Champions League ratings: Brilliant Bale, Terrible Torres

Date published: Saturday 28th May 2016 11:20

Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale: Real's best performers

TEAMtalk rates and slates the individual performances in the Champions League final, with Gareth Bale impressing, in sharp contrast to Fernando Torres.


Gareth Bale Real Madrid celebrates

KEYLOR NAVAS: Had nothing to do in the first half. Was helpless to stop the equaliser. 6/10.

DANI CARVAJAL: Rampaged down the right, but was in tears when he went off injured in the second which could end his Euro 2016 hopes. 6.

SERGIO RAMOS: Scored the first goal, despite a suspicion of offside, and was his side’s strongest defender. Rightly booked for a cynical foul in inujry time to halt an Atletico attack. 8.

PEPE: Untroubled in the first half, but conceded a needless penalty in the first minute of the second with a rash challenge on Fernando Torres. Replays also revealed some embarrassing play-acting. 5.

MARCELO: His attacking forays down the left caused problems as usual, but the Atletico equaliser was created down his side. Scored in the shoot-out. 7.

LUKA MODRIC: His immaculate passing kept Real ticking over. A class act in midfield. 8.

CASEMIRO: Came close to an early opener and always full of running. 7.

TONI KROOS: His free-kick set up Ramos’ goal and was key to Real’s dominance in the first half. His influence waned after the break. 6.

GARETH BALE: The best player on the pitch for long periods, his marauding runs, pace and skill a constant threat to Atletico. His dangerous free-kick almost created an early goal for Casemiro, got the flick-on to set up Ramos’ opener and also had an effort cleared off the line. Went down with cramp in extra-time, but a performance worthy of a true galactico. Scored his penalty. 9.

KARIM BENZEMA: Full of running down both flanks and always a nuisance, but wasted his only real chance when one-on-one with Jan Oblak. 7.

CRISTIANO RONALDO: Quiet and largely ineffective, outshone in all departments by Bale. Scored the winning penalty in the shoot-out. 6.


DANILO (on for Carvahal, 52): Looked nervous. Could not stop Atletico gaining control in the second half. 3.

ISCO (on for Kroos, 72): Struggled to make an impact. 5.

LUCAS VAZQUEZ (on for Benzema, 77): Took too long over a shot in the final minute of extra-time, but coolly scored first penalty of the shoot-out. 5.

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Fernando Torres Atletico

JAN OBLAK: A superb display, which included a brilliant reaction save to deby Casemiro from point-blank range in the opening five minutes. Also saved a one-on-one with Benzema. 8.

JUANFRAN: Grew as an attacking threat as the game progressed and his excellent cross set up Yannick Carrasco’s leveller. The only man to miss in the shoot-out. 6.

STEFAN SAVIC: Lost Ramos for the opening goal and missed a good chance to equalise, but was otherwise solid. 7.

DIEGO GODIN: Helped keep Ronaldo quiet, but unable to provide an attacking threat. 6.

FILIPE LUIS: Often the best source of delivery for Atletico from left-back. 7.

SAUL NIGUEZ: A subdued performance. Scored in shoot-out. 5.

GABI: Failed to get to grips with Real in the first half, but much sharper into challenges after the break. Superb penalty in shoot-out. 6.

AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ: Failed to get to grips with Real’s midfield in the first half and was hauled off at half-time. 3.

KOKE: Struggled to make an impact. 5.

ANTOINE GRIEZMANN: Rattled the bar with a penalty which looked set to cost Atletico, but was always lively and full of energy, despite having little to feed on. Scored in the shoot-out. 6.

FERNANDO TORRES: Utterly anonymous in the first half. Won a penalty in the first minute of the second, but scarcely improved. 2.


YANNICK CARRASCO (on for Fernandez, 46): His introduction was key to Atletico’s fightback. Took the game to Real and capped his display by slamming home the late equaliser. 8.

LUCAS HERNANDEZ (on for Felipe Luis, 109): Solid in his brief time on the pitch, producing two excellent late blocks. 7.

THOMAS PARTEY (on for Koke, 116): Little time to make an impact. 5.

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