Europa League: Atlético 2 – 1 Hannover

Golazo by Toto Salvio gives Atleti the edge

Atletico Madrid players celebrate a goal against hannover

Atlético players celebrate the opening goal

Atlético Madrid got a narrow win over Hannover 96 in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

The home side dominated the first leg of this double encounter, but finished poorly and let in an easy goal. It was because of a fantastic strike by sub Salvio that, at the very end, we got away with a win.

Simeone lined-up with the expected formation, with Diego still on the bench after recovering from injury. Mario Suárez and Miranda returned from a rest against Zaragoza, while Gabi and Juanfran came back into the fold after sitting out our last game due to suspension.

There was an early chance for Falcao, when El Tigre pounced on a loose ball in the area. Goalkeeper Zieler however did well to get his body behind the ball.

Atleti did well to push Hannover back and Arda suddenly found himself in acres of space after a nice pass by Koke, but the Turk hesitated too long to cross or shoot and ultimately lost the ball to a defender.

But the third time proved to be the charm for Atlético and within ten minutes we found ourselves ahead. A free kick from Gabi was headed in from close range by Mr. Europa League, Radamel Falcao.

The €40 million striker had the honour of scoring the 400th goal in our club’s history in European competition.

After the goal the Rojiblancos settled down a bit, and Rausch made a legitimate claim for a penalty after being pushed from behind by Miranda. At the other end Adrián’s diagonal shot went wide.

Radamel Falcao came very close to completing a brace, but he couldn’t keep his header down after Arda delivered the ball perfectly.

In the 39th minute Hannover converted from their first opportunity of the match. Filipe was caught out of position, which forced Godín to step in to cover Stindl. The winger played a perfect pass in the space between Courtois and our defence, and Diouf popped up from behind Miranda’s back to put the ball past our goalkeeper and tie the score.

With Hannover earning the all important away goal, Atleti started the second half aggressively in search of a second goal. Fresh out of the dressing rooms Gabi marched forward and launched Falcao, but the Colombian shot wide.

Atleti threatened from set pieces, but Adrián couldn’t direct his header towards goal and Arda slid a ball across the front of goal.

Hannover tried to break quickly and looked incredibly dangerous on the few occasions they went forward. Diouf was denied his second due to a fantastic save by Thibaut Courtois.

Atlético were unfortunate when referee Lannoy missed a handball by Pogatetz and didn’t even award a corner kick for illegally blocking Falcao’s spectacular bicycle kick.

As the minutes went by and the final whistle seemed to draw closer, Atleti became more and more desperate in their search for a winning goal. Just when it seemed this game would end at 1-1, one of our substitutes made the Vicente Calderón explode.

It was Eduardo Salvio who controlled the ball just outside the area, turned to his right foot and curled it fantastically into the top corner.

In the added time Diego almost put daylight in between the teams. The Brazilian playmaker, Simeone’s other substitution, connected with a spectacular bicycle kick but saw his acrobatic effort saved by Zieler.

The final score leaves both teams with plenty of perspective for the return leg in Germany next week. Unfortunately we will be without Juanfran, Gabi and Arda as the trio all picked up a suspension for accumulation of yellow cards.

Line-up: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Filipe; Koke (“61 Diego), Gabi, Mario, Arda; Adrián (“69 Salvio) and Falcao.

Goals: 1-0 Falcao (“9); 1-1 Diouf; 2-1 Salvio (“89)

  • Javi

    Im glad for the win, but something is happening to this team, they do not have the foot on the gas pedal the entire 90 minutes like they did when Simeone first arrived. If we can get that back we will be good.
    Bilbao looked amazing, would love to see them in the final…

  • Oh lord too bad for juanfran, gabi and arda. They have all played well this season but a great win today hope we can beat Getafe and keep the hunt on for a Champion League Place. Keep up the good work!
    Aupa Atleti!!!

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  • Sinan

    The yellow card given to arda in the 90th min was ridicilous. If ther wasn’t commotion, and if none botherd with it. The reff would give a warning to both players. But everyone got involved with it, and it looked intense, because of the heat, the reff gave yellow, and that is a mistake imo.


  • And to clerify that, yes, I’m happy they lost, I don’t like them very much.

  • Am happy with the result and hopefuly we beat getafe and keep a clean sheet at Germany against Hanover. I wil Luv to see Atletico madrid v Atletic bilbao @EL Final….

  • falcao

    salvio is better and better every match….we will be without 3 very good players but we have replacements for them


    AW man….. I hate all those english clubs who like our players. There after falcao and DZEKO could be in the deal, a part exchange cash plus player deal. That is bad. 🙁

  • Another midday game this weekend. Why they can’t do this to Real Madrid and Barcelona. Wen the place is hot there is a lot of difficulty to play sometimes u can’t even see the ball because of the glare of the SUN. Steups (Stupse) 🙁

  • Javi Lozoya

    If we face Bilbao in the final they’ll probably defeat us. They are the real contenders to win the Europa League. I dislike to say it buy they’re a better team than us, they have a defined style and more depth upfront. We have few chances to defeat them in case we make it to the final.

  • shlomgar

    Javi I disagree. We are good. They are good. We both suffer a rubbish time in league games lately but should be running for fourth place.
    One thing they probably have more depth, but our momentum is a bit better and we are more creative when we’re with a full squad.

    Both team has an agenda, both packed with tallent and desire, both should meet at the finale.

  • Erwinito

    It’s clearly to see that we need reinforcement next season if we want to compete for 3th or 4th place. Especially in defence and midfield. Against Hannover we played about 15 times the long ball, this while Spanisch teams are known for their upbuilding play starting in defence. Filipe Luis, Miranda and Godin don’t have these competencies. Koke has to grow and Diego alone is not enough, we saw the last games where we needed such a great player to make the difference.
    ‘El Cholo’ does the best he can but he can not make a Ferrari out of a Volkswagen 🙂
    I’m very curious to see what it wil give next thursday and how we will play without Gabi, Juanfran and Arda.

  • Edletico

    Rumoured that Emre has signed a pre contract. Very good player, still looks great even at 31. Would suit Simeone style as well as he runs so much and has quality.

    Also suggested that Atletico have signed sponsorship with Rixos hotels

  • leika

    hmm Emre + Arda could be somethin good 🙂 and guys don’t forget that we have loads if players ot on loan like Raul Garcia, Ruben Micael, Diego Costa who are doing quite well right now + those younger ones.

  • leika

    It’s rumoured that Inter wants to sell Forlan because of his high salaries and Malaga is interested in bringing Forlan back to Spain to replace the retiring Nistelrooy. Oh I just wish that if that’d be true then Atletico should take him back. There’s no QSF anymore you know…But yes only rumours and dreams