Champions League player ratings

Real Madrid overcame city rivals Atletico 4-1 in the Champions League final and we bring you our player ratings.

Last Updated: 24/05/14 at 23:08 Post Comment

Marcelo: Swung the game in Real Madrid's favour

Marcelo: Swung the game in Real Madrid's favour

REAL MADRID RATINGS

Iker Casillas - Critical error led to the opening goal of the game as he came for a ball he had no chance of reaching. He was bailed out, big time. 5.

Daniel Carvajal - Got up and down the flank well. 6.

Raphael Varane - Stood firm aside from the goal and was involved in a late flashpoint with Diego Simeone. 6.

Sergio Ramos - Booked for a first-half fracas and always looked on the edge until his brilliant injury-time header saved his side and took them to extra time. 7.

Fabio Coentrao - Worked hard but was taken off early in the second half. 5.

Luka Modric - Was busy in midfield but failed to do anything telling. 6.

Sami Khedira - The surprise in the Madrid line-up having missed so long through a serious knee injury and he contributed little before going off. 6.

Angel Di Maria - Looked Real's best outlet for large periods of the game and it was fitting that it was his run which laid on the match-changing second. 8.

Gareth Bale - Was shaping up to be a night to forget for the world's most expensive player with a catalogue of glaring misses but, in extra time, he scored what was in essence the winner, just as he did in the Copa del Rey final. 6.

Cristiano Ronaldo - Saw a free-kick saved and a header flick away from goal on a night when he never looked truly up to it. Fittingly, though, he had the last word with a late, late penalty. 6.

Karim Benzema - Anonymous throughout. 5.

Substitutes:

Isco - Tried to inject some energy. 6.

Marcelo - A real game-changer. Sharpened Real up in attack and then chimed in with a third. 7.

Alvaro Morata - Sent on late in normal time and made himself busy. 6.

ATLETICO MADRID RATINGS

Thibaut Courtois - Arguably the safest hands in European football, he had little to do other than pick Ramos' shot out of the net in normal time and then do the same thing three times more. 6.

Juanfran - Difficult to criticise any Atleti defender. It was 30 minutes too far after a lung-busting season. 6.

Miranda - Again, worked hard and just ran out of gas. 6.

Diego Godin - Opened the scoring with his sixth of the season, a week after his goal won La Liga. Will not remember this one as fondly. 7.

Filipe Luis - Bale ran at him hard but he did his bit. 6.

Raul Garcia - Booked for foul on Di Maria early on but never took a backwards step. Game changed after he went off. 7.

Tiago - Lucky that Bale did not punish him for shocking first-half error but worked as hard as everyone else. 7.

Gabi - Outstanding shift, up and down the field. Giving away a penalty was rough justice. 7.

Koke - Another with a brilliant work ethic. 7.

Diego Costa - Gamble to start him despite a hamstring injury backfired and he did not last 10 minutes. 4.

David Villa - A willing runner and threw himself about but Atleti did not exactly maintain an attacking presence. 6.

Substitutes:

Adrian: Sent on early on and contributed well. 7.

Jose Sosa: Got stuck in when he needed to. 6.

Toby Alderweireld - Unable to stop the rot in extra-time. 5.


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