It was a battle of attack vs defence, with Real Madrid being defeated by Atletico Madrid. On a frustrating outing for Ronaldo and his teammates here is how players from both sides fared at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid:

Keylor Navas – 6.5/10

Remained a mere spectator for the most part but was on his toes to keep out Griezmann’s brilliant effort 10 minutes before the break, flying to his left. Couldn’t get down to Griezmann’s goal but denied Saul’s effort just after the hour mark to keep his team in the game.

Dani Carvajal – 6/10

Played as a right-back in absence of Marcelo and had to see much of the ball. Despite Atletico’s goal came on his side of defence but he was left totally isolated by the midfield. Delivered a perfect cross from the right which should have utilized by Ronaldo to find the net.

Raphael Varane – 6.5/10

Had a half-chance with a header from 15 yards after he managed to collect Kroos’ cross and defended astutely all the time, but was ultimately defeated by Filipe Luis’ pass from which Griezmann scored.

Sergio Ramos – 6/10

A stroll in the park in the first half and had very little to do, but failed to realise Griezmann had checked his run just before scoring the winner. Otherwise defended well but Atletico clinched  the result.

Danilo – 6/10

Was in the squad for injured Marcelo and started at left-back – it was a surprise with most expecting Carvajal to switch to the opposite flank. Could have won his side a penalty after he broke into the box but it was a rare attack for the deputy left-back.

Luka Modric – 6.5/10 

Had a very rare opportunity to hit Atletico on the counter. He was always on the ball, roamed across trying to get between the lines, but proved fruitless.

Toni Kroos – 7/10

Kroos was actually near faultless with his passing but he couldn’t unlock a packed Atletico rearguard which often saw all 11 visiting players in front of the German’s eye.

Isco – 5/10

Lots of game-time recently while Bale out injured but yesterday he had to drop really deep to find the ball in the opening exchanges. Never lacked in guile but Real seriously needed some penetration; something which Bale offers.

James Rodriguez – 5/10 

Always looked keen to make a difference but played a few slack passes in possession, eventually substituted with less than an hour gone as he failed to create a single chance during his time on the pitch.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 5/10

Nine goals in eight matches under Zidane but seemed very frustrated here, threw his arms in the air after just 25 minutes and urged team-mates to buck up their ideas, which actually set the tone for a disappointing afternoon for Ronaldo.

Karim Benzema – 6/10

Benzema was really quiet early on but later worked a good opening for his team, winning a free-kick and getting Godin on an early booking but subbed off at half-time with a possible reoccurrence of the hip injury.

Substitutes: 

Borja Mayoral – 5/10

A hard working lad, once forced Oblak into a stretched save for a weak effort. Zidane was certainly decisive with his substitutions but you cannot expect an 18-year-old to make all the difference in an encounter of this magnitude.

Lucas Vazquez – 5/10 

Came for James with less than an hour gone but couldn’t make a difference.

Jese Rodriguez – 5/10

Replaced Isco with 20 minutes to play but failed to break down Atletico despite.

Atletico Madrid:

Jan Oblak7/10

Required a bit of luck to come off with this clean sheet, but he did make a couple of brilliant saves, including one on a Ronaldo free kick around the half-hour mark.

Juanfran – 7.5/10

Cleaned up well defensively and was able to produce a few good crosses  in the first half.

Jose Maria Gimenez – 8/10

His positioning was not always resolute,  Ronaldo almost scored off a free header as he misread a cross, but his aggression, tackling and impressive drive helped to contoll James Rodriguez’s run and keep Real pinned closer to midfield.

Diego Godin – 8/10

Godín rarely looked bothered on the pitch because his positioning was as always incredibly good. Calmly headed away or cleared much of the danger.

Filipe Luis – 8/10

He attacked as well as he defended, in the process got the assist on Griezmann’s goal after playing a fine one-two with him in the box and made several good clearances.

Saul Niguez – 7.5/10

On the right-hand side he looked right choice. Did a good job limiting second-string left-back Danilo’s effectiveness and pushed forward to threaten on a few counterattacks.

Augusto Fernandez7/10

He was terrific, with impressive positioning and simple passing game he kept the ball moving whenever he won it. It was his interception and pass to Griezmann that resulted in the game’s only goal.

Gabi – 7/10

Good defensive job in the center of the park, marshaled the side with expertise.

Koke – 7/10

His set pieces were much better and he looked more at ease channeling  quicker counter attacks than patient buildup.

Antoine Griezmann – 8/10

From the opening minutes it was obvious this match would break Griezmann’s recent pattern. He repeatedly tracked back with gusto and found more and more space to operate in possession, that balanced chance creation with his own attempts at goal. This was never more certain than on the winning goal.

Fernando Torres6/10

Caused a couple problems for Real’s defense with his speed early on, but did not able to really threaten in front of goal. His willingness to run for his side was enough.

Substitutes: 

Matias Kranevitter – 5/10

Angel Correa – 5/10

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