Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: Live Player Ratings

Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterMay 24, 2014

Real's Gareth Bale celebrates scoring his side's 2nd goal, during the Champions League final soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, at the Luz stadium, in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Real Madrid needed extra time, but in the end they fully deserved their 4-1 victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final.

Diego Godin had opened the scoring for Atletico late in the first half, and it took until deep into second-half stoppage time for Real Madrid to equalise through Sergio Ramos.

But from there the winner was hardly in doubt.

Gareth Bale popped up with the eventual winner at the far post in the 110th minute, and Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo would also find the back of the net before the final whistle.

Following are live ratings and analysis for both sets of players.

Real Madrid Player Ratings
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Half-Time analysis for Real Madrid

Casillas: Was way, way off his line as Godin’s goal-bound header came in.

Carvajal: Has seen plenty of the ball, but even more of combative opponent Koke.

Varane: Has so far won all of his aerial duels.

S.Ramos: Took a silly, retaliatory yellow card after Garcia chopped down Modric.

Coentrao: Distribution down the left has been quite poor.

Modric: Should have done better at the post on Atletico’s set-piece opener.

Khedira: Showing some admirable strength given his recent comeback from a knee injury.

Di Maria: Madrid’s most attack-minded midfielder hasn’t looked quite the same since being fouled by Garcia.

Bale: Should have scored after pouncing on a Tiago give-away.

Benzema: Quite nearly sprung Bale with an early, clever flicked pass.

Ronaldo: Tested Courtois with a low, skipping free kick that found its way through the wall.

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 24:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates with r21 after scoring their fourth goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014 in L
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Full-Time analysis for Real Madrid

Casillas: Had only a single save to make after allowing the opener.

Carvajal: Recovered to deny Adrian a goal-scoring opportunity.

Varane: The 21-year-old slotted in naturally alongside Sergio Ramos.

S.Ramos: He scored twice in the semi-finals and equalised late on in the final.

Coentrao: Withdrawn in favour of Marcelo just prior to the hour-mark.

Modric: Assisted on the Sergio Ramos equaliser.

Khedira: Put in an impressive shift, given his layoff, before being replaced by Isco.

Di Maria: Had boundless energy until the very end and unleashed the drive that allowed Bale to score the winner.

Bale: That €100 million seems an investment well worth it now.

Benzema: Didn’t manage a single shot on goal in nearly 80 minutes.

Ronaldo: Took his penalty with confidence for his record-extending 17th Champions League goal this season.

Marcelo: Scored a superb insurance-marker after galloping in on goal and converting with his left foot.

Isco: Added a vital element to the Madrid attack after coming on.

Morata: Touched the ball just eight times and was mostly a passenger.

Atletico Madrid Player Ratings

Half-Time analysis for Atletico Madrid

Courtois: Did well to prevent a rebound after smothering Ronaldo’s free kick.

Juanfran: Headed the ball on to Godin for the opener following a corner.

Miranda: Stuck an early elbow into Ronaldo’s back.

Godin: Has now scored in the Primera Division decider and Champions League final within the course of a week.

F.Luis: Wasn’t all that involved on an overcrowded flank.

Koke: Facing Bale and Carvajal with confidence and physicality.

Tiago: Nearly gifted Bale the opener.

Gabi: The inspirational Atletico captain continues to lead by example in the centre of the park.

R.Garcia: Booked for a nasty tackle on Modric.

Villa: The 32-year-old has had only 16 touches of the ball but has shown commitment on the defensive side of it.

D.Costa: Lasted only nine minutes until his early, and predictable, withdrawal.

Adrian: Has so far completed 91 per cent of his passes—many of them in the attacking third.

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 24:  Diego Godin of Club Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring the opening goal with Gabi of Club Atletico de Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014
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Full-Time analysis for Atletico Madrid

Courtois: Made three saves and had no chance on any of the goals.

Juanfran: He did well enough opposite Coentrao but couldn’t handle Marcelo.

Miranda: Until extra time the Brazilian centre-back was an absolute colossus.

Godin: Won everything in the air and made a vital, last-ditch clearance late in the second half.

F.Luis: Withdrawn, exhausted, in the 83rd minute.

Koke: His stock only rose with a physical, effective performance in a variety of positions.

Tiago: Collapsed into part of the defense as Madrid pressed.

Gabi: Atletico’s inspirational captain touched the ball 102 times and was involved in absolutely everything his side did—on either side of the ball.

R.Garcia: Substituted just after the hour-mark having put in an aggressive performance—particularly opposite Coentrao and Ronaldo.

Villa: Was committed in defense but really didn’t offer much in the attacking third.

D.Costa: Lasted only nine minutes until his early, and predictable, withdrawal.

Adrian: After coming on the 26-year-old was one of his side’s better attacking players.

Sosa: Made three tackles on the defensive side of the ball.

Alderweireld: Was well out of position on the Bale winner.