La Liga: Real Betis 2 – 2 Atlético

Pozuelo ruins Atlético's Champions League ambitions

Diego (AS)

Diego (AS)

Atlético gave away a victory but then rescued a point in what for so long seemed to be an easy encounter for the Colchoneros.

Against Betis we controlled for over 85 minutes, but we failed to score more than Koke’s solitary goal in the second half. Just as we had seemed to have given it all away by conceding two quick goals, our top scorer popped up to head in an equaliser in the dying seconds of the match.

In the opening period Atleti looked for Eduardo Salvio, who constantly got into good positions on the right but wasn’t able to find any team-mates with his inaccurate crosses.

Diego pulled the strings in midfield and played a slicing pass through the heart of defence to launch Adrián, but Thursday’s Europa League hero hesitated a moment too long and saw his shot blocked.

After exactly half an hour of play Eduardo Salvio again easily beat his opponent and reached to the byline. This time he did connect with Falcao, but the Colombian’s angle was too tight to flick the ball into the back of the net.

Shortly before the break Atleti seemed to take a deserved lead when Adrián volleyed home a ball played over the top by Diego. However, the Asturian was correctly given offside. Had he been aware of his position, then Adrián could have left for Radamel Falcao who wasn’t offside and who was waiting right behind him to finish the one-two he himself had set up.

Adrián again came close to scoring after Fabricio spilled a cross from Salvio, but the goalkeeper did well to stop the rebound.

In the second half the Rojiblancos continued to control the game with Salvio a constant menace for the Betis defence. The Argentine was at the end of a fast break by Atleti but was unable to keep his shot down.

Even from within the six yard box Atlético couldn’t score as Domínguez missed the target from close range.

It took a substitution for Atleti to finally break the deadlock. Diego – who wasn’t supposed to start today due to a minor injury but was forced to after Arda pulled out with sickness – was replaced by Koke and the canterano scored the opening goal in the 63rd minute. Tiago swung a cross into the box, which was squared by Falcao and finished convincingly by Koke with his ‘weaker’ left foot.

Curiously, on all three occasions that the youngster has scored our game finished a 2-2 draw.

A little later Adrián could have made it two after Atleti took a free kick cleverly, but his first touch let him down and he was unable to beat Fabricio with his left. From the counter attack Real Betis had their first big opportunity of the match. Rubén Castro should have equalised but lobbed the ball wide of the post.

Ten minutes before the end, Radamel Falcao either should have received a penalty or made it 2-0, but Atleti ended up empty-handed after Adrián played his team-mate entirely free before Fabricio. The goalkeeper clipped Falcao’s heels, but instead of going down El Tigre attempted to stay on his feet and score. He did manage to keep his balance, but was forced away from goal and unable to score, leaving fans and team-mates wondering why the referee didn’t point to the spot kick as ultimately there clearly was no advantage to be taken.

Disaster struck for Atlético as Real Betis equalised late on. A free kick by Beñat was flicked on, and at the far post Castro was allowed to cross to Pozuelo who scored off the crossbar.

The substitute almost helped his team to three points, because a few moments later he ran at the Atleti defence and assisted Jonathan Pereira who scored from the edge of the area.

In a last ditch effort Atleti attempted to rescue a point, and they miraculously accomplished their late mission.

30 seconds after the signalled three minutes of added time had already expired, it was Radamel Falcao who equalised, heading in a corner taken by Koke.

Considering the small amount of chances Betis created all match the Atleti players and fans will feel the result was unjust, and with only three la Liga fixtures remaining we will soon find out if we will come to rue our wasted opportunities.

Line-up: Courtois; Juanfran, Godín, Domínguez, Filipe; Salvio (“79 Arda), Gabi, Tiago (“91 Pedro), Diego (“58 Koke); Adrián and Falcao.

Goals: 0-1 Koke (“63); 1-1 Pozuelo (“86); 2-1 Pereira (“88); 2-2 Falcao (“94)


  • Santi

    MAN OF THE MATCH = FALCAO
    FLOP OF THE MATCH = ADRIAN

    Where do I begin? Well first of all, Adrian is a great player… but this is a TEAM…. I can’t even keep track of how many times he could’ve easily passed to someone who was in position to score – which was mostly Falcao. But Adrian thinks he’s a superstar and tries to do all this fancy stuff that didn’t earn us ANYTHING.

    Falcao, on the other hand, didn’t have a great match at all. You could see he was really frustrated with how he didn’t get any passes and when he did, he didn’t capitalize. Difference with Falcao is that he DID pass when he saw a scoring opportunity for a teammate and this lead to Koke’s goal. And as everyone knows… Falcao can always score in a frustrating match and he definitely saved Atleti in the final seconds.

    To sum it all up… Adrian has a promising future but he’s gotta learn that this is a team sport. He should follow Falcao’s example. Falcao scores tons of goals and still passes to teammates.

    Falcao = Goals 1, Assists 1
    Adrian = Goals 0, Assists 0
    Falcao > Adrian

  • Santi

    Forgot to mention the goal that Adrian robbed Falcao of… That could’ve been the difference!

