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Manchester United 0-1 Atlético Madrid: Player Ratings

Atlético are through to the Champions League quarterfinals, and Renan Lodi is the hero.

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Clearly his best performance all season — calm, confident, and assured. Made the game’s first big save with his head to keep out Anthony Elanga’s close-range effort, then parried away a Bruno Fernandes shot seconds before halftime. A flying stop prevented Raphaël Varane from equalizing with 15 minutes to go. 8.5

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Not a right-back, but did his best to masquerade as one on a huge Champions League night. He nearly bagged an assist for João Félix toward the end of the first half, but he was offside when he received the ball from Koke, negating the goal. Struggled positionally as he drew the speedy Jadon Sancho, and Diego Simeone tried to help by having Antoine Griezmann provide cover. 5.5


A surprise inclusion after he left Friday’s win over Cádiz with a foot problem. Made five clearances in the first half (six in all) and delivered when Atlético Madrid’s defense needed him most. 7.5


Drew the Cristiano Ronaldo assignment and held him without a shot the entire game. Covered for Marcos Llorente when needed in the second half. Recorded five clearances and two interceptions. 8.5


Aggressive and physically-powerful. Made an important penalty area tackle on Bruno midway through the opening half, then brought down Elanga when the teenager found daylight on the left. That created a counterattack ending in Renan Lodi’s goal. Ronaldo couldn’t get past Reinildo, either — his remarkable positional sense has transformed Atlético’s entire defense. 8

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Risk-and-reward. Needless giveaways invited danger around Jan Oblak’s penalty area, but his one-touch passing was important in buildup. Made several monstrous defensive interventions in the second half. Hard to dislike his 90 minutes overall. 7

De Paul

Had Atlético’s first chance on 15 minutes, but David De Gea clawed out his looping long-range shot. De Gea stopped him again moments after halftime, after he had played an excellent pass to João Félix in the buildup to the Lodi winner. 6


Poor in the early going, missing multiple tackles and taking too long on the ball. Midway through the first half, he realized there were gaps in the center of the pitch and he began to drive the ball forward. Helped out where he could defensively, but Atlético’s midfield was still too soft. 5


Had an anxious start to the game, taking heavy touches and looking generally uncomfortable in the Old Trafford atmosphere. Lodi settled down quickly though and stuck Atlético in front in the 41st minute, turning in Griezmann’s cross at the back post. He gave Diogo Dalot fits all evening and has to be playing with supreme confidence after creating both goals in this tie. 9

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Little attacking-third involvement in the first half, but worked hard to make a nuisance of himself — dropping deep to press and plug gaps. He was rewarded for his efforts when Lodi tucked his floated cross into the net five minutes before halftime. Griezmann worked even harder in the second half, when he pulled right wing-back duty. 9

João Félix

Tried to connect with Lodi in the opening minutes but the Brazilian’s touch let him down. He slotted the ball past De Gea half an hour in, but Marcos Llorente was caught in an offside position. As you might guess, the Portuguese’s most pronounced involvement ultimately produced a goal — a classy backheel for Griezmann just prior to Lodi’s header. 6.5


Replaced the injured Koke in the 80th minute. Attempted one wayward shot but brought needed balance as time wound down. N/A


Replaced João Félix in the 90th minute. Made one inaccurate pass that led to a Manchester United counter. N/A


Replaced Griezmann in the 92nd minute. Not on long enough to impact the game. N/A


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