Atlético suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Real Mallorca on Sunday afternoon.
After a dreadful first half and a disastrous start to the second, Atleti woke up too late to recover from the damage.
Simeone lined up with the formation we’ve seen in recent games. The only change to the 11 players that started against Besiktas was Salvio’s inclusion over Arda Turan, who started on the bench.
Left off the match selection were captain Antonio López and Pizzi.
The first opportunity of the match was for Mario Suárez, who saw his header saved spectacularly by Dudu Aouate.
Both teams struggled with a lack of creativity and weren’t able to string together a longer sequence of passes. Atlético’s midfield and forward players failed to combine, while Filipe and Juanfran were hesitant to go forward.
It might have been the heat or our intensive run of games, but Atleti again seemed to be running on tired legs. The first half was uneventful and dull, with both teams seemingly without ideas. Beforehand a physical battle between la Liga’s highest fouling teams was expected, but there was no battle at all.
One minute before half time Mallorca had an enormous opportunity to open the scoring. Out of nowhere Víctor Casadesús appeared all alone before Thibaut Courtois, but fortunately for Atleti the goalkeeper won the 1-on-1.
Atlético must have left the dressing room with the best of intentions, but our start to the second half was disastrous. A minute into the second half Chori Castro was clear to shoot and his shot was deflected by Diego Godín into his own goal.
Still within minutes after the break Mallorca broke forward again and Pereira scored with a powerful low shot, Mallorca’s second goal in as many minutes.
In the 52nd minute Atlético took a free kick cleverly and Adrián’s shot was cleared off the goal line by Ramis with his hands, who received a red card for the offence and conceded a penalty. But that it really wasn’t our day was illustrated by Radamel Falcao, whose poor attempt from the spot kick was easily saved by Aouate.
After an hour of play Falcao redeemed himself when he scored an astounding goal. He turned away from his defender and beat the Mallorca goalkeeper with a fantastic lob from outside the box.
Immediately after the goal, Fran Mérida was brought on for Juanfran and the 22-year-old almost scored on his very first touch. After Aouate was nearly surprised by a header from his own defender, the ball fell before Fran who hit the post from only a couple yards out.
It was Mérida’s first appearance for Atleti after returning from a loan spell with Braga.
Atlético continued to push forward, but shots by Fran Mérida, Gabi and Salvio were insufficient. The Rojiblanco fans were left wondering why their team couldn’t start like this after wasting the first 50 minutes of the match.
Mallorca held on to send Atleti homewards without a point, which leaves us 9th in the league table.
Line-up: Courtois; Juanfran (“66 Fran Mérida), Miranda, Godín, Filipe; Salvio, Gabi, Mario (“58 Arda), Koke; Adrián and Falcao.
Goals: 1-0 Godín o.g. (“47); 2-0 Pereira (“49); 2-1 Falcao (“66)