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Cádiz 2-4 Atlético Madrid: Player Ratings

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Suárez starred in a six-goal thriller, which extended Atlético’s lead atop LaLiga to 10 points.

Cadiz CF v Atletico de Madrid - La Liga Santander Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images

Starting XI

Jan Oblak

Conceded two goals to an in-form Álvaro Negredo—the first a 35th-minute curler into the bottom corner and the second a volley that slithered into the back of the net—but kept the team ahead with two late saves from inside the box – 8.

Stefan Savić

Did well with the ball at his feet, completing 92 percent of his passes and dribbling forward when given the opportunity. Made multiple clearances to relieve Cádiz’s attacking pressure – 7.

Felipe

The Brazilian kept his head up to distribute the ball wide when in possession. Defensively, he failed to stay with Negredo on his second goal, giving the striker just enough time to get contact on the ball — 5.

José Giménez

Went down late in the first half with an injury scare, but played on. The center back was aggressive defensively and came up with a few strong tackles. His poor attempt to clear the ball set up Negredo’s second goal in the 71st minute — 4.

Marcos Llorente

Had a solid performance on both ends. Got behind Cádiz’s backline on multiple occasions to send in crosses, one of which set up Suárez for an early chance. On defense, Llorente tracked back to press and put in six tackles — 8.

Cadiz CF v Atletico de Madrid - La Liga Santander Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images

Koke

Looked frustrated at times, but was able to control the game’s tempo through his distribution (and avoid a potential handball penalty). The captain’s efforts paid off in the 88th minute, when he slotted Correa’s pass beyond Jeremias Ledesma to put Cádiz to rest — 8.

Lucas Torreira

Very patient on the ball, constantly looking for the simple pass, but failed to make a significant impact. Simeone subbed him off for Vrsaljko at the half— 4.

Thomas Lemar

Beaten too easily on Negredo’s first goal, but the Frenchman made up for it with an assist to Saúl less than ten minutes later. On top of that, Lemar hustled for every ball and won a penalty at the beginning minutes into the second half — 8.

Saúl

The midfielder played as a wingback in the first half on Sunday. He had a few careless tackles and wayward crosses in the beginning, but grew into the match as time went on. Saúl was able to link up with Lemar down that left flank, constantly shifting places out wide. In the 44th minute, the duo connected on a set-piece routine to give Atlético the lead — 7.

João Félix

Was almost nonexistent in the game. His dribble to win the free kick for Suárez’s first goal was overshadowed by his zero shots and a silly argument with the linesman which won him a yellow card. The Portuguese lasted an hour — 2.

Cadiz CF v Atletico de Madrid - La Liga Santander Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images

Luis Suárez

Atlético Madrid’s — and LaLiga’s — top scorer continued his stellar form. He put away both a 28th-minute free kick and a 50th-minute penalty, bringing his tally to 14 goals for the season. Suárez was able to connect with Saúl and Llorente frequently to stretch Cádiz and set up crossing opportunities — 9.

Subs

Šime Vrsaljko

Came on at half for Torreira and inserted into his usual right back position. Positioned himself up the line with precision to receive and cross the ball — 6.

Renan Lodi

Subbed on for Lemar in the final half hour to help in defense. The former Athletico Paranaense player couldn’t keep up defensively in a frenetic second half — 3.

Ángel Correa

Worked hard for every ball and looked to create danger on the counterattack. Grabbed an assist — the second goal he’s created in as many games — with a quick, precise pass to Koke, which made the score 4-2 — 7.

Geoffrey Kondogbia

Played just over 10 minutes in relief of Saúl and gave up a poor foul outside the 18-yard box immediately upon entry — N/A.

Héctor Herrera

The Mexico international didn't have much of an impact replacing Suárez to shore up midfield — N/A.

Poll

Mattress Maker of the Match versus Cádiz:

This poll is closed

  • 36%
    Suárez
    (204 votes)
  • 50%
    Llorente
    (279 votes)
  • 6%
    Koke
    (36 votes)
  • 6%
    Lemar
    (36 votes)
555 votes total Vote Now