After failing to win in any of their lasts eight games on the road, Atlético Madrid finally got back on track with an impressive 3-0 victory over Real Valladolid.
At the José Zorrilla Stadium, the Rojiblancos took an early lead through top scorer Falcao. The home side never posed a threat and conceded goals by Diego Costa and Cebolla Rodríguez in the second half.
Thibaut Courtois was called to action in the first minute of the match when he was almost beaten by teammate Tiago, but from there on out all the action happened in front of Valladolid’s goal.
Atlético Madrid won a series of corners and free kicks around the area and from one of the set pieces the visitors scored. Gabi crossed for Godín who volleyed straight at Dani, but Radamel Falcao was right there to slide in the rebound and score his 20th of the season in La Liga. Both Godín and Falcao were on the edge of being offside but the opening goal stood.
It was an excellent start for Atlético, one they needed after going behind early in both of our previous matches.
Diego Costa, who returned after sitting out a suspension against Rayo, had two good opportunities to double the lead, but on the first occasion Dani got a hand to the Brazilian’s low drive.
Costa, who played on loan for Valladolid during the 2009/10 season (7 goals), then was at the end of a magnificent pass by the excellent Gabi, but unsuccesfully tried to chip Dani, who stayed on his feet and easily caught the attempt.
The Pucela had their biggest opportunity at the start of the second half when Courtois fumbled the ball but the home side wasn’t able to get a shot off and ended the game without recording a single attempt on target.
A few minutes into the second half Diego Costa decided the game. Koke headed the ball in the path of Costa, who slotted the ball past Dani for his 5th goal in as many games.
Atleti comfortably played out the remainder of the game and even added a third goal in the final minute of the match. Gabi crossed to substitute Cristian Rodríguez, who benefited from a mistake by Rukavina. The right back’s chest pass back to his goalkeeper was too short, allowing Cebolla to score his first league goal of his Atleti career.
Line-up: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Filipe; Koke (“89 Mario), Tiago, Gabi, Arda (“75 Rodríguez); Diego Costa (“83 Raúl García) and Falcao.
Goals: 0-1 Falcao (“11); 0-2 Diego Costa (’54); 0-3 Rodríguez (“90)