Atlético Madrid kept their nerve and grinded out a huge 1-0 win at San Mamés on Wednesday, as Fernando Torres’ well taken first half goal earned all three points against Athletic Bilbao.
It was Torres’ fifth goal in as many matches, and one that ensures that the rojiblancos remain level on points with leaders Barcelona heading into the final four games of the season.
Read on to see our player ratings:
Jan Oblak – 7
Really had to be alert tonight against a team who love to play the ball into the box and put pressure on the goalkeeper. He came through in style, taking a number of crosses and making smart saves to make sure of the win.
Juanfran – 7
I’m not sure there has been a game this season where Juanfran has failed to defend brilliantly and get forward at every opportunity. Tonight was no different, his consistency is unparalleled.
Diego Godín – N/A
Forced off inside ten minutes with a hamstring injury. Was able to walk off the pitch and watch from the bench, but is a serious doubt now for both matches against Bayern. Should be scanned tomorrow.
Stefan Savic – 7
Showed that he is a more than capable replacement for Godín alongside Lucas, neither of whom put a foot wrong all night against a physical Athletic side. Just have to hope he can stay fit now…
Filipe Luís – 8
Had a really good game particularly in defence,enjoying a lively battle with De Marcos in which he came out on top. Carries the ball so well and wins countless tackles, and is looking better with every game after a subdued start to the season.
Augusto Fernández – 7
Replaced Gabi with minimal fuss. Moved the ball well, and has an uncanny habit of being in the right place at the right time, winning tackles and making important interceptions. Could have a big role to play in coming weeks.
Koke – 7
Took over the armband after Godín went off, although was slightly quieter than he has been in recent weeks. Still, did a good job of helping us manage to game and play out time, using his physical and technical qualities to his advantage.
Saúl Ñíguez – 7
Wasn’t too involved in the first half, but was brilliant in the second. Does so much good work off the ball that goes unnoticed, and wins an incredible amount of aerial duels. Del Bosque would be mad not to take him to the Euro’s.
Thomas Partey – 6
It was a big call for Simeone to put him in the team, and it just about paid off. Involved in the goal, but was sloppy in possession at times. Athletic fans not happy as he looked to put the ball in the net with Iraizoz down injured, but it didn’t affect the match.
Antoine Griezmann – 6
Quiet for his standards, but claims an assist with a delightfully weighted ball over the top which Torres headed home. His work-rate and runs off the ball occupied the Athletic defence, although he couldn’t threaten their goal himself.
Fernando Torres – 7
Makes such a difference to have a quality striker leading the line, and in his current form, Torres is more than that. Took his goal superbly and was involved throughout. Has cemented his place in the starting XI now.
Lucas Hernández – 8 (Man of the match)
Came on for Godín early on, and put in a performance reminiscent of the Uruguayan. San Mamés is a tough place to play but was un-phased, showing experience beyond his years with a faultless showing. Always decisive and reads the game so well, huge prospect.
Yannick Carrasco – 6
Came on to add a threat on the counter, but was kept at arms length by the home side for most of his time on the pitch. Did have two good chances to kill the game, the first of which was well saved by Iraizoz, the second he inadvertently spooned over the top.
Do you agree with our ratings? Who was your man of the match?