Agüero wasn’t selected, Tiago recently quit and Uruguay hadn’t scheduled a fixture so it was a quiet round of international friendlies for Atlético, with only three players pulling on their country’s colours.
On Tuesday Álvaro Domínguez played the first 45 minutes of Spain U21’s victory over their Danish counterparts, but all goals were scored in the second half. Emilio Nsue and Ander Herrera scored the goals for the Rojita. They ended the match with ten men because Víctor Ruiz was sent off after punching Denmark’s Bille Nielsen, who was provocatively celebrating the goal he scored from a corner right in front of the Spanish defender.
David de Gea dropped out of the Spain U21 selection with a minor injury but will be fine for our la Liga match against Valencia on Saturday. Rubén Pérez, who is on loan at Deportivo, entered the game in the 81st minute.
On Wednesday night, two of our South Americans played in high-profile friendlies. In Paris two former World Champions faced each other, with Elias starting for the Seleção against France.
The midfielder is struggling to adapt to Atlético, but that didn’t stop Mario Menezes from giving him a spot in the starting XI along with Hernanes and Renato Augusto. It was the first time the trio played together and although Brazil lost 1-0, Elias did make a good impression.
He was one of Brazil’s better performers on the night, and he did well to cover Dani Alves on the right side, as well as providing the forwards with some useful passes. Hopefully Elias will be able to show the same energy and determination for Atlético as he did for his national team yesterday.
Central defender Luis Perea played the full 90 minutes for a brave Colombian side that went into the Bernabéu and fought off World Champions Spain until the 85th minute, when David Silva finally broke the 0-0 deadlock.
Perea, the Colombian to have played the most league matches in Spain (195), was composed for most of the match, looking much calmer and more confident than he generally does with Atleti. He teamed up at the back with AC Milan centre-back Mario Yepes, and the pair did well to ward off world class strikers David Villa, Fernando Torres, Pedro and Fernando Llorente, before Silva finally managed to net the winner.