Atlético Madrid B have ended 2010 on a high note with a 1-0 victory over Cacereño.
Despite last week’s loss the team has strung together a nice run of results since the end of October.
Because of the horrible start to this campaign our reserves are still in the relegation zone, but the future surely is looking brighter ahead of the second part of the season.
Captain Paco Regalón scored after half an hour to give Atlético B their third consecutive home win, when he scored with his left from a Mínguez freekick.
But the biggest news of the day was the return of Borja. The youngster replaced José Collado and played the final fifteen minutes of the match.
The prodigious striker was severely injured in our final match of last season, when he made his debut with the first team. A ligament tear in his knee required surgery, and he only returned to training a couple of weeks ago.
Borja is considered a huge talent, but three injuries in the last year have hindered his development. Like Koke and Pulido, he’s part of the first team. But while he waits for his chance and gets back into form, the Spanish youth international will continue playing his games for Atlético B.
Coach Antonio Rivas will welcome the forward with open arms, because his team is lacking firepower up front. It’s no surprise that the winning goal against Cacereño was scored by a defender.
Like we’ve seen before this season, Atleti’s second side controlled the match, but failed to make the most of their opportunities.
Atlético B started brightly, with Mínguez providing a cross for Collado, but his header was sensationally saved by goalkeeper René.
Our midfielders looked strong in possession, but failed to connect with the lone striker. However, after twenty minutes Mínguez again found Collado with a cross. But René again got in the way of the man on loan from Braga.
In the 27th minute the goalie was finally beaten, when Regalón knocked in a cross from a freekick by Mínguez.
After the goal neither side was able to take control of the match, but the forwards were hardly given any chances to score. The visitors took the initiative, but Atlético B looked more dangerous on the counterattack.
The final opportunity of the match was for Borja, who could have sweetened his comeback with a goal. The ball fell for his right foot after Cacereño failed to clear a corner, but with a bit of fortune René was able to keep it out.
Two months ago Antonio Rivas said he wanted to go into the winter break with twenty points, and even though we’ve missed out on that target by one point the coach will be happy to know his team is on the way up, with nine points from the last three home matches.
Atlético B start the new year with a visit to Conquense on the 2nd of January and will aim to finally leave the relegation spots behind for good.
Line-up: Iago; César, Regalón, Pulido, Cantero; Koke, Sergio Marcos (“72 Atienza); Vítor (“86 Perea), Noguera, Mínguez; and Collado (“77 Borja).
Goals: 1-0 Regalón (“27)