On Wednesday night Celta beat Atlético 1-0 to keep the Trofeo Ciudad de Vigo at Balaídos.
The newly promoted Galicians were a good match for the Rojiblancos and decided the match in the 76th minute when Mario Bermejo headed in from close range to beat Sergio Asenjo.
Atlético, who were without Falcao, Emre, Juanfran and Arda for fitness reasons, struggled going forward and only created a few opportunities.
In charge of providing a creative spark was 17-year old Oliver Torres, who – fresh off his Euro U17 win – started as our playmaker. The youngster, by all accounts, had a good game, but Atlético as a whole showed that there’s still work to be done this pre-season.
In the second friendly of our pre-season campaign the only genuine threat was provided by Borja González shortly before the break. The youth striker magically controlled a cross and spun away from his opponent, but he shot straight at goalkeeper Javi Varas.
Aside from two crosses that nearly surprised Celta’s ‘keeper, Atleti never seemed like scoring. That changed when substitute Raúl García nearly scored with a powerful header in the second half, but he was denied and had to witness Bermejo’s goal at the other end just a few minutes later.
Line-up: Courtois (“46 Asenjo); Sílvio (“79 Pedro), Miranda, Godín (“64 Cata Díaz), Filipe; Mario, Tiago; Salvio, Oliver (“79 Kader), Rodríguez (“64 Saúl); and Borja (“46 Raúl García).
Goals: “76 Mario Bermejo