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Inter Milan 1-0 Atlético Madrid: Player Ratings

Man of the Match: Marko Arnautovic (6.5)

Arnautovic was initially jeered by his own fans after making a number of attacking errors, including a sitter early in the second half. However, he quickly recovered and showed that he can be dangerous in attack, creating several chances. He was rewarded for his efforts late in the game when Oblak made a brilliant save from Lautaro Martinez’s shot, parrying the ball into his path and allowing him to score from a tight angle into an empty net. He showed great character and leadership tonight as the spearhead of the Inter attack.

Inter Milan (3-5-2)

Yann Sommer (5): The Swiss goalkeeper was not really troubled during the match. However, he was alert to the few shots that came his way and showed a certain calmness.

Benjamin Pavard (5.5): Very good defensively, the French international also showed that he likes to get forward, making several forays into the opposition’s half.

Stefan de Vrij (6): Usually the most difficult role in a three-man central defense is that of the central defender. Tonight, the Dutchman showed us that it was simple for him. He was the boss of this defense.

Alessandro Bastoni (6): Very strong defensively, the Italian colossus showed good things by blocking a large part of the opposing attacks. He was also present offensively with many crosses.

Matteo Darmian (5): He was solid defensively and offensively but still had some difficulties when defending against Samu Lino. He was replaced by Denzel Dumfries.

Nicolo Barella (6): Present everywhere, whether in attack, defense, but especially in midfield, he proved that he is the boss of his team.

Hakan Calhanoglu (5): What will be remembered from him for this match is his passing quality. He once again showed that he has gold in his feet with many passes that put the Madrid defense in danger. However, he can be criticized for his lack of offensive involvement.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (4.5): A difficult match for the Armenian, who was moved around a lot by the Spanish midfield. He showed better things in the second half by offering a much more aggressive game. He was replaced by Davide Frattesi.

Federico Dimarco (5.5): Very present in attack, he showed his full technical range with many crosses for his attackers. Defensively he was not in danger. He was replaced by Carlos Augusto.

Marcus Thuram (5): The French international had a rather complicated start to the match before showing his qualities of one-touch play and his passing ability for his teammate Lautaro Martinez. Unfortunately, the son of the former French national team legend had to come off injured at half-time with a right adductor pain. He was replaced by Marko Arnautovic (see above).

Lautaro Martinez (4.5): Indomitable in Serie A, the Champions League is less successful for him. Very generous in his efforts, he nevertheless showed that he lacked realism in the final moments. He had several chances to open the scoring but did not really worry Oblak. He was replaced late in the game by former Marseille player Alexis Sanchez.

Atlético de Madrid (3-5-2)

Jan Oblak (5.5): The Atlético goalkeeper made some great saves during the match, before conceding the only goal of the game in the second half.

Mario Hermoso (4.5): The defender didn’t have his best game tonight. He lacked a bit of impact but was still reassuring in his offensive involvement. However, his second half was defensively shaky, including a yellow card. He was replaced by Reinildo, who didn’t do much better.

José Giménez (4.5): The Uruguayan defender had an average game. He didn’t show any great defensive weaknesses, but he wasn’t reassuring at times either. He was replaced by Savic at half-time.

Axel Witsel (6): He was the boss of the Colchoneros’ defense tonight. He made numerous recoveries and interceptions and proved that he knows how to play perfectly in this three-man defense position for a midfielder. His return at the end of the first half to recover the ball on Thuram’s pass for Martinez shows the player’s defensive quality.

Samuel Lino (5.5): Offensively, there is nothing to reproach him for. He was present on all fronts of the attack thanks to his technique and speed. However, defensively, he was in difficulty several times against the opposing attacks.

Saúl Ñíguez (5): He showed that he has very good passing quality but lacked intensity in his game. He was replaced very quickly by Álvaro Morata.

Koke (5.5): The Spanish midfielder established himself as the boss of the midfield for the Madrilenians during this match. He made numerous passes and recoveries, and played an important role in the game.

Rodrigo De Paul (4.5): He felt a bit in difficulty against the pressure of the Madrid midfielders. Not very visible for a good part of the first half, he lacked technicality in his passes. His second half was more positive, with more intensity in his game and more technical accuracy.

Nahuel Molina (5): The young Argentinian was not very effective tonight but showed good offensive qualities with numerous dribbles and good technique. On the other hand, defensively, this match was more complicated for him. He was replaced by Pablo Barrios.

Antoine Griezmann (4.5): The French international showed good things, including good passing quality and good involvement in his team’s play. However, he still lacked presence on the attacking front. At the end of the match, he was replaced by Correa due to pain.

Marcos Llorente (4): A rather complicated match for the Spaniard, who was not really able to show all his offensive qualities, whether it be technique or speed.

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