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Atlético Madrid 2-0 PSV Eindhoven: Player Ratings

Atlético get back to basics and win Group D

Club Atletico de Madrid v PSV Eindhoven - UEFA Champions League Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Jan Oblak, GK: 6

Had no difficult saves to make, looked comfortable throughout. First clean sheet he's kept in five weeks.

Šime Vrsaljko, RB/LB: 6

Not as good as he was in the Rostov game, but Vrsaljko was pretty effective Wednesday night. He reliably passed the ball in the final third and had some nice moments with Yannick Carrasco. And in a game where Atlético Madrid needed solidity throughout the XI, Vrsaljko cleaned up well. He moved to the left side after Filipe Luís went off injured.

José Giménez, CB: 7

Joséma was a rock in the first half, holding his position and negating PSV threats with his speed and tight marking. Had less to do I'm the second half, but this solid display could kepe him in the team for what would be his first league start since Sept. 25.

Diego Godín, CB: 8

A vintage, warrior-like performance from Godín, who snuffed out everything through the middle of the pitch and nearly opened the scoring with a powerful header early in the first half.

Filipe Luís, LB: 7

Unfortunately went off injured after 75 minutes with what appeared to be a knock to his hamstring. Played well before then, troubling PSV’s defenders with his pace and creativity.

Koke, RM: 8

Excellent offensive performance despite his defensive position out wide. Koke often drifted toward the middle and created chances when Atleti produced sustained attacking play toward the end of the first half and into the second. He needs to play through the middle - even against the bigger teams - but might Diego Simeone have found a potential solution to what Gabi termed as the side’s “fragility”?

Gabi, CM: 7

Speaking of Gabi, he led the team in touches with 133 per WhoScored. His partnership with Tiago looked as good as ever and Simeone didn't pull him with half an hour to go.

Tiago, CM: 9

Aging like a fine Port wine. Tiago was nearly faultless in his first Champions League start for more than a year. He brought much-needed doses of composure and experience to a midfield that recently had been quite leaky, and the interception-pass combination to set up Antoine Griezmann’s goal was sublime.

Yannick Carrasco, LM: 7

Carrasco pulled back the reins a bit on Wednesday, utilizing his pace and speed to whip in crosses rather than go for goal. Was still effective on both wings.

Antoine Griezmann, FW: 9

Griezmann saved a goal in the first half when he hustled back to pester Gastón Pereiro in a 1v1 situation and created two in the second half. He slid Kévin Gameiro through with a fantastic through ball that was placed perfectly out of reach of PSV’s defense before taking a Tiago pass and sliding a left-footed shot behind Jeroen Zoet. Night-and-day compared to Saturday’s Madrid Derby.

Kévin Gameiro, FW: 8

Opened the scoring five minutes before the hour with a cracking finish off the far post. It was a deserved goal for Gameiro, who had missed a couple good chances in he first half and could have added to his tally later after he smashed a header off the crossbar with the game at 2-0. Gameiro also continued his strange scoring pattern:

Saúl Ñíguez, CM: N/A

Entered for Tiago in the 75th minute. Completed all 24 passes (per WhoScored) he attempted as Atlético killed the clock.

Juanfran, RB: N/A

Entered for Filipe in the 75th minute. Juanfran was not expected to play Wednesday, but came on for the last 15 after Filipe could not continue.