LEV XI Aitor; Son (Miramón 70’), Duarte, Vezo, Pier, Franquesa; Malsa (Martínez 75’), Bardhi, Pepelu (De Frutos 80’); Dani Gómez (Cantero 70’), Morales.
Goals Bardhi 37’ (penalty) 89’ (penalty)
ATM XI Oblak; Felipe, Giménez, Hermoso (Lodi 67’); Trippier, Carrasco, Herrera (De Paul 59’), Koke; Griezmann (Cunha 72’), Félix, Suárez (Correa 59’).
Goals Griezmann 12’ Cunha 76’
Nothing he could do about either Enis Bardhi spot kick. Looked somewhat shaky with the ball at his feet, and probably not feeling too hot about conceding seven goals in the past three games. 4.5
Good first half, in which he notched an assist with a post-to-post headed pass for Antoine Griezmann and picked up a needless yellow card. Levante’s speed caught him out more than once. 6
Sound positional game and good with the ball at his feet. Also picked up a yellow card, because why not? 6
Word is getting around that Hermoso is the weak link in Atlético Madrid’s five-man defense. Levante picked on him throughout the first half, challenging him with long balls to José Luís Morales — whom he brought down for a yellow card. 5
Engaged defensively, but really missing the injured Marcos Llorente’s sprints in behind. 4
Stayed extremely wide to stretch the hosts’ back five and clear central attacking lanes. But the Belgian never got going with the ball at his feet, even when Diego Simeone subbed on Renan Lodi to push him further forward. 3
Had tons of time and space on the ball and passed precisely, but immediately became a liability when asked to do any defensive work. He nearly headed a Morales cross into his own net before his scuffed clearance led directly to the Bardhi equalizer. 4.5
Did a bit of everything in the first 45 — blocked shots, made clearances, and completed over 93 percent of his passes. He took a game-high 114 touches and tried to calm things down in the face of Levante’s maniacal German-like pressing. 5.5
Started the match with a bang, heading in the 12th-minute opener after Levante failed to deal properly with a corner kick. Little influence otherwise, with too many ball losses slowing down Atlético’s attack. 6.5
Spent much of the game being tugged, grabbed, or knocked over. The granotas’ plan worked — they were (somehow) shown only one yellow card prior to stoppage time, and the constant harassment tired Félix out. He was unable to produce a decisive moment despite his enviable ball control and skill. 6.5
Hardly had a kick in the opening 45 minutes and gave away a penalty late in the half after bringing down defender Rúben Vezo. —
Made Cunha’s go-ahead goal. All-around purposeful play. Clear and immediate upgrade over the slow, methodical Héctor Herrera. 9
He’s not in any sort of rhythm and might be suffering from being relegated to a bench role after seeming to establish himself a starting-caliber player. 5
Gave away a phantom penalty late on, when a Morales cross grazed his arm (if that) and rolled through the 18-yard box and out. VAR room official Xavier Estrada Fernández instructed on-pitch referee Pablo González Fuertes to take a second look, and the Levante players — as well as the fans at the Ciutat de València — were stunned when another spot kick was awarded. This all took place moments after defender Rober Pier knocked down a pass with his arm in the opposite penalty area.
Unfortunate situation, to say the absolute least. 5
After several energetic substitute appearances in a row, the summer signing from Hertha Berlin scored his first Atlético goal on Thursday — a classy sliding finish from an inch-perfect De Paul through ball. 8
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