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September 18, 2013 7:45 PM BST
Estadio Vicente Calderón — Madrid
Referee:‬ W. Collum‎
Attendance:‬ 33855‎
 
40′ Miranda
Hulk 58′
64′ Arda Turan
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Atletico Madrid 3-1 Zenit

Los Rojiblancos dominated their clash against the Russians, with Miranda, Arda Turan and Leo Baptistao all on hand to gift their side a convincing victory

By Livio Caferoglu

  • Thibaut Courtois
    31
    1
    4.00

    Thibaut Courtois

    Made a few important saves as his side risked throwing away the points shortly after the restart, but his job was made all the easier once the victory was sealed.

  • Diego Godín
    16
    4
    3.00

    Diego Godín

    Not the smoothest of displays, with a lot of scruffy defending at times, but - barring one misplaced clearance - his durability over the 90 minutes proved vital for Atleti.

  • Filipe Luis
    22
    1
    3.50

    Filipe Luis

    Thanks to his probing play and efforts to make himself open, the full-back ended the first half with the highest pass rate of all the players on the pitch and continued that trend until the final whistle.

  • Juanfran
    12
    5
    3.00

    Juanfran

    A candidate for the weakest Atleti player on the pitch, the right-back struggled to stifle the threat of Ansaldi, as the Argentine capitalised with a number of dangerous deliveries into the box.

  • Miranda
    20
    1
    4.00

    Miranda

    The Brazilian was a rock at the back, making a series of interventions to deny Hulk and forming a commanding partnership with Godin. His opening goal - a powerful header from a corner - was the cherry on top.

  • Arda Turan
    44
    0
    4.00

    Arda Turan

    Full of energy and commitment, the winger did not stop for a single minute and managed to complement his tenacity with quality on the ball.

  • Gabi
    14
    2
    3.00

    Gabi

    A tidy, disciplined display from the former Zaragoza man, who kept things simple, although his midfield partners overshadowed him.

  • Koke
    33
    4
    4.00

    Koke Top of the Match

    A debut to remember for the 21-year-old, whose long-range passing was a delight to behold. Also showed a real intent to drive forward and set up Miranda with a fantastic corner delivery to open the scoring.

  • Mario Suárez
    17
    2
    3.00

    Mario Suárez

    The industrious holding player nipped at the heels of Zenit's players for much of the evening, but his legs tired as the match wore on.

  • Adrián
    13
    5
    2.50

    Adrián

    For all of his precise touches and neat passes with the ball, he was not direct enough and failed to conjure up any meaningful attempts on goal. Replaced by Rodriguez at the death.

  • David Villa
    18
    5
    3.00

    David Villa

    Frequently troubled the Zenit defence with his silky movement and attracted fouls, but his finishing was lacking.

Substitutions

  • Cristian Rodríguez
    11
    0

    Cristian Rodríguez

    Came on too late to make a telling impact.

  • Léo Baptistão
    22
    1
    3.00

    Léo Baptistão

    Ended a run of 12 matches without a goal in spectacular style after marking his substitute performance with a classy finish.

  • Yuri Lodigin
    10
    5
    3.50

    Yuri Lodigin

    It could have been much worse for Zenit were it not for their goalkeeper who did fantastically well to keep his side in with a fighting chance.

  • Nicolas Lombaerts
    8
    5
    3.00

    Nicolas Lombaerts

    Given the run-around in the first half due to the irrepressible movement of Atleti's attackers, but eventually grew into a strong presence at the back, winning a number of key battles.

  • Neto
    5
    6
    2.50

    Neto

    Did not do an awful lot wrong while on the pitch, with a couple of notable blocks being made, but was sacrificed as his side switched to a four-man defence.

  • Tomás Hubocan
    3
    8
    2.50

    Tomás Hubocan

    Was pulled out of position on a few occasions and lacked the composure to assert authority at the back, but his efforts to shut down Coke from an easy tap-in arguably extended Zenit's stay of execution at a crucial moment.

  • Igor Smolnikov
    2
    6
    2.50

    Igor Smolnikov

    Gave away a number of fouls, including near Atletico's box on more than one occasion, but could not be faulted for his endeavour.

  • Cristian Ansaldi
    15
    2
    3.50

    Cristian Ansaldi

    The Argentine emerged victorious in his duel with Juanfran as he was an effective outlet with his crosses, which regularly caused problems at the back, and made a valid case as Zenit's best player on the night.

  • Danny
    9
    4
    3.00

    Danny

    Put in a tireless shift, although he will be disappointed not to have offered more in the final third. Nonetheless, his defensive contributions were a highlight.

  • Konstantin Zyryanov
    1
    8
    2.50

    Konstantin Zyryanov

    A disappointing run-out from the veteran performer who struggled to ignite his passing game and was similarly sacrificed for the more forward-minded Arshavin.

  • Axel Witsel
    19
    3
    3.50

    Axel Witsel

    Grew in stature as Atleti chose to sit back after opening the scoring. Proved an effective pivot and used the ball intelligently, but would have been far more influential in a better team.

  • Aleksandr Kerzhakov
    3
    9
    2.50

    Aleksandr Kerzhakov Flop of the Match

    Was shunted out by the host's brutal defensive pairing, but he profited from dropping deeper as he assisted Hulk's equaliser with a clever lay-off.

  • Hulk
    25
    1
    3.50

    Hulk

    A powerful showing from the Brazilian, who was instantly man-marked but showed great posture and poise to rifle home the equaliser.

Substitutions

  • Andrey Arshavin
    9
    5

    Andrey Arshavin

    Brought on for the last few minutes and sent in a dangerous, low cross which could have resulted in a second for Hulk.

  • Vladimir Bystrov
    2
    6

    Vladimir Bystrov

    Late cameo from the Russian winger, who came on far too late to make an impact.

  • Oleg Shatov
    9
    4
    3.00

    Oleg Shatov

    The former Anzhi man's introduction at half-time coincided with a shift towards a more adventurous Zenit approach.

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