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Elche 0-2 Atlético Madrid: Player Ratings

Atlético’s win secures a Champions League spot with two games to spare.

FBL-ESP-LIGA-ELCHE-ATLETICO MADRID Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images

Starting XI:

Oblak

Good defensive work and communication allowed Oblak to have a relatively-quiet night between the sticks. The keeper did well to clear the ball and come off his line when required. —5.5

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Reinildo

Passed the ball with a purpose and made key defensive interventions, including a potential goal-saving block in the first half. His clearances and link-up along the left flank were also strong points to his well-rounded game. —6.5

Giménez

Made five clearances and four interceptions in a really active evening. The defender could also be seen going to ground to block crosses. —5

Savić

Offered good balance with the more-agile José Giménez and limited Elche’s scoring opportunities. Added four clearances and a couple interceptions. —5

Vrsaljko

Had to be subbed out five minutes into the match after picking up an injury. —N/A

Carrasco

Continued his aggressive streak on the offensive end, constantly looking to win his matchup along the endline. Defensively, Carrasco worked hard to track back after Atlético Madrid had to change formations to a 3-5-2, limiting the impact of influential full-back Johan Mójica. —6

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De Paul

Able to impact Atlético’s attacking success from the get-go with dynamic, progressive passing. In the second half, De Paul connected well with Antoine Griezmann to break down Elche’s backline and give the Argentine an easy shot to finish, making the scoreline 2-0. —7

Kondogbia

Used his physicality to win the ball back in the middle of the pitch. His work helped players like Koke have more space to turn and pass. Offensively, Kondogbia was unafraid to take a long shot or attempt an ambitious pass out wide. —6.5

Koke

The captain had a strong presence in the midfield, particularly in the first 45 minutes. He ended the match with two interceptions and 89% passing accuracy, completing 40/45 of his passes. Like Rodrigo De Paul, Koke is ending a difficult season in a strong way. —6.5

Griezmann

The Frenchman was given freedom to roam and took full advantage. In the first half, Griezmann dropped deep to receive the ball and sent one over the top to switch the play over to Renan Lodi, who set up the opening goal for Matheus Cunha. Later in the match, the former World Cup winner’s movement and quick passing set up De Paul to double the lead. —7.5

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Cunha

Continued to prove his worth through his smart, powerful runs. Cunha scored the game’s opening goal, his sixth this season, with a sliding poke into the back of the net. He finished with three shots on target and dropped deep to help link attacking moves. —7

Subs:

Lodi

Was called upon early into the game after Vrsaljko had to be subbed off. The Brazilian was vital option out wide. His low cross in the 28th minute was turned into the net by Cunha. —7

Herrera

Replaced Griezmann on 72 minutes. Moderate defensive impact, passed the ball cleanly when it was at his feet. —5

Correa

The attacker replaced De Paul in the 72nd minute. Had an open shot to score with a few minutes to go, but his shot slammed off the crossbar following a fingertip intervention from goalkeeper Édgar Badía. —5

Felipe

Came on for Carrasco and slotted in at right-back, helping to secure the clean sheet. —5

Suárez

In his 10 minutes on the pitch, Suárez set up Ángel Correa for a great chance and was called just offsides on a goal. —5

Poll

Mattress Maker of the Match at Elche

  • 13%
    De Paul
    (19 votes)
  • 18%
    Cunha
    (26 votes)
  • 65%
    Griezmann
    (94 votes)
  • 2%
    Other
    (4 votes)
143 votes total Vote Now