Made two good saves in the first half to deny Mandzukic and didn't have a great deal to do after halftime.
Got stuck in and defended well in the second half, remaining tenacious to prevent Juanfran from overlapping down the right.
Won important headers and made interceptions deep in his own penalty area but was responsible for giving away the odd free kick in dangerous areas.
Made a few important blocks and challenges when Rayo was caught deep in its own territory.
Made a couple of cynical fouls in midfield but sat deep in midfield well, ensuring that Atleti wasn't allowed too much joy in between the lines.
Looked to play the first ball from deep areas to allow Rayo to break and set plenty of attacks on their way.
Closed down his man quickly to prevent the cross but struggled with the overlapping Ansaldi at times.
Used his trickery and pace to cause Atleti lots of problems late, beating Mario Suarez and Ansaldi.
Didn't have too much of an effect on proceedings, with Atleti's two defensive midfielders limited the space he wanted to operate in.
Provided several crosses into dangerous areas, but nobody in red and white was present to turn them home. Bright in possession and tracked back very well late.
Struggled to earn the space required to shoot against the physical likes of Miranda and Godin but fought well throughout.
Had nothing to do the in the first half, but made a vital save to deny Manucho late.
Used his pace and strength to frustrate Rayo when it was countering and got ahead of Manucho vitally on one particular cross.
Made two vital challenges in the first half to deny Bueno and mopped up the scraps left by Miranda's headers or interceptions.
Didn't manage to break down the right-hand side too often and struggled against the tenacious Kakuta.
Overlapped well on the left-hand side but struggled defensively in the second half against Aquino.
Broke well from deep and looked lively throughout but couldn't find the final ball required to carve Rayo apart.
Sat in front of the defense effectively, keeping Atleti compact and hard to play through.
Caught out a couple of times late and was unfortunate to see a half-volley blocked well.
Provided plenty of running and played off the strikers well before the break, but his contributions became more and more sporadic.
Spurned two great chances at the end of the first half and was extremely quiet after the break - leading to his rightful substitution.
Struggled against Ze Castro, who wanted to attack the ball far more readily that the Mexican forward, who was guilty of waiting for it on occasion.