This match against another la Liga team was our last big test ahead of the Super Cup, but TeleMadrid chose to broadcast Sevilla, instead of this semi-final of the Trofeo Colombino.
AtléticoFans are a little concerned that nine days ahead of our match against Inter we still haven’t played with our ‘best’ starting XI. Our star forward Diego Forlán is yet to play a full friendly this pre-season, while Tiago wasn’t even selected for this mini tournament in Huelva.
Their replacements weren’t able to step up, although Mario Suárez did have a good match. The midfielder was the player that most threathened former Atlético goalkeeper Pichu Cúellar in the first half.
The two teams were balanced in the first fourty-five minutes, with Nacho Novo getting the biggest chance for Sporting on a counter attack.
The second half showed more of the same, with Atlético holding possession while Sporting were looking to break fast as soon as they won the ball. It seemed the match would end in a draw, but a substitute changed the outcome of this game, which otherwise seemed destined to be headed for penalties.
Argentine striker Gastón Sangoy was the only player to score tonight. The forward beat De Gea with an impressive strike ten minutes before the end.
Line-up: De Gea; Valera, Ujfalusi, Domínguez, Filipe; Simão, Mario Suárez, Assunção, Jurado; Agüero and Diego Costa.
Subs: Antonio López, Raúl García, Reyes, Fran Mérida, Forlán
Goals: 1-0, Sangoy.
Tomorrow at 19.00 GMT+1 Atlético will play Montevideo Wanderers in the losers’ final of the Trofeo Colombino. It’s our last match ahead of the European Super Cup clash against Inter on 27 August.
We will face Sporting Gijón again just three days later, in our first la Liga match. Let’s hope we’ll be able to take revenge for tonight’s defeat!