La Liga: Real Sociedad 0 – 4 Atlético

Atlético get their first away win of the season

Falcao scores 3 goals (AS)

Falcao scores 3 goals (AS)

It took nine tries, but for the first time this season Atlético Madrid have finally taken their first three points away from home.

For the third consecutive game we shut out our opponents. And after a great team performance and a hat-trick by Falcao, we beat Real Sociedad at Anoeta.

Diego Simeone decided not to make any changes to the line-up that convincingly beat Villarreal. This meant that Álvaro Domínguez and Luis Perea, both sitting out suspension last week, were on the bench, with Juanfran again starting at right back.

The only change on the team sheet was Mario Suárez, with his fresh new haircut, who took the place of the suspended Tiago.

The Rojiblancos were off to a great start. After a mistake in defence, Arda Turan was give a good opportunity to score. His shot was stopped, but Diego picked up the ball and crossed it, only for the pass to be blocked by the hands of Demidov.

Referee Muñíz Fernández didn’t hesitate and pointed to the spot. Falcao converted the penalty kick and so Atleti were leading after just 130 seconds.

With six penalties taken this season, El Tigre still has a 100% conversion rate.

Falcao nearly scored his second a little later, but Adrián’s cross was played behind him and Diego’s shot in the follow up was blocked.

Atlético were close to doubling their lead, but more than once the final pass was lacking. Real Sociedad struggled to keep up with the pace and seemed intimidated by Atlético’s physical approach.

In the first half we committed three times more fouls than the home side, which lead to two dangerous free kicks just outside the box. But aside from those moments, La Real were unable of breaking down the wall Diego Simeone has put up.

Atlético started the second half similar to the first and again immediately struck after kick off. Juanfran played a one-two with Falcao and then crossed to Adrián, who scored in two instances.

In the remainder of the match Atleti created few chances, but instead sat back and let Real Sociedad come at them. The Txuri Urdin won a lot of corners and set pieces, but Courtois collected everyone the Basques threw at him.

In the final minutes Radamel Falcao decided the match. After a quick break by Juanfran and Adrián, the striker received the ball far from goal. Claudio Bravo never could have expected the fantastic lob produced by Falcao that beat him from 35 meters out.

And the game still wasn’t over. In the final minutes substitute Koke delivered the ball brilliantly to Falcao, who completed his hat-trick after La Real’s defenders had completely given up.

The only downside of our performance tonight were the many yellow cards we picked up. As a result of our aggressive approach we will be without Gabi and Diego against Osasuna, as they picked up their fifth yellow cards of the campaign.

Line-up: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Filipe (“85 Domínguez); Diego (“80 Koke), Mario (“68 Assunção), Gabi, Arda; Adrián and Falcao

Goals: 0-1 Falcao p.k. (“3); 0-2 Adrián (“47); 0-3 Falcao (“83); 0-4 Falcao (“91)

  • falcao


    Very stunning performance, and amazing away win, Falcao seems to be back? And Adrian good as always!
    Cholo you’re the Einstein of football!

  • Nipe96

    A win against Osasuna and we can maybe hope to dream about CL again!

  • 7th

    i am happy with the performance and the result, and i am even more happy for koke who seems will take diego place vs osasuna.

    AUPA atleti

  • Lubo

    I think nobody expected this result. But it was stunning defensive performance that lead us to victory today. Yes, lots of yellow cards, lots of fouls, but I hope that also means Koke will start against Osasuna.

  • Sinan

    I couldn’t see the match due to work, could anyone tell me how Falcao and Arda played

  • Mais

    falcao did very well, showed skill outside the box with back and forth
    arda, as usual, great player

  • dgsozkan

    After a long long time I’ve really enjoyed whole 90 minutes. There is nothing much to say. First away victory, a stunning away victory. It’s obvious that the team plays better when both Falcao and Adrian on the ground. Both of them are more efficient when they play together. Falcao’s second goal was a masterpiece. Quick thinking and a marvelous shot. It clears that why he cost us that much money. Adrian is very well as usual. As I recall we scored only two away goals so far.If I’m not wrong , than it means we have just doubled previous away goals in one game.Simeone deserves to credit. I hope the performance we showed wouldn’t be temporary.

