There wasn’t much for Atlético fans to get excited about on Thursday evening, as the fringe players managed to squeeze a 1-0 win out of Reus at the Vicente Calderón.
The highlight of the night was undoubtedly the fine goal from Thomas.
Fernando Torres missed a trio of golden opportunities in the first half to give Atlético the lead on the night.
First a ball to the striker from Jesus Gámez put it on a plate for the Atleti number nine, only for him to shoot straight at the Reus goalkeeper.
Edgar denied him again shortly after with a fantastic save down to his left, after Torres headed down Koke’s free kick.
The worship of Fernando Torres continued in the half-empty Vicente Calderón, as the striker missed another opportunity in the six-yard box.
If Niño would have converted any of these chances, it would have been his 100th in the red and white of Atleti. (Which I’m sure you will have realised already – we’ve been saying it for months!)
Lucas had the ball in the back of the net at the beginning of the first half, only for the assistant referee to rule it out for no clear reason.
The opening goal, however, did come in the 53rd minute, to spare some Atlético blushes and send them on their way to qualification.
A well worked Siqueira throw in helped the left-back carve out some space to deliver a cross, which was headed up and away by the Reus defenders, only for Thomas Partey to smash the ball on the volley into the back of the visitors’ net, with the help of a slight deflection.
1-0 to Atlético, and Thomas’ first goal for the senior side in only his fourth appearance.
But Torres wasn’t done yet. After some great link-up play, Torres managed to miss another opportunity with his left foot inside the area.
It wasn’t the Spaniard’s night.
Atlético progress as expected. Next up is Malaga in the league, and the chance to go top!