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Atlético Madrid 3-2 Valencia: Player Ratings

A dramatic ending gives Atlético a needed win.

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Oblak

The keeper was not at full fault for the goals conceded. His lackluster season continues though, with Valencia striking twice in the first half on low drives into the net. –4.5

Lodi

Before being subbed off for Ángel Correa at the beginning of the second half, the Brazilian pushed up the flank to send balls in the box. His attempts were either thwarted by Valencia’s defense or his crosses were off the mark. —4

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Hermoso

His performance epitomizes the game. In the first half, his mistimed tackle left Gonçalo Guedes free to drive down the field and switch the ball to Yunus Musah, who opened the scoring for the visitors on 25 minutes. On the second goal, his positioning was partly to blame for the gap Hugo Duro was able to run into. After halftime, Hermoso was moved into a more-attacking position on the left side. His efforts paid off in the 93rd minute, when he scored the winning goal from a Matheus Cunha cross. —6

Giménez

His clearances were not quire enough to stop Valencia’s counterattacking onslaught in the first half. The Uruguayan’s poor positioning opened up space for Duro to score in the 44th minute. —3.5

Vrsaljko

Misjudged the ball’s flight path on Musah’s opener, and the American cut inside to lash in Valencia’s first goal. He was unable to get many dangerous crosses in open play. Nothing came to fruition from the few he managed to send in the area. —4

Lemar

Floated into pockets of space as he likes to do, but failed to create opportunities on net. Cunha replaced him in the 57th minute and was much more impactful. —5

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Koke

Passed the ball with accuracy (91 percent), but looked hesitant to take risks and move forward. Was lucky to only get a yellow for a bad tackle on Carlos Soler in the first half. —3.5

De Paul

Worked to switch the point of attack offensively, but was overwhelmed when Guedes and Valencia’s other speedy players thumped through the midfield. —4

Carrasco

A quiet first half from the Belgian, who could not create openings or wreak havoc one-on-one. In the second half, Carrasco’s dribbling and crosses were vital in pulling Atlético Madrid back in the game. It was his corner kick that lead to Cunha’s 64th-minute tap-in, and his cross set up Correa’s 90th-minute equalizer. He was subbed off in added time after picking up an injury. —8

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Suárez

Missed his biggest chance in the 70th minute, when he found himself open in the box and skied his shot over the net. —4

João Félix

Had a few good touches in the opening minutes of the game, but had little to show for them. Surprisingly, Felipe replaced him in the second half. —4

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Correa

Helped spark Atlético back to life. Could be seen dribbling into the box from the end-line, looking for either a cross or a shot on net. His quick passing and trickery heightened the pace and tension. He scored in extra time, his eighth league goal this season, to bring the game level. The Argentine’s back-heel to Cunha helped set up the match-winner. —7.5

Cunha

Came on with an aggressive attitude and had an instant impact. In the 64th minute, Cunha bodied his way free and tapped in a corner to cut Valencia’s lead to one and give the team some much-needed motivation. In extra time, the 22-year-old sent in a cross that found an unmarked Hermoso on the left win the game. —8

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Felipe

Slotted into defense and his presence could be felt in the air, winning headers on both the offensive and defensive end. —5

Herrera

The Mexico international’s presence was felt in the midfield through his sound distribution. He always looked to move forward and find attackers up the field. —5.5

Javier Serrano

Came on for an injured Carrasco in added time and didn't have much of an impact in such limited time. —N/A

Poll

Mattress Maker of the Match Against Valencia

This poll is closed

  • 50%
    Cunha
    (106 votes)
  • 30%
    Correa
    (63 votes)
  • 18%
    Carrasco
    (38 votes)
  • 0%
    Hermoso
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Other
    (0 votes)
208 votes total Vote Now