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Atlético Madrid 3-2 SD Eibar player ratings: Vitolo inspires Atlético fightback

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Simeone’s subs made the difference in the 3-2 win over Eibar.

Atletico Madrid v Eibar - La Liga Santander Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Jan Oblak, GK: 5

Let down by his defense on the opening goal, and the heavy deflection on Eibar’s second caught him cold.

Kieran Trippier, RB: 7

Sought out often, particularly in the first half, and again held up well defensively. His inventiveness and energy have been welcome.

José Giménez, CB: 6

Wrong place, wrong time as Anaitz Arbilla’s goal ricocheted off his knee (and Marcos Llorente’s) before it swerved into the net. He had an uneven match and seemed to have communication issues with Oblak at various points.

Mario Hermoso, CB: 4.5

Was a surprise starter after Stefan Savić was left out due to a foot problem, and he was nowhere to be found as Charles Días headed in the opening goal from a few yards out. He also scuffed the clearance that created Arbilla’s goal. Luckily, Hermoso calmed down after all that, distributed effectively and made five clearances.

Renán Lodi, LB: 8

Powerhouse second half which contributed heavily to Atlético Madrid’s thrilling rally. Lodi made only one real mistake defensively, when Fabián Orellana evaded him to set up that opening goal. The Brazilian’s 88 touches led all players and he showed sumptuous skill to dodge tackles, time his runs and set up Vitolo for the equalizer. Great bounce-back from his difficult debut.

Koke, RM: 7

Enjoyed the captain’s performance, as he looked to dictate play whenever possible and helped cover for Trippier when needed.

Marcos Llorente, CM: 5

Could not get into a rhythm — perhaps another instance where playing time over the past two years would have helped him. There’s a real competition bubbling between Marcos and Thomas — the latter’s case, of course, helped by his winning goal.

Saúl Ñíguez, CM: 6.5

The good news is Saúl played in his preferred position. Perhaps a more defensive role than he would have liked, but pushed up late to assist fellow canterano Thomas and bellowed with delight afterward.

Thomas Lemar, LM: 5.5

Not a bad game per se, though the questions will continue after Lemar was ineffectual for a third straight game to start the season. His work rate and pressing may have won over Simeone, but his decision-making remains suspect even if his passing ability ranks among the team’s best.

João Félix, FW: 7

Grabbed his first Atlético goal to begin the comeback but couldn’t do a whole lot else with just 26 touches to his name.

Diego Costa, FW: 8

The Costa of old showed up on Sunday night to set up Félix’s goal and generally wreak havoc on Eibar’s central defenders. He scored two offside goals — one of which was very close to being onside — and won seven aerial duels, too.

Vitolo, LM: 9

Entered for Llorente at halftime. Atlético are reaping the rewards of a fit Vitolo. He made an instant impact with a deft right-footed finish to level the scores and continued to threaten until the final whistle, twisting, turning, passing confidently and accurately.

Rodrigo Riquelme, RM: 6

Entered for Lemar in the 78th minute. The 19-year-old had a chance to put Los Rojiblancos ahead in his first minute of action, but he skied his shot. Still, he brought some verve and a wildcard quality to his first league appearance.

Thomas Partey, CM: 10

Entered for João Félix in the 84th minute. Hard to do much better than a 90th minute pinball winner.

Poll

Mattress Maker of the Match versus Eibar:

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Diego Costa
    (44 votes)
  • 27%
    Vitolo
    (64 votes)
  • 35%
    Renán Lodi
    (83 votes)
  • 17%
    Thomas Partey
    (41 votes)
232 votes total Vote Now