Atlético Madrid suffered a 3-2 defeat to Getafe on Sunday night.
Referee Pérez Lasa had a huge influence on the outcome of the game and awarded two penalties, but that shouldn’t hide the fact that Atlético again disappointed with an uninspiring performance.
Paulo Assunção was a late scratch from the squad list and with Mario suspended, Gregorio Manzano decided to line up with both Tiago and Gabi in midfield.
Godín and Domínguez again started in defence, where Antonio López surprisingly slotted in at right back.
The main protagonist of the early proceedings was Pérez Lasa, who had already handed out four yellow cards after just 17 minutes. The referee would end the night with 12 bookings, while his assistants consistently made wrong calls on offside situations.
The first big opportunity of the match was for Diego Godín, but his header was saved superbly by Miguel Ángel Moyá.
The ‘keeper again did well to stop a shot by Diego some minutes later.
Getafe only threatened through set pieces. Barrada’s free kick went just over the crossbar and Alberto Lopo was shut out by a last ditch tackle from Domínguez.
In the 29th minute Diego was hacked down from behind by Lopo and Pérez Lasa had no choice but to sent off the defender and award Atleti a penalty.
Falcao sent Moyá the wrong way to give the Rojiblancos the lead. It was the first goal Atlético have scored away from home in the Liga BBVA this season.
Despite going a man down, Getafe decided to go forward in search of the equaliser and they were rewarded for their efforts when Tiago carelessly gave away a free kick on the edge of the area.
Abdel Barrada‘s earlier attempt was off target, but in the 40th minute the Frenchmen beautifully curled the ball in the top corner to tie the score.
Atlético switched off after the red card in their favour, although Arda Turan did come close to scoring, but again Moyá got a hand to it.
The Turk has been in excellent form the last weeks and again was one of our best players on the pitch in the first half.
Atlético started the second half horribly. Miranda replaced Diego Godín during half time and committed a foul immediately after the break. Abdel placed the free kick on the head of Míchel who left Courtois without a chance to make it 2-1.
It was the fourth consecutive goal that Atlético conceded in league play from a set piece.
Despite the numerical advantage Atleti failed to create opportunities as Getafe held on to their lead quite comfortably. It was actually the home side who came close to scoring again, but Barrada headed just wide.
Atlético seemed to catch a break when they were helped a hand by Juan Valera. The former Colchonero deflected a shot from distance by Álvaro Domínguez which left Moyá without a chance and the ball ended up in the back of the net, 2-2.
But not a minute later Pérez Lasa again had all spotlights point at him, when he awarded a penalty to Getafe for an alleged foul by Arda Turan.
Diego Castro stepped up and converted the spot kick.
We almost instantly conceded again, but Barrada aimed off target and let Atleti off the hook. At the other end a header by Falcao went wide.
No more goals were scored, which leaves Atlético still without a win away from home this season.
The team did manage to finally score its first away goals, but the lack of chances and a lacklustre performance against a 10-man Getafe again left a lot to be desired.
Because of the international break, Gregorio Manzano now has two weeks to prepare for our upcoming game against Levante, but doubts arise again as to whether the coach will even be in charge by then.
Line-up: Courtois; López (“70 Salvio), Godín (“46 Miranda), Domínguez, Filipe; Tiago (“57 Koke), Gabi, Arda Turan, Diego; Falcao and Adrián.
Goals: 0-1 Falcao (p.k.)(“30); 1-1 Barrada (“40); 2-1 Míchel (“49); 2-2 Domínguez (“80); 3-2 Diego Castro (p.k.)(“82)