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Athletic Club 2-1 Atlético Madrid: Player Ratings

The marks from a tough loss away from home.


Starting XI:


Conceded two, but can't be blamed fully for either. The first, in the ninth minute, took a swift redirection off Felipe’s knee and Álex Berenguer nestled it home with his head. The second was a thunderous Iñigo Martínez header in the dying minutes of the match —6.


Played just about an hour before being (surprisingly) subbed off. Made a few interventions that put a halt to Athletic’s counters, and his off-ball positioning allowed Atlético Madrid to switch play to him. The England international couldn't send in as many impactful crosses as he usually does —6.


Came up big with his 77th minute header, which tied the game. Off Yannick Carrasco’s corner, Savić rose highest amongst the crowd and back-headed the ball into the net. His interceptions helped relieve pressure and his distribution was pretty crisp throughout the game —8.


Stepped in on multiple occasions to make some keen interventions, but looked uneasy at times. His communication at the back with Savić could have been better. Lost Martínez on the winning goal —5.

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Made some promising dribbles, which generated free kick opportunities. Lacked the end product in the final third, specifically in his crossing and passing up the flank. Mario Hermoso replaced him with about 15 minutes left —5.


Sparked the attack with his dribbling and movement off the ball. His work caused trouble for the hosts, as he was able to weave his way into the box to shoot or send in a low cross across the face of goal. He picked up the assist for Atleti’s goal and remains in good form —7.


Distributed the ball with precision. Was able to stretch Athletic’s defense, sending passes out wide, but short passing wasn’t enough to break the hosts’ press consistently. Lemar replaced him in the 59th minute —6.


A mixed bag for the captain, especially in the first half, when his passing wasn’t nearly sharp enough and the inaccuracy allowed Athletic to counter. Hunkered down in the final stretch, but his efforts were not enough to bring the game back level —5.

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Had moments of quality in his distribution, including a no-look pass to set up Correa in the first half, but faded as time went on. Suárez replaced him on the hour —5.


Presented his team with its best opportunities to score, but failed to convert as he had earlier this week. Time and time again, his footwork was sublime, using feints and a low center of gravity to turn and cut, but he could not put the icing on the cake and score a goal, sending two good chances well wide —6.


Picked up a yellow card early on but continued to work hard on both ends, making runs with the ball and nipping at Athletic’s heels to win possession back. Was held to only one shot and had to pull double-duty at right back for the final half hour —7.



The forward made a few promising passes with the few touches (eight) he got, but couldn't get a shot off. Failed to get heavily involved in the game —5.

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Immediately affected Atlético’s buildup. Sent a few balls into the box, which added more to the late pressure the visitors applied, but didn't produce anything to lead to a goal —5.

João Félix

Actively sought the ball, but Athletic’s pestering defense subdued him —5.


Had more than one sloppy foul, one of which led to him receiving a yellow —4.