Jan Oblak, GK: 7
Third time’s the charm for Oblak, who missed out on continental glory with Benfica in 2014 and with Atlético Madrid in 2016 — both years in a penalty shootout. Said shootout was not required this time, as the Slovene needed to make just two saves.
Šime Vrsaljko, RB: 5
Played most of the first half on a yellow card and really struggled to string together passes. Good choice from Mono Burgos to take him off for the more experienced Juanfran.
José Giménez, CB: 7
Distribution was poor (46 percent pass completion), but he was rarely troubled in his first European final. I’ve written this before: going forward he has to be one of the first names on Simeone’s team sheet.
Diego Godín, CB: 8
Godín’s experience and leadership are often invaluable to Atlético’s back line, and both qualities were on display Wednesday. The 32-year-old was in control throughout as he earned his fourth continental title in red and white.
Lucas Hernández, LB: 7.5
A slam-dunk choice to start over a fit Filipe Luís. He was able to keep up with the dangerous Florian Thauvin, who managed just a single shot and a single key pass over his 63 touches. Lucas made four successful tackles and three clearances, too.
Ángel Correa, RM: 6.5
A tireless outing from the Argentine. Only attempted one shot, but embraced a role as a relentless runner. Marseille struggled with his pace even if he was ultimately ineffective around the goal.
Saúl Ñíguez, CM: 7.5
Another super display from a man who loves these big European nights. He won nine aerial duels and covered just about every blade of grass twice over.
Gabi, CM: 10
Saved his best performance for the biggest game of the season. Really, it was a vintage performance from the captain, whose running always seemed to land him in the right place — see his interception and assist on Antoine Griezmann’s opening goal. The 34-year-old’s fighting spirit set the tone for his whole team to follow, and his 89th minute goal — his first since August 2015 — added a nice sheen to the final scoreline.
Koke, LM: 9
Two assists for Gabi’s likely successor. Simeone may have found something in not just allowing Koke to drift around midfield, but having him play closer to the two forwards in a real playmaking role.
Antoine Griezmann, FW: 10
Griezmann etched his name into Atlético history — alongside Radamel Falcao and Diego Forlán — with a brace in a European final. He took up Gabi’s pass to open the scoring after the nervy opening minutes and lofted a delightful chip into the goal moments after the second half began. The Frenchman was dominant throughout in his native country. If this was his Atleti swan song, it was a very good one.
Diego Costa, FW: 7.5
Worked his socks off. His ability to open space and distract defenders was best summed up by the fact that he was running, unmarked, alongside Griezmann when he scored his goals. He was also fouled a ton and won six aerial duels.
Juanfran, RB: 7
Entered for Vrsaljko at halftime. Brought some needed steadiness to the right-hand side, and this trophy has to feel good for him after the events at San Siro two years ago.
Thomas Partey, CM: N/A
Entered for Correa in the 87th minute. Had no time to really impact a match which had already been decided, although he did play a part in the move which culminated in the third goal.
Fernando Torres, FW: N/A
Entered for Griezmann in the 90th minute. The above photo sums it all up.
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