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King Philipp: Post-match awards for Bayern Munich's Champions League loss to Atletico Madrid

Even in a loss, there are still players who deserve to be recognized in a hard fought affair in Madrid

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Tip Of The Cap: Manuel Neuer. Let's be honest. The goal from Saúl Ñíguez was a thing of beauty that was destined to go in. Neuer made a great effort on the attempt but Stretch Armstrong couldn't have made that save. Neuer did however make a key save on a close range attempt from Antoine Griezmann as well as a diving save on a shot from Koke that came right to his feet off the side bar. To keep your composure and make that kind of save, immediately after seeing a shot go off the side post is impressive and it saved his teams goal deficit from turning into a bottomless pit.

Golf Clap: Douglas Costa. Some nameless jerk in the game thread wanted Douglas Costa subbed off at halftime. Thank goodness Pep never listened to me (errr, him) and Douglas continued to play a fairly strong game against a stout defense in Atlético Madrid. He used his speed and dribbling ability to carve up a swath of space on the pitch, If not for a very well coached and disciplined Atléti defense that allowed almost zero support for him, many of those opportunities would have come to fruition.

Standing Ovation: Arturo Vidal. Nobody worked harder during this game than Vidal. He brings a level of intensity that is reminiscent of Bastian Schweinsteiger in his prime. He had five shots total and three more passes that led to shots on goal and was instrumental in the Bayern attack while also leading the team in clearances and interceptions. It's become a bit cliché to say it, but Vidal is one of, if not the best box-to-box midfielder on the planet.

Meister Of The Match: Philipp Lahm. Wherever the famed Fountain of Youth is, you can be sure Philipp Lahm has unfettered access to it. Not only did the 32-year-old go the full 90, he showed great skill and pace even late in the game. He led the team in chances created with seven shots leading to shots on goal and also led the team in passes and passing accuracy letting the game transition from the back end through his feet to the attacking third. He led the team in tackles and even managed to get a shot on goal.

Jersey Swap: Saul Ñíguez. His goal was a thing of beauty. Expertly dribbling past the entire city of Munich, and getting off a left footed curler to beat the best goal keeper in the world takes otherworldly skill and Saul certainly has it. The future is definitely bright for this 21-year-old Spanish international.

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