Atlético Madrid moved level with Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Sunday night, but had to do it the hard way against Athletic Bilbao in a competitive match in the Vicente Calderón.
After falling behind, the red and whites fought back through Saúl Ñíguez and Antoine Griezmann to turn the game around, as Raúl García returned for the first time since joining the Basque side in the summer.
Read on to see how we rated the players’ performances:
Jan Oblak – 7
Nothing he could do for the goal, and if it weren’t for him we would probably be going home with nothing tonight. Made 3 or 4 vital interventions and relieved pressure on the defence on numerous occasins. One of the world’s best.
Juanfran – 6
Didn’t offer his usual threat in attack, with Iñaki Williams doing a good defensive job and stifling him for much of the match. In defence, much more solid than Filipe on the other side and was energetic as always.
Diego Godín – 7
When seeing out a one-goal lead, nobody is better than Godín who helped lead us to perhaps our biggest win so far this season. Had a couple of dodgy moments earlier in the match, but came up big time when needed towards the end.
Josema Giménez – 7
A few questions have been asked of him lately given the emergence of Stefan Savic, but he was solid for the most part today and like Godín stood strong towards the end. A few erratic passes, but nothing too costly.
Filipe Luís – 5
Has been much improved recently, but this wasn’t one of his better outings. Athletic had a lot of joy on his side of the pitch, which was left vacated too often as we chased the second goal. Tried to link up with Carrasco but to little effect.
Gabi – 7
Marshalled the midfield from start to finish with his usual authority, working tirelessly to help secure the win. Looking like the 2013/14 version of himself once again, and with Tiago missing he is now probably our most important player again.
Saúl Ñíguez – 7
Guilty of losing the ball a few times in the first half, but grew alongside the rest of the team as the match went on. Another great experience for him, and he showed once again the threat he also has in front of goal. Equaliser came at a vital time.
Koke – 8 (Man of the match)
Looks very much like the best version of Koke is back. Hard to believe he is 23 given his maturity. Everywhere on the pitch, helped linked midfield to attack but also got through his share of defensive work, and set up the equaliser with a trademark corner. Great game.
Yannick Carrasco – 6
Surprisingly under-par today, given the level we have gotten used to him in recent weeks. Don’t remember him getting the better of Bovéda at all before going off, but he did force the corner for Saúl’s goal with an excellent volleyed effort.
Antoine Griezmann – 7
Did what all great forward players do, coming up with the match winning moment despite a quiet showing. Special goal as well, brilliant technique to curl the ball past Iraizoz and between the posts. Not sure about his new hair, however.
Luciano Vietto – 6
Has impressed in recent weeks, but was quiet today against two bustling centre-backs in Laporte and Etxeita. Did well when he was involved, and found the net with a clever header that was correctly ruled offside.
Ángel Correa – 7
It wasn’t the type of game for his dribbling and flair, but he showed the other part of his game, getting stuck in and causing problems with his fight and desire. Forced the winning goal for Griezmann by pressing Rico and forcing a mistake.
Fernando Torres – 6
Did everythin that Cholo would’ve asked off of the bench, and gave Athletic’s defence more of a physical battle than Vietto. Ran himself into the ground and held the ball up well, and looks fit and sharp. Just needs that 100th goal.
Stefan Savic – N/A
Do you agree with our ratings? Who was your man of the match tonight?