Atlético storm back after early slip-up in Colombia

Rojiblancos overcome slow start against Nacional with 2nd half goals by Kader & Falcao

falcao celebrates match winner

Captain Falcao celebrates match-winner (AP Photo)

Atlético kept their Colombian form intact after struggling early on at a largely empty Atanasio Girardot Stadium in Medellín, coming back against local side Nacional in Wednesday night’s 2-1 friendly victory.

After about two minutes of play, Sílvio failed on the coverage of Nacional striker John Freddy Pajoy, who fooled Atleti goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo into diving too soon with a pair of feints and then finished cleanly to give the home side a surprising early lead. (Click here for video of goal)

Diego Simeone’s men fought back but couldn’t get on the scoreboard in the first half, with the highlight of the first 45 minutes for los Colchoneros brought to you by 17-year-old summer sensation Óliver Torres, who looped in a spectacular pass to Filipe Luís inside the box that the Brazilian unfortunately failed to capitalise on. (Click here to see Oli’s brilliant pass)

Atlético youth product Kader, who came into the clash in the 61st minute, levelled the scoreline after just three minutes on the pitch following a solid pass back across to the top of the penalty area by Raúl García, who himself linked up well with Arda before providing the assist. (See Kader’s goal here)

Radamel Falcao, who in his previous two appearances in his home country back in May scored a wondergoal in each game, made it three for three in his homeland when he smacked a left-footed shot into the back of the net which proved to be the game-winner. (See Falcao’s goal here)

Raúl García notched his second assist on the night after feeding our ‘Tigre’.

Atleti will now head off to Costa Rica, where they will take on San José based outfit Saprissa on Saturday.

Line-up: Asenjo; Sílvio, Miranda, Godín (“85 Cata Díaz), Filipe; Mario, Gabi (“61 Saúl); Cebolla (“61 Kader), Óliver (“61 Raúl García), Arda (“74 Emre); Falcao (“85 Borja)

Goals: 1-0 Pajoy (“2); 1-1 Kader (“65); 1-2 Falcao (“84)


  • Javi Lozoya

    Damn!. Oliver Torres is such an amazing player. It could be debatable if he is ready to start or play a primera match or not due to his young age but the maturity he is showing it’s impressive. His passing and vision resemble a mature player. I don’t think even Xavi was that good as Oli’s age, with all due respect to Xavi. Oliver is just brilliant. Perhaps Spain most promising young player. It will be awesome to see him play this season.
    It’s is also great to see Simeone playing the youngsters, Oliver, Saul, Kader, Borja. And honorific to Raul Garcia. He is having a great preseason. I hope he stays. He is not Diego but he could really help Atleti a lot.

  • Arjit

    I don’t know about you guys but I don’t think we need any more signings. Simeone just works his magic, Raul garcia has never looked better! back the old days, he had nothing but a physical presence, his passes would go nowhere. He seems completely transformed after his loan move and with simeone coaching. Also, oliver is quite the player. Muniain started playing for bilbao at 16, i have no doubt oliver can do it at 17, this kid’s amazing. Can’t wait till for aug 18th!

  • k14

    The real problem with playing young players isn’t quality of passes or lack of experience, but to due to the simple fact they aren’t physically fully grown yet.

  • yon

    with his movement and vision he doesn’t need to be fully physically developed!

  • shlomgar

    Oliver would see his share of time on the pitch this season. He won’t be a starting 11 but he will be subbed in some close-dealed matches.

    Looks like we got about 13.5mE for Salvio, great for a Sub I think. And though this year seems to be CL free, I think this year could become a trophy year. With three on the line we should try for at least two.

    Europa League winners on the march! Aupa Atleti!

  • yon

    I’d take any 1 trophy this season! 2 would be good though! Top 4 priority though!

    The Diego rumours are everywhere again today! If we pay 10 for him, that still leaves the Alvaro fee to pay some debts! Plus I doubt Diego will be on a higher wage than both combined so saving there too, plus hid shirt sales would be high!

  • Shlomgar

    I meant two with SuperCup being one… I’m not that greedy…

  • k14
  • Shay

    Well.. Cazorla signed for Arsenal.. For about 23mil, I guess they will play in the Champions League.. shit..

  • Urban

    Well I heard its 16 mln and from what I know its does not solve all of their problems.

  • Urban

    But I guess our only hope is that the greedy UEFA will decide that they would rather have us in CL since we won 2 EL titles recently and we have Falcao instead of Malaga without any of its key players and without Pellegrino – defo not being the same team that qualified.

  • Shlomgar

    Thing is it seems like they have come to an agreement with Osa, Vila and all their players about payments so UEFA forgave them.

    By the way, Malaga just lost Casorla, it is equal to us giving up on Diego no?

  • Andres

    Nothing has been confirmed though… has it?