Jan Oblak, GK: 5
Took out Cristhian Stuani in the box after a Rodri error left him little choice, and the Uruguayan sent him the wrong way with his spot kick.
Santiago Arias, RB: 5
Struggled mightily with Patrick Roberts’ pace but recovered in the second half. Hooked with 15 minutes to go as Atlético Madrid chased the equalizer.
Stefan Savić, CB: 5.5
Could be seen complaining to the referee on multiple occasions and scuffing clearances in stoppage time.
Lucas Hernández, CB: 6.5
Not as bold or decisive as usual. He only won two aerial duels — none after halftime — and made just one successful tackle. Lucas’ unsteady partnership with Savić is perhaps a driving factor in his recent dip in form.
Saúl Ñíguez, LB: 7
Saúl wasn’t always around defensively despite his five clearances, and where he really showed up was in attack. Unfortunately for him, his two big chances — worth 0.96 xG — resulted in zero actual goals. Still, not bad from a central midfielder.
Thomas Partey, CM: 7.5
Not many defensive actions but tried to drive play forward and completed six dribbles, took three shots and his pass completion hit upward of 85 percent. Thomas has received criticism this season, but performances like this show the 25-year-old brings a lot to the table.
Rodri, CM: 5.5
Misplaced only two passes on the afternoon, but one of them was a very poor choice that indirectly led to Girona’s penalty. Removed after the hour mark as Diego Simeone elected for a faster, more frenetic approach.
Koke, RM: 6.5
Battled as always but again could not prove decisive from a wide position. Over his 109 touches, Koke created two chances and completed 85 percent of his passes, though his long ball and crossing deliveries were suspect. The captain led his team with six tackles but picked up a yellow card that will see him miss a pivotal clash against Alavés next week.
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Thomas Lemar, LM: 4.5
Not good at all, and the €70 million man’s positive start to life in the capital is further and further back in the memory. Lemar played all 90 minutes and had just one key pass to show for it. He continues to work hard and only one outfielder (Arias) had more interceptions than his three. But Atlético needed a creative outlet on Sunday and Lemar was not it.
Antoine Griezmann, FW: 6.5
The Frenchman picked up a yellow card in a third straight game — perhaps a response to Ballon d’Or-related frustration — and put only one shot on target, inside the opening 10 minutes. But he generated five shots in all with five key passes and defended dutifully in front of Oblak as Atlético kept out their hosts at the end.
Diego Costa, FW: 7
The man is clearly injured and not at his best, but for the second straight league game Costa contributed to a goal — undoubtedly a positive development after such a long barren run. He’s begun to look like himself again, bullying a few Girona players and putting on a semi-convincing “who, me?” act when doing so. Most importantly though, his sublime control from Correa’s long, hopeful pass was stuck into the net by Jonás Ramalho to hand Atlético their equalizer.
Ángel Correa, RM: 7.5
Entered for Rodri in the 64th minute. An instant spark off the bench, as he often is. Correa’s creativity and inventiveness from the right-hand side was sorely missed for the first hour and was a glaring omission once Atlético fell behind. The cherry on top of his cake proved to be the sensational long ball he played into Costa’s path, which ended in Atleti’s leveller.
Gelson Martins, RB: 5.5
Entered for Arias in the 74th minute. Given zero defensive responsibilities and allowed to feed off Correa as he bounded up and down the right side. He had two good chances in the final 15 minutes, but saw one saved and one skitter past the far post.