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Copenhagen 1-4 Atlético Madrid: Player Ratings

Ratings from a big first leg win.

FC Copenhagen v Atletico Madrid - UEFA Europa League Photo by Jan Christensen / FrontzoneSport via Getty Images

Starting XI

Moyá (7): When filling the shoes of the world’s best goalkeeper, it’s important not to let the pressure get to you. Moyá’s experience showed and he did well not to let the pressure faze him, especially after he conceded the opening goal.

Lucas (7.5): Once again, Lucas showed off his versatility, skill and athleticism to play fullback and make an impact on the match. He assisted Kévin Gameiro’s go-ahead goal with a sumptuous low cross.

Godín (7): Coming off a facial reconstruction just two weeks ago did not affect the 31-year-old’s performance tonight. The cold and snow couldn’t stop the pharaoh, who held the line firm and commanded the team to stay compact as Simeone likes it.

Giménez (7): The Uruguayan paired well with his compatriot Godín at the back. He blocked two shots, made two interceptions and distributed efficiently from the back.

Juanfran (7): Juanfran benefitted from Atlético Madrid having 60 percent possession and was able to focus on creating chances from the right flank. He fired off two key passes and completed better than 90 percent of his passes.

Koke (7): Koke played on the left hand side of midfield and put in an okay performance. Diligent and willing runner, worked hard as ever, but his dip in form is of concern.

Saúl (8.5): Saúl pressed up from central midfield and played in an advanced role throughout, contributing to his best game in weeks. He used the extra space to take long shots — and because it was a European game, he scored a thumping header to bring Atlético level after Viktor Fischer’s stunning opener.

Thomas (8): Thomas had a really good all round game. He made 91 passes and completed them at an impressive 93 percent clip. He capped that off with an assist on Vitolo’s goal and did his duties defensively.

Correa (6.5): Correa only played 59 minutes in the match and picked up a yellow card. He was overall unable to make the impact he usually makes.

Griezmann (9): Griezmann was Atlético’s driving force right from kickoff. He forced Robin Olsen into big saves early before assisting Saúl’s equalizer with a perfect, playing the one-two with Lucas before he crossed into Gameiro and finally scoring Atleti’s third with a long, rolling finish. An excellent 90 minutes.

Gameiro (7.5): Gameiro scored the goal that would eventually stand as Atlético’s winner with a neat, perfectly-placed bottom-corner finish. It was his seventh goal of the season and he’s scored in each competition in which Atleti have partaken.


Carrasco (7): Carrasco entered for Correa in the 59th minute. The Belgian took on defenders, opened up space and made his presence known.

Vitolo (7.5): The three-time Europa League winner added Atlético’s fourth in the 77th minute. He helped to keep the tempo going after he entered for Gameiro.

Gabi (N/A): Gabi only played 12 minutes after entering for Koke, but he is now Atleti’s all-time leader in European games played. Enhorabuena, capi.


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