  • Matthijs

    Hahaha, Adrian is maybe even important as Falcao. He is a player who moves more and is more creative. Adrian helped us so many times this year. The only problem is that he needs to score more. But he is a young player.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Nah, Falcao is the soul of the team. He is the player that runs and fight the most. When he doesn’t score he assists. When the ball doesn’t get to him, he drops back and creates chances for his teammates. He drags defenders out so others like Adrian can score.
    And Adrian isn’t bad either. In fact he is a great player. I think the most promising forward in Spain. He just had a bad game as Falcao.
    Both Adrian and Falcao missed clear goal scoring chances but they’re both 10.
    They’ll both will shine on May 9th, at the Arena Națională.

  • Come on atletico there is little but some hope of accomplishing our goal. I believe in you and I love you but do you love me?? We will find out in a couple of days

    Aupa Atleti!!!

  • Javi Lozoya

    ?????

  • falcao

    we played very good but again we didn’t have luck we have many chances to score and we score only twice,there is still hope of palying CL football next year…..

  • @Javi Lozoya

    I meant to say I love Atletico.

  • falcao

    ATLETICO MADRID-REAL SOCIEDAD
    BARCELONA-MALAGA

    ATLETICO MADRID-MALAGA

    this is big chance to qualify for CL

  • Javi Lozoya

    Just for the record, what an impressive match from Gabi, recovering the ball and giving the team balance. He recovered a lot, it could have been more if some Betis players would’ve not dived. He deserves to play the Europa League final, obviously he will, and I hope he lifts the trophy as well as Atleti.
    Grande captain Gabriel Fernandez Arenas Gabi!!!!!

  • Matthijs

    I agree with Javi!

  • AtletiFanInPhilly

    As frustrating as today’s tie was, the news that Malaga beat Valencia was even worse. A Valencia win or tie would have been huge for Atletico — it would have kept Malaga 4 or 3 points ahead, not six.

  • Damn…. I feel very sorry for Rayo Vallecano. They were thrashed 7-0 by Uefalona. I hate Barca. I know Rayo are one of our rival teams but i have plenty respect for them.
    🙁

  • Dircil

    now Malaga leads us 6 points ahead, but they have to face Barca and our team in the last 3 matches. If they lost 2 out of 3 and we win all of the rest, boom, mission accomplished. CL qualification is waiting for us :))))

  • Fred

    I guess people are forgetting about Levante..

  • Sinan

    Why is everyone talking about Malaga ? I don’t even count Malaga as a rival. It’s Levante that is going to qualify for CL, and NOT malaga. Levante has a very easy schedule, they will not lose any more. And Malaga will lose against Barca and hopefully against us as well. So we could still be 5th.

    3 Valencia
    4 Levante
    5 Atletico Madrid
    6 Malaga

    This is how it’s going to be. And NOT Malaga, damnn are people blind ? Levante was our direct rival.. But not anymore since we didin’t get the three points against Betis

  • Javi Lozoya

    wow!. Chill dude. As far as I know Malaga is 3 points ahead of Levante. Hence why people talk about them.

    And fyi, Levante is not yet qualified to Champions League just yet, so why you so sure about them qualifying to Champions?, are you psychic or some?. Levante has just won 2 matches in 7 games and they have to play against Zaragoza at La Romareda, at Mallorca, and Bilbao. And that my friend is not an “easy schedule”. Levante can still drop points and anything can happen.

    Now give it a rest, will ya’?

  • starvs

    So many dropped points! So maddening, I want CL football.

  • ratchet

    Sinan, It doesnt matter who they have, no game is easy. Not at this stage. They will lose to zaragoza, i believe, cos they are fighting for survival. As Javi said, they are not easy.

  • AaX

    IT’S NOT THAT EASY. IT TAKE’S A BIT OF HEART AND A LOT OF FAITH. SAVE YOUR PRAYERS FOR ZARAGOZA, MALLORCA AND ATH. BILBAO WHEN THEY TAKE ON LEVANTE. I HAVE A SEARING FEELING THAT WE COULD JUST DO IT BUT IT WILL HAVE US TO SHIFT MORE OF OUR CONCERN AND EFFORT FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SPOT RATHER THAN THE EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL. CONTRARY TO WHAT THE FANS WOULD LIKE, ATLETI NEEDS THE C LEAGUE QUALIFICATION MORE THAN THE EUROPA LEAGUE. VAMOS ATLETI !! THIS WILL BE A VERY COMBATIVE FINALE!

  • AaX

    SINAN. LET’S HOPE THAT THE MIRACULOUS LAST SECOND FALCAO’S EQUALISER FOR ATLETICO IS AN OMINOUS ONE! WITHOUT THE EXTRA 1 POINT THERE COULD NOT POSSIBLY BE ATLETICO AHEAD OF MALAGA ON GOAL DIFFERENCE AT 55 PTS. GOD WILLING !!

  • leika

    But let’s not forget about Valencia as well, they can slip up also. Who will their last games be against?