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Real Madrid CF 1-1 Atlético de Madrid: Player Ratings

Los Rojiblancos snatch a point at the death.

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Nothing he could do for Brahim Díaz’s 20th-minute goal, as the Real Madrid attacker dribbled all the way through the penalty area and gleefully scored from a powerful close-range shot. Made a spectacular stop on Rodrygo Goes midway through the second half, snuffing out a 4v2 opportunity for the hosts. 5


Preferred to Nahuel Molina but started the game slowly. Created a decent headed chance for Saúl Ñíguez about 10 minutes before halftime, but the midfielder sent it just wide. Pushed into midfield after halftime and remained quiet...until the very end of the game, when his close-range header snuck under the crossbar and into the net to secure the draw. 8


Had the ball in the net less than three minutes into the second half, but his goal was disallowed as Saúl was in an offside position and impeded Andriy Lunin’s ability to play the ball (the goalkeeper made no effort to stop Savić’s header). Caught out for pace a couple times but this was one of the Montenegrin’s better displays this season — and his ball into the box for Memphis set up the equalizer. 6


Deployed as the most-central of the three center-backs after Mario Hermoso struggled in the role against Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday. Forced Lunin into a spectacular save midway through the first half, just unable to guide his header a little bit higher. A secure showing defensively, cleaned up well in behind. 6


Allowed Jude Bellingham to blow by him early on as Madrid sought to set the tone. It wasn’t the only time in the first half that Hermoso struggled to keep up with the game’s pace — Madrid targeted him frequently in the first half, knowing that he is not the most focused or composed defender. Those efforts paid off before halftime, as Hermoso picked up a yellow for pulling back Fede Valverde. 4


Got the nod over Samuel Lino and looked lively in the game’s early stages. But he was completely out of his depth defensively — Lucas Vázquez ran the show on his side, and it was his errant headed clearance that ended up at Brahim’s feet, starting the move that culminated in a goal. Let’s call this a learning experience for the 23-year-old. 2

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The captain participated in his 23rd derby in LALIGA. Bellingham hounded him throughout, leaving him little time or space on the ball and rendering him unable to take command of this game as he did in the Copa del Rey round of 16 encounter two weeks ago. He made a mistake on Brahim’s opener, failing to clear the ball and instead teeing up the Madrid attacker for his goal. 4

De Paul

Pinged a couple promising passes into space in the Real Madrid half, but he created zero chances as Los Blancos shut down potential opening after potential opening. 5


A surprise choice in place of Pablo Barrios, but Simeone has trusted Saúl in each derby during the 2023/24 season — the veteran midfielder has started all four games against Madrid. Yet he is clearly the weakest link in Atlético Madrid’s team due to his inability to circulate the ball reliably, and he doesn't have the foot speed to recover positionally when he’s caught too high up the pitch. A huge deflection off his leg from a Vázquez cross slowed the ball down for Brahim before he opened the scoring, and Saúl was later booked for going in late on Eduardo Camavinga. He will miss next weekend’s game at Sevilla.


Created Atlético’s first real chance with a lovely through ball to Álvaro Morata, did little of note for the rest of the first half and much of the second — though his dead-ball deliveries were good and his work rate throughout was commendable. Swung in a perfect corner for Savić to equalize, but the goal was ruled out. Tried to fool Lunin with a close-range no-look back heel with 15 minutes to go, but the Ukrainian was up to the task. 5


Recovered quickly from the knock he picked up during last Sunday’s win over Valencia and gave a breather to the red-hot Memphis Depay. Contributed little and will look forward to recapturing form on Wednesday against Athletic Club. 3


Replaced Riquelme at halftime. A couple promising deliveries from the right, but still can’t seem to string together consecutive strong performances. 5


Entered for Saúl in the 61st minute. Like Rodrigo Riquelme, he looked enthusiastic (if not lively) upon taking to the pitch, but he never found the space to challenge Lunin. 4


Entered for Morata in the 61st minute. Largely unnoticed until he popped up with an assist — a neat back header — for Marcos Llorente in the third minute of second-half stoppage time. Has seven goal contributions in his past six games between LALIGA and the Copa del Rey. 7

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Replaced de Paul in the 61st minute. Tasked with running the midfield himself for the final 20 minutes, passed crisply but saw a yellow for cutting down Luka Modrić on the counterattack. 5


Entered for Koke in the 68th minute. Might have been better to throw him on at halftime. A proper threat cutting inside from the right, pinning back Ferland Mendy and crafting that big chance for Griezmann. 5.5