La Liga: Real Sociedad 2 – 4 Atlético

Wild ten minutes turn the match around for Atlético in Anoeta

Atletico Madrid forward Sergio Agüero scores against Real Sociedad

Sergio Agüero scores against Sociedad (AS)

We had never beaten Real Sociedad in league competition at the Anoeta Stadium, and at half time there wasn’t any indication that we would this time around. But a stunning last quarter of the match turned this game around completely.

In the 12th minute the home team had taken the lead, when Perea allowed Griezmann to cross the ball and Ujfalusi unfortunately scored an own goal, although striker Joseba Llorente was credited with it.

The lead was justified, as Sociedad looked sharper and more determined in the opening half hour. Shortly after the goal Llorente slid in to try to make it 2-0, but he put it past the wrong side of the post.

In the last fifteen minutes of the first half, Atlético finally seemed to wake up. First Agüero shot just wide after an individual effort and then Mario Suárez headed over the goal after a Simão cross.

Still in the first half, Tiago forced goalkeeper Bravo to an amazing save and Forlán shot just wide of the Sociedad goal.

The first opportunity in the second half was for Sociedad’s outstanding winger Antoine Griezmann, but he shot straight at David de Gea.

Atlético then regained control over this match, but it didn’t lead to many clear cut opportunities. It wasn’t until the 60th minute, when Griezmann was surprisingly substituted and when Quique swapped Perea and Ujfalusi, that this match really turned around.

In the 72nd minute Sociedad took a free kick, which seemed to come off Tiago’s hands before Atleti launched a counterattack. Reyes beautifully delivered the ball to Kun with a majestic long ball, and the Argentine speeded past his marker into the box. Agüero sought out Diego Forlán who was waiting near the penalty spot, and the Uruguayan confidently struck it past Bravo to equalise the score.

Eight minutes later Agüero gave us the lead, albeit in an offside position. Diego Forlán passed it to Ujfalusi and the Czech delivered it to Agüero who only had to tap it in.

When Agüero also scored the 3-1 just two minutes later this match seemed done and dusted. Tiago launched a pass to Forlán and this time the Uruguayan assisted his fellow South American, who turned and scored with his left foot after Bravo had left his goal open.

But Sociedad got a lifeline when Simão made a mistake on the edge of his own area. The Portuguese tried to dribble the ball out of defence, but was blocked and Diego Rivas beautifully struck the ball out of a diving De Gea’s reach to make it 3-2 with five minutes remaining.

Sociedad sent all men forward and almost scored an amazing equaliser, but Zurutuza’s bicycle kick went well over the crossbar.

In the added time this match was finally decided. On the left side of the box Reyes skipped past two players and was then fouled by the third. The referee had no other choice then to award us our first penalty of the season, which was successfully converted by Simão.

Our goal total on the evening is considerably more impressive considering that La Real had only conceded two goals at home this season. Unfortunately for the Txuri-urdin, that total is now up to six.

This amazing comeback wasn’t only our first league win ever in Anoeta, but also the first time Atlético won an away match after being a goal down at half time in twelve years. With only five away matches won since August last year this should give us a big boost for the upcoming matches in la Liga.

Line-up: De Gea; Perea, Ujfalusi, Godín, López; Reyes, Mario (“76 Raúl García), Tiago, Simão; Forlán (“90 Assunção) and Agüero (“85 Diego Costa).

Goals: 1-0 Ujfalusi (o.g.)(“12); 1-1 Forlán (“72); 1-2 Agüero (“80); 1-3 Agüero (“82); 2-3 Diego Rivas (“86); 2-4 Simão (p.k.)(“95)

  • Flo

    Stunning victory! So important to win this game today. The league table looks good. Next week the important game against Espanyol ant then only must win games. That could be great christmas this year 😉 (Especially the game against Leverkusen where I will stand in the grounds 🙂 ).

  • Mohammed

    At first, the players were just not serious. Playing like it’s a friendly, but when time was ticking, they relized that it’s time to make this happen. This is wrong of course, we need to be focused from the very first second of the game. Against better teams you will not be forgiven, like what happened in Bernabeu.

  • NiñoTorres

    Well I can’t say I was expecting that at half-time! We really dug in and played well in the second half, although up until the 70th minute it just felt like another typical Atleti away game. Reyes and Forlán were great, and when Kun plays like this we cannot be beaten 🙂

    Looking at our next few fixtures compared to Valencia, Villarreal, Sevilla and Espanyol’s, I think we can get to the top four before Christmas, and then hopefully stay there!

  • Gert

    Stunning counter attacks! I really enjoyed Forlán and Aguero. Seems like Forlán is back! Those 2 together is deadly!

    I think Martín Lasarte must feel bad for taking off Griezmann. What a player! Could fit perfectly in our squad!

    See you in Leverkusen Flo !!

  • Martin Rosenow

    Griezmann was sensational. Lasarte was worried about our steady attack I guess and put in a defensive midfielder for Griezmann, but way too early…64th minute.

  • Flo

    Looking forward seeing you Gert! Are you comeing with the PACG or on your own?

  • Nick Poskitt

    Have fun at the game guys! Get some photos up and make sure you let people know about AtléticoFans… *whistles*

  • Great game, we showed a lot of fighting spirit in this game. We were really bad for 60 minutes and it seemed like typical Atleti game: good 10 minutes, than stupid goal we lose, and then we suffer for the rest of the match. It looked like that until Diego scored, he together with Kun and Reyes did great yesterday and provided us with all the points.

    Perea should never be played on the right with Ufo in the middle, it should always be the other way round.

  • Ringo Schut


    Kun is really getting better and better this season, he took a while, but the line is going up faster than ever!

  • javi

    I am very happy even though I dint get a single point on the prediction league. Finally we have referree errors going our way. Aupa Atleti.
    Guys I’m going to the Espanol game Saturday. If anyone is around let me know and we can catch a beer.

  • Gert


    I’m coming from Belgium with a friend. I don’t even know where I’ll be in the stadium! Hopefully not in between Germans !

    What is PACG?


  • Nick Poskitt

    German Fanclub, they do a lot of things together. Check our ‘partners’ page.

  • Garymadrid

    Javi we normally meet up for a few beers if you chance joining us for one let us know

  • Garymadrid

    Also thanks for the advice on Twitter. Very grateful as we are a bit green in that field.

  • Ringo Schut

    Btw, great picture of Kun, haha!

  • Hi guys!

    Just wanted to drop by and leave a message. I’m an active reader of your website and think it’s splendid. Very good work, all of you!

    My name is Joakim, a swedish rojiblanco. I actually write about the club myself on the biggest swedish website about sports:

    I visit every day – now it’s time to “reveal” myself.

    Aupa Atléti!

  • Nick Poskitt

    Nice to hear, thanks for commenting Joakim 🙂

  • javi

    Gary, tell me where you guys are meeting and who to look for and I will be there.

  • Flo

    Gert, we will be in the Atlético block and we are all germans 😉 Anyways I think Atlético fans are in the south of the stadium. We are meeting about two hours before the game in front of the stadium. Hopefully we’ll see each other 🙂

  • Gert

    Flo! I’ll try to be there in time !

    take care!

  • Garymadrid

    Javi at the club shop there is a small concrete roundabout we will be around 9. Our email address is on our blog