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A first half Suárez strike was cancelled out by Karim Benzema late on in the Madrid derby.

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Jan Oblak

Parried a shot in the first half from Casemiro and another from Fede Valverde in the second half. Two wonderful saves from Karim Benzema late on, and then rejected the Frenchman from a free kick shortly after as the visitors turned up the heat. Couldn’t do much for the goal after Madrid played through Atlético’s defence with ease — 7.

Mario Hermoso

A number of good tackles on Rodrygo in the first half and the Brazilian rarely troubled him. He became a target in the second half after Rodrygo went off and didn’t look too smart for Benzema’s 88th-minute goal, as he thought Geoffrey Kondogbia was going to win the tackle on the Madrid captain as he floated through Atlético’s last line of defence — 6.

Felipe

Has recovered from some streaky form earlier in the season. Another good outing with Real Madrid sending in cross after cross. Slightly fortunate not to be penalised for a handball in the first half — 7.

Stefan Savić

Another strong performance from Atlético Madrid’s rock at the back. Covered for Trippier on the rare occasion he needed to. Savić made a number of good headed clearances and made good decisions on the ball — 8.

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Kieran Trippier

There were doubts about his fitness, but he added verticality and a sense of purpose on the right that Atlético lacked in his absence. Linked well with Llorente and, most importantly, kept Ferland Mendy pinned back. Put under more pressure as he tired and Vinícius (with fresh legs) ran at him, but he proved up to the challenge. Very solid return to action — 8.

Yannick Carrasco

Suffered through one of his worst performances of the season in the game against Real Madrid earlier in the year. Flipped the script this time and played an important role as the left wing-back. A number of very good chances in the second half and had Lucas Vazquez’ number. Saw one good chance saved from Thibaut Courtois which he should have scored. Replaced after 65 minutes — 7.

Koke

Played at the base of midfield and was typically energetic, applying pressure as well as initiating play. Atlético’s three midfielders (Koke, Lemar and Llorente) had Madrid’s trio stunted in the first half as Koke dictated play but the opponents grew into the game in the second half, with Koke powerless to prevent it — 6.

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Marcos Llorente

Athletically skipped past Nacho for the opener. Feels like this performance review has been written before but he covered lots of ground, made a nuisance of himself and was the key to Atlético’s pressure. Broke free down the right a number of times late on but couldn’t make his old team pay — 7.

Thomas Lemar

Didn’t survive an hour on the field but played well. His role was more functional than anything else and he dragged Casemiro all over the field from his attacking midfield position. Linked play well and defended when necessary — 6.

Ángel Correa

Selected ahead of João Félix and did well in the first half. Missed a sitter in the second half when he swung a left foot at a loose ball. Overhit a pass that would have sent Suárez through on goal. Those two errors marred an otherwise good performance, but a striker has to execute on those occasions — 5.

Luis Suárez

Another player who had something to prove. Emphatic finish after Marcos Llorente freed him up in the 15th minute. Had some very nice touches throughout in what was a real veteran’s performance, keeping attacks going, pressuring defenders and constantly looking for any advantage he could get — 8.

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Substitutes

Saúl

Came on for Lemar after 57 minutes as Madrid threatened. Worked hard and made one particularly noteworthy tackle as Madrid broke late in the game. Played on the left of midfield and couldn’t prevent Madrid’s increasingly-frequent attacking waves — 6.

João Félix

Entered the fray after 64 minutes and didn’t have a massive effect on the game as los blancos were improving and pushing for the leveller at the time. Some nice touches but disappointing in general from the Portuguese after a statement goal last week — 5.

Geoffrey Kondogbia

Lunged in on Benzema and lost out as the Madrid attacker ran through the middle before the equaliser. Not on long enough to make much of an impression otherwise.