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Real Madrid 1-1 Atlético de Madrid: Player Ratings

Late fireworks and refereeing decisions produced the headlines at the Bernabéu.

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Called into action early with a good stop on a dipping Marco Asensio shot. Made reaction saves on substitutes Eduardo Camavinga and Aurélien Tchouaméni before 18-year-old Álvaro Rodríguez beat him with a free header from Luka Modrić’s corner. 7

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Picked up where he left off in last month’s Copa del Rey quarterfinal, teaming up with Pablo Barrios this time to provide good cover on Vinícius Júnior. Needed a bit more from him offensively, specifically from his crossing, which remains spotty. 6


Good first half for the grizzled veteran, who made five recoveries and capably kept Vinícius and Karim Benzema in front of him. Passed accurately throughout and picked up only one foul. 7


Positioned himself expertly in the first half to make a couple big clearances, was solid overall once again. Caught flat-footed on Real Madrid’s late equalizer, unable to break away from Benzema as Modrić’s floating delivery found Álvaro Rodríguez. One of Hermoso, José Giménez, or Álvaro Morata had to be marking the teenager. 6.5


Tucked in to central defense and ceded the left flank to Saúl Ñíguez when the Colchoneros were out of possession. Stretchered off midway through the first half with a right leg injury — later confirmed to be a season-ending cruciate ligament tear. N/A

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Nearly sent Marcos Llorente through at the end of the first half with a pass that demonstrated his vision, but he just couldn’t weight it properly. Fairly smooth (three dribbles) and composed (86 percent pass accuracy) with the ball at his feet. Wouldn’t have taken him off at halftime. 6.5


Led all Atlético Madrid players with 41 first-half touches, constantly moving, directing traffic, winning the second ball. Toed the line well while on a yellow card in a battling second half. 7


Swung and missed at a Nahuel Molina cross that dropped to him in the penalty area on the first action of the second half. Kept up defensively in an awkward but effective display that saw him removed with 15 minutes left as Diego Simeone opted to change tack. 5.5


Challenged Thibaut Courtois midway through the first half with an effort from just inside the penalty area. Pushed to left wing-back after Reinildo’s injury but looked inspired to attack with the flank mostly to himself — he set up Antoine Griezmann for a volleyed chance at the edge of the area that the Frenchman hit just wide. 7


Hemmed in for much of the first half. Unable to break free for many of the galloping runs Simeone would have hoped to see, but you sensed danger whenever he got some space. Booked for a shove on Vinícius and had to come off before the hour looking a little worse for wear. 6

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Started as the lone forward but aimed to drop deeper and keep play moving with short, crisp passing. Nearly opened the scoring on the hour but spun his shot wide of the post. Delivered the free kick that Giménez headed home in the 79th minute. 7.5


Entered for Reinildo in the 23rd minute. Could have put a Yannick Carrasco corner in behind Courtois for the game’s opening goal but got the header all wrong. Hoofed away nearly every ball that came near him in a no-nonsense display at the back, and got forward to open the scoring with a thundering header from Griezmann’s free kick. 8.5


Entered for Barrios at halftime. Gave Griezmann a strike partner, baited Nacho into a cheap yellow card a few minutes before the hour. Sent off for a shove on Antonio Rüdiger as Atlético were preparing for a throw-in — the German flopped, but Correa could not afford to put himself in a position where Rüdiger could take advantage of him and referee Jesús Gil Manzano could make a headline. Tough break, and it shouldn’t have been a red, but Correa wasn’t blameless.

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Replaced Llorente in the 57th minute. As neat and efficient on the ball as we’ve come to expect but he made subpar decisions (especially in his own half) that left him unable to really impact the game. Barrios might be close to surpassing him in the pecking order. 4.5


Replaced Saúl in the 76th minute. Probably should have done better on Álvaro Rodríguez’s 85th-minute equalizer. Later went down in a halfhearted penalty appeal that drew Éder Militão’s ire.


Replaced Koke in the 76th minute. Thrown on to shore up midfield and held his ground well. N/A