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Atlético Madrid 3-2 RB Salzburg: One-Word Player Ratings

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João Félix’s late winner halted a matchday two disaster in Madrid.

Atletico Madrid v RB Salzburg: Group A - UEFA Champions League Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images

Oblak Could not do a thing about Dominik Szoboszlai’s equalizer. However, he completely missed Andreas Ulmer’s 47th minute cross, which swept all the way through the 18-yard box before Felipe Monteiro slammed Mergim Berisha’s shot into the net. But Oblak steadied himself thereafter and looked comfortable in the second half despite taking a blow to the right hand. Stabilized

Trippier Participated in the buildup to Llorente’s goal but was nowhere near the action on the sequence that gave Salzburg the lead. Ulmer had yards upon yards of space to sweep his low cross through the box. Trippier’s attacking energy is important, but he really needs a rest — and soon. Drained

Felipe Misplaced too many passes, and has not been Atlético Madrid’s best defender early on. That’s not to say he hasn’t been steady overall, though. There was little he could do other than slam Berisha’s goal into the roof of the net, but as Atlético slowly regained control, he stepped up. The Brazilian made five clearances and three interceptions. Calmed

Savić Again his side’s best defender. Savić was not flustered as Red Bull Salzburg stealthily shifted attacking points and was where he needed to be to make a gigantic tackle on Enock Mwepu. He ended the game with seven aerial duels won, five clearances and two blocks. Exemplar

Atletico Madrid v RB Salzburg: Group A - UEFA Champions League Photo by Alejandro Rios/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Lodi Vigorous and determined in attack, but caught badly out of position on the counterattack which handed Salzburg the lead. Though his youth partially explains this, Lodi overcommitted defensively throughout this game and players like Rasmus Kristensen were able to ping the ball right past him. Turbulent

Herrera His 40th minute giveaway directly precipitated Szoboszlai’s sweet strike. Despite his varied skill set, the Mexico international has not reached the level Diego Simeone expects in this competition. Following his dismal outing against RB Leipzig in August, Herrera has gifted goals to the opposition in the first two group games. Teetering

Koke Ended up on the left, trying (somewhat frantically) to cover for a wayward Lodi. The captain took his touches (75) and had a close-range shot saved, but did little else. Unseen

Correa We don’t see Correa play all 90 minutes on a regular basis, but his 9-5 shift Tuesday night was essential to the win. He played the pass for Llorente in the first half and another one for Félix in the second half. The Argentine completed five dribbles and finished with three key passes, along with providing requisite coverage for Trippier. Electric

Llorente He followed his ringing opening goal with a dreadful 34th minute breakaway miss, but played well overall. He popped up from central midfield to contribute to the attack and won several midfield duels, while he played with blazing speed and made seven dribbles. Llorente really has emerged as one of the team’s best players since he scored that goal at Valencia many months ago. Hurricane

Atletico Madrid v RB Salzburg: Group A - UEFA Champions League Photo by Alejandro Rios/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Félix His shoulders were very broad on Tuesday night. Make no mistake — after a flashy but wasteful first half, Félix dragged this team to victory, and he capped off his best Champions League display with an 85th minute shot that rang in off the inside of the post. His night could have been even more incredible if 14th minute bicycle kick hadn’t struck the crossbar, while his 52nd minute equalizer was well deserved and he continues to find his footing with Luis Suárez. Masterful

Suárez He tried to make things happen with his clever passing, as he didn’t receive enough service to generate more than one shot on target. He did a nice job, too — Suárez completed 86 percent of his 21 passes and created two chances. Helpful


Hermoso Almost instantly offered more defensive nous than Lodi, and his entry turned out to be a pretty prescient move — Simeone’s side found itself with a lead to defend less than five minutes after he came on. Solid

Lemar The France international found Félix for the winning goal with a clean touch and a sharp pass into the six-yard box. A great moment for him — now, we’ll have to see if Simeone continues to offer him chances. Needed

Torreira Made a critical tackle to break up a stoppage time Salzburg counterattack. If you’re going to make only one action in 10 minutes on the pitch, that’s the one to make. Intervention

Poll

Mattress Maker of the Match versus RB Salzburg:

This poll is closed

  • 91%
    Félix
    (654 votes)
  • 6%
    Llorente
    (47 votes)
  • 1%
    Koke
    (14 votes)
  • 0%
    Other
    (3 votes)
718 votes total Vote Now