Atlético went into Thursday night’s game with Rosenborg in desperate need of a win to kick-start their Europa League campaign. And they duly delivered, with a clear 3-0 victory.
An inspired substitute appearance from Argentine wonderkid Agüero sent los Rojiblancos well on their way after an early goal from Godín, before Kun himself and Diego Costa sealed the win.
From the first minute on we pushed the Norwegians back into their own box, almost leading immediately to a goal. Tiago won the ball on the edge of Rosenborg’s area and allowed Simão a clear shot, but the Portuguese hit it well over the crossbar with his weaker left foot.
In the 18th minute we did get the opening goal. Reyes drilled in a stunning cross and centre-back Diego Godín opened his account for Atlético by heading the ball into the back of the net.
Ten minutes later Tomas Ujfalusi wasted an opportunity to double the score. Through down the flank after a great pass from Reyes, the Czech couldn’t decide whether to cross or go for goal himself. In the end he scooped it over the bar with his shin.
After the first half hour Atleti took their foot off the gas, which almost allowed Rosenborg to equalise just before half time, against the run of play. Perea mistimed his header, which put Moldskred face to face with Joel, but the ball ended up striking the post after the young goalkeeper got a touch on it.
Atlético were sloppy in their passing and tackling for a large part of the match, until an inspired substitution by Quique Sánchez Flores changed the game.
Sergio Agüero returned from injury and came on to replace Diego Forlán in the 65th minute. Within fourty seconds Agüero had doubled the lead with his first touch of the match.
Diego Costa held up the ball brilliantly before the ball was eventually crossed to Ujfalusi. Ujfa passed to Reyes, who played a lovely weighted pass inside the box to el Kun. The Argentine went past two defenders before he calmly finished it with his left.
Agüero then created opportunities for Reyes and Raúl García, but it was the Brazilian Diego Costa who scored the final goal of the night.
Joel reacted quickly after making a save at the Atlético end, and threw the ball to Reyes, who was breaking down the right wing. The Spaniard then drilled the ball across goal to Costa. Diego played a stunning one-two with Agüero and then headed it past Örlund. The Brazilian has now scored in four of our last five matches.
In the final minutes of the match Reyes twice had claims for a penalty turned down by the referee Cyrill Zimmermann. The score remained 3-0 and Atlético pick up the first three points of their Europa League defence.
The Andalusian winger had an outstanding match, but so did Godín and Agüero. With Diego Costa again on the scoresheet it raises the question who should play up front against Villarreal. Forlán was poor, again.
We face the Yellow Submarine in El Madrigal on Sunday at 9PM CET.
Line-up: Joel; Valera, Ujfalusi, Godín, Filipe; Reyes, Tiago, Assunção, Simão; Forlán and Diego Costa.
Subs: Perea (“21), Agüero (“65) and Raúl García (“71)
Goals: 1-0 Godín; 2-0 Agüero; 3-0 Diego Costa.