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Atlético Madrid 3-1 Sevilla: Player Ratings

Atlético rolled to a win over Sevilla to reopen the race for third place

Club Atletico de Madrid v Sevilla FC - La Liga Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Jan Oblak, GK: 6

The Slovene was rarely challenged and needed to make just one save. Joaquín Correa’s goal beat him at the far post, but was caused mostly by a defensive lapse.

Šime Vrsaljko, RB: N/A

Vrsaljko had to come off less than two minutes into the game with a sprained left knee. The Croatian international will undergo more tests and is likely to stay in Spain during the international break.

Stefan Savić, CB: 6

Could be too late in the season for Savić to reclaim first-choice status over José Giménez, but the Montenegrin was serviceable on Sunday. He got away with some “meh” positioning thanks to some strong clearances.

Diego Godín, CB: 9

Scored his third goal of the season on 37 minutes with a bullet header from an Antoine Griezmann free kick. A true leader at the back, navigated Atlético Madrid through tricky waters and negated the pacy threats Sevilla offered.

Filipe Luís, LB: 7

Ran Vitolo ragged before Jorge Sampaoli moved Pablo Sarabia over to Filipe’s side. The Brazilian’s range of passing and ability to dictate tempo from the left wing were on full display, and he survived an injury scare late to finish out the 90 minutes.

Yannick Carrasco, RM: 7

Carrasco was up for this one, tearing apart Sampaoli’s shaky defense a few times in the first half. Could not get the goal to show for it, and his booking for time-wasting early in the second half will see him miss Atlético’s trip to Málaga on April 1.

Gabi, CM: 7

Fresh off hand surgery, the captain didn’t miss a beat Sunday. Gabi was tidy in possession and dogged in winning the ball. He continues to look a very young 33.

Saúl Ñíguez, CM: 7.5

Looks like Saúl has found form after searching for it through most of the season. Saúlito plays his best football in a freer, box-to-box role where his dynamism really shines, and he’s been afforded that more often recently. On Sunday, he tracked back to win a ball at the edge of his own box while breaking up play in the center of the park and beating defenders with pace and skill.

Koke, LM: 8

Since the turn of the year, Koke’s role in the team has become more fluid. Simeone often allows him now to drift more freely into the middle, which allows Atlético to keep solidity (as he’s still primarily on the wing) and allows Koke to thrive as a passer. The canterano flourished when Atleti countered and linked up well with Saúl and Griezmann. He got a deserved goal in the 77th minute, when Juanfran pulled back at the far post and Koke tapped his deflected cross into the net.

Antoine Griezmann, FW: 9.5

Griezmann notched his 14th league goal (and 13th goal in all comps since the start of 2017) with a thunderbolt of a free kick that hit off the underside of the crossbar and bounced in. Grizi also set up Godín’s goal with a free kick and started the counterattack that produced Koke’s goal. He is in scintillating form, and few players on the continent are better at the moment.

Kévin Gameiro, FW: 6

The other half of the French Connection looked recovered from the abdominal injury which kept him out against Granada and Bayer Leverkusen. He lasted but an hour, but had a couple good chances fall his way and troubled his old team with his speed; he won the free kick that Griezmann blasted home to put Atlético 2-0 up.

Juanfran, RB: 6

Entered for Vrsaljko in the 2nd minute. Juanfran has had a difficult 2017, struggling for fitness and form, but he kept up on Sunday. It’s clear, though, that Vrsaljko is Atleti’s first-choice right back at this juncture.

Fernando Torres, FW: 6

Entered for Gameiro in the 62nd minute. Torres did well in his first appearance since Alex Bergantiños put him in the hospital nearly three weeks ago. He forced Sergio Rico into a couple excellent saves, although his saved chipped effort five minutes from time led to Correa’s goal at the other end for Sevilla.

Nico Gaitán, LM: N/A

Entered for Carrasco in the 83rd minute. Not too many touches for the Argentine, but he led a counterattack that nearly ended with a second goal for Koke.