Saúl Ñíguez’s delightful individual goal gives Atleti a 1-0 lead to take to Munich next week, with the team putting in another huge performance to beat Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.
In front of a buoyant crowd at the Vicente Calderón, the red and whites secured a first leg advantage with a valiant defensive showing, keep out the visitors’ abundance of attacking talent in typical resolute style.
Read on to see how we rated the players:
Jan Oblak – 7
Called into action more often than usual tonight, as Bayern looked to exploit him in the air with a number of crosses and long shots. They obviously hadn’t done their homework though, as he handled everything they threw at him.
Juanfran – 7
Proved that he is one of the best right-backs in Europe, stifling both Douglas Costa and Franck Ribery with a flawless defensive showing. Had limited chances to attack, but still made himself an option when needed.
José María Giménez – 7
Had a couple of nervy moments, but stood up strong and lead the team in Godín’s absence with a mature and dominant showing. Made lots of timely blocks and clearances, notably on Coman as he ran through in the second half.
Stefan Savic – 7
Some eyebrows were raised when he was chosen to partner Giménez instead of Lucas, but he had an excellent game and didn’t put a foot wrong all evening. Always assured and in the right place, would start for most other teams in world football.
Filipe Luís – 8
Outstanding once again. Many are rightly talking about Koke and Torres’ recent form, but he has been just as good. Like Juanfran he neutralised Bayern’s threat out wide, and was one of our best players in possession of the ball. So crucial to how we play.
Gabi – 7
The man for the big occasion. Up against names much more renowned than his, he made sure they couldn’t play through the middle and gave them no time on the ball whatsoever. Incredible that at 32 he’s producing another season at this level.
Augusto Fernández – 8 (Man of the match)
His January signing could well prove to be yet another Simeone masterstroke. Got through an incredible amount of work in front of the defence, and like Gabi was on top of the Bayern midfield from start to finish. Tiago could have trouble getting back into the team at this rate.
Koke – 7
Tireless as always, providing the link between midfield and attack to help relieve the pressure when we most needed it. Lacked his usual quality from set pieces, but we can’t fault him otherwise.
Saúl Ñíguez – 8
Where to start? Not only his goal (which we’ve run out of words to describe), but his all round performance oozed class. The perfect foil for Koke, with the same intense work-rate as well as a real touch of class. Announced himself to all of Europe tonight.
Antoine Griezmann – 7
Had one good chance in the first half when he got round the back, and also set up Torres to hit the post in the second half. Wasn’t too involved on the ball other than that, but ran himself into the ground for the cause and did his defensive duties when needed.
Fernando Torres – 7
Struggled at times when left up front alone, but was always a worry for the Bayern defence with his movement and physical presence. So close to scoring the second, but saw his outside of the boot finish crash off of the inside of the post.
Thomas Partey – N/A
Do you agree with our ratings? Who was your man of the match?