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January 27, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
Estadio San Mamés — Bilbao
Referee:‬ César Muñiz‎
Attendance:‬ 30000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Athletic 3-0 Atletico Madrid

Goal.com was on hand to cast its eye on proceedings at San Mames, where Ander Herrera and Thibaut Courtois starred

By Simon Harrison

  • Iraizoz
    15
    1
    4.00

    Iraizoz

    Made a fantastic reflex save in the first half to deny Emre, and distributed the ball well to stem attacks for his side. Put in a great performance and deservedly picked up a clean sheet for his efforts.

  • Aurtenetxe
    8
    2
    3.00

    Aurtenetxe

    Had a solid and composed game, Atletico struggled to make any real headway down either flank, and Aurtenetxe was a key factor in this difficulty for his opponents.

  • Aymeric Laporte
    6
    2
    3.00

    Aymeric Laporte

    Composed at the back, putting in some important challenges in and around his area. Diego Costa failed to turn his marker very often, as the Frenchman had a very strong and solid game.

  • Mikel San José Domínguez
    8
    1
    3.50

    Mikel San José Domínguez

    Took his goal well, and despite being deployed in a slightly unfamiliar position he helped to plug gaps and prevent Atletico's central midfield pair from getting a foothold in the match.

  • Andoni Iraola
    7
    3
    3.00

    Andoni Iraola

    Always willing to bomb forward, and probably spent more time creeping into the opposition half then staying in his own. Wasn't tested too much by Rodriguez.

  • Borja Ekiza
    8
    2
    3.00

    Borja Ekiza

    Suffered what looked like a painful injury after being caught by Rodriguez, but enjoyed a solid game before his forced substitution. Justified why he has become a mainstay of late.

  • Susaeta
    17
    1
    3.50

    Susaeta Top of the Match

    Always a willing runner, and was unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet in the first half, thanks to a great Courtois save. Took his goal very well, and against anybody but Courtois, on another day he might have had a hat-trick.

  • Ander Herrera
    13
    3
    4.00

    Ander Herrera

    Composed and creative in the centre of midfield, had a few long-range efforts which on another day, might have crept into the top corner. Pulled the strings throughout and played a fantastic ball for Susaeta's goal.

  • Óscar De Marcos
    10
    2
    3.50

    Óscar De Marcos

    Lively in the opening stages, getting his team firing on all cylinders, and was an outlet in any position. Deserved his goal, which he finished with aplomb, and appeared all over the pitch.

  • Muniain
    16
    1
    3.50

    Muniain

    Showed flashes of brilliance but was generally lacking at important moments, which has been testament to his entire season. Was brighter than he has previously been this season, but he's still not back to his best.

  • Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia
    7
    3
    3.00

    Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia

    Always an aerial option, and did well in the air against Godin. Was a constant annoyance for his markers, and while he didn't get on the scoresheet, he was constantly a nuisance.

Substitutions

  • Iturraspe
    6
    2

    Iturraspe

    Was unlucky not to grab a goal after coming on, but his enthusiasm helped to press and close down Atletico to ensure they didn't enjoy any comfortable possession in the later stages.

  • Carlos Gurpegui
    3
    2
    2.50

    Carlos Gurpegui

    Helped the team cause well upon taking to the field, but didn't really perform well individually. Given more time, he could have grown into the game more, but he helped to close out the result.

  • Toquero
    4
    2

    Toquero

    Played a few great crosses to the back post after coming on, but unfortunately couldn't grab an assist for his trouble.

  • Thibaut Courtois
    43
    1
    3.50

    Thibaut Courtois

    Made a phenomenal save in the first half to deny Susaeta and was unfortunate to concede three goals. Without him between the posts, Atletico could easily have lost by a five goal margin.

  • Diego Godín
    2
    14
    2.00

    Diego Godín Flop of the Match

    Struggled to deal with Aduriz aerially, but generally limited Bilbao's danger man to playing with his back to goal. Was fortunate to escape bookings for catchings a few Bilbao players with his flailing arms.

  • Filipe Luis
    11
    6
    3.50

    Filipe Luis

    Was unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet with a couple of testing, goalbound efforts which were deflected wide of the post. Effective on the overlap.

  • Cata Díaz
    0
    13
    2.00

    Cata Díaz

    Didn't have the best of games, as he was caught out several times by the movement of Aduriz, none moreso than for Susaeta's goal.

  • Juanfran
    2
    8
    2.50

    Juanfran

    Struggled to deal with the pace of Muniain at times, but generally used his experience to good effect. Failed to contribute going forward whatsoever throughout the entire game.

  • Tiago
    1
    9
    2.50

    Tiago

    Struggled to deal with the fluidity of the Bilbao midfield in the first half and never really got on top of the vibrant, young midfielders of the opposition.

  • Raúl García
    10
    5
    3.00

    Raúl García

    Performed well and looked creative in flashes, but didn't possess a cutting edge. Had several notable efforts on goal, but never truly tested Iraizoz at any point.

  • Arda Turan
    14
    4
    2.50

    Arda Turan

    Made some bad decisions in the first half, choosing to shoot on several occasions where it would have been beneficial to pass.

  • Cristian Rodríguez
    1
    10
    2.00

    Cristian Rodríguez

    Made a horrific challenge on Ekiza of Bilbao, and was rightfully substituted after failing to really get into the game, except for a couple of marauding runs.

  • Emre Belözoğlu
    11
    9
    3.00

    Emre Belözoğlu

    Denied a goal by a fantastic Iraizoz save, and pressing forward whenever possible. His corner deliveries were also testing for the Bilbao defence.

  • Diego Costa
    7
    11
    3.00

    Diego Costa

    Always an outlet and willing workhorse for the visitors and was unfortunate not to receive great service or support for all of his effort. Couldn't fault his effort whatsoever.

Substitutions

  • Mario Suárez
    3
    8

    Mario Suárez

    Had little impact upon taking to the field, but the game was lost before he set foot on the San Mames turf.

  • Koke
    7
    5

    Koke

    Failed to really impose himself on the match, and contributed little as Bilbao went into overdrive in the final 15 minutes.

  • Adrián
    14
    2

    Adrián

    Changed the dynamics of Atletico when he came on, and looked lively for ten minutes or so, but then disappeared after Bilbao grabbed their second goal.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0