    I wanna say a few words about Koke, we are supporting him since the beginning of the season. It’s the support he deserves for sure. When he takes more minutes ,he will meet the expactations I believe. He played only 10 minutes today.Besides the his assist to Falcao , he showed good signs when he get the ball.

  • shlomgar

    We can really see Simeones’ arrival as a motivation boost for this group of players. We have a deep squad and good subs so I guess that’s why el-Cholo isn’t afraid of yellow cards issues. Aggressiveness is the answer apparently.

    I’m happy for Juanfran, Adrian and Koke who find their place in the squad, Gabi is essential and should stay to become an Atleti icon, like his coach.

    Aupa Atleti!

  • Davide

    Just finished watching the Sevilla derby. I am so extremely happy Reyes left. I also feel sorry for Sevilla. He was annoying Negredo all night. Negredo made a lot good runs, but Reyes was always stopping with the ball and trying take on 2-3 defenders, and always loosing it. He is always trying to be the hero without actually having the credentials to pull it off. And today Sevilla suffered for it.

    We can clearly see that Cholo has made it clear to the players that there are no egos is the squad. Every works equally hard and plays as a unit. He does not want heroes, he wants the team to play as a Panzer unit or a Roman testudo.

    This was always lacking in Atlético under many managers, the team spirit and unity. We play as a team and we die as a team.

  • Germany

    thats the way how i know the broncos

  • Stefa

    Fantastic!!! Vamos Mi Atleti!!!!

  • Javi Lozoya

    The Simeone effect is finally paying off, this was meant to happen with Cholo’s arrival, a compact team, a good solid defense, agressive, always pressuring the opponent, playing simple never giving up with an actual identity and style of playing game, and a fighting spirit that had always characterized Atleti’s rich history. Simeone is a good tactician and strategist not only a good motivator, it’s nice to see an idol like him having temporarily success, grande Cholo!. First away victory since last season, three clean sheets in 3 matches, the defense has been just amazing, Godin is finally shining as well as Miranda, and Juanfran, very good game from the back four. Great performance overall. Hope we can continue on winning ways.

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  • Javi

    I likey
    Simeone is getting it done
    Very humble but very good
    Loved how they all battled, Gabi was a warrior like juanfran, falcao’s 2nd belongs in a museum of fine arts, and koke’s pass for the 3d was beautiful as was the entire sequence for the 3&4th goals
    Gotta admit real Sociedad had given up by then but it’s because of the incestant preassure all over the field all game long-it works
    Atleti is fun to watch again (except for Mario-he needs to give up his spot to Koke or Tiago, Mario needs to be traded with Costa for a good right fullback-although juanfran is surprisingly good there)
    Thank you cholo

  • starvs

    Can this be real? Will the Cholo effect last? Can it?

  • Ian

    Just saw the highlights, and all of the goals are AWESOME!!
    Juanfran looks a different player, we might not need to look for another right back if he plays like that!!
    and looking at the goals, we seem to beating offside traps tremendously these past 2 games, and Falcao’s 2nd goal, that was really a classy one.

    Now we just gotta hope it’s not the “new coach syndrome” that Atleti usually has (great for only 3-4 first games, and then flopped again..)

  • Erwinito

    Great performance yesterday!!! Aupa Atléti!!!

  • Robel

    Erwinito, it’s “Atleti”, without an acute accent on the “e.” If it’s “Atlético,” then there is an acute accent on the “e.”

  • k14

    I know its early to fire up with all this hype, but I would also like to add that real Socidad only conceded 7 goals in 8 home matchs, and lost only 2 with a 1 goal difference to Real madrid and athletic bilbao.

    So let alone winning at that difficult stadium, our new Atlleti did it in the most marvelous dominant fashion, contrary to our horrible previous away record.

    So … CHEERS !!

  • Sergio Lopez

    Superb game! I am very glad for both Simeone and Atletico!