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)