Jan Oblak, GK: 7
Oblak made two good saves to deny Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi in the first half and in the second half denied Neymar a few times with athleticism and bravery. Was left out to dry on the Ivan Rakitic goal, as Filipe Luis fell asleep trying to mark the Croatian.
Juanfran, RB: 7
Filipe was much more of a threat into the final third but Juanfran was a rock defensively. Neymar is one of the few players to often get the better of him and Juanfran battled him to a draw.
Diego Godin, CB: 8
A towering presence on Wednesday night. Relentlessly hounded Luis Suarez and kept his countryman pinned outside the box - and when he found space, the impregnable Stefan Savic was there to greet him. Godin nearly headed in the winner off a free kick very late in normal time but Marc-Andre ter Stegen made a great save to parry it over the bar.
Stefan Savic, CB: 7
Savic made key blocks and his positioning inside the box was consistently stellar. He, too, played a huge role in keeping Suarez quiet.
Filipe Luis, LB: 7
Lost Rakitic in the buildup to Barcelona’s goal, otherwise very solid. Did a nice job tracking Messi for an hour and was a dangerous presence when Atletico countered. The Brazilian’s form really has been excellent throughout the season’s first month.
Saul Niguez, RM: 5
Tough game for Saul. Initially did an admirable job chasing around Neymar but his control was not there when Atletico were able to break and he had little to offer prior to his substitution. Look for him to bounce back straight away against Deportivo this weekend.
Gabi, CM: 6
Several people wanted Gabi to come off at halftime but the captain stayed in and justified Simeone’s choice to keep him on. He played well overall and his experience and guidance proved invaluable as Atleti held on for the point.
Koke, CM: 7
Simeone kept Koke in the center of midfield throughout the game and that decision paid off. Although he occasionally went to a wing to help, was an effective link from defense to attack and never shirked his defensive duties.
Yannick Carrasco, LM: 6
Carrasco wants a goal and he wants it bad. The Belgian took it upon himself to try to create chances in the first half, forcing a good save out of ter Stegen with the score still 0-0. His influence waned as the game went on though and Simeone eventually went to Thomas with under 20 minutes left.
Antoine Griezmann, FW: 7
Griezmann’s work rate in this game was sensational. It was one of his quieter games in attack - there were few openings and he tried to force the issue early in the second half - but the way he fought for the team, tracked back to break up play and win the ball has to be commended.
Kevin Gameiro, FW: 6
Thought it a smidge harsh to see Gameiro removed on the hour (even though it worked out for the best). His speed unsettled Barcelona’s defense and the chemistry with Griezmann continues to improve. However, the Frenchman didn’t have the scoring boots on Wednesday, while the man who replaced him did.
Angel Correa, FW: 8
Entered for Gameiro on the hour. Talk about an instant impact. Correa’s first touch of the ball ended with him striking it off the right post and in past ter Stegen. Torres found Correa quickly off a free kick before the kid burned through Barcelona’s defense (Javier Mascherano, in particular), got himself a 1v1 and secured the draw - although his wild foul on Suarez 10 minutes after he scored resulted in a free kick that put said draw under threat for the briefest of moments.
Fernando Torres, FW: 6
Entered for Saul on the hour. Didn’t even see him come on (thanks, LaLiga replays) and before we knew it he had an assist. And he nutmegged Gerard Pique, too.
Thomas Partey, RM: 5
Entered for Carrasco in the 73rd minute. Bizarre time for Simeone to hand Thomas his season debut. Was pretty tidy with his touches and passing, although he picked up a needless yellow card after a sloppy foul on Neymar.