Juventus 1-0 Atletico Madrid: Player ratings as Paulo Dybala is a class apart

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A Paulo Dybala effort that bore more resemblance to a magic trick than a well-hit free-kick proved to be the difference as Juventus beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 in Turin and win Group D of the Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo returned from injury to line-up against his old foes but it was Dybala who provided the star power and scored the decisive goal at the end of the first half with a sumptuous free-kick.

Here are the player ratings…

JUVENTUS XI (4-3-1-2)

Szczesny 6 – Had a couple of routine saves to make but was never stretched.

Danilo 6 – Was focused more on defence on this occasion and made four interceptions.

Bonucci 6 – His leadership at the back came to the fore during the last 20 minutes.

De Ligt 7 – Dislocated his shoulder at the weekend but was in perfect condition to make a heroic last-ditch block to deny Correa what shoul’ve been a late equaliser.

De Sciglio 5 – Held his own defensively but never offered the kind of width or drive you’d expect from first-choice left-back Alex Sandro.

Pjanic 7 – Retained possession and distributed it masterfully. Pulled the strings for Juve.

Betancur 6 – Drove forward with the ball on occasion but often lacked the pass to follow.

Matuidi 5 – Provided some steel in midfield but little else on the ball.

Ramsey 5 – Started brightly and was involved in a lot of the play in the final third but faded later on and was Sarri’s first change.

Dybala 8 – Oozed class with some of his touches and link-up play. Left defenders for dead and his phenomenal free-kick proved decisive.

Ronaldo 5 – A strange performance from the Portuguese. A shadow of himself but still had a few flashes of good play though clearly still injured.

SUBS

Bernadeschi (63′) 6 – Hit the upright with an excellent strike after cutting in.

Higuain (76′) N/A – Involved in a couple of chances at the death.

Khedira (86′) N/A – Looked in on goal but was offside and Oblak saved anyway.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo looked out of sorts

ATLETICO MADRID XI (4-4-2)

Oblak 5 – Could argue that he should’ve kept out Dybala’s free-kick but it was struck superbly.

Trippier 7 – Solid performance. Kept Ronaldo under wraps whenever he drifted. Five interceptions and three key passes were both game-highs.

Felipe 5 – Extremely loose with his passing. Was dominant in the air however.

Hermoso 4 – Also struggled with the ball at his feet and gave away some clumsy fouls.

Lodi 5 – Got forward a lot but his crossing was ineffective. Dybala had the beating of him when drifting to the right.

Koke 6 – Strong, energetic display but not enough guile to aid the attack.

Herrera 5 – Kept the ball well but didn’t hurt Juventus with it.

Thomas 6 – Probably his side’s best midfielder. Good on the ball and drove forward while also contributing defensively.

Saul 5 – Should’ve done better with a header and tested Szczesny with a shot from range. Had another wayward shot at the death.

Morata 6 – Looked the most likely to score for Atletico but could never really get a clean shot away. Missed from close range late on but was probably offside.

Vitolo 4 – A bit of a nothing performance. Ran the channels but barely made much of anything.

SUBS

Felix (54′) 6 – Provided a spark when he came on and had a decent effort at goal.

Correa (60′) 6 – Clever and improvised ball in for Morata was headed over. Denied by a great De Ligt block.

Lemar (64′) 4 – Didn’t have the same impact as the other two subs.

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