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Atlético de Madrid 1-0 Sevilla FC: Copa del Rey Player Ratings

An eventful Copa del Rey quarterfinal had just the one goal in it.

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Starting XI:

Oblak

A quiet match for the keeper, as Sevilla were only able to log one shot on target. The win marks the keeper’s second successive clean sheet. 5

Molina

Drew the first-half penalty with a deft sprint into the box, leaving Marcão little choice but to trip him up. That was Molina’s major contribution, as he was removed at halftime. 6

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Hermoso

Strong in the back, frequently shielding the ball out of play or getting a foot in to poke away possession from the opposition. Received a sloppy second half yellow for flying in with a high boot. 6.5

Witsel

Wasn’t pressed by the opposition, giving him sufficient time to look for a pass. Had a pinpoint through ball to Memphis in the second half, but the Dutchman’s subsequent goal was called back for offsides. Defensively, the Belgian was caught out once just after the hour, but Koke came to the rescue with a sliding interception. 5.5

Giménez

Stationed in the middle of the backline, Giménez ended the match with two clearances, a blocked shot, and a tackle. With the ball, his long passes (seven completed from nine tries) were another avenue for Atlético Madrid to build attacks. 5.5

Lino

Battled against the likes of Jesús Navas and Tanguy Nianzou on both ends of the ball. Worked hard in defense but wasn't so successful in winning individual duels, and he crafted a couple chances for himself in attack. 5.5

Saúl

Found moments with space on the ball, but couldn’t pick out passes through or take a shot to challenge Ørjan Nyland. Defensively, the midfielder won three of his four ground duels and made three recoveries. 4

Koke

The heartbeat of the team once more. Went into 50-50 challenges with gusto and was able to continue the play through his distribution — his 86 completed passes (from 91 attempts) led all players. 6.5

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De Paul

Attempted to thread the needle or look for passes through the middle with varying levels of success. Couldn’t make the same connections with Antoine Griezmann and Álvaro Morata that usually brings life into Atlético’s attack, although his defensive work (nine out of 12 ground duels won, six recoveries, six drawn fouls) was noteworthy. 4.5

Griezmann

Slipped and skied his penalty attempt in the 26th minute, with Nyland diving the opposite way. Looked fatigued at times, unable to keep his usual pace of play. The striker almost scored from an acrobatic shot on goal before his substitution in the second half. 4

Morata

Made the most of the few crosses that were lofted in, but his headers were watered down and became easy saves for Nyland in net. Was subbed off for Memphis in the 66th minute. 4.5

Subs:

Barrios

An uneventful performance for the Spaniard until added time, when he came very close to bringing down Érik Lamela in the penalty area. Lamela did go to ground, but Barrios won the ball first, and the initial penalty decision was overturned after a VAR review. 5

Llorente

His fresh legs added essential energy on the righthand side. He is in a dead heat with Nahuel Molina for starting right wing-back duties. 5.5

Memphis

Looked keen to score from the jump, making runs through and finding chances on net. Scored the winning goal in the 79th minute, sticking out his leg and tapping Ángel Correa’s low cross past Nyland. 7

Correa

Assisted Memphis’ goal, floating into the box and using his quick footwork to pick out Memphis from a few yards out. 7

Poll

Mattress Maker of the Match vs. Sevilla:

This poll is closed

  • 37%
    Memphis
    (49 votes)
  • 22%
    Correa
    (29 votes)
  • 33%
    Koke
    (44 votes)
  • 6%
    Other
    (9 votes)
131 votes total Vote Now