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Girona FC 4-3 Atlético de Madrid: Player Ratings

A seven-goal thriller ends in despair for Los Colchoneros.

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Had two saves and conceded three goals in a pulsating first half. Many of Girona’s opportunities put the Atlético Madrid keeper in tough spots, with the Atlético defense lacking the physical or mental ability to thwart wave after wave of attacking football. The second half saw more action, forcing Oblak to make a save in the 61st minute against Pablo Torre to keep the score level and another in the 73rd minute against Yan Couto. Iván Martín got the better of the Slovenian in extra time with his winning strike into the top corner. 4


Facing his former club, the 23-year-old was played all over the pitch, switching positions as Diego Simeone moved his pieces on his chess board. While in the midfield, Riquelme found his rhythm after being given the runaround at right wing-back, and the Spaniard continued to impact as a left wing-back in the second half — although he was guilty of marking open air as Girona made it 3-1 before halftime. 7

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Took no chances in a ridiculously-open game — in the second half, Giménez looked to clear the ball when it came his way. 4.5


The Belgian was composed as ever on the ball and broke lines often, even sprinting into the final third on occasion. Defensively, Witsel was caught off-guard early on, unable to subdue Valery Fernández’s cut inside and finish from outside the box on two minutes. 4


Was caught ball watching on Girona’s second goal of the game and failed to track the slippery Sávio, giving him an open lane to take up the rebound on Jan Oblak’s original save and bring the score to 2-1. As the match continued, the defender was quick to clear the ball and move forward when the chance arose. Hermoso could have done better on Girona’s third goal and picked up a late yellow for a sloppy, misplaced tackle. 3.5


An unremarkable 45 minutes of play from the left wing-back, who spent considerable time being pinned backward by Sávio and Artem Dovbyk. Simeone opted to take him out at halftime and shift the more-impactful Rodrigo Riquelme to the left-hand side. 3.5


One of the captain’s worst-ever showings in a decisive game. As sharp as he was on the ball (66/67 passing accuracy), Koke made multiple serious blunders that ultimately led to three Girona goals. He was dispossessed in his own penalty area by Iván Martín just before Sávio scored to give the hosts a 2-1 lead, he played Daley Blind onside for their third goal, and failed to pry the ball free from Martín just before the midfielder scored the second-half stoppage time winner. 2.5

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Started in midfield, quickly moved over to right wing-back as Atlético went behind early and were being overpowered on the flanks. He helped change the momentum with his pressing, strength, and accurate passing. 5

De Paul

A quality showing from de Paul, who was able to pick up two assists on the night, driving forward on the ball and exploiting a gap created in between Daley Blind and Miguel Gutiérrez. 8

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Played too far behind the forward line for much of the game, but played a fantastic pass for Morata to equalize on 14 minutes. 6.5


The striker grabbed his first hat trick for Atlético, a game to remember individually — and it might have been good enough to secure a draw on another day. Morata narrowly stayed onside to equalize inside 15 minutes before a superb finish made it 3-2 before halftime and a shot from a difficult angle leveled the scores early in the second half. 9

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Connected well with Llorente and De Paul after entering the match at halftime, but his lack of final-third end product is sorely missed. 5


Lost possession in four out of his six touches in his 13 minutes on the pitch. The Argentine has scored once in his past 15 games, and Atlético need much more out of him than that. 4

Memphis, Saúl, Azpilicueta

All were subbed on in the dying minutes of the match and were unable to do much in their limited time. Perhaps Griezmann and Morata should have simply stayed on? N/A