Real Madrid 1-2 Atletico Madrid: Rating Both Sets of Players
For the first time since 1999, Atletico Madrid beat their city rivals and won the coveted Copa del Rey in the process. Real Madrid may have been the better side on the night by far, but luck favored Los Rojiblancos.
Every player was spent by the end of the extra-time affair, and tempers were really flaring. But this match was one for the players and the fans. No one had a bad night at the Bernabeu, except for the referee.
In this article, we will take a look at the ratings for both sets of players from Atletico Madrid’s historic night. Make sure to check out the rating system below and note that stats are courtesy of WhoScored.com
2—No production whatsoever
3—Very little production
4—Worse than average
8—Very high production
9—Nearly perfect performance
Diego Lopez: 6/10
For the most part of the match it was very clear that Lopez was on his game. He made a few big saves including two consecutive one-on-one chances. But his failure to come out quick enough allowed for Miranda to head home the winner.
Thibaut Courtois: 9.5/10
The Belgian keeper was arguably the man of the match. His extra-time denial of Mesut Ozil was indicative of his entire season. Courtois was the leader who held Atletico together. He only misses a perfect score because he did not get a clean sheet.
The Real Madrid Defense
Michael Essien: 7.5/10
Essien continues to prove his worth at Real Madrid. He made several key tackles, including two last-man challenges. His physicality made things tough for Atletico and the on-loan defender made very few mistakes.
Sergio Ramos: 6.5/10
The Spanish defender had a decent night at the Bernabeu but did not play his absolute best. It may have had something to do with paring up with Raul Albiol, but neither was able to stop Diego Costa from leveling the score. But Ramos did prove essential at clearing crosses.
Raul Albiol: 5/10
It was clear to see that Raul Albiol was the weak point in defense. Though he did make a few impressive tackles, he never looked comfortable. He carries most of the blame for Diego Costa’s goal and had a very average night in a match where he needed to show his best.
Fabio Coentrao: 6/10
The Portuguese defender again had a very interesting game. He did well going forward and linking up play as well as making a few strong tackles, but he was caught out of position several times. He was subbed out wisely before his temper could cause problems.
The Atletico Madrid Defense
You really couldn’t ask for more from Jaunfran. The defender kept up well with Cristiano Ronaldo on the flank and made countless tackles as well as linking up play from the back. But his highlight will absolutely be the goal-line clearance to deny Mesut Ozil an open goal.
Diego Godin: 6.5/10
Godin was beat by Ronaldo to open up the scoring, but that was arguably his only blunder on the night. The defender made a few very important tackles as the game progressed and was definitely reliable in every instance.
The Brazilian defender did not only score the winning header, he was an absolute rock in defense. Miranda stomped out almost every chance that came his way and anchored the back line. His leadership cannot be over-emphasized.
Filipe Luis: 6/10
When the entire defense showed up big time, Filipe Luis put in more of a quiet performance. He did lock down the left, but most play was found on the other side of the pitch. He also got forward well and had a chance to score from a volley.
The Real Madrid Midfield
Xabi Alonso: 6.5/10
It is very surprising to see Xabi Alonso not have a major impact on a match. But against Atletico Madrid, he was fairly quiet. Alonso was not allowed to control play and anchor the midfield and was forced to defend more than is preferred.
Sami Khedira: 7/10
As always, Sami Khedira provided excellent defensive coverage. The German was a workhorse throughout the match. However, he did make more than a few bad challenges that gifted possession back to Atletico Madrid. But his four interceptions will all go down as pivotal.
Luka Modric: 7/10
Modric again put in a good match despite statistically not doing much. The Croatian was able to control play for long stretches and even looked very dangerous around the box on several occasions.
The Atletico Madrid Midfield
Arda Turan: 6/10
Turan was completely cut off from play for the majority of the game. He did not really pose much of a threat but did aid in the attack when he was afforded possession.
Let me begin by stating that his rating should actually be higher. But Gabi will not be rewarded for his constant diving. However, he was the most influential player outfield. He dictated all play and was the mastermind of every Atletico possession. His passing was impeccable, and his reading of the game was more than impressive.
The young midfielder had a night that was very inconsistent. At some points he appeared very dangerous while at others he proved to be a constant threat. His passing was not really reliable, but his assist to Miranda for the game-winner was absolutely perfect.
Mario Suarez: 6/10
The midfielder did most of the dirty work for Atletico Madrid. He kept possession, won challenges and made some important clearances. While his overall contribution was immense, his night was definitely overshadowed.
The Real Madrid Forwards
Mesut Ozil: 7.5/10
If Ozil would have finished both of his tremendous chances, he would have gown down as Real Madrid’s savior. But he was quite unlucky to say the least. He did have a great game nonetheless. His assist to Ronaldo had pinpoint accuracy, and his movement gave the defense a constant headache.
Cristiano Ronaldo: 6.5/10
In all honesty it is very tough to rate Ronaldo on this night. His opening goal was utter brilliance, and his free kick that hit the post was nearly a genius shot. But other than that he actually did very little, and his late-game antics were rewarded with a sending off. A tough night for Ronaldo indeed, but his presence always caused a problem.
Karim Benzema: 4/10
So many fans will be wondering what happened to the Benzema of last season. His open-goal shot that hit the post was his only real contribution on the night, as the French striker was invisible for roughly the entire match.
The Atletico Madrid Forwards
Diego Costa: 7.5/10
Again, this player should have a higher rating but his thrown punch during the brawl will bring his number down. But as far as football is concerned, Costa was brilliant. His equalizing goal was very impressive, and it seemed that he made the defense struggle for the entire match.
Radamel Falcao: 6.5/10
Falcao did all the work to lead up to Costa’s goal and looked incredibly brilliant during the beginning of the match. But though he was very lively, he did not really provide much as the match progressed. His presence was really his greatest contribution throughout the overall contest.
Substitutes for Real Madrid
Gonzalo Higuain: 6/10
Pipita was much livelier than Karim Benzema but was not able to fully put his mark on the match. He did have a chance to score from a tremendous volley, but it was sent right at the keeper.
Angel Di Maria: 5/10
Truthfully Angel Di Maria should have come on much sooner than he did. The winger’s speed could have given Real Madrid a real boost, but he did not have the time to get involved.
Alvaro Arbeloa: 6/10
The Spanish defender filled in very well for Coentrao defensively and halted Atletico’s chances on the right side of the pitch.
Substitutes for Atletico Madrid
When the attacker was brought on, it immediately looked as though Atletico Madrid could score again. But his only contribution to the match was failing to slide the ball to Falcao for a great shot at the keeper.
Cristian Rodriguez: 5/10
Rodriguez never really had a chance to get involved in play but did look comfortable in possession. He did well for his minimal minutes but also did very little overall.
Cata Diaz: N/A
Cata Diaz was brought on late and was not afforded the time to impact the game at all.
How would you rate the players from the Copa Del Rey Final? Who is your man of the match and flop of the match? Leave your thoughts and comments below.
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