Player ratings: Atleti squeeze through on penalties

We rate our players in penalty shoot-out victory over Leverkusen

Club Atletico de Madrid v Bayer 04 Leverkusen - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

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Nothing of note, given that he had to be withdrawn on 20 minutes.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?

Make sure you check out our match report to relive tonight’s action.

  • jorge

    Arda was definitely my man of the match, but then I think both Koke and Juanfran were sublime. Even Gámez had an amazing game.

  • Ringo

    Miranda, Koke and Arda were terrific. Great defending from the Brazilian, great midfield control from the Spaniard en great work, dribbling and passing from the Turk.
    I give them a 9, 8.5 and another 9, respectively, just because some of Koke’s set pieces were a little off (although some others were the amazing ones we have been spoiled with so many times before). Tied MOTM between the defender and the everywhereman.

    Oblak was secure and he needed this game I think. He didn’t have a lot to do, but the few instances he did, he performed as was necessary, with a very good penalty round (those two misses were in his reach even). 7.5

    Juanfran wasn’t always as secure as usual, but was pretty solid still, solid enough for Leverkusen’s wing players at least. Agreed on the 6.

    Gimenez was solid, very mature in his tackling game. A luxury asset to our squad, close to equal to our other defenders already, just a decade younger. I’ll grant him a 7.5.
    Gamez was pretty good, but his clearances got the team into trouble too many times in the second half. Hope there’s a good reason Ansaldi isn’t played at the moment, outside of just having been out of the team for a while, because sometimes it was scary. 5.
    Mario was solid, getting close to his higher levels again, but not quite there yet. Solid, though, and dependable enough. His goal came in handy, too. 7.
    Didn’t notice Cani that much, guess he didn’t make many mistakes, but he didn’t bring the game forward much, either. Apparantly he was the one giving the assist, so that’s a plus. 6…?
    Mandzukic worked well in the first half, but didn’t feel like an extra to me. Was pretty much invisible in the second half, I guess partly because of the minor injury. Didn’t get why he wasn’t subbed off instead of Cani, but the midfield was probably most important to improve, leaving a third sub just in case. 5.5.
    Raúl García was okay, worked hard, nothing special, though. Maybe the invisible Mandzu was hard for him to work with. 6.
    Griezmann worked hard, but as the game progressed he increasingly started having a hard time, the way I perceived it. First half would be 7-7.5, second half/extra time a 5.5. So I’ll cut him some slack and raise the average to a 6.5.
    I won’t rate Moyá, not really material to rate him for, in my opinion. Hope he recovers well, but am also curious as to what Oblak could bring to the table.

    Overall a game in between tense and boring. Some nice moments, but the team needs to improve. Leverkusen had some nice moments, too, but I think we were slighly better and deserved the win.

    Aupa Atleti!

  • Cani didn’t just give the assist, but he also was the one who won that foul, I can’t ask him for anything more since it’s just his first start for us
    maybe he deserves at least 0.5 point more, I give him 6.5

    I wouldn’t give Mario more than 5 in any game he played this season, but for the goal and the penalty alone I would give 8, and for being solid defensively and for showing some leadership characters he earns one more point,
    I think he deserves a 9

  • Ringo

    Yeah, I guess they won the game for us, so maybe they do deserve higher ratings for that.
    This is how I felt about their play outside of the result and whose names are written on the scoresheet. That is how I justified my points. Or at least tried to, since it’s hard to judge correctly, if even possible.
    But good points, Ahmad.