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Almazán 0-2 Atlético Madrid: Player Ratings

Atlético advanced to the next round of the Copa del Rey with a professional performance.

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Starting XI:

Jan Oblak

Faced only one shot on target from fifth-tier Almazán. The keeper had a quiet night between the sticks. —5


Opened up the play at times out wide. The defender was able to send in from the left, and they were dangerous and well-placed. —5.5

Mario Hermoso

Thoroughly enjoyed the freedom to roam that Almazán gave him. Not the best opponent to judge Hermoso against, but his passing was smooth and he stepped up to aid in offensive moves. —5

Stefan Savić

It didn’t matter that the Montenegrin was going against a fifth-tier opponent, he maintained his level of aggressiveness and his work rate, frequently dishing out short and effective passes from a very high line. —6

Naheul Molina

Pressed high up the pitch with some success. The Argentina defender frequently opted to maintain possession and pass rather than taking players on. Did not cover himself in glory with one brutal first-half miss from inside the penalty area. —5.5

João Félix

Played a freer role, moving from the lefthand side to a more central position. Missed an opportunity early on after his attempt to cut back on his right foot was halted. His first-time strike before half forced a save from Alberto González and lead to Correa turning in the rebound. In the 63rd minute, Félix connected with de Paul and skillfully sidestepped the Almazán backline to extend Atlético Madrid’s lead to 2-0. —7.5

Axel Witsel

Passed well in the middle, swinging the ball into wide areas for the squad and helping Atlético easily hang onto possession. When he could, Witsel dribbled into space and looked to take a shot. Strong defensive night for the Belgian, too. —7


Shifted out wide at many points of the match, which gave the captain opportunities to connect with Griezmann and the darting Reinildo. This was his first start since the win over Athletic Club last month, and Koke should be in good shape heading into the World Cup. —6

Marcos Llorente

Picked up a shot on target and had a couple decent chances to score, but he didn’t do much else in his 45 minutes of play. —4

Antoine Griezmann

Active in tight spaces, often drawing in a defender before gifting a one-touch pass to an open man. His efforts helped create openings for players to run into and exploit. A professional night from the France star, demonstrating commitment to the cause. —6

Ángel Correa

Always at the edge of the Almazán defense, his quick movement and attentiveness paid off after João Félix’s shot was saved in the 35th minute. The attacker was the first to the rebound, and he slotted the ball home to score his team’s first goal as Almazán’s back line was finally breached. —7


Rodrigo De Paul

Connected well with João Félix to set up the Portuguese’s second-half goal. The midfielder was heavily involved after coming on for Llorente, and the assist was his reward. —7

José María Giménez

Coming on for Savić at halftime, Giménez slipped once or twice on a rougher field surface but stepped in well for his usual partner. He was rarely troubled. –4.5

Matheus Cunha

Pushed the tempo, and drove up the middle of the pitch in one of his first involvements to win a free kick. Missed a decent effort in stoppage time which would have brought the full-time score to 3-0. –5.5