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Player Ratings: Real Madrid vs Atlético de Madrid, UEFA Champions League 2015

Real advance to the Semifinals!

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Iker Casillas: 6. Atlético de Madrid barely made him work, but it's true that he kept the ball under control on a very strong Atlético shot from long distance. Furthermore, he commanded his teammates well whenever Atleti had some corner-kicks.

Dani Carvajal: 6. He recovered the ball very effectively and that was what allowed Real Madrid to dominate the game so effectively.

Pepe: 6. He was never in danger because of Atlético's poor gameplan, but he kept his composure throughout the entire match.

Varane: 7. Outstanding performance from the French defender, who was forced to jump against Mandzukic one time after another. He succeeded on such a strong and physical matchup, which was his main weakness as a defender. After some rough months, it's safe to say he's now the future of this defensive line.

Coentrao: 5. It would have been silly to expect a brilliant performance from a player who hasn't been involved this season. Real Madrid missed Marcelo's offensive contribution quite a lot, given Atlético's defensive-minded gameplan. Coentrao was decent on defense, but Atlético never demanded him to do much.

Ramos: 6. The Spanish defender wasn't too comfortable as the team's second midfielder, but his courage and grit was something Real Madrid needed. He also tried to finish some good crosses inside the box by rushing forward, but his headers ended right on Oblak's hands.

Kroos: 7. Toni Kroos kept the midfield together. It wasn't his distribution what succeeded but his defensive work. He wasn't overwhelmed when facing physical beasts like Tiago or Koke even though he is not a pure defensive midfielder. Kroos' positioning and understanding of the game has improved a lot over the last couple of months.

Isco: 5. His performance was almost invisible. It's hard to know what his problem is. It could be be related to a physical exhaustion or a lack of confidence, but Ancelotti will have to recover his best form if Real want to be successful.

James: 6. He wasn't much better than Isco today, but his pass to Cristiano Ronaldo when Real scored the game winning goal was decisive and clutch. James has surprised many during his first season with Real Madrid.

Ronaldo: 5. The Portuguese player missed a chance he simply should have made right before the halftime whistle. Had Ronaldo scored that goal, Atlético's determination would have been seriously affected. Ronaldo was kept as a winger for most of the game due to Real's lack of pace through the flanks.

Chicharito: 7. The unexpected hero of this match, although just like Ronaldo, the Mexican attacker had a chance to get the opening goal shortly after the second half started. Isco delivered a perfect pass onto the box but Chicharito's attempt with his left foot wasn't successful. Yet again, this is the kind of goalscoring opportunity a Real Madrid striker cannot miss. Luckily enough, he earned redemption on the 88th minute and gave Real Madrid the ticket to the Semifinals off a good Cristiano Ronaldo assist.

Arbeloa: - Not given enough time.

Jesé: - Not given enough time.

Illarra: - Not given enough time.

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