Atlético Madrid needed just a point against Málaga to take top spot in La Liga ahead of the winter break, but fell to a disappointing defeat as a late Diego Godín own goal gave the home side all three points.
It was something of a nightmare before Christmas for the rojiblancos, who played the last half an hour or so with 10 men after Gabi was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Read on to see our ratings for each player.
Jan Oblak – 7 (Man of the Match)
Made one particularly outstanding save to deny Charles in the first half and was solid throughout, conceding in desperately unlucky circumstances. Didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.
Juanfran – 6
Energetic as always on the wing, but can’t remember him making one telling cross all evening (lack of attacking options perhaps a reason). Did make important goalline clearance in the first half, but it ultimately counted for nothing.
Diego Godín – 5
Nothing he could do about the own goal, but Atleti didn’t look as solid in defence as usual with a few nervy moments both before and after the red card. Made a few uncharacteristic mistakes.
Josema Giménez – 6
Our best defender on the night, but still not at the level we had gotten used to him up until recently. Mainly decisive with his actions, which is good to see after a slightly unconvincing few weeks.
Filipe Luís – 5
Not his night. Was badly out of position for the goal that saw Charles find acres of space on Málaga’s right, and was given a tough time on the whole by Amrabat. Booking rules him out of trip to Rayo after Christmas.
Gabi – 5
Only made the trip today after his duty at the general elections, and even before the red card was out of sorts. Camacho and Recio played our midfield at their own game, and bought the sending off that probably decided the match.
Saúl Ñíguez – 5
Could’ve done with a little more experience and know how in his position today, as he struggled to impose himself against Málaga’s tenacious midfield. First game we’ve really missed Tiago in since his injury.
Koke – 6
Worked hard and tried, to his credit, to get the team moving, but had very little in terms of support and was on his own a lot of the time. Would like to see him drop back to central midfield in Gabi’s absence next week at Rayo.
Yannick Carrasco – 6
He could do no wrong a few weeks back after a scintillating run of form, but has showed his frustrating side and lack of experience in recent matches with some poor decisions and touches. Still, worked hard but had no luck in attack.
Antoine Griezmann – 5
Apart from on a couple of occasions, he didn’t show up for large parts of the game tonight. Atleti look to him to make the difference in attack, but on nights like this, you really have to wonder what the alternative is if he isn’t firing.
Luciano Vietto – 5
Got a silly booking and looked frustrated before being taken off at half-time. Perhaps understandably given the lack of support, but it’s clear he needs to play alongside a proper number nine rather than with another second striker.
Fernando Torres – 6
Almost created a goal out of nothing after a great run but was foiled by Kameni. Looked to make things happen but just look shot for confidence. 17 games now without a goal, the wait for the century goes on.
Thomas Partey – 5
Showed glimpses of his talent, but also his inexperience which may ultimately prevent him from succeeding with Atleti. Could be accused of not covering Charles for the goal with Filipe out of position, and gave away a needless foul on the edge of the box.