In a Copa del Rey round rife with upsets, Diego Simeone ensured Atlético would not be among the early exits.
After a 1-1 first leg away, Atlético Madrid returned to the Wanda Metropolitano and won the first ever Copa game at the stadium. José Giménez started the scoring and two goals from Fernando Torres finished it, as Atleti breezed to a 3-0 win with a team that featured only first-team players.
Miguel Ángel Moyá (GK) - 7
It was nice to see Moyá in net again. This was an extremely easy day for him between the sticks. He did not have to do much since Elche failed to really challenge him in net. When the ball was passed back, he stayed calm and collected.
Thomas Partey (RB) - 7.5
For the second game in a row, Thomas played out of position at right back. But he put in a solid shift while he was out there and added to the attack regularly.
Stefan Savić (CB) - 7
Savić was not bothered much by Elche’s attackers, and he had the opportunity to show off good distribution from the back.
José Giménez (CB) - 8.5
Giménez did just about everything right: intercepting and clearing when required and even getting a goal. The Uruguayan took advantage of sloppy marking to power home a header to open the scoring on 31 minutes. Great performance.
Lucas Hernández (LB)- 7
It was an easy day at the office for Lucas, who continues to display an excellent all-around game and great versatility for his age.
Nicolás Gaitán (RM)- 7.3
Gaitán has been limited in minutes this season, but every now and then we get a glimpse of a pretty talented midfielder with good vision and an eye for goal. Especially good on Wednesday was his long ball delivery.
Augusto Fernández (CM) - 7.4
Augusto got a full 90 minutes and he gets closer to fully recovering from his devastating knee injury. The Argentine took lots of touches and moved the ball calmly and accurately in the center of the park.
Koke (CM) - 8
Koke was a huge offensive threat Wednesday. He passed well and could have had a goal after he struck the inside of the post in the 25th minute.
Yannick Ferreira Carrasco (LM) - 8.8
Carrasco laid on an assist to cap an energetic night bounding up and down the left flank. He knew when to shoot and when to distribute the ball, which is also rare, as his judgment isn’t always the most sound (like when he picked up a yellow card in the 87th minute for arguing).
Luciano Vietto (ST) - 7.5
You can see how badly Vietto wants a goal. His activity level was outstanding and he’s getting himself into good positions to score. Unfortunately, luck continues to evade him. Someone might get a bargain in January.
Fernando Torres (ST) - 8.3
El Niño was back at it Wednesday night. He scored his first two goals of the season and really could have had more. In the 33rd minute, Torres slotted a inch-perfect shot right into the back of the net and in the 68th minute he finished from a tight angle at the near post from a Šime Vrsaljko cross.
Šime Vrsaljko (RB) - 7.4
Vrsaljko was only on the field for 24 minutes, but in that time he picked up an assist.
Saúl Ñíguez (CM) - 6.8
Saúl was subbed on for Koke in the 71st minute and did well in the 19 minutes that he played.