They left it late, but Atlético Madrid took all three points at Vallecas on Wednesday night to end the year with a hugely important win.
Ángel Correa and Antoine Griezmann struck in the dying moments to break Rayo hearts, with the substitutes making the key difference in what was a rather under-par performance.
Read on to see how we rated the players:
Jan Oblak – 7
Safe hands. Saved everything that came at him and took a number of difficult crosses. Have to admire how he always looks to take the ball rather than just parry it away. One of the world’s best, for sure.
Juanfran – 6
Not overly troubled in defence, but Rayo did well to limit his influence in attack. Without Filipe, he had to provide the width and couldn’t do so, which had a telling impact for most of the match.
Diego Godín – 7 (Man of the match)
Unlucky not to find the net on a couple of occasions in the second half, but was solid and dealt with the in-form Javi Guerra fairly straight-forwardly.
Josema Giménez – 6
Solid alongside Godín, but did give away a few needless free-kicks and was guilty of being a little naive at times with some of his challenges. Still, gave very little away in terms of space for the Rayo attackers.
Jesús Gámez – 6
Whilst we appreciate his endeavour and attitude, playing Gámez at left-back completely nullifies any sort of threat on that flank going forward. Handled Lass well, but offered nothing whatsoever past the halfway line.
Koke – 6
Played ‘the Gabi role’ to good effect, although his passing was off for much of the night and he was guilty of being a little wasteful at times. Set pieces improved in the second half, and on another night he could’ve had two assists for Godín.
Saúl – 7
Had a good game against his old club, providing the physical presence in midfield and doing a good job of stopping Trashorras find his range. Have to wonder if he’ll remain in this role with Augusto and Kranevitter coming in.
Óliver – 5
Besides one excellent ball for Torres in the first half, you may have forgotten he was playing tonight. His situation is getting a little worrying, our style of play doesn’t help but we would like to see a lot more impact from him.
Yannick Carrasco – 7
Our most dangerous attacking threat whilst on the pitch. Perhaps should have done better with his two chances in the first half, but both fell on his weaker foot. Did well in possession but final ball not always consistent.
Antoine Griezmann – 7
Battled hard and played a few nice passes that created chances, despite being in and out of the game. Took his goal brilliantly, showing the class he has in front of goal with a delightful lobbed finish.
Fernando Torres – 6
Started well, but began to frustrate as time went on and Rayo grew in confidence. Have to wonder how long the wait for number 100 will go on, should’ve scored tonight but was well stopped by Yoel.
Ángel Correa – 7
Made the breakthrough with a lovely finish, and was perhaps the decisive impact with his clever movement and quick feet. Needed a player like him to open up an intense, energetic Rayo side, similar to the ones Correa is used to playing against in Argentina.
Thomas Partey – 7
It seems that every time he plays, he makes something happen. Fantastic assist for the goal, with a great pass after an impressive run. Would love to see him get more chances, but looks difficult with the transfer window coming up.
Jackson Martínez – 6
Despite a few signs of rustiness, which after nearly two months out was to be expected, he looked hungry and layed the second goal on a plate for Griezmann with an excellent through ball. Promising cameo.
Do you agree with our ratings? Who was your man of the match?