Adan (7.5): The former Real Betis keeper came up with three saves and did well with the ball at his feet. His best save came in the 42nd minute from a thumping header — he made a diving save to keep it out of the net.
Arias (7.5): Santi didn’t have much to do in defense but was very active offensively. He was able to cross the ball multiple times and picked up the assist on Nikola Kalinić’s 53rd minute goal.
Toni Moya (6): Antonio Moya Vega, or Toni by short, got called up from Atlético Madrid B. The 20-year-old played the entire first half and came up with a clearance and an interception. At halftime he was subbed off for Lemar, who scored the winning goal moments later.
Savić (7): It hasn’t been long since Savić came back from his injury but it’s good to see him back. He played the whole match and made four interceptions and one clearance.
Lucas (6.5): Just days after attending the Ballon d’Or ceremony, Lucas was placed back into the lineup and played 60 minutes in preparation for Saturday’s game against Alavés.
Correa (8): Ángelito was a pain for the opposition’s defense. He did well to dribble past players and create chances, with three key passes during the match. He scored an absolute peach of a goal in the 55th minute after he turned with the ball and struck it with the outside of his foot.
Saúl (8.5): Saúl notched two assists and created four key passes in a fluid drifting role. On top of this, he won the majority of his duels.
Koke (7): Koke controlled the tempo and speed of the match with his passing. He completed 92 percent of his 80 passes but did pick up a 76th minute yellow card.
Vitolo (6.5): Vitolo was quiet in the first half, but he stayed patient and was rewarded in the 81st minute when he put away Saúl’s cross. The Spaniard positioned himself perfectly in front of his marker and stuck home his first goal this season from his first start.
Gelson (6): Gelson started at striker and used his pace and dribbling skills wisely in the first half. This caused havoc in the other box, but he struggled to find chemistry with Kalinić and Mono Burgos hooked hm after 45 minutes.
Kalinić (7): Kalinić was very active early in the first half and probably could have put one away. He wasn’t scared to take risks which was evident in an attempted bicycle kick. With Costa going under the knife, Kalinić should see a boost in minutes — and his first goal this season could make that decision easier for Cholo.
Rodri (7): The 6’3’’ midfielder has been vital for Atlético this season with his smart decisions and accurate passing. He stayed true to his game during this match, completing 97 percent of his 36 passes.
Lemar (9): The World Cup winner’s entry changed the whole dynamic of the match for the rojiblancos. He added the attacking threat in the final third that they lacked. In only 45 minutes, Lemar had a goal, an assist and five key passes.
Montero (6): Also from Atlético Madrid B, Francisco “Javi” Montero came in and played about a half an hour.
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