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February 5, 2012 3:30 PM EST
Estadio Vicente Calderón — Madrid
Referee:‬ Alberto Undiano‎
Attendance:‬ 41000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Atletico Madrid 0-0 Valencia

Goal.com rates the players on show as Unai Emery's side was shut out in a stalemate at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday evening.

By Martin Macdonald

  • Thibaut Courtois
    18
    0
    3.00

    Thibaut Courtois

    Had a good game much like his opposite number. Valencia never really troubled his goal but whenever the ball came into his area he was decisive and dominant. Solid performance.

  • Diego Godín
    5
    2
    3.00

    Diego Godín

    Had a fairly solid game up until a nasty collision with Courtois 10 minutes after the break resulted in him being substituted. The Argentine was down in the box for a few minutes after the Atletico goalkeeper smashed into his upper body when coming to claim a ball.

  • Filipe Luis
    8
    0
    2.50

    Filipe Luis

    The Brazilian defended excellently throughout the match and did not award Pablo anything down his left wing. Attacking was slightly more reserved than usual but this was typical of a very cagey match.

  • Juanfran
    3
    3
    3.00

    Juanfran

    Probably thought he had his work cut out, expecting the strong runs of Mathieu and Alba down the left, but handled himself well and contributed to the solid Atletico defensive unit. Did not get forward as much as he would have liked, though.

  • Miranda
    5
    1
    2.50

    Miranda

    Was a commanding performance form the center back this evening. Neither Soldado nor Aduriz were able to affect the game due to the tight marking of the Brazilian. Got through the game without a hitch despite a change of partner in defence.

  • Tiago
    1
    3
    3.00

    Tiago

    The game was very much a midfield battle which does not suit Tiago's game. Did not benefit from the intense pressing of Valencia at times which ultimately affected his ability to get the ball down and generate play from the midfield.

  • Arda Turan
    2
    5
    2.50

    Arda Turan

    Did not offer anything to his side during his time on the pitch. Delivery was poor from the left and he was unable to get the better of Miguel which in turn hampered Falcao's ability to convert possible chances. Was eventually substituted for Salvio.

  • Gabi
    1
    3
    3.00

    Gabi

    Suffered much the same as his midfield teammate. Passing was neat enough but sat far too deep which created too big a space between the midfield and Diego. However, contributed to the hustle and bustle of the midfield battle.

  • Diego Ribas
    7
    3
    3.00

    Diego Ribas

    David Albelda was on the case of the Brazilian for much of the match which stopped him from picking out passes to Falcao and the other attackers. Did come close to scoring when he managed to find space outside the box on one occasion to drive a strike at goal that was well saved by Diego Alves.

  • Adrián
    2
    4
    3.00

    Adrián

    Was possibly going into the match anticipating a lot of space to run into down the right. However, Mathieu stayed back mostly which provided a fairly solid barrier to break down. Much like Arda, his delivery into the box was not good enough. Did manage to test Alves with a glancing header in the opening 10 minutes which was well saved.

  • Radamel Falcao
    7
    7
    2.50

    Radamel Falcao

    Squandered the best chance of the match when he cut inside form the right and had two close-range strikes at goal that were blocked by Rami. Was not lacking in any determination and tried his heart out for his side, but was let down by the lack of supply from his team-mates.

Substitutions

  • Álvaro Domínguez
    3
    1
    3.00

    Álvaro Domínguez

    Slotted in nicely beside Miranda after coming on to replace the injured Godin.

  • Toto Salvio
    3
    2
    0.00

    Toto Salvio

    Came on as Atletico attempted to grab the win but was unable to get into the match.

  • Koke
    2
    1
    0.00

    Koke

    Late substitution

  • Diego Alves
    17
    1
    3.50

    Diego Alves Top of the Match

    Was arguably Valencia's standout performer on the night. Had to deal with a number of well-struck attempts on the edge of the box, which he saved expertly. The pick of the bunch coming from a powerful Diego shot from 18 yards that was parried round the post. Also commanded his area excellently with well-timed punches.

  • Adil Rami
    7
    1
    3.50

    Adil Rami

    Made two world-class blocks from Falcao in the second half, including a heroic block on the line from a point-blank shot from the Colombian. Tackling was well-timed and solid throughout the match.

  • Jordi Alba
    3
    1
    3.00

    Jordi Alba

    Did not benefit from the game being so tight and so was unable to effectively utilise the overlap down the left with Mathieu. Arguably should have given his side the lead in the 74th minute when he lashed a shot wide of the mark from a good position inside the box.

  • Víctor Ruiz
    3
    1
    2.50

    Víctor Ruiz

    Communication between the two Valencia center backs was top class all night, with Falcao being marked fairly tightly throughout the match. Ruiz was the more adventurous of the two but was lucky not to give the ball away in midfield with a few marauding runs forward. Was dominant in the air.

  • Jérémy Mathieu
    1
    2
    3.00

    Jérémy Mathieu

    Has been a revelation at times this season with his powerful runs down the left-hand side. However, in this match his creative license was low due to the sheer lack of space on the park. Did not get forward on the overlap as much as usual and so Valencia lacked decent service into the box.

  • Miguel Brito
    2
    2
    2.50

    Miguel Brito

    Arda Turan did not have a sniff all night and this was mainly due to a solid performance from the Portuguese at right back. Displayed excellent strength to hold off the Turk and did not leave any space behind him for the opposition to operate.

  • Albelda
    3
    4
    2.00

    Albelda Flop of the Match

    Was guilty of being slightly ponderous in possession at times when counterattacks looked to be in the offing for Valencia. However, did his job well for the side and tightened the space in front of his defence, which left Diego no room to affect the game.

  • Pablo Hernández
    3
    2
    2.50

    Pablo Hernández

    Was anonymous for the majority of the match and was not given time on the ball from Filipe down the flank. When he did get possession it was laboured and his delivery into the box was sub-par.

  • Tino Costa
    1
    4
    2.50

    Tino Costa

    Was brought into the center of midfield and was expected to take over Ever Banega's play-making role but did not use possession effectively. Spent most of his time next to Albelda and did not create enough from deeper positions.

  • Roberto Soldado
    2
    2
    2.50

    Roberto Soldado

    Struggled terribly to find any kind of space to sniff out a chance inside the box. Was marshalled effectively by the Atletico defenders and showed signs of frustration in the second half. Was taken off just after the hour mark for Aduriz.

  • Pablo Piatti
    2
    2
    3.00

    Pablo Piatti

    Was not strong enough on the ball and on the rare occasions he found space between the midfield and strike force, he was slightly wasteful in possession. Could not find that elusive killer pass to Soldado and was substituted 20 minutes from time for Jonas.

Substitutions

  • Juan Bernat
    2
    2
    0.00

    Juan Bernat

    Late substitution.

  • Jonas
    2
    2
    3.00

    Jonas

    Came on to replace Piatti in the hole but did not fair much better than his team-mate.

  • Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia
    2
    2
    2.50

    Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia

    Delivery into the box was poor by Valencia all night so could not aerially hurt Atletico after his introduction.

Results
 
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Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
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28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0