Atletico Stumbled and Left the Spanish League Red Hot
The Athletic Club beat Atletico de Madrid 2-1 in San Mames, with a definitive goal from Inigo Martinez in the 86th minute, and further tightened a league in which the mattress team continues to give an advantage and in which Barcelona he can be the leader on Thursday if he beats Granada in the game he has pending, while Real Madrid and Sevilla are serious candidates.
Athletic Club beat Atletico de Madrid 2-1 in San Mames, with a final goal from Inigo Martinez in the 86th minute, and further tightened a league in which the mattress team continues to give an advantage and in which Barcelona He can be the leader on Thursday if he beats Granada in the game he has pending, while Real Madrid and Sevilla are serious candidates.
Before the international center-back achieved the final 2-1, Alex Berenguer had opened the scoring with a header in the 8th minute and Stefan Savic had tied, also with a header in 77. Despite the defeat, Atlético maintains the lead with two points ahead of Madrid and Barcelona, this one with a game less, and Athletic maintains the tenth place with 41 points, eight of the European places.
Simeone repeated the eleven that he won against Huesca, with the only forced change from Felipe to Giménez, while Marcelino decided to continue giving confidence to the young Villalibre, Morcillo and Sancet.
And the lanky Navarrese midfielder seemed to want to thank him by sending the clash at the start and mounting the counter that ended in the first goal. Sancet deepened towards Capa, who, although the ball was long, managed to cross.
He was not going to a teammate that center, but Felipe deflected the ball in his attempt to cover and left the ball in Berenguer’s head so that the Navarrese also scored the eighth goal in this league championship. It was the award for the best local start, Sancet’s game and Berenguer’s nose.
To whom a hasty decision by the referee prevented him from seeking the 2-0 in a hand only against Oblak who was looking for a ball that came to him after Sancet fought it, which was the subject of a foul but managed to give continuity to the ball. Atlético reacted even without a good game, but forcing corners and making several arrivals.
The best, although without becoming clear scoring chances, a header from Carrasco to the center of Correa and a beautiful shot at the turn of the current Argentine striker who went away. Athletic resumed command, in the game that was not so much in possession, and, with the doubt as to whether Llorente had won the second yellow after half an hour, Villalibre, Capa and Sancet besieged the visiting goal.
Sancer’s shots, headed in the small area, and Capa, very strong from the front, went out, but in the first of them, the ‘Bufalo’ Villalibre, very skilled in the melee, forced to respond to Oblak at the first suit at the height of his recognized solvency. The first part ended with the bad news of an injury to Ander Capa, one of the best so far, which did not look good.
The second half began with Atletico asking for a penalty in a Correa center that clearly hit Nunez’s elbow, and three shots in a row by Llorente, Correa and Carrasco that did not find a goal. Nor did Sancet hit between the three sticks in the shot from the edge with which he finished a counter from area to area that Morcillo took after Saúl’s error. It could have been 2-0 as he also promised another counterattack in which Villalibre and Morcillo did not understand each other as it should.
The game was not going the way Atletico wanted and Simeone, at the time of the game, took out the three recovered ones that he preferred not to start: Lemar, Joao Félix and Luis Suarez. He was too offensive and eleven and balanced it with Torreira to begin the siege on Simón’s area. The attack was intense but with hardly any options, beyond a couple of actions by Lemar and Carrasco without great danger.
What’s more, the best chance was for Unai Lopez to center William, but the local midfielder was blocked from shooting. But Atletico’s dominance was already overwhelming and in one of the corner kicks that the colchoneros forced Savic tied. Carrasco tempered at the near post and Savic beat the ‘short’ Balenziaga and Dani García there and the ball he combed was unopposed because Simón had gone wrong.