A virtual spectator, but fortunate not to concede a penalty on half time when sliding in to deny Aguero.
Replaced the suspended Musacchio in the centre of defence, and was rock solid alongside the experienced Marchena.
Gets forward on the right flank almost as much as Capdevila does on the left, and was a useful outlet. Perhaps should have won a penalty in the second half.
The World Cup winner kept Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa at bay for the entire contest, and was inspirational as Villarreal produced a thrilling display.
The evergreen full-back just seems to be getting better, first of all eliminating the threat of Reyes, then being more of a left winger than full-back.
The veteran kept possession superbly in the first half, but did not emerge for the second half, apparently picking up a slight injury.
Cazorla has been fantastic all season for Villarreal, and this evening was no different, with the Spanish international rarely surrendering possession, and leaving Atletico chasing shadows.
A neat finish, and a brilliant assist for Rossi's goal typified Cani's performance as a whole tonight. He proved his importance, and experience, that he provides to the team.
When Senna left at half-time, the midfielder came into his own, being the defensive-minded influence that allowed the likes of Cani and Santi Cazorla to burst forward.
The Brazilian showed his electric pace whenever possible, and his close control bamboozled Perea on more than one occasion. Unlucky when denied by De Gea in the second half.
The Italian's looks to have started the season with real intent, and he gave Godin and Perea an impossible evening with his movement, and also with his inspired goal in the second half.
Left exposed by his defenders at Cani's strike, but may be slightly disappointed to have allowed Rossi to find his near post. Excellent save from Nilmar however kept his side in the match.
The best performer of the back four, and the most likely to offer a different option in the final third with his powerful overlapping. Like Ujfalusi, however, was guilty of being wasteful in possession.
Got forward whenever possible to deliver into the area, but his crossing quality was inconsistent, frustrating the strikers who had taken up good positions. Remained a willing runner until the end, however.
Another nightmate evening for the Colombian, who has proved on numerous occasions that he is incapable of playing in the centre. Turned inside out by Nilmar and Rossi all evening, and an elementary blunder almost gave the Brazilian the simplest of goals.
Only slightly better than his defensive partner, but he was also left on his backside as Rossi scored the second goal all too easily.
Given the role of defensive anchorman, but after Atleti going behind so early, the need to chase the match means he was sacrificed before the hour mark, having produced precious little.
Seemed to be on the periphery of the action for much of the match, and rarely looked capable of producing a piece of magic to allow Atleti a route back into the match.
Was given the nod in the centre ahead of Tiago, but the move didn't work for Flores, as Garcia barely got involved and found himself outpassed and outfought in the middle of the pitch.
José Antonio Reyes
Started well, giving Joan Capdevila a difficult start, but drifted out of the match as the World Cup winner showed his class.
Preferred to Diego Forlan by coach Flores, but the gamble did not pay off, with the Brazilian barely involved in the match, and was hooked on 55 minutes to be replaced by the Uruguayan.
Tried manfully to create opening for his team, and he managed to upset them to an extent in the first half, but was virtually anonymous in the second. Perhaps unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty on the stroke of half time.
- 25 Juan Carlos
Given the last ten minutes and slotted in well.
- 15 Catalá
Came on at half time for Senna and did extremely well to fill the void in midfield, and keep the ball away from Atletico Madrid.
- 23 J. Montero
Came on very late in the match to see out the win.
- 12 J. Altidore