Real Madrid player ratings vs Atletico: Alvaro Rodriguez scores huge goal in second La Liga appearance but midfield flops

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Real Madrid were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw after falling victim to a signature Diego Simeone performance.

The first half was ideal for Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone. Neither side created much, while Real Madrid's dangerous winger Vinicius Junior stayed quiet.

And even though Real Madrid found some more zip after the break, 10-man Atleti struck first, with Jose Maria Gimenez meeting Antoine Griezmann's cross to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Los Blancos found an equaliser shortly after, though, with 18-year-old Alvaro Rodriguez knocking in a late equaliser to share the spoils in just his second-ever La Liga outing.

GOAL rates Real Madrid's players from Santiago Bernabeu...

  1. Goalkeeper & Defence

    Goalkeeper & Defence

    Thibaut Courtois (6/10):

    Helpless on Atleti's goal, didn't have much to do otherwise.

    Dani Carvajal (6/10):

    Stopped Atleti on the break a couple of times, but didn't offer enough attacking thrust.

    Eder Militao (6/10):

    Made some interesting forward runs, and should've tracked Gimenez on the opener.

    Antonio Rudiger (6/10):

    Got Angel Correa sent off with some wonderful theatrics.

    Nacho (6/10):

    A solid shift at left-back, not much in the way of creativity.

  2. Midfield

    Federico Valverde (6/10):

    Back into central midfield for the second straight game. Looked the best of the starting three. Lashed one narrowly wide from 20 yards out.

    Toni Kroos (5/10):

    Could have moved the ball quicker.

    Dani Ceballos (5/10):

    Reliable, agreeable, but needed to offer a creative spark. First midfielder subbed off.

  3. Attack


    Marco Asensio (6/10):

    Put one shot on goal, had a good chance on his right foot, but cut back onto his stronger left. A thoroughly frustrating footballer sometimes.

    Karim Benzema (6/10):

    Did all of the Benzema things without actually scoring. These are usually the games when he steps up.

    Vinicius Junior (7/10):

    Real Madrid's major outlet, as expected. Swarmed every time he got the ball. Created a bit more in the latter stages.

  4. Subs & Manager

    Luka Modric (6/10):

    Some lovely turns and passes, but lacked the incisive play Real Madrid needed off the bench.

    Eduardo Camavinga (6/10):

    Won the ball a lot, didn't do too much else.

    Aurelien Tchouameni (6/10):

    Almost smashed one in from distance.

    Alvaro Rodriguez (8/10)

    Bagged the equaliser with a wonderful header.

    Carlo Ancelotti (5/10):

    It was a rough day for the manager, who must have surely known the game Atleti would play. Real were too predictable, too slow on the ball, and often looked out of ideas. The only consolation for Ancelotti is that they could have dropped all three points and avoided that fate.