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Yannick Carrasco led the second half charge as Atlético won 2-0, adding to their lead atop LaLiga.

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Jan Oblak

Not tested, literally. Real Sociedad didn’t have a shot on target until the 82nd minute. When he was called into action, he had an answer and turned a free around the post with a stretching save — 6.

Kieran Trippier

Started well but increasingly subdued as the first half wore on. Once Atlético Madrid went ahead, Simeone played with Trippier pinned back as they tried to spring Carrasco free on the counter-attack down the left. Still used every chance he could to get forward, though — 7.

Stefan Savić

Booked in the first half, but did well to play with the booking. Heavily involved on the right side of the back three when Trippier moved forward. Another mature and solid performance from the big defender — 8.

Felipe

Not as involved in the buildup as Savić and Hermoso, as everything was played down the wings. Real Sociedad piled on the pressure late on in search of a goal, but Atlético and the Brazilian never flinched. He made a number of clearances to help mind Oblak’s clean sheet — 7.

Mario Hermoso

Booked in the first half for something he said to the ref. Started the second half with a goal and was solid throughout — 9.

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Koke

Beautiful pass into Suárez in the build-up to the second goal. Played as the anchor in midfield and did well, but looked slow defending in transition. That’s not what he’s built for though, and he did excel at what he does best: linking play and covering lots of ground — 8.

Marcos Llorente

You never get anything less than an 8 from Llorente even when he struggles to impose himself. It looked like another solid night for the attacker before he got on the end of a loose ball and buried it to make it 2-0 in the 74th minute. Decisive, even on uninspiring nights — 8.

Thomas Lemar

Played on the left and tried to get into the game without ever succeeding. Never spent much time in the middle of the pitch, instead drifting between the left and the right. His form is going in the right direction and he is playing with more confidence, but not much luck at Reale Arena — 6.

Yannick Carrasco

Much better in the second half. Delivered the ball onto Hermoso’s head for the 49th minute opener and had more opportunities to stretch his legs once Atlético had taken the lead. Did an incredible amount of work on the left-hand side and was the nerve-centre of Atlético’s attack. Involved in the second goal, too — 9.

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Ángel Correa

Replaced after an hour’s worth of struggling to get into the game. A mostly-forgettable night, and the game only really opened up after he went off — 6.

Luis Suárez

The Uruguayan struggled to get into the game and grew more frustrated as time ticked by. He tried, and tried, but Real Sociedad’s defenders had his number. That was, until Koke clipped a dangerous ball into him and he controlled it before laying it off to Carrasco, who rolled it to Llorente for the game’s second goal — 7.

Substitutions

Saúl Ñíguez

Replaced Correa after an hour. Very active in midfield when he came on and added much-needed energy around the centre and on the left. Looks like a player trying to prove himself, and he will be disappointed to again start from the bench. But he needs to be more consistent over 90 minutes to win his place back — 7.

Geoffrey Kondogbia

Brought on to add stability beside Koke when Atlético were in a dominant position. Never taxed, by design, and just sat in front of his defence and broke up play, occasionally spraying the ball out wide when necessary in transition — 6.

Renan Lodi

Not on long enough to make an impact.

Diego Costa

Not on long enough to make an impact.