, which looked to be a hamstring strain on first viewing. As much as you hate seeing somebody get injured, it’s a big break for Oblak.
Juanfran – 6
Industrious as always, both in defence and attack. Didn’t have a great deal of space to work with in behind the Leverkusen back-line, but kept going and always offered an outlet.
Miranda – 7
Redeemed himself after Saturday’s red card with an assured display, the type we have gotten used to seeing from him. Hardly put a foot wrong all game.
Giménez – 7
Gets better and better. Lead the defence tonight, and showed that he is more than ready for a starting berth on a regular basis. The biggest compliment we can pay him is that Godín wasn’t missed.
Gámez – 6
Left-back isn’t his position, but Gámez is an honest, hard-working professional who will always do a job. Great player to have in the squad, but we would benefit from a genuine left-footer in his position. *cough* Ansaldi *cough*
Mario Suárez – 7
Scored the goal, scored his penalty, and held the midfield well against a formidable pairing. Without Gabi and Tiago, he stepped up to the plate and remained focused all game.
Koke – 7
His general game was very good. Tackling much improved, dangerous with the pass, and hard-working as ever. Still, his set-pieces are leaving a lot to be desired at the moment. Penalty miss thankfully not crucial.
Cani – 6
Simeone’s decision to start the Villarreal loanee raised eyebrows pre kick-off, and he cut his losses at half-time. Quiet full debut, but he still won the free-kick and got the assist for the goal.
Arda – 8 (Man of the Match)
Really took control in extra time. Didn’t have it all his own way at times during the game, but in the additional period he was absolutely immense, on and off the ball. Great player, great character (and great beard).
Griezmann – 7
Perhaps didn’t impact the game the way he would’ve hoped, but he sacrificed himself for the team and played an important role. Never stopped running, and dispatched his penalty expertly.
Mandzukic – 6
Pleasing to see him come out fighting after his recent ommissions from the team. However, he took a knock and was clearly limited. Didn’t stop him running and battling, but he couldn’t make it through to extra time.
Oblak – 8
It was a big test for the young Slovenian to come into such a high pressure game, but he passed with flying colours. Secure throughout the game, and saved from Çalhanoğlu in the shoot-out. Could get a run in the team now with Moyá’s injury.
Raúl García – 5
Not his night. Leverkusen defence was very deep, meaning there was little for him to feed on. Took a couple of knocks which perhaps impeded his performance, but no excuse for a dire penalty.
Torres – 6
Showed incredible nerve to coolly score from 12 yards, which ultimately won the tie for Atleti. Ran hard during the game, but still not getting the luck he needs. Still, huge moment for him tonight.
Do you agree with our ratings? Who was your Man of the Match?