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Atlético Madrid 3-1 Club Brugge: Player ratings

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Griezmann stood out in a home win over the Belgian side.

Club Atletico de Madrid v Club Brugge - UEFA Champions League Group A Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Starting XI:

Jaan Oblak (6.5): Oblak did not have a save to make as the visitors’ one shot on target was an absolute worldie of a goal by Arnaut Groeneveld. There wasn’t much he could do in that situation.

Santiago Arias (7): Diego Simeone decided it was time to hand the right back his first start in red and white. The Colombian had some positive moments including a few nice passes even though the goal came from his side. He will look to build on this performance.

José Giménez (6): Giménez had to be subbed off at halftime because of a muscular injury and will likely be out through the international break, the latest malady for the Uruguayan.

Diego Godín (7): The captain, trying to get out of a slow start to the season, had a decent game. He looked more comfortable and had relatively little to do as Club Brugge rarely threatened.

Lucas Hernandez (7): The Frenchman was slotted back into the lineup as the left back but moved to center back quickly as Simeone reshuffled his team into 3-4-1-2. He did well to clear the ball when needed — he made six clearances. Lucas did well to win his duels but received a yellow late in the match.

Thomas Lemar (7.5): Lemar has been vital for Atlético Madrid as of late and didn’t fail to contribute in today’s match. His quick feet allowed him to cut around defenders and he lofted in a perfect cross that Griezmann settled down for his opening goal.

Saúl (7.5): Saúl tried his best as the makeshift left winger and attempted five shots, but perhaps he would have been better served in the middle. That said, it was good to see him getting forward without Rodri in the team.

Thomas Partey (7): Thomas was all over the pitch and won many of his defensive duels, but Simeone opted to replace him with Ángel Correa on 63 minutes.

Koke (8): Koke showed his class with accurate passing (89 percent) and he scored a goal from a Griezmann cut back in stoppage time to put the game to bed.

Antoine Griezmann (9): The best player on the pitch. His first goal was a clinical finish after a smooth first touch. The second was a very nicely-placed shot off after a lay-off from Costa. The Frenchman created many chances and could have finished the match with a couple assists.

Diego Costa (7.5): Costa’s presence was still felt even as he failed to score in a European match for the first time this season. He assisted Griezmann’s goal after stopping on a dime and drawing out two defenders, but the Spain international had to come off right after due to a muscular problem which could keep him out a couple weeks.

Substitutes:

Filipe Luís (7): Filipe did well to distribute the ball from the back and down the line. His passing lifted some pressure on the defense, and he made a few interceptions to boot.

Ángel Correa (6): Correa’s decision-making was not the best and he missed a huge chance late in the match.

Rodri (6.5): The midfielder was subbed on in the 69th minute for Costa to help keep the lead. The Belgian champs’ inability to cut through midfield in search of an equalizer was down in part to him.

Poll

Mattress Maker of the Match vs Club Brugge:

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  • 4%
    Thomas Lemar
    (17 votes)
  • 29%
    Koke
    (124 votes)
  • 47%
    Antoine Griezmann
    (196 votes)
  • 18%
    Diego Costa
    (79 votes)
416 votes total Vote Now