Europa League: Hannover 1 – 2 Atlético

Great goals by Adrián and Falcao liven up dull affair

Atletico Madrid players Adrian and Diego Godin celebrate a 2-1 win over Hannover

Adrián celebrates his golazo with Godín

Atlético have reached the semi finals of the Europa League after beating Hannover 96 a second time.

In an unexciting game the Colchoneros again bested the Germans by two goals to one.

In the next round we’ll take on domestic rivals Valencia, who came back from behind to beat AZ 5-1 on aggregate.

With Juanfran, Gabi and Arda all missing due to suspension Simeone introduced Tiago to the starting line-up, the Portuguese midfielder’s first start since our away game at Sevilla in the first week of March.

The only surprise in Atlético’s XI was the exclusion of Toto Salvio, who had scored a number of goals lately but, like last week’s match, again started on the bench. In that previous game against Hannover the Argentine came off the bench for the winning goal just one minute before the end.

Salvio was now left out as Simeone preferred Koke for a more defensive approach in midfield, while Adrián got the nod up front. It was that same Adrián who headed wide Atleti’s first chance of the match, when the match was already half an hour underway.

In the first half both teams seemed to be in two minds, as they were cautious not to concede an early goal. The teams cancelled each other out until half time without either side taking any risks.

After the break Simeone instructed his men to play further forward and in the 63rd minute Atlético were rewarded. Adrián forced Pogatetz to a mistake and won possession, before taking the ball on an incredible solo run. He beat the defender, went round goalkeeper Zieler and still had the control and vision to cut past a final man on the line, before slotting the ball into the back of the empty net.

Even Juanfran, who was watching the game at home, couldn’t hide his excitement for the wonder goal and posted on Twitter: “Well done, bro. You son of a gun! You’re a crack, the perfect #7″, as he referred to the Asturian’s shirt number.

Hannover seemed shocked after the goal and realized they now had to take all risks to have any chance of proceeding to the semi final. But the home side struggled to create any opportunities or get the ball into the area. That was until a single lapse of concentration in the Atleti defence. The ball fell to Mame Biran Diouf, who also scored in the first leg, and the striker beat Perea and Courtois with a accurate strike.

Being just one goal away from extra time, the match seemed to head to a thrilling end.

But who other than Radamel Falcao made an end to the aspirations of yet another Europa League victim. Adrián and especially Diego did brilliant to set the Colombian up, and Falcao finished with a ferocious half-volley from outside the area to give the Rojiblancos another 2-1 win.

Two other la Liga teams also advanced to the next round of La Liga and it’s Valencia who we will be meeting next. The first leg against Los Che will be played at the Vicente Calderón on the 19th of April.

Line-up: Courtois; Perea, Miranda, Godín, Filipe; Diego (“88 Domínguez), Tiago, Mario, Koke (“65 Salvio); Adrián and Falcao.

Goals: 0-1 Adrián (“63); 1-1 Diouf (“81) 1-2 Falcao (“87)

  • palc

    Adrian, que golazo! Aupa Atleti.

  • Metro

    Please sign Diego.

    I don’t care if we sign anyone else, but please just sign him on a permanent deal.

  • ratchet

    i didnt watch the match but i am so happy with the result. I think this could be a successfull end to a mixed season.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Adrian is a genius, pure magic. He is the heir of legendary Kiko Narvaez.

    Great performance from Atleti once again. I expected much from Hannover but still they were a worthy opponent. Hope they qualify to the Europa League next season.
    Continuing, amazing game from Atleti, and nice tactical changes from Simeone. He is the perfect manager for Atleti without a doubt. He has really done a great job, giving players chances and making them perform great. This Atleti is even better than Quique Sanchez Flores. This Atleti has an unbeatable spirit than I never saw in years and all in great part by Simeone. He is a genius too. He is Atleti’s born manager.

    Grande Diego Pablo “Cholo” Simeone y Aupa Atleti!!!.

  • Well done and we are the first team to beat Hannover at home this season in EUROPE. I want to see this kind of performance against Levante. Levante won’t be an easy trip or a Hard trip; it will be just like this Hannover tie. Well that’s how I expect it to be. So well done more this Should be expectant in the future.
    Come on you can do it Atletico!!!!
    Aupa Atleti!!!!!!

  • starvs

    Good shit, we looked strong, glad we advance with a win rather than a draw. Adrian’s goal was excruciating, I just kept yelling SCORE.

    Valencia gonna be tough though.

    I agree with Metro, signing Diego is the key, there is def no better option that is even remotely realistic.

  • Javi

    Great win and two fabulous gols
    Diego was amazing and got two assists-big mistake to wait this long to sign him he is getting more expensive every day
    We also need urgently to raise Adrians buyout clause because the big guys have their eye on him
    One thing I disagreed with cholo’s game plan was Koke-he was simply awful. I would have had Salvio in for him after 25 minutes because although I love Koke it was not his night
    Tiago also had a solid game, but Courtois was simply amazing, he plays like he has the wisdom and serenity of Casillas-too bad we can’t keep him
    Valencia looked great tonight, they will be tough
    Aupa atleti

  • shlomgar

    Speaking of Casillas:

    Best video EVER

    What a goal. Starvs I was like… well… Well… W e l l… W E L L… YEHHHHS!!!

    Only club to get 2 wins in Q.finales. Only to win at Hanover (and with their fans putting up a real show). Best Duo strikers in Europa league. Butcher Gabi on the way to win a double (most yellows and fouls). This record year is definitely better than QSF title year. We should win against Valencia, we are the better club. We should take this title.

  • It look like we are the clear favourite of the Europa League title now although Valencia are great club but knockin dem out of the EL is not too easily but we can do it. Only 3 matches away to glory. Please ATLETICO SIGN DIEGO. He is our best player this season
    ADRIAN FALCAO COURTOIS fire us to EL glory…….

  • I see myself, haha Stefan! Looks like I’m Cerezo :O

  • @Stephan
    you are not cerezo you are alvaro dominguez

  • ratchet

    I’m Salvio!. 🙂

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