La Liga: Atlético 2 – 0 Leganés

Torres at the double as Cholo's men earn morale-boosting win over local rivals


Atlético Madrid returned to winning ways on Saturday evening with a 2-0 win over neighbours Leganés, with two goals from Fernando Torres enough for all three points.

The red and whites had not won in four coming into the match, but can take confidence from the victory ahead of Tuesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final second leg away at Barcelona.

Torres was the star man as he justified Simeone’s decision to start him on the day. His goals are what claimed all three points in front of a home crowd for Atleti on a rainy evening in Madrid..

El Niño himself won the penalty that led to the first goal, he was running towards to goal where he was fouled leaving the referee no choice but to give Atleti a penalty.

Griezmann stepped up only to be denied by goalkeeper Iago Herrerin, but Torres pounced on the rebound and shot it home to give the home side the advantage.

As what starting to become a norm this season, Atleti had a lot of the ball but the final ball was very lacking. Nevertheless the team came out in the beginning pressurising Leganés with wave after wave of attacks.

As the first half went on Leganés grew into the game, but the rojiblanco defence shut down many attempts to leave the visitors with a couple long shots that earned them a couple of corners.

Savic and Erik were lone yellow cards from their respective teams. Gaitán also continued his overall impressive start to 2017 by finally starting to look like the player we hoped he would become.

Second half started with Saúl being subbed off, perhaps as he is one yellow card away from suspension, being replaced by the more attacking Correa took to the field.

It seemed like Simeone wanted to put the game away and rest some players for Tuesday. The second half continued with the same pace as the first half as Gabi got fouled outside box.

Koke took the free-kick and sent it wide but it was nice to see Atleti not sitting back and continuing to put on some pressure.

Shortly after Torres gets his second goal of the match and fourth in La Liga (5 in all competitions) with Correa once again showcasing why he is a super sub.

Correa always making things happen he on the field, and if he can get his shooting boots on, he will be a great addition for the future.

Not long after, Gaitán was taken off in place of Carrasco, who continued the offensive pressure on Leganés. In search of a goal, the visitors came at Atleti and started to gain some clean shots on goal but Moyá, with some luck, was there to answer and make the saves.

The final thirty minutes saw Atleti sit back a lot and make some nervy clearances but luckily for us Moyá was alert on a few occasions, showcasing again that he is capable in Oblak’s absence.

Vrsaljko was the final sub, coming on to shore up the defensive in place of Griezmann, who was applauded for his effort by the crowd despite the penalty miss. Meanwhile the experiment of Juanfran as winger continued as Vrsaljko took his place at right-back.

Once they scored their two goals didn’t forced their way much into the goal of Leganés, perhaps trying to conserve their energy for important away game at the Camp Nou.

However, Carrasco and Correa both came close late on and the team still looked to find the hat-trick goal for Fernando Torres, but with no luck.

Player ratings: Moyá 7, Juanfran 6, Godín 6, Savic 6,  Filipe 7,  Gabi 7, Koke 7, Saúl 6, Gaitán 6, Griezmann 6, Torres 8 (MOTM). Subs: Correa 7, Carrasco 6, Vrsaljko 6.

  • Kris

    If Filipe gets back to his best, we’ll win the treble this season. The last two games have looked promising for him.

  • Tdawa13

    Correa was great today. It seems like he should play as super sub for now bcuz he just plays better when he comes on at second half.
    Also Moyà was very reliable today. Great. I hope he will keep this up.
    But I agree motm should go to Torres. His touches and dribbling are lamentable but he scored a brace and we don’t get to give him motm everyday so…
    Also he should take the penalty honor away from griezmann. Atleast when they are important.

  • Vagabond Messi

    That’s what i said before. Our fullbacks were off form this season. I don’t know about treble but we can defeat any team.

  • Kris

    Sorry Ahmad and Farid for the loss today. Egypt had an amazing run in the tournament but might have made the same mistakes that our Atletico coach has made by being a bit too defensive after 1-0 up. Gutted, but you all should be proud, were not really supposed to go this far, at least not in this tournament.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Sorry mate , but Egypt has always been master of this competetion. They’re Brasil of Afcons. Feel bad for all Egyptian fans though.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I am proud, and we shouldn’t supposed to go that far -though it actually makes it more painful to come so close and lose it-, we went to Gabon to get some experience for this very young team where 19 of the 23 players never played at AFCON before, and to get some points and improve our FIFA ranking so we would stop drawing the likes of Ghana in world cup qualifications, and the likes of Nigeria or both Tunisia and Senegal in AFCON qualifications.

    You obviously didn’t watch the tournament, because it was never Cuper’s fault, I’ve been defending the man so hard against the heavy criticism he’s been receiving (although I was criticizing Simeone in the same time, but I explained why before, and maybe I will explain more later), last night we made only one substitution, because we had nobody on the bench, we missed 5 players through injuries and suspension, including all our strikers (one of them was Kahraba who scored against Atleti in Jeddah and scored the winner against Morocco in the Q Final).
    Ahmad Fathi (our Saul, but much better) played in 3 different positions throughout the tournament, the HORRIBLE pitch on which we played our first 4 games caused many injuries and caused fatigue for all our players, they couldn’t move at the end of the game last night.

    No excuses though, congrats to Cameroon, especially to the Rojiblancos of them -if there is any- a deserved title, and they are catching up with us, 5 titles to 7, and good luck in the confederations cup (I wanted us to play it so hard).
    Cameroon had the same circumstances, a young team that wan’t expected to even reach the semifinal, which remind us again that football is not just talent, but fight and faith are much more important, which Atleti is lacking lately, and I don’t know why.
    Again, I’m happy and proud, and many people think this is a good omen, we used to win AFCON and fail to qualify to the world cup, maybe we will do the opposite this time.

    Thank you Kris.
    And also thank you for having my back -and you too Jeronamo- against the trolls who have attacked me and impersonated me lately.
    And shame on those naive people who believed it was me and kept discussing with them, and those who just wanted to believe it was me and called me some bad names after the stupid stuff those trolls -or that one troll- said.

  • Kris

    Nunca dejes de creer.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Most participation, most titles, most finals, most semifinals, most games played, most games won, most goals scored and even most hosting.

    And all the individual records belong to us as well, except the most played games that belongs to Gyan, and the all-time top scorer that belongs to Eto’o, but this young generation can break those two records too, unless if CAF made the tournament every 4 years, and I think they really really should.

    I know I’m bragging, but I think with those records I have the right to 😉


    I hope Simeone starts with this XI against Barca;


  • Vagabond Messi

    Yes , looking at the record it’s safe to say that Egypt are always favourite for this competetion. Hope you guys qualify for wc this time.

  • Chewie

    No worries, man, the troll wrote such short messages that everyone with a brain instantly realized that it couldn’t have been you.