After three straight disappointing results Quique Sánchez Flores decided to make some drastic changes to our starting line-up.
The coach made six changes and tried a completely new backline. Tomas Ujfalusi had been among the defenders dismissed, but remained in the starting line-up after Perea suffered from an overnight illness.
Quique also allowed Elias his first minutes in la Liga. The Brazilian midfielder did well in our modified formation but was replaced by fellow newcomer Juanfran at the start of the second half.
By then the match had already been decided after goals by Juan Valera and Diego Forlán before the break.
In the 14th minute Valera headed in a corner taken by Reyes to score his third goal in an Atlético shirt and his first of the season.
After half an hour Diego Forlán doubled our lead. One of our stand out players, Fran Mérida, won the ball in midfield and sent the Uruguayan toward goal with an amazing through ball.
Cacha didn’t lose his head when he faced Aouate and calmly skipped past the goalkeeper and placed the ball into the back of the net.
At that point we were controlling the match with Tiago our big inspirator in midfield, but earlier Mallorca could have caused a surprise in the Vicente Calderón.
After just a minute of play Víctor appeared inside the box, but he missed the control to put his chance away. It was already the second shot after a fierce start by the Islanders.
Just before Forlán increased our lead, Mallorca’s youngster Pereira missed the opportunity to equalise. He turned away from Godín after a nice team build-up, but shot straight at De Gea.
Shortly after the break the goalkeeper was again forced to a save, when De Guzman whipped in a freekick straight at goal.
With Juanfran coming in for Elias to make his debut at the Calderón we switched to a 4-2-3-1 formation, which gave us less control in midfield.
Mallorca struggled to find a way through though and hardly created any opportunities. That could have changed in the 70th minute when Antonio López stupidly gave away a penalty kick.
The Atlético captain lost track of Emilio Nsue and brought the winger down inside the box with an obvious foul. The referee could do nothing else but send off the left back and award the visitors a penalty.
Just as this match seemed to make a drastic turn, our big hero of the season stepped up. David de Gea stopped Pierre Webó’s spot kick with an amazing reflexive save to keep the score at 2-0.
In the remaining twenty minutes Mallorca pushed forward, without really threatening our goal, though Chori Castro did hit the post for the Barralets.
The Mallorcans also finished the match with ten players when three minutes before time De Guzman was sent off with a straight red card for a late challenge on Juanfran.
In injury time Atlético added a little dessert for the home fans. Mallorca’s defence was ripped open on a counter attack and Diego Costa found Reyes entirely free.
The Andalusian winger has recently had some appalling misses in one-on-one situations with goalkeepers, but decidedly put this one behind Aouate to seal our 3-0 victory.
Line-up: De Gea; Valera, Ujfalusi, Godín, López; Tiago, Assunção, Elias (“45 Juanfran); Reyes, Mérida (“86 Diego Costa) and Forlán (“72 Filipe).
Goals: 1-0 Valera (“14); 2-0 Forlán (“34); 3-0 Reyes (“92)