Stunning save denied Uche, and was unsighted by a wall of players as Piatti's volley nicked in his near post. His handling as always was excellent.
Made a return to the first team after a spell on the sidelines, but was slow to get out to Piatti at Almeria's equaliser. Otherwise, had a solid enough comeback to the side.
A vast improvement on last week's disaster at Villarreal, but still fails to inspire great confidence when operating in the centre of defence, and didn't enjoy the presence of Uche in the first half especially. Perhaps lucky to only receive a yellow card for his wild lunge on Crusat.
Looked more comfortable going forward as he did not appreciate facing the quick and tricky Pablo Piatti, who gave the Brazilian a difficult evening in his own half of the pitch.
His attacking influence paid dividends in the first half as his cross led to Sergio Aguero's goal, but as part of Atletico Madrid's defensive unit, remains far from convincing.
Performed his usual tidy role in the centre of the pitch, but offered nothing in terms of forward momentum as Atleti chased the victory. Blazed a shot hopelessly over the crossbar.
The captain tried desperately to drive the team to victory in the second half, and linked reasonably well with the overlapping Filipe, and was one of the few Atleti players attempting to invent opportunities.
Decent effort at the start of the second half was well saved by Diego Alves, but his performance overall just wasn't to the standard that coach Quique Sanchez Flores would like, as his poor season continued. Booked for an ill-advised lunge on Piatti.
José Antonio Reyes
Had a lively first half, and should have won a penalty for his team when drawing a foul from Albert Crusat, but injury curtailed his evening and he was replaced at half time.
Close to returning to match sharpness, as highlighted by his instincts as he poked home the opening goal, but as the match wore on he could not escape the shackles of the Almeria back line who defended well against him.
Looked more lively this evening that he has been in recent outings, but found a goalkeeper in Diego Alves who denied him on three occasions. No goal in ten outings now for the Uruguayan.
Made a string of excellent saves, particularly in the first half, and was let down his defenders when palming Reyes' header out and Aguero opened the scoring.
Too often gave Sergio Aguero too much space inside the area and failed to follow the Argentine when he dropped off to get involved in the play in the first half, but improved as the match went on and made crucial interceptions.
Most of Atleti's play came on his side of the pitch in the second half, but he stood up to the task well, and limited Simao's influence by working hard to stop his crosses at source.
The former Atletico Madrid man would have been relieved to see Reyes go off at half time after struggling to deal with him, but coped far better with Fran Merida in the second half.
Almeria's best defensive performer on the night, marshaling Aguero in the second half and not allowing the Argentine the space he was allowed in the first half.
Performed a reasonable job breaking up the play in the centre of the pitch, and remaining vigilant at the attempts of Forlan and Aguero to drop deep.
Always willing to put pressure on Atleti's midfield when they were in possession, forcing them into making mistakes and feeding the pacy front three.
Extremely fortunate not to concede a penalty within the opening minutes, but always made himself available in the final third and worked extremely hard. Always willing to run at the Atleti defence and use his pace.
Worked as hard as anyone to ensure that Atletico's build up remained disjointed, and was always looking to spark a counter attack.
By far Almeria's most dangerous player on the night, refusing to allow defensive pairing Perea & Dominguez any time to settle, and forcing De Gea into a wonderful save just before Piatti's equaliser.
Always a threat coming in from the wing and linking with Uche, and his instinctive volley in first half injury time gave his team a route back into the match. His dribbling ability and close control was a constant threat, as Almeria threatened on the counter attack in the second half.
- 27 Joel Robles
- 3 Antonio López
- 4 Mario Suárez
Came on for last ten minutes, and a shot that went twenty yards wide of the target summed up what little influence his introduction had.
- 6 Ignacio Camacho
Replaced Reyes at half time but could not reproduce the form of his teammate, and aside from one volley that whizzed wide, was frustrated.
Came on for Forlan but apart from one ludicrous dive, did absolutely nothing of any note.