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Villarreal 2-2 Atlético Madrid: Player Ratings

Late changes helped Atlético salvage a draw away from home.

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Starting XI:


A complicated night for the goalkeeper. In the first half, the Slovenian made an initial save to deny Gerard Moreno’s penalty and saw Dani Parejo’s rebound goal called back. But Oblak failed to catch Parejo’s free kick and conceded a sloppy goal to Pau Torres minutes later. Just before the hour, Oblak was put in a one-on-one situation and conceded another goal to Alberto Moreno. —4


Was pushed back into the defensive third for most of the match. Villarreal were able to get some dangerous crosses into the box from his side, especially during the first half bombardment. Vrsaljko replaced him in the 63rd minute. —4.5


Had a few interventions to win the ball back, but beaten on Alberto Moreno’s 58th-minute goal. He was caught out and the Villarreal defender had an open path to Oblak. —4

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Looked reckless to start the match, forcing passes and losing out to Parejo on the rebound goal that ultimately did not stand. He calmed down as the match went on and ended with five clearances, an interception, and a blocked shot. —5


Vital defensively during the first half, when Villarreal sent in waves of pressure. His eight clearances and four interceptions led all Atlético Madrid players. When Diego Simeone switched the formation in the second half, Llorente was able to get more involved offensively. —7.5


A shadow of himself in Atlético’s defensive 4-4-2 formation, unable to float into space and dribble like he usually does. Looked out of place at times in the box and gave up a penalty in the 22nd minute from a handball. Became more active as the team shifted to a more-attacking approach, and almost scored late on. —4.5


A quiet first 45 turned into an eventful second half for the midfielder. Kondogbia tied the game in the 67th minute, lashing home a rebound following a Gerónimo Rulli save on Ángel Correa. Minutes later he received a yellow card for arguing with the referee and he picked up his second in extra time for a foul on Yeremy Pino. —6

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De Paul

Had a hard time maintaining possession, as many of his long balls looked closer to desperate searches rather than accurate passes through. But the Argentine had a hand in Atlético’s few positive attacking moments in the first half, including a great ball for Matheus Cunha in the 18th minute. —6


Wasn't able to get many shots off himself, but had two key passes in the game and improved after halftime. The Belgian was drawn into a tough matchup with Pervis Estupiñán and ended the game with two tackles. —5.5


His biggest opportunity came from De Paul’s through ball, where the Brazilian opened up his body and had a crack on net to a big save from Rulli. Koke replaced him in the second half. —6


Continuing to show his value. Scored a 10th-minute golazo, intercepting Parejo’s pass with an outstretched leg and making the quick decision to loft the ball over a wayward Rulli’s head into the back of the net. Correa’s threat returned in the second half and he had another great chance to score before Kondogbia converted his rebound. —7.5

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Slotting Vrsaljko into the defense allowed Llorente to move further forward and saw the team shift into a back three. His addition was key to the team’s ability to fight back and create better chances in the second half. —6


Entered on the hour. Kept possession through simple passing and used his fresh legs to help energize the midfield. —6

João Félix

Villarreal attempted to thwart him from gaining momentum with physical challenges. When the attacker had some breathing room, he was able to dribble through and win some free kicks. —5.5


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