Player Ratings: Marseille 0-3 Atletico Madrid Europa League Final

The Europa League Final between Marseille and Atletico Madrid did not disappoint as it produced another great viewing spectacle for the thousands who paid to watch the game in Kiev and the millions who were glued to their TV screens during the entire 90+ minutes. It’s just one more European game i.e. the UEFA Champions League Final to look forward to on 26 May before we officially close the 2017/18 season. Punters still have the chance to tip either Liverpool or Real Madrid to lift the prestigious UEFA Champions League trophy by placing their bets at Reviewing the Europa League Final, here are the player ratings.


Steve Mandanda (5) – The goalkeeper played his part in the first goal with a poor clearance that put his team under pressure. A usually steady and composed figure in goal, Mandanda looked edgy throughout the entire match and was partly at fault for the second goal that his team conceded.
Bouna Sarr (8) – Sarr was an injury doubt before the game after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the match against Guingamp last Friday but recovered in time. Sarr’s quick recovery came as a blessing for Marseille as he put in an outstanding performance.
Adil Rami (6) – The commanding defender did his work brilliantly. He was composed throughout the game and he did try to push forward his team after they went behind. He was a threat each time Marseille got a set piece and fired a shot slightly over the bar.
Luis Gustavo (4) – Gustavo had to make do with a place in central defence due to the absence of Rolando. It did show that Gustavo is not accustomed to being the last man in defence as he struggled throughout the game to deal with Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa.
Jordan Amavi (6) – Not an outstanding performance but also not a bad one. Decent going forward but struggled at times dealing with Madrid players on his flank. He did hit a fierce shot straight at Jan Oblak towards the end of the game.
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (6) – Perhaps a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up but he did repay his manager’s faith particularly in the first half. However, his error did lead to Griezmann’s first goal.

Morgan Sanson (5) – This is one player who epitomises Marseille’s performance on the night. Started very brightly breaking up play and creating some good chances but quickly faded and became an unknown figure.
Florian Thauvin (7) – Like many of Marseille’s players on the day, he did start brightly but his influence on the game diminished as the game went on.
Dmitri Payet (8) – Played only the first 30 minutes of the game but he was the architect of all the good chances that Marseille created in that opening 30 minutes. Sad to see him hobble off with an injury that can possibly ruin his World Cup playing chances.
Lucas Ocampos (6) – Enjoyed the physical battles with Madrid’s defenders during the time he was on the pitch. Could have caused more problems but was taken off rather too early.
Valere Germain (6) – Had the best opportunity to score before Madrid opened their account but the occasion got to him. Never really shone afterwards.

Atletico Madrid

Jan Oblak (7) – Relatively untroubled throughout the game but did produce two excellent saves when called into question. Commanded his box brilliantly.

Šime Vrsaljko (6) – Not his best game in the Madrid shirt probably due to his early caution. Was rightly substituted for Juanfran at halftime.
José Giménez (6) – Not a particularly impressive performance from the young lad especially with his passing accuracy but was quite good handling the Marseille attackers.
Diego Godín (8) – One of the stand out performers on the night. Godin led his team from the back and his experience was needed in the backline during the few times that Marseille did trouble Madrid’s backline. He now has four European titles with Atletico Madrid.
Lucas Hernández (7) – A surprise inclusion for Madrid considering that Felipe Luis is fit again. He did put in a great performance handling the dangerous Thauvin brilliantly.
Ángel Correa (6) – Not really knowing what he was asked to do by his manager but if his task was to run around the midfield drawing opposition players out of their positions then he did that brilliantly. Often used as an offensive player, Correa did little to trouble the Marseille defence in this game.
Saúl Ñíguez (7) – Another player like Correa who was full of running from start to finish. Was excellent when Mandanda looked to go with route one kicking the ball into the opposition half; he won all his aerial duels.
Gabi (9) Man of the Match – A great performance by the Atletico captain who dominated the midfield and created Atletico’s best chances throughout the game. Put the icing on the cake with a rare goal, scoring the third of Atletico’s goals; his first since August 2015.
Koke (7) – An impressive performance as usual. Provided two assists and played high up the field together with Griezmann and Costa.
Antoine Griezmann (8) – Another outstanding display from an outstanding player. Griezmann scored two goals and was a constant threat to the Marseille defence.
Diego Costa (7) – Not his best night in front of goal but did run the Marseille defence around.