La Liga: Málaga 0 – 0 Atlético

No goals in Atleti's road trip to Málaga

Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid against Malaga

Atlético and Malaga go toe-to-toe (MARCA)

A game between La Liga’s two strongest defensive teams went as could’ve been expected: 0-0.

Despite the lack of goals, Atlético impressed in their road performance against their rivals for a Champions League spot and arguably had the better chances to break the deadlock.

Atlético controlled the game in the first half and impressed during the first half hour. In the opening minutes Radamel Falcao created a good opportunity for Diego Costa, but the Brazilian completely mishit the strike.

The visitors dominated possession but this led to few opportunities other than a series of shots from outside the box. Málaga was dangerous on two occasions, but first Lucas Piazon’s header was aimed straight at Courtois while Demichelis headed just wide of the post.

With 24 and 23 goals, respectively, Málaga and Atlético are the two teams with the fewest goals conceded in La Liga and goalkeepers Courtois (13) and Willy Caballero (10) have also managed the most shutouts. And so developed a game which took place in midfield where Atleti did extremely well to pressure Málaga and keep passers like Isco, Lucas and Joaquín out of the game.

In the first it was Demichelis and in the second half his partner in the heart of Málaga’s defence Weligton was the one who had the home side’s best opportunity. Weligton missed the target by a hair when he connected with a cross from a corner.

Few opportunities were created in the second half, only our midfield duo of Koke and Mario threatened through shots from distance. The two replaced our injured captains Gabi (suspension) and Tiago (injury).

Just when both teams seemed to have settled on a goalless tie, Atleti came incredibly close to nicking all three points. A corner in the 93rd minute led to chances for Falcao, Miranda and Godín, but none of them was able to pull the trigger.

Line-up: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Filipe; Arda, Koke, Mario, C. Rodríguez (“67 Raúl García); Diego Costa (“62 Adrián) and Falcao.

Goals: –

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I think Simeone made the wrong decision on who should play beside Mario, I mean Koke was good tonight but we needed Koke the winger, Cebolla did nothing and Arda was alone in the last third of the field .. Falcao played his worst game with Atleti and even maybe his worst in his career, he was the one who should be substituted not Costa .. but that was an impossible decision, for one reason players like Falcao, CR7 & Messi can’t be substituted unless they are injured, and for another reason I think El Cholo was afraid from a 2nd yellow for the beast.

  • Andres (Lolaya)

    Falcao didnt play that bad. I have seen him play worse games. One game i remember he had the easiest shots in the world that he would always be thought to finish even better than CR7 and Messi but he missed them. Malaga had a great defensive display

  • Shlomgar

    Just realized, only one game a weak till the end of the season. Sad.