Real Madrid moved back to the top of the La Liga standings with a hard-fought 2-1 win in the derby against Atletico Madrid. While Los Rojiblancos put up strong resistance early on, they completely crumbled later in the game.
There are only positives to take away for Los Blancos as they continue their nine-game unbeaten streak across all competitions. However, questions have to be asked about Atleti’s subpar performance despite a late fightback and Diego Simeone has a lot to think about in the upcoming international break.
Madrid Universal brings you the player ratings for both sides from the derby on Sunday.
Thibaut Courtois: 5.5
The Belgian was far from his best upon his return to the Civitas Metropolitano. Unnecessarily gave up what would have been the team’s first clean sheet of the league season with sloppy decision-making.
Ferland Mendy: 7
The left-back was resolute and solid in defence but lacked the X-factor in the final third. Nevertheless, did well to keep the likes of Marcos Llorente subdued on the night.
David Alaba: 7
The Austrian international did not do much wrong defensively, at the same time, did nothing extraordinary. Was not tested by Simeone’s side for most of the game.
Eder Militao: 8
Back from injury and back with a bang. Militao once again showed why he is so critical to Ancelotti’s plans and above the likes of Antonio Rudiger in the pecking order.
Dani Carvajal: 8
A defensive masterclass from Real Madrid’s veteran right-back as he schooled Atletico’s forwards in their own backyard. He finished with three interceptions, two tackles, one blocked shot, one clearance and five duels won.
Toni Kroos: 7.5
Once again, Kroos was the silent link that held Real Madrid’s structure together throughout the game. He recorded a pass completion rate of 93% against Atleti and completed seven out of seven attempted long balls.
Aurelien Tchouameni: 9
What a signing this young midfielder is turning out to be for Real Madrid. On Sunday night once again, he seemed to be everywhere on the field and topped off his performance with a lovely lobbed assist for the team’s opening goal.
Luka Modric: 7.5
The Croatian is ageing like fine wine and he once again ran Los Blancos’ midfield at the Metropolitano. In his 82 minutes on the field, he made two key passes and created one big chance.
Vinicius Jr: 7
The Brazilian was at the heart of Real Madrid’s second goal which was only made possible through his dribble into the box. However, he was very quiet in the latter part of the game.
Federico Valverde: 8
The Uruguayan was a machine in Atletico’s half, winning back balls and steamrolling them forward. His goal was the perfect cherry on the cake.
Rodrygo Goes: 9
With every game, the 21-year-old Brazilian is making a stronger and stronger case to be a regular starter under Ancelotti. He scored Real Madrid’s opener with a calm, yet rock-solid finish and was a constant threat in the final third.
Antonio Rudiger: 6.5
Did well to cover at left-back for the final 15 minutes but was clearly out of position.
Eduardo Camavinga: N/A
Played only eight minutes, does not warrant a rating.
Marco Asensio: N/A
Came on only for the final four minutes.
Dani Ceballos: N/A
Played less than five minutes after coming on for Rodrygo.
Jan Oblak: 4.5
Faced three shots, saved one and conceded two.
Made clear errors in defence but still was the best Atletico defender on the night. Had a couple of good chances in front of the goal but squandered them.
Axel Witsel: 5.5
The Belgian is not a natural centre-back and his latest performance was a testament to that. Made only three defensive contributions over the 90 minutes, but completed 100% of his passes attempted.
Came under severe pressure as he had to face the brunt of not only Daniel Carvajal but Luka Modric and Federico Valverde too.
Marcos Llorente: 6
Neither a complete defensive performance nor a free-flowing display in attack. The Spaniard completed a clearance, three interceptions, a tackle and won four duels
On a historic night for him personally, as he became the player with the joint-highest appearances for the club, Koke was one of Atletico’s better performers on the night and led by example. Made two key passes and nine defensive actions.
Geoffrey Kondogbia: 5.5
Struggled to contain Real Madrid’s potent midfield trio and spent most of the time running behind the ball in the hope of making a rare recovery.
Rodrigo De Paul: 7
Was one of the few good players on the field for Los Rojiblancos and put in a positive shift going forward. Completed six dribbles on the night with a 100% completion rate.
Yannick Carrasco: 5
The Belgian looked pocketed on the night and struggled to pose a threat in front of goal. Moreover, he just completed 18 passes in 72 minutes.
Joao Felix: 2
It would require great focus and extra effort to spot Felix on the field against Real Madrid for the Portuguese international wore an invisibility cloak for the entire hour he spent on the field.
Antoine Griezmann: 7.5
Made his first start for the team this season and showed great promise. The Frenchman was a constant threat in and around the box and made three key passes in addition to his shot on target.
Matheus Cunha: 4
Came on for 30 minutes as a striker but failed to take a single shot and saw just ten touches.
Alvaro Morata: 4.5
Similar to Cunha, Morata had nothing to show for after his thirty-minute cameo.
Mario Hermoso: 6
For the second time in a month, Hermoso went from hero to zero in minutes. He scored Atletico’s only goal of the night but got himself sent off just six minutes later.
Angel Correa: N/A
No significant contribution.
Saul Niguez: N/A
Played just nine minutes, does not warrant a rating.
Real Madrid 3-1 Atletico Madrid: Player Ratings
A scintillating Madrid derby saw Real Madrid leap past Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid by a scoreline of 3-1 to book a place in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey. As one-sided as the scoreline looks, the game was far from that.
Atletico Madrid took the early lead through Alvaro Morata in the first half and held onto their lead for close to an hour. However, Rodrygo had other plans and equalised for the hosts with a stunning solo strike to force extra time.
Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr then scored in the first and second periods of extra time to give Real Madrid the win. Notably, Los Rojiblancos were down to ten men by that point, with Stefan Savic having been sent off.
Madrid Universal brings you the player ratings for both teams at the Madrid derby.
Thibaut Courtois: 8.5
Absolutely gargantuan. Made a whopping five saves to keep his side in the game throughout, including four from inside the box.
Nacho Fernandez: 7.5
Playing as a right-back, Nacho did a great job at controlling Reinildo and Antoine Griezmann.
Eder Militao: 8
Calm, cool, and composed. 13 recoveries, seven clearances, four headed clearances, one interception and six duels won in addition to a game-high 117 passes.
Antonio Rudiger: 7
Tight performance from the German, was part of Real Madrid’s resilient defence that prevented an Atleti equaliser late on.
Ferland Mendy: 4
One of the Merengues’ worst players in the first half, limited their width in the final third and did not involve in the buildup. Replaced before half-time after suffering an injury.
Luka Modric: 7.5
Played the full 120 minutes and returned to his imperial best after a mild slump in recent games. Had 136 touches, completed 94% of his passes. Led the team with 22 passes into the final third and assisted Rodrygo’s opener.
Eduardo Camavinga: 7
Did well as the pivot against Simeone’s men, and showed the world that he can compete with Aurelien Tchouameni for a spot as the holding midfielder.
Toni Kroos: 7
Reliable as ever in his 74 minutes on the field. Completed 97% of his passes, created two chances and had 11 passes into the final third. Defensively, he recorded six recoveries, a headed clearance, two clearances and won three duels.
Federico Valverde: 6
A relatively sub-par performance from the Uruguayan. Took five shots against Real Madrid, but only one hit the target. Looked slightly off from the get-go but did not make any glaring mistakes either.
Karim Benzema: 8
A lively presence in attack created three chances and took four shots on the night. Had his big moment in the first half of extra time when he found himself at the receiving end of Rodrygo’s ball across the goal. Faced with an open goal, the Frenchman gave his side the lead.
Vinicius Jr: 8.5
Phenomenal, as is the norm. Was a constant threat down the left flank, and created five chances including a big chance. Got the assist to his name on the night, though Rodrygo deservedly can claim to have been the one to spot Benzema’s good position.
Scored a solo golazo in the final minute of the game to make it 3-1 after he ran past the entire Atleti defence and beat Oblak with a low shot.
Dani Ceballos: 8.5
Kept up his good form in the derby, and found Vinicius for the final goal of the game. Sensational cameo with 120 touches despite not playing the first half.
The youngster came on in the 70th minute for Valverde and got on the scoreboard just ten minutes later. Scored a world-class goal to level things up by running beyond four Atletico defenders and poking the ball past Oblak.
Was a lively presence throughout, and injected energy into Real Madrid’s forward line when they needed it the most. Assisted the second goal with great presence of mind.
Marco Asensio: 3
Discouraging cameo disappeared on the field after coming on.
Jan Oblak: 6
Continued his poor run of form. Could have reacted better to both Rodrygo and Vinicius’ goals as he was easily beaten near the post.
Nahuel Molina: 7.5
The Argentine’s one-touch ball across the face of the goal after receiving Koke’s pass was the reason Los Rojiblancos could take the lead. Was massive in defence with six recoveries and three clearances. Not much he could do about the goals scored by Real.
Stefan Savic: 5
The veteran centre-back was taken to the cleaners by Rodrygo for Real Madrid’s equaliser but was solid for most of the remainder of the game.
Made a headless decision to commit to a late poor tackle on Camavinga. As a result, he saw a second yellow and left his team a man down for extra time.
Mario Hermoso: 6.5
Average performance from the Spanish defender was left to fight a lone bate after Savic’s sending-off.
One of the Rojiblancos’ most disappointing players against Real Madrid. Offered absolutely nothing in the final third and suffered defensively against Rodrygo in the second half.
Was absolutely vital for Atletico’s opening goal as he found Molina with a very difficult lofted ball. However, a relatively average performance from the Spanish veteran apart from his moment of magic. Nothing flashy.
Rodrigo de Paul: 7
The World Cup winner played over 80 minutes and drove Atletico’s midfield. Created two chances and a big chance, and completed 90% of his attempted 71 passes.
Thomas Lemar: 4.5
Barely visible in his 75 minutes on the field, no major contributions or extensive involvement in Atletico’s play.
Antoine Griezmann: 6.5
Led the charge for Atletico in attack and put in a hard-working defensive performance to back it up. Yet, one would expect more impact from a player of his stature.
Angel Correa: 5
Was a shadow of his true self, and lost a game-high nine duels at Santiago Bernabeu.
Alvaro Morata: 8
Helped Atletico Madrid take the lead against his former club with a simple finish into an open goal. Had just 12 passes in 63 minutes, and completed just six. Could not record a single shot on goal apart from the one he scored from.
Axel Witsel: 4.5
Came on at the hour mark for Morata as Diego Simeone looked to flip on the defensive switch. Created and missed a big chance each during his stay on the field but was horribly undone by Rodrygo for the Merengues’ equaliser. Involved in another mess-up in Real Madrid’s second as he failed to clear the ball.
Yannick Carrasco: 4
Just 22 touches and 14 passes in close to 45 minutes of action.
Memphis Depay: 6
Had a good chance to equalise in the 109th minute but put forward a tame effort. A good cameo from the Dutchman from a creative perspective, nevertheless.
Saul Niguez: 6
Good defensive numbers in his cameo but could not give Simeone’s side any edge in the final third.
Geoffrey Kondogbia: 6
Nothing flashy from the central midfielder completed 100% of his attempted dribbles.