Chelsea 1 Atletico Madrid 3: Player ratings

Chelsea 1 Atletico Madrid 3: Player ratings as Diego Simeone's men book their place in the final

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Atletico
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Chelsea

Mark Schwarzer Looked relatively secure for much of the first half, particularly as Costa wasn’t exactly on song, but the 41-year-old was let down by his defenders and undone by some calamitous circumstances. 6/10

Ashley Cole Was subbed for Eto’o in the 54th minute. Before that, he wasn’t all that heavily involved, as the Blues’ back-four passed the ball around amongst each other without probing forward too much. Should have done more. 5

John Terry Could have scored with a header, but he was well denied by Courtois. In the end, there was to be no chance to make up for missing the final in 2012. 6

Gary Cahill Yellow-carded in the 32nd minute to gift Atletico a free-kick in a dangerous position – which they failed to take advantage of. As with Cole, he was almost too involved in his own little passing game to do anything constructive. 6

Branislav Ivanovic Pumped forward his fair share of searching balls looking to make something happen and always made himself available down the flank as support. 6

David Luiz An audacious over-head attempt had Courtois scrambling. It was probably the best chance of the first half that did not fly in. Battled away in the middle, but ultimately ended the night disappointed. 6

Ramires Was his usual boisterous self all night, working with vigour and good intentions, but couldn’t move play quickly enough or intelligently enough to find another way through the cover. A snapshot in the 65th minute that Courtois gathered may well have been born more out of frustration than hope. 6

Cesar Azpilicueta His powers waned considerably after the second half got under way. Prior to that, though, the player nicknamed as ‘Dave’ by his team-mates, showcased little bits of industry time and again, but there was little cohesion and that was what let the London club down. 6

Willian Worked tirelessly for much of the first half, and played a pivotal role in the build-up to Torres’ first-half goal. His set-pieces, and overall performances, were one of the few positives to be taken out of a disappointing night of European football. 7

Eden Hazard Took the right wing for his own, and linked up nicely with Cole on occasion in the opening 45. Looked their most likely source of a goal – despite ballooning a volley high over the bar in the 25th minute. Like Willian, his bursts of individual flare were far too isolated to cause much damage. 7

Fernando Torres Showed tremendous energy and hunger in the opening exchanges and took his goal with aplomb against his boyhood club. Failed to get into the right positions often enough. Was subbed in the second period. 6

Substitutions

Samuel Eto’o A nightmarish introduction saw the Cameroon international give away a penalty minutes after coming on. 4

Demba Ba Came on in the 67th minute to replace Torres but failed to instigate the comeback “The Special One” desired. 5

Andre Schurrle Replaced Willian, but by then it was too little too late for a miraculous fightback. 6

Atletico Madrid

Thibaut Courtois Didn’t have a whole lot to keep out in the first 45, but was equal to most of it, except for Torres’ strike. Was let down by his left-back and badly exposed by the lack of cover. The player on loan from Chelsea may not have endeared himself to the Blues’ fans with denying them a European Cup final, but they’ll certainly look back on the match with excitement for hat he can offer – it may take a few weeks to accept him, though. 7

Juanfran Was more than capable of keeping pace with Hazard and exhibited some tremendous attacking know-how to pull back Tiago’s free-kick for their first goal. He’ll be looking forward to the final, no doubt. 7

Miranda Having mentioned pre-game that he and his squad were not nervous, he did well to stay true to his word. In an intimidating atmosphere, he and his compatriots stood up to Mourinho on his own patch and were counted. By sitting deep at times, they limited the space Chelsea could exploit behind them. 6

Godin Was well aware of the threat posed by Chelsea’s attackers, and looked at ease for the most part. He and his team-mates sure looked a lot more like Spanish title contenders than they did pretenders. 6

Felipe Luis The attacking left-back made a number of surging runs forward that had Ivanovic and company scrambling and wasn’t afraid to gamble in support. 7

Arda Turan Did his best to break up any Chelsea counter-attacks that came his way – his body-check on Ramires a good example. Ebullient and eager to expose the Chelsea rearguard, he eventually got his reward with his successful right-footed conversion. 7

Tiago Mendes Tried his luck with a 32nd minute effort from 25 yards, but Schwarzer got down well. Coped well with the occasion cosidering he was up against a former club. 6

Adrian Lopez (Man of the Match) Tested Schwarzer with a header in the dying stages of the first half before rifling home his second Champions League goal of the season to pull themselves ahead on the away goals rule in the 45th minute. That was the shot in the arm Diego Simeone’s charges needed and gave the La Liga leaders the impetus that eventually saw them over the line. Was yellow-carded in the 65th minute. 8

Mario Suarez Hit the crossbar with a looping effort inside the first five minutes. Gave away a free-kick on 14 minutes after a foul on Ramires. Chipped in with the odd cross. 6

Koke Looked alert in the air throughout and even had a long-range pop at goal just after the restart, although it didn’t hit the target. 6

Diego Costa Having done very little, and being forced to be quite anonymous for 60 minutes, Costa cleverly won a penalty to give his side a 2-1 lead on the night. And, after much protestation over the condition of the penalty spot and a yellow card for his complaints, he stuck it away like a pro, leaving Schwarzer with absolutely no chance. 6

Substitutes

Raul Garcia Came on for Lopez in the 66th minute. 5

Jose Sosa Was introduced for the goal hero Costa but did little of note. 5

Cristian Rodriguez Replaced Turan in the dying embers of the semi-final. N/A

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