Europa League: Atlético 0 – 2 Rubin Kazan

Poor defending and terrible finishing brings Atleti to verge of elimination from Europa League

Rubin Kazan midfielder Pablo Orbaiz scores against Atletico Madrid

Orbaiz scores in open goal

Rubin Kazan have ended Atlético’s streak of 20 consecutive victories at the Vicente Calderón and are on the edge of knocking the reigning champions out of the Europa League.

The Russians took advantage of poor defending by Atleti to score early on and held on admirably during the course of the second half despite being down a man. They were rewarded in the dying seconds of the game when Pablo Orbaiz added to Karadeniz’ earlier goal to beat Atlético 2-0.

In the sixth minute, the entire Atleti defence neglected to close down their opponents, allowing former Málaga striker Salomón Rondón to shoot at goal from the edge of the box. Sergio Asenjo, our regular goalkeeper in the Europa League this season, spilled the Venezuelan’s shot and Gokdeniz Karadeniz was first to respond to the loose ball. The Turk had initially set up the attack and then finished it off to give the visitors an early lead.

Rondón continued to be a menace and nearly doubled Rubin’s lead after bringing down a cross on his chest, but Asenjo did well to intervene before Rondón could strike.

Atlético struggled collectively and lacked any kind of inspiration. Radamel Falcao didn’t get any service up front and stepped out to collect the ball, which lead to him shooting just inches wide a minute before the break. It was the first time Atleti came close and the for the second time in as many games the Rojiblancos failed to record a shot on target in the opening 45 minutes.

Shortly before the break Falcao created some space for himself and dribbled inside. With the Colombian lining up for a shot, Rubin captain Sharonov saw no other option than to bring Falcao down just outside the box, which resulted in Sharonov’s second booking of the night after bringing down Cristian Rodríguez with a similar foul earlier in the game.

After the red card Rubin nearly suffered another big blow, but Filipe Luís fired wide from close range after a clever run inside the box.

The fans, who had turned up in small numbers, hoped to see a stronger Atleti in the second half where they could benefit from a numerical advantage, but it wasn’t until the hour mark, when Simeone took off defenders Cata Díaz and Filipe for offensive midfielders Raúl García and Saúl, that the team was able to pin down their tiring opponents.

During the remainder of the game Russian goalkeeper Ryzhikov turned out to be an unavoidable object as he denied Tiago and then stopped a series of shots by Arda, Saúl and Cebolla Rodríguez. Atleti came even closer to a goal when Falcao fired a shot towards goal which smashed against the crossbar.

When Adrián then missed an unmissable opportunity, Atleti fans started to realize this just wasn’t their night. The unfortunate forward headed wide from close range after Raúl García headed on a corner.

In the added time Cebolla Rodríguez missed another incredible chance when he fired wide from just five meters out.

In the 95th minute Sergio Asenjo was sent forward by Simeone for a corner kick, but the goalkeeper was caught horribly out of position when Rubin were able to rush forward one more time. Pablo Orbaiz was able to put the ball into the back of the net unchallenged and seemed to seal the Europa League tie early on. Sending his last man forward seemed a rash decision by the Argentine coach with a return leg still on the line.

Line-up: Asenjo; Juanfran, Cata Díaz (“60 Raúl García), Godín, Filipe (“66 Saúl); Arda, Tiago, Mario (“46 Koke), C. Rodríguez; Adrián and Falcao.

Goals: 0-1 Karadeniz (“6); 0-2 Orbaiz (“95)

  • Matthijs

    What is Simeone doing? Sending Asenjo forward. He needs to do something, Miranda needs to play every game. Adrian and Juanfran are out of form.

    And I also think we need to buy an extra striker in the summer. Three strikers is not enough for a club like Atletico.

  • AtleticoPhilly

    Two observations:

    1. Pulido should take Cata’s minutes. Cata is not playing well, and Pulido should be given time to develop.

    2. Diego Costa is a key player for this team. With Adrian not playing his best, it is so painfully evident how important Costa is to the team.

  • Silchas

    Only a few positive things about the game :

    Saul played a little bit
    And due to the result Cholo can rotated the hell out of the squad in the second leg

    Ah Cata i don’t believe that we actually paid getafe something that he can play here.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I wish Cholo realized that Miranda is the most important player in the team, may be even more than Falcao ! and also I wish he knew that he can’t rely on his “compatriot” Cata .. if he must rotate so let it be Pulido .. and for Godin not Miranda … and finally I guess he already know that Diego Cosat is away better than Adian, but what can he do, he is suspended, but I must ask: did we appealed that harsh and unfair 4-match ban?! and if the answer is NO, so let me ask another question: why the hell not ??!!!

  • Andres (Lolaya)

    I hope this bad run of form ends now :/….

  • AtleticoPhilly

    Watching the reply, it seems like Juanfran had a chance to stop the play. Did he fail to make a tackle?

    Look closely: he marks his player, but did not go after the ball. I think this could have been a mistake.

  • Mahmoud

    We need to sign Diego on a permanent deal in the summer.

  • Silchas

    Some of you guys make me laugh a lot.
    You must realized that we aren’t Barcelona so we CAN’T win every game, but for some of you our players are shit because we lost two games in a row. Ohterwise if we win 4 games than all players are worldclass.

  • yon

    Courtois and Miranda should be starting games like this!

    Koke too

  • Andres (Lolaya)

    In my opinion we might need a bit more defensive depth and maybe a player (Like Diego) who could change the game with one pass. Arda is a great player but these past few games he has been great at sidestepping players but not created chances.

    Rubin was annoying with the parking the bus, but they did great defensively.

    What is happening to Adrian? He had the perfect chance with that header… I hope Adrian encounters his form again… he is a great player (Even though sometimes selfish)

  • Thats it i have a feeling our 2nd consecutive europa league title dream has come to an end so time to focus on the copa del rey and the league and ensure we secure UCL football next season.

  • Atleti-Rus

    Beating Rubin in Russia is going to be extremely hard, especially with two-three goals to score. Only if the team will show the best they can it may be possible. Don’t feel the need to whine like a pussy – everybody loses, Atleti is no exception. Sometimes luck is on our side, sometimes not, and sadly we are not the kind of club that can grab luck by the balls.