It was a night to forget for Atlético Madrid, as Benfica struck twice on the break to record a smash and grab win and move three points clear at the top of Group C.
Ángel Correa’s debut Champions League goal gave the red and whites an early lead, but they failed to build on a positive start and ended up paying for missed chances.
Read on to see how we rated the team’s performance:
Jan Oblak – 5
Usually so dependable, but did make one mistake in the first half which was nearly punished as he rushed off his line, and perhaps could’ve covered the angle better for the winning goal. Wasn’t called into action too often.
Juanfran – 5
Started well and played his part in Correa’s goal, but left Gaitán in acres of space for the equaliser and didn’t really provide the threat needed whilst chasing the game from the right.
Diego Godín – 5
Rare off night for the Uruguayan, who probably should’ve cleared the ball out of danger for the equaliser. Not quite as assured and was caught out on the break a few times, but provided our only real threat from set pieces.
José María Giménez – 6
Did well in possession and stopped a few potential counter attacks with his large frame. Can’t really be faulted for either goal, this will serve as a good experience for him.
Filipe Luís – 4
Still finding his feet after returning from Chelsea in the summer. Perhaps needs to get up to speed on a physical level too, as he tired towards the end. Crossing very poor, and should’ve cut out the ball for Guedes’ winner.
Tiago – 6
Did his job and helped provide the momentum as Atleti searched for a second half goal, but didn’t really provide anything in an attacking sense. Could do with a rest more often.
Gabi – 6
Very good for the majority of the first half, but his influened dwained as the game went on and he never really took charge of our attempted fightback. Set pieces better than they have been in recent weeks.
Óliver Torres – 5
Two excellent passes in the first half, but at the moment he is only showing his talent in glimpses, rather than making a mark on matches consistently. Would like to see him in a more central role.
Antoine Griezmann – 5
Correa may have impressed in the more forward position, but this impacted on Griezmann’s game as he was shifted out wide. Subbed with 20 minutes to go with no real complaints, very quiet for most of the match.
Ángel Correa – 7 (Man of the match)
Our best performer without a doubt. Constantly involved, and every good move of the match went through him. Great to see him get his goal, and for us, has to be a starter on Sunday.
Jackson Martínez – 5
Just not happening at the moment. He’s making the right moves but is clearly low on confidence. Didn’t look too bad in general play, but really should’ve had a hat-trick with the chances that came his way.
Saúl – 5
Positive to start with, but struggled as time ran out and began misplacing passes and making mistakes. Excellent in the middle, but just don’t feel he is right for the wide position.
Fernando Torres – 5
Tried hard when he came on and managed a shot on target, but with Benfica dropping so far back to defend the goal he had no space to work with or run into. May have more luck in the derby if selected.
Luciano Vietto – N/A
Do you agree with our ratings? What went wrong for Atleti tonight?