After 90 minutes of hard work and high quality football, nothing could separate Atlético and Real Madrid in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Vicente Calderón.
Both teams will come out of the game with their glasses half full, but Diego Simeone gave a good showing in particularly in the second half, and will be optimistic when crossing town for the return match next Wednesday.
We take a look at each of the players and evaluate their performances on the night:
Jan Oblak – 9 (MOTM)
Absolutely superb. Showed just why Atleti paid the money they did to secure his signature last summer with a string of outstanding saves. The undisputed number one now.
Juanfran – 7
Did a good job against both Ronaldo and Bale, especially in the second half where he got forward and became an outlet in attack as well. Have to admire his concentration and fitness levels.
Diego Godín – 7
Early error gifted Bale the game’s best chance, but after that he proved once more that he is up there with the world’s best. The leader of another fine defensive performance form Atleti, with a number of vital interceptions and clearances.
Miranda – 8
Has taken some criticism this season, but there are few who handle these occasions better than him. Always alert to danger, and reads situations closer than most elite forward players.
Guilherme Siqueira – 7
At times this season he has looked a little suspect, but he stood up tall today and put in a good performance. Didn’t offer a great deal in attack, but looked every bit the accomplished defender some of his teammates are.
Gabi – 6
Fought hard as always, but struggled in the first half especially against two of the world’s best in Kroos and Modric. With Mario out he should start next week, but perhaps not the automatic choice and integral part he was in last season’s team.
Mario Suárez – 6
Often the man for the big occasion, but again today he was chashing shadows at time. Improved as the game went on and did a good job in the second half, but will pay the price for a late foul on Isco that rules him out of the second leg.
Koke – 6
As usual, he showed up everywhere on the pitch and did all he could to try and unlock Madrid’s defence, but wasn’t quite at his best with a lot of touches and set-pieces not coming off. Could’ve got Ramos sent off in the first half, but to his credit he made nothing off a kick from his Spanish international teammate.
Arda Turan – 7
Ineffective in the first half, but like many of his teammates he grew in stature towards the end and began to take control. Linked up well with Juanfran on the right, and went on a magical run late on that unfortunately came to nothing.
Antoine Griezmann – 5
Not the type of showing we have gotten used to from Griezmann, who was well marshalled by Ramos and Varane. His pace could’ve caused real problems and provided a useful outball, but he never really got into the game.
Mario Mandzukic – 7
Really gave the Madrid defence a battle, fighting for every ball and putting himself about all night. Lacks the pace and power of Diego Costa, but makes up for it with his attitude and endeavour. Crucial that we have him fit and firing for the closing stage of the season.
Raúl García – 6
Great to have RG8 back after almost a month out. Despite his customary booking, he made a difference in his short spell on the pitch and gave Madrid another problem to worry about. Could he have a part to play in the Bernabéu?
Fernando Torres – 6
Great response from Torres in his cameo after Saturday’s horror show in Málaga. Had Ramos and Varane in knots at one stage, and looked sharp and hungry both on and off the ball.
Do you agree with our ratings? Who was your Man of the Match?