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Levante UD 0-1 Atlético Madrid: Player Ratings

A third straight win moved Los Colchoneros into third.

Levante UD v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga Photo by David Aliaga/MB Media/Getty Images

Starting XI

Jan Oblak (6): With Levante’s zero shots on target, Oblak probably wished every game was this simple. Even if he wasn’t challenged to make a classic driving save between the sticks, the Slovenian made commanding catches and clearances when called upon.

Santiago Arias (7): A rare start for the Colombian and he made the most of it. Not only did he rack up five tackles, but he blocked two shots and made solid interceptions.

Stefan Savíc (6): The center back played the full 90 minutes and was often in the right place at the right time did well to be in the right positions at the right times. He kept his head on a swivel, always looking for an opportunity to ping the ball up the pitch — though his long ball delivery wasn’t great, he made a team-high five clearances.

Mario Hermoso (5): Another rare start for Hermoso, sliding into Felipe’s normal spot. He played just under an hour at Estadio Camilo Cano, but didn’t make that much of an impact this time.

Renan Lodi (6.5): Lodi raced up and down the left flank to add another option for the attack, particularly in a strong first hald. He didn’t get many opportunities to cross the ball like he usually does, but his passing (95 percent accuracy) helped keep Atlético Madrid in possession.

Koke (7.5): The captain worked his magic, passing the ball at an 88 percent clip and setting up solid chances with three key passes.

Marcos Llorente (8): Silky, smooth, and suave. Llorente’s form only continues to shine. His hour on the field was a pleasure to watch — his setup for the goal, especially. Off Thomas’ deflected free kick, the 25-year-old called for the ball, and with a perfectly weighted turn, created a world of space to send the ball across the face of goal.

Levante UD v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga Photo by Manuel Queimadelos/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Thomas Partey (7): Thomas was able to get involved on the offensive end with Atlético playing a more open game. He continues to present his rocket of a boot from the outside of the area — he had the ball in the net from one of those efforts, but it was Icalled off for a Diego Costa offside.

Saúl (6): Saúl made up for a quiet day going forward with his defensive efforts. He came up with six tackles, a clearance and a blocked shot.

Diego Costa (7): Costa’s physicality was just too much for Levante to handle. In the air or on the ground, he found a way to harass defenders and get his way. He won six aerial duels and made three key passes in 79 minutes.

Yannick Carrasco (7): Very active in the attack. Wasn’t afraid to shoot, which led to some good chances, including one right before halftime where he cut inside and forced Aitor Fernández to make a one-handed save.

Subs

José Giménez (5): He picked up where Hermoso left off in the backline with a blocked shot, a tackle and five clearances.

Ángel Correa (5): Correa darted into positions to receive and distribute. His passing — two chances created on 80 percent accuracy — was a highlight.

João Félix (4.5): Félix made chances for himself after he entered for Carrasco, but his finishing let him down. In the 65th minute, he was left unmarked for a shot in the box but skied it over the net.

Héctor Herrera (N/A): There wasn’t much impact for the Mexican international to make over his 10 minutes on the pitch.

Álvaro Morata (N/A): Came on with minutes left in the game, only to argue with the referee and pick up a careless yellow.

Poll

Mattress Maker of the Match at Levante:

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    Koke
    (27 votes)
  • 11%
    Arias
    (15 votes)
  • 16%
    Costa
    (22 votes)
  • 52%
    Other
    (71 votes)
135 votes total Vote Now