Jan Oblak, GK: 7
Caught a wee bit cold on Pepe’s goal, but if Juanfran hadn’t lost the Portuguese while Toni Kroos’ free kick was in the air, Oblak probably would have saved comfortably. He made snap reaction saves on Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo in the first half and two outstanding saves on Karim Benzema either side of halftime.
Juanfran, RB: 7
The cracks have started to show in Juanfran’s game, but the 32-year-old has held down the fort in Šime Vrsaljko’s absence. He was a willing and able attacking option and very solid in defense, limiting Marcelo after a barnstorming first half. Unfortunately, his one glaring mistake - failing to properly mark Pepe from a free kick - led to a goal for Real Madrid.
Stefan Savić, CB: 8
Made an awesome, staggering, headed clearance off the line when Ronaldo had earmarked a buzzing shot for the ripples of the net. The Montenegrin’s heroics after half an hour kept the match goalless a little while longer, and after Atlético fell behind he really locked in, particularly on Benzema. Showed a strong tactical understanding and a lot of leadership.
Diego Godín, CB: 7
Fine if unspectacular outing for the Uruguayan. He mostly kept Bale quiet and offered his usual threat from set pieces when Atleti got them.
Filipe Luís, LB: 6
Filipe had trouble going forward - which is very rare to say about him - as he was really pinned back by Dani Carvajal for much of the game. When Real Madrid relaxed in the last 20 minutes or so, that offered an avenue for the Brazilian to get more involved, but he did not contribute to a goal on this day.
Yannick Carrasco, RM: 6.5
Carrasco started this derbi on the left-hand side - his preferred side - and lost some influence when he shifted to the right. His first half was strong from an attacking standpoint, and the Belgian provided excellent cover for Juanfran. However, he’s now gone seven league outings - nearly two months - without a goal.
Gabi, CM: 7
Diego Simeone kept Gabi on the pitch for all 90 minutes this time around. The captain’s sturdy, workmanlike effort helped organize Atlético’s midfield and keep structure.
Saúl Ñíguez, CM: 5
First clunker in several weeks for Saúl. The canterano was fine going forward but very erratic in defense. His handball early in the second half led to a yellow card and the free kick that Pepe headed into the net.
Koke, LM: 7
The latest in a string of solid performances from Koke. His defensive contribution and set piece delivery were super. He picked up a yellow card for time-wasting in the 89th minute and will miss Osasuna’s visit next week. (What a shame.)
Antoine Griezmann, FW: 8.5
From the opening kick, Griezmann was Atlético’s leader in attack. He challenged Keylor Navas with two exceptional shots - a half-chip from the halfway line and a chilena (ruled offside) - before he hit a supreme, lightning-quick sliding finish to level the scores. Since both full backs were pinned in and occupied helping out with the BBC, Griezmann’s runs through the middle were the conduit for Atleti’s counters. He was great.
Fernando Torres, FW: 4
Torres, on the other hand, was not great. His one big chance was a 1v1 from a Carrasco pass that Navas kicked aside. El Niño wasn’t involved much and Kévin Gameiro’s imminent return is well-timed.
Ángel Correa, FW: 8
Entered for Saúl in the 62nd minute. Correa couldn't have picked a better time to regain form. This was his best game in weeks. His dribbling and vision were on full display, which culminated in the sumptuous through ball that set up Griezmann’s equalizer.
Thomas Partey, CM: 6
Entered for Torres in the 77th minute. Played a more advanced role as Atleti switched to a 4-3-3 and circulated the ball with confidence in the final third.
José Giménez, CM: N/A
Entered for Carrasco in the 87th minute. This should have been Alessio Cerci.