Atletico Madrid player ratings in a 2-1 Bayern defeat: Tough battle in semi-finals; Atletico go through on away goals

Diego Simeone and his side complete another big achievement despite the result of the game, but Atletico Madrid will be happy enough to go through to the Champions League final as Antoine Griezmann’s away goal completed the tie.

Atletico Madrid player ratings in a 2-1 Bayern defeat: Tough battle in semi-finals; Atletico go through on away goals
Griezmann scores the vital away goal | Photo: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

Hours before the match, all football fans couldn’t wait to see the battle of Bayern Munich’s attack - Atletico Madrid’s defence. Simeone’s side had a big advantage of winning the first leg at Vicente Calderon through a solo goal from Saul, whilst Bayern players would be kicking themselves as they missed out on getting the away goal.

Xabi Alonso gave the home side the lead through a free-kick, it was game on for both sides. Just minutes later, Thomas Muller had the chance to score from the penalty spot but his shot was superbly saved by Jan Oblak. Ten minutes into the second half the Allianz Arena was silenced, Fernando Torres placed a sweet through ball and Antoine Griezmann slots the ball into the corner.

After conceding the goal, Bayern Munich knew it was now or never as they had to score two goals with 35 minutes left to have the chance to play in the final. Robert Lewandowski gave the home side the lead after a knock back from Arturo Vidal to keep the attack alive.

Just five minutes from time, Fernando Torres was fouled by Javi Martinez and the referee points to penalty spot. Torres up against Manuel Neuer, but the Spaniard’s penalty is saved and Bayern hopes were still alive for a little bit longer. Fair credit to the Atletico Madrid players,  as the defence was fantastic and completed the job despite conceding two goals.

Solid performance from the back

Jan Oblak (9/10) – The Slovenian was fantastic in both legs, saved a powerful penalty to prevent Thomas Muller from doubling Bayern’s lead. The home side had triple the amount of shots on target compared to Atletico and Oblak did just enough to help his side get into the final.

Juanfran (7/10) – Completed the job as a full-back really well, wasn’t an easy task to do especially with Bayern dominating the possession for most of the game. Did his best to keep Ribery and Douglas Costa quiet as possible and had a decent shot on the attacking side of the game which wasn’t far off the goal.

Jose Gimenez (7/10) – Had a rough first half, but settled into the game very well to complete some vital blocks and clearances. Gimenez attempt to block Xabi Alonso’s free kick wasn’t effective and it gave Bayern the lead. He also gave away the penalty just a few minutes later, but it wasn’t a problem thanks to his team-save saving it.

Diego Godin (7/10) – Godin Just about made it into the line-up after returning from injury, which was a big risk as he showed very little concentration early into the game. But his aerial ability played a role, especially with Bayern’s attack including several amount of crosses which he dealt with.

Filipe Luis (8/10) – One of the best games he has had, always showing what he can offer on both sides of the pitch. Been very consistent this season, proving why he is one of the best full-backs in the world if not the best in the left-back role.

Non-stop work from the midfield

Gabi (8/10) – The captain putting on another fine performance and didn’t show no signs of fear with Bayern Munich kept attacking for most of the game. Completed many key interceptions and also had a shot on goal from quite some distance. The 32-year-old showed why he still is a big game player.

August Fernandez (6/10) – After performing fantastically at the Vicente Calderon, Fernandez found it difficult in the second leg and was substituted off at half-time. He couldn’t handle the flow of Bayern and made a silly tackle that resulted in giving the home side the lead.

Saul Nigez (7/10) – Played his role when it came to defensive duties and playing the most of the game inside his own half. Wasn’t going to be an easy game, but he kept his head up despite not having a real chance of being able to attack. But he will be proud that his goal in the first leg played a massive role in Atletico Madrid getting into the final.

Koke (7/10) – Another player who played nearly the whole game inside his own half, his ball over the top of Bayern’s midfield allowed the side to go on to getting the away goal. A few attacks that Atletico made were through Koke, but he showed everyone why most of the side’s play goes through him.

Atletico Madrid players celebrating | Photo: Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images
Atletico Madrid players celebrating | Photo: Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images

Attacking duo causing problems

Fernando Torres (7/10) – The Spaniard is mainly known for scoring goals, but he played a vital role for the team and it included creating chances too. His perfect through ball led to Griezmann scoring the important goal. Torres missed a penalty with five minutes till full-time, but he won’t be too bothered as his side have made it into the final.

Antoine Griezmann (8/10) – The Frenchman took a few seconds whilst being one-on-one with Neuer, before slotting the ball past him to send his side to the Champions League final. Griezmann worked his socks off during the game and completed his role very well.

Substitutes

Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (6/10) – Changed the game very well, his pace and strength allowed the Belgian to break into a lot of space in the opposition’s half and shield the ball well until his team-mates were around. Gave some help to Filipe Luis on the left side of the pitch and to prevent Bayern to attack effectively.

Thomas (N/A) – Came on for Griezmann very late into the game, but helped as the extra man in midfield.

Stefan Savic (N/A) – Came on for Koke during stoppage time and completed a few headers just before the final whistle was blown.