Atlético Madrid’s historic streak of 16 consecutive victories in European competition came to an end as we suffered defeat at the hands of Académica de Coimbra.
Like against Valencia on the weekend, Atleti again lost 2-0 in a game with few opportunities for either side.
In the entire game we weren’t able to create any clear cut chances, while the Portuguese mid-table side scored from their first opportunity of the match.
In the 29th minute Académica took the lead when Wilson Eduardo anticipated an incoming cross faster than the lethargic Sílvio.
It wasn’t the only time an Atlético defender was caught napping, as Cata Díaz and Sergio Asenjo also occasionally lost concentration.
There was little Atlético offered offensively in the first half. The single moment of excitement came after Adrían’s clever backheel opened up a shot for Raúl García, but the midfielder’s attempt was blocked.
Directly after the break, Koke nearly beat Ricardo with a long-range strike, but the goalkeeper managed to get a hand to it. A few minutes later Raúl García wasn’t able to keep his volley down after he controlled a poorly cleared corner for the Rojiblancos.
Emre provided a spark shooting wide just seconds after replacing the injured Mario Suárez, while Raúl García also only missed the target by an inch. All of Atlético’s attempts came from outside the box, as Académica did well to shut out the creativity-lacking Spanish side.
The Cantera-stacked runners-up of La Liga (B-teamers Saúl, Pedro and Kader all got a run out) seemed to be closing in on an equaliser, but our hopes of taking a point from Coimbra were demolished when Jorge Pulido conceded a penalty. The centre back completely missed the ball with his challenge and instead brought down Salim Cissé, enabling Wilson Eduardo to score his second goal of the night, this time from the spot.
Line-up: Asenjo; Sílvio, Cata Díaz, Pulido, Filipe; Mario (“58 Emre), Tiago (“71 Kader); Raúl García, Koke, Saúl (“46 Pedro); and Adrián.
Goals: 1-0 Wilson Eduardo (“29); 2-0 Wilson Eduardo p.k. (“70)