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Player ratings: Atlético Madrid 3-2 Valencia

A five-goal thriller at the Wanda Metropolitano saw Atleti squeak out a win.

Club Atletico de Madrid v Valencia CF - La Liga Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Starting XI:

Jan Oblak (6): A subpar outing for the usual stellar Oblak. He came up with a total of two saves but also let in two goals. On the second, Oblak dived the right way on Dani Parejo’s penalty, but the Spaniard powered it past his outstretched arms.

Juanfran (8): The 34-year-old still has some juice left in him and it showed in Wednesday’s match. He was aggressive in the offensive end early which led to Álvaro Morata’s goal. Juanfran sent in an expertly-weighted cross for the Spaniard and went on to keep Gonçalo Guedes quiet.

Savić (5.5): Savić looked rusty and off-kilter in his first game for six weeks. He made as many fouls (2) as clearances and formed part of the least-athletic defense Diego Simeone can field.

Godín (6): The captain led from the back with several interceptions and improved as the game moved along. However, he did get caught out in the 36th minute, which led to Kévin Gameiro’s goal.

Filipe Luís (5): Filipe’s aggression and interplay on the left flank was welcome, but Ángel Correa was much more impactful — the Argentine replaced the booked Brazilian on 63 minutes.

Koke (7): Koke’s distribution — 90 percent passing accuracy on 99 touches — saw Atlético Madrid maintain a rhythm, and as ever he was unafraid to put in a tackle.

Rodri (7): Rodri’s short passing continues to be exceptional — he completed 92 percent of his 75 passes. He made sure to get back and help plug up holes in front of a, shall we say, “mature” defense.

Saúl (5): Saúl will definitely want to forget this one. He committed four fouls and a handball in the box, plus he had to play left back for a while — not coincidentally, the stage of the game in which Valencia tied it up.

Lemar (8): Lemar kept up his good form following a game-winning goal at Eibar. He constantly looked to take players on and his cross from inside the box gave him the assist to Antoine Griezmann’s goal. In all, he totaled four key passes.

Griezmann (8): The Brooklyn Nets fan must have been inspired by watching Jared Dudley try to take on the entire Philadelphia 76ers team a few days back. He notched five shots and three key passes and got his head on a 49th minute goal — his 130th with Atlético, one more than Fernando Torres.

Morata (7.5): Morata finished Juanfran’s cross with his outstretched leg in the ninth minute and really maximized each of his 25 touches.


Thomas Partey (6.5): Thomas played 19 minutes after he came on for the other Thomas. He assisted Correa’s goal with a line-breaking pass.

Ángel Correa (8): Correa came on for Filipe Luís and changed the match with his first league goal since October. He seemed to be swarmed by the Valencia defense but he had enough space to hit a worldy into the back of the net in the 81st minute.

Santiago Arias (N/A): Arias came on for Morata in the 84th minute to finish the game out. He didn’t make much of an impact with his limited time.


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