La Liga: Atlético 3 – 0 Real Mallorca

Atlético take home victory after a penalty save by David de Gea

Atletico Madrid forward Diego Forlan skips past Real Mallorca goalkeeper Dudu Aouate

Forlán on his way to 2-0 (MARCA)

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)


  • Mert

    quality football from our Rojiblancos. reminds us what we’re capable of. keep it up lads

  • Raed from Lebanon

    Congratulationnnnnnnnnnn

  • javi

    and…we did it without Kun!

    b/t/w, marca reports we just signed right winger Adrian Lopez…a good young prospect-hes a regular starter on the u-21 selection.

    http://www.marca.com/2011/01/17/futbol/equipos/deportivo/1295286224.html

  • Flo

    The new System did work out. I hope Quique is going to play the lads like this more often. Tiago, Reyes and Van der Gea were excellent!

  • We didn’t play especially well, but it was certainly three vital points. Vamos!

    De Gea, Godín, Tiago and Mérida impressed very much. I hope that Godín gets to play as a regular now.

    Elías had som trouble with the pace and his passing game, but let’s not be judgemental. He will be an extraordinary signing I’m sure.

    Two more things, guys.

    1. It would be nice if you could write som player judgements after the game. It’s always fun to read something like that.

    2. Also, I would like you to tell those players who twitter and other things. At the moment I’ve only got Kun, Forlán and Filipes’ twitters as my favouriters. (Ufa isn’t so active, so therefore I don’t follow him anymore.

    VAMOS MI ATLÉTI PARA SIEMPRE!

  • I can say that I am impressed and very happy over the victory the rojiblancos achieved this evening! Some amazing goalkeeping from De Gea, excellent play by Reyes, Forlan, a pleasant header from Valera and good for the two new arrivals. But Juanfran seems to be adapting faster than Elias, but I am sure that he will be very successful with the rojiblancos. Now, its up for these brave men to crush Real Madrid (and this especially goes to the little diver, ramos and alonso) and to win against Sporting Gijon on Sunday!
    VAMOS ATLÉTICO, VAMOS ROJIBLANCOS!

  • 7th

    it was great match, but i didnt like the performance,

    they lose the ball fast, and like with real madrid. they outplayed us. one sided match.

  • palc

    Who would’ve thought Valera would score? Not me, thats for sure.

  • Martin Rosenow

    Valera first scorer prediction in the prediction league was valued at 250 points.

  • Gert

    I loved how Tiago and Juanfran fought for the ball!
    Elias seemed somewhat nervous but if he gets some more shooting opportunities like last night, we might witness some beautiful goals in the near future.
    De Gea was out standing once more. I guess he’ll be taking Casillas’ place for the national team in no time! (Where’s his picture on the match report Derek?)