Atlético fell to its third consecutive defeat on Sunday evening, as two goals from Toquero condemned the hosts to a 2-0 loss against Athletic de Bilbao.
It was supposed to be a celebratory evening, as this week it’s exactly 100 years since the club decided to change its outfit from blue and white to the rojiblanco we now all love.
This coincided with a clash against our Basque brothers, whose supporters founded Atleti in 1903 and who of course wear the same colours and nickname as us.
Luis Perea had an extra reason to celebrate, but he and all Atlético fans will hope to forget this day as soon as possible.
It was the Colombian’s birthday, but referee Teixeira Vitienes surprised the defender with a gift he’d rather not have received.
In the 39th minute the man in charge sent him off with a straight red card, after Perea had fouled Fernando Llorente inside the penalty box.
It seemed a harsh decision and justice was done when Llorente himself fired the ball wide from the penalty spot.
Before taking the spotkick Llorente was seen arguing with David López, as the targetman had also missed his last two penalty kicks.
But Atlético were left with ten players and in added time the visitors made us pay for it. Iraola whipped in a cross from the right and we were clearly missing a defender, as Toquero found himself left entirely free inside the box.
The Basque then volleyed in the cross to open the scoring, and dealt Atlético a tough blow just before half time.
The goal came as a shock as Diego Forlán had squandered the chance to put Atleti ahead just a minute before.
The Uruguayan was put through at the halfway line and was one-on-one with Gorka Iraizoz.
Normally Forlán surely would have put this chance away, but the man who has been out of form this entire season saw his shot went just wide off the post. Earlier Cacha hit the crossbar from just outside the box.
Before the red card both teams had been trying their luck from outside the area, but kept finding goalkeepers Iraizoz and De Gea in their way.
In the second half Bilbao let their foot off the gas a little bit, which allowed Atlético to go forward just after the break. This almost led to a goal, but Diego Godín headed wide from a Reyes corner.
But in the 64th minute Athletic killed off any hope we had of a miraculous recovery, when Toquero scored his second of the night. He tapped in the ball from close range after another perfect cross by Andoni Iraola.
Seven minutes before time Atlético came close to scoring but Gorka saved Juanfran’s lob, before Reyes missed the rebound.
The final opportunity of the match was for David López, but his shot was deflected away from De Gea’s goal.
Today we wasted the opportunity to overtake Athletic in the Liga table, and with this result the European spots are even farther away for Atlético. And with games against Barcelona and Valencia things may only get worse.
Line-up: De Gea; Ujfalusi, Perea, Godín, Filipe (“69 Juanfran); Reyes, Tiago, Assunção, Elias (“45 Domínguez); Forlán (“76 Diego Costa) and Agüero.
Goals: 0-1 Toquero (“45+1); 0-2 Toquero (“64)