La Liga: Real Sociedad 0 – 1 Atlético

Fantastic Falcao free kick wins the game for Atlético

Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao scores against Real Sociedad

Falcao strikes again
(Clubatleticodemadrid.com)

It was the added time of the late Sunday fixture and some fans in San Sebastián had already left the stadium. Albeit an entertaining game, the match between Real Sociedad and Atlético Madrid seemed to end in a goalless draw.

It would’ve been a fair result for two teams who had tried to win, but had been unable to break down the other’s defence.

It also seemed like Atleti were about to lose La Liga’s top spot as their amazing run of nine consecutive wins was about to come to an end.

In that very moment, the one man who has amazed us time and time again, managed to surprise us once more.

With a fantastic free kick, Radamel Falcao earned the full three points for the Colchoneros in round eight of La Liga.

It was end-to-end stuff at Anoeta on Sunday night, with the home team showing their intentions early on. Just 12 seconds had passed when Antoine Griezmann already fired the first shot at Thibaut Courtois, and many more would follow by the tricky Frenchman.

Both teams often tried their luck from distance, with Adrián for Atleti and Vela for La Real both giving it a go from outside the box.

Atlético’s first good opportunity came after half an hour, when Mario swung in a cross for Raúl García. The Pamplonan couldn’t position himself behind the ball and headed wide.

Possibly Atleti’s most important header was made by Radamel Falcao. He dove to the ball in typical fashion, although this time it was to miraculously prevent a goal instead of scoring one. The Colombian helped out his own goalkeeper, who seemed to have no chance in the rebound after unsuccessfully boxing a cross away.

In the minutes before the break La Real increased their pressure and won a series of set pieces. After one free kick, they were wrongfully denied a penalty after a clear Gabi hand ball was missed by the referee. Earlier on Atleti too had claimed a spot kick, when Miranda volleyed the ball against an opponent’s hands.

The second half showed more of the same, with Falcao missing the rebound to a Koke shot, while just seconds earlier Filipe stopped a quick break by Sociedad with a last ditch tackle.

Attempts from long range by Griezmann and Rojiblanco sub Cristian Rodríguez were shot straight at both goalkeepers.

Atleti were nearly helped to a goal as Mikel seemed to have his colours mixed up, but goalie Zubikarai pulled off an amazing save to prevent an own goal.

In the final minutes, with both teams still looking for the win, the game opened up. After a mistake by Juanfran, it seemed that Carlos Vela would again put the lights out for Atlético. Last season the Mexican ended our Champions League aspirations, this time he had La Real’s biggest opportunity to secure the win. But Vela had to finish with his weaker right foot and wasted the opportunity.

With one of his first touches substitute Chori Castro nearly won the game, but his shot went wide.

Far into the added time, Cebolla Rodríguez won a free kick on the edge of the area. There was one touch left in this game and it would be that of Atlético’s top scorer and the world’s most in form striker.

Radamel Falcao stepped up and beautifully curled the ball into the top corner for the late victory.

Line-up: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Filipe; Mario, Gabi; Raúl García (“62 Rodríguez), Koke (“80 Emre), Adrián (“86 Diego Costa); and Falcao.

Goals: 0-1 Falcao (“90)


  • Ringo Schut

    Hero!

  • Mahmoud

    Radamel, don’t ever leave.

  • Mahmoud

    Also, a huge amount of credit should go to Cebolla for what he did to earn that free-kick in that position, and even before that, he was our brightest attacking spark once he came on. He should really start more games, especially considering Adrian’s current lack of form.

  • Arjit

    I really do hope he never leaves, he will go down as a modern-age atletico legend if he stays with us! It’s much better than being just another big player for 2 years at a big club. For example: I bet very very few fans talk about figo at barca or real but almost every arsenal fan will remember the Bergkamp days.

  • Dircil

    The thing is, if he plays for a bigger and more famous club, he will gain more recognition and get more chances to win trophies. I believe he was born to conquer any obstacle and Atletico seems to be unable to help Madrid :).

  • silverblood

    please be our legend and don’t ever leave us!

  • Kabir

    Are you suggesting he’s too big for this club, Dircil? If so, how are we ever expected to grow?

    Maradona is a legend in Napoli but no Barca fan thinks about him.

  • Arjit

    That’s ^ what I’m saying! I haven’t honestly seen a striker as good as falcao since henry’s peak at arsenal. We are playing amazing this year, the team is getting amazing results so far this season. If we keep it up he won’t need to leave! I mean, I’m trying not to get so attached to seeing falcao in the red and white stripes but he can be a legend here!

  • Dircil

    @Kabir: I just said what he may be thinking at the moment. I dont want him to leave either but it’s his choice and we have to accept that.

  • Pedro

    He doesnt need to leave to get the trophys… he can win them at Atletico, big club? Atletico are a big club Falcao already said he wants to win many more titles here.