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Valencia 1-3 Atlético Madrid: Player Ratings

Ratings from Mestalla, where Atleti ripped apart Valencia in the second half

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Jan Oblak, GK: 6

Not really at fault on the Denis Cheryshev goal and did rob him on a volley moments earlier. Had little to do in the second half.

Juanfran, RB: 6

Wasn't outstanding defensively but had a lot of touches when Atlético shifted into attack mode. Steady presence, as ever.

José Maria Giménez, CB: 7

Positional error led to Cheryshev's goal and he seemed to miss Diego Godín's presence next to him. Recovered in the second half, however, and got credit for the assist on Fernando Torres' goal.

Lucas Hernández, CB: 7

Lucas played very well for a guy pressed into action an hour before kickoff. Godín's illness paved the way for the 20-year-old Frenchman and he held his own, especially as Valencia pressed for a second goal before halftime.

Filipe Luís, LB: 4

Really a shocking game from Filipe. Was abhorrent in defense, had major problems tracking Sofiane Feghouli for the majority of the night. He also was a tick slow in attack and Atleti found most of their success playing through the middle or through Antoine Griezmann. Hopefully a blip on the radar for the Brazilian.

Gabi, RM: 6

Solid but unspectacular. That was good enough on a day where Valencia's midfield was held together with Silly Putty.

Koke, CM: 7

Got outworked on the Cheryshev goal but spent much of the night in Valencia's half. Effective performance, looked at ease and a cut above his opposition. Got credit for an assist as he played a quick pass to Griezmann for the game's first goal. Corners looked better, too.

Saúl Ñíguez, CM: 8

Did a bit of everything Sunday. Launched (and tried to finish) counters, provided cover on the flanks, busted buildup play in the center of the park. Great, great outing.

Matías Kranevitter, LM: 6

Kranevitter's first start for Atleti went well. He appeared a bit nervous at the start and committed a couple reckless fouls, but held his position well and settled down when Valencia went on the offensive. Ventured forward a few times and played simple passes on the left flank; otherwise, did a fine job in front of two young center backs.

Antoine Griezmann, FW: 10

Perfect. Wonderful performance from Griezmann, whose creativity and vision proved too much to handle for Valencia's leaky defense. He scored the opener on a wicked left-footed shot from outside the box (his 15th in La Liga this term) and was at the heart of Atleti's better attacking spells before flicking a cracking pass on to Yannick Carrasco five minutes from time; that eventually resulted in a goal for the Belgian. Grizi's back.

Luciano Vietto, FW: 6

Doing everything but scoring. Vietto is tracking back, working hard, linking up well with Griezmann (he won the ball directly before the Frenchman's goal) and getting good opportunities from dangerous positions...just not scoring.

Fernando Torres, FW: 7

Came on for Kranevitter in the 63rd minute. Scored the winner 10 minutes later as André Gomes left him unmarked on a corner and he duly slotted him unimpeded. Good way to mark his 300th appearance for the club. Also instigated Aderlan Santos' sending-off.

Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, LM: 8

Came on for Vietto in the 69th minute. Instantly caused problems on both flanks and scored a peach of a goal five minutes from time. Should start against Deportivo next week.

Óliver Torres, RM: N/A

Came on for Griezmann in the 88th minute. Not many touches but got some burn and helped see out the contest.