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Atlético Madrid 2-2 Villarreal CF: Player Ratings

An error-laden game ended with the spoils shared at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Club Atletico de Madrid v Villarreal CF - La Liga Santander Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Jan Oblak

Oblak didn’t have a single save to make in the opening 45 minutes, and he didn’t make one in the second half either. He got a hand to Manu Trigueros’ 52nd-minute rocket but couldn’t keep it out, while his defenders hung him out to dry on Arnaut Danjuma’s 74th-minute strike. 4

Stefan Savić

An otherwise-sturdy performance marred after a missed tackle on Danjuma continued the move that culminated in the Villarreal winger’s go-ahead goal. 5

José Giménez

Excellent first half, disastrous second half. Involved in a mixup with Savić that ultimately created Villarreal’s second goal — he tried to chest down a hopeful Etienne Capoue long ball but it rolled into space to no one. 4.5

Club Atletico de Madrid v Villarreal CF - La Liga Santander Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Mario Hermoso

Struggled all evening with 18-year-old Yeremi Pino, who created the game’s first goal from Hermoso’s side after the defender overran the ball. His superb passing and contributions to Atlético Madrid’s buildup can sometimes be blunted due to his substandard one-on-one defending. Deservedly removed 10 minutes from time. 3

Kieran Trippier

Came mere inches from scoring his first goal for Atlético when he saw a goal-bound header cleared off the line in first half stoppage time. Much quieter in the second half and steadily ushered out of the game. 5.5

Yannick Carrasco

Comprehensively won his first half matchup with Juan Foyth and had a penalty appeal turned down when the Villarreal defender stepped on his foot following a clearance. Lost influence in the second half, but played well and had his one shot on target cleared off the goal line. 6.5

Club Atletico de Madrid v Villarreal CF - La Liga Santander Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Marcos Llorente

Pushed up front in the second half and lacked the necessary sharpness in the final third — though he was a constant threat and made a game-high three key passes. 6.5

Koke

Stationed at the base of midfield, quietly started several passing moves. De Paul’s entry into the game unlocked him somewhat, and the captain forced Gerónimo Rulli into a good save five minutes from time. 6

Thomas Lemar

Sensational in the first half, when he fired off three key passes and hit the post following a gorgeous one-two with Trippier. Lemar’s effectiveness waned somewhat after halftime, but he genuinely now looks like the player on whom Atlético spent €70 million three years ago. 8.5

Ángel Correa

Passed up a possible scoring chance with Rulli out of the net to create an opportunity for Carrasco — that decision was a key moment in the first 45. Later provided an assist to Suárez, his fourth goal contribution in three games this season and one of his three chances created. 7.5

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Luis Suárez

Suárez went without a shot in the first half and completed only six of eight passes, but slack defending from a harmless throw-in enabled him to open his account for the season with a right-footed 56th-minute equalizer. The club confirmed post-game that he exited the match due to left leg discomfort. 7


Rodrigo De Paul

Part of a 70th minute double change, replacing Carrasco. Active and energetic, to the point where he picked up an 85th minute booking. 5

Saúl Ñíguez

Replaced Suárez in the 70th minute. Once again shifted out to left wingback and ultimately played a heroic role — his 95th-minute long ball ended up rolling into the net after a wayward Rulli missed Aïssa Mandi’s back header. 6

Geoffrey Kondogbia

Part of an 80th minute double change, replacing Lemar. Forced into an attacking role, misplaced only one pass and helped the colchoneros keep the ball as they chased the game. 5.5

Matheus Cunha

Replaced Hermoso in the 80th minute. Not an ideal situation for a debut appearance, and he took only five touches, but Cunha looked lively in his limited time. N/A

Renan Lodi

Replaced Giménez in the 88th minute. Did not make a significant impact. N/A

Poll

Mattress Maker of the Match versus Villarreal:

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    Thomas Lemar
    (141 votes)
  • 4%
    Luis Suárez
    (11 votes)
  • 13%
    Ángel Correa
    (32 votes)
  • 24%
    Aïssa Mandi
    (60 votes)
244 votes total Vote Now