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Lleida Esportiu 0-4 Atlético Madrid: Copa del Rey player ratings

Diego Costa marked his return with a goal as Atleti practically secured progression.

Lleida vs Atletico de Madrid - Spanish King's Cup Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Miguel Ángel Moyá, GK: 7

A little busier than he should have been. Made two solid stops on Iván Agudo with the scores level, and stopped him again at 2-0 up.

Juanfran, RB: 8

Started slowly and ceded touches to Lucas in the first half, but the second half was all his. He capped a nice game by assisting Diego Costa’s goal: he delivered a wicked cross that the striker tapped home with a sliding finish.

Diego Godín, CB: 8.5

Didn’t have much to do defensively and scored his first of the season with a trademark header on 32 minutes.

José Giménez, CB: 7

Had little to do, like his partner. Positioning was wonky at times, but he more than made up for that with his speed.

Lucas Hernández, LB: 7.5

Targeted early with Filipe Luís absent; however, once Atlético Madrid grabbed the lead he had no problems. He took considerably fewer touches and barely ventured forward in the second half (probably because he’s not a left back), but he was very comfortable.

Ángel Correa, RM: 5.5

Really not visible for a lot of this match. Felt to me like he needed a good outing — even against a weak side — to show Diego Simeone that he’s going to push to retain his starting place in the second half of the season. Cholo gave his countryman a lot of rope, too; Correa got over an hour to make an imprint on the match.

Augusto Fernández, CM: 7

Augusto improved as the game moved along. His positioning steadily improved and after the first 20 minutes Atlético’s midfield was really strong. Simeone was pleased with the Argentine’s performance and it seems like he’s made a lot of progress after his devastating injury.

Saúl Ñíguez, CM: 7

A bit more defensive than you’d like against a Segunda B side, but executed his role well and was full of activity. Would have liked to see him get a little rest with such a big lead.

Yannick Carrasco, LM: 9

Not sure if we should be worried or encouraged that Carrasco stepped up against third-tier opposition, but no denying the impact he had. He assisted Godín’s goal with an excellent free kick and registered a hockey assist on Torres’ strike. Very disappointing to see him hauled off on 59 minutes, even if it was for Vitolo.

Kévin Gameiro, FW: 7

Gameiro laid on Atlético’s second goal with a superb low cross that Torres turned in (offside, but whatever). He played all 90 minutes (!), didn’t miss any big chances and seemed at ease playing off Costa when the Brazilian-born Spaniard entered. The Frenchman needs to repeat this sort of performance if he’s going to stay in Madrid past this month.

Fernando Torres, FW: 7.5

Scored his third goal of the Copa del Rey season in the first half. Hard to make a more sweeping determination based on the level of opposition, but the 33-year-old is trying to drum up competition in Simeone’s new-look forward corps.

Vitolo, LM: 6

Not overly involved as he replaced Carrasco for his debut, but then this was his first game after a month out due to a hamstring injury.

Antoine Griezmann, RM: 9

Nominally a right winger when he entered on 64 minutes, but drifted toward the middle a ton and looked comfortable directing traffic behind and spraying passes around the final third. Notched Atlético’s fourth with a heavily-deflected free kick.

Diego Costa, FW: 10

Notching a goal five minutes into your return gets you a perfect rating. Them’s the rules. Suffered an injury scare during the goal as his leg was accidentally stamped on by a Lleida defender, but he should be okay.