Another draw for Atlético B

The derby against Alcalá finishes 1-1

Atletico Madrid B goalkeeper Iago Herrerin catches the ball against RSD Alcala

Iago catches the ball (Flickr)

In the last five seasons Alcalá and Atlético Madrid B have always shared the points at El Val and this time it was no different, with the derby finishing 1-1. The home side arguably were the better side, with former rojiblanco Jacobo one of Alcalá’s brightest players.

Although Alcalá started stronger, the first opportunity of the match was for Atlético B. In the 9th minute set piece specialist Mínguez took a freekick right in front of goal, but ‘keeper Juancho did well to save it.

After half an hour the Rojillos created two good opportunities. First it was Jacobo who nearly scored and immediately after another former Atlético player, Miguel Ramos, shot over the bar from inside the penalty area.

Atleti weren’t able to create any opportunities, while Jacobo saw how his header again missed the target. The striker got another opportunity just after the break, but was lacking composure in front of goal. Goalkeeper Iago then had to stop a fierce shot by Miguel Ramos as the two forwards proved to be a handful for Atleti’s defence, where Jorge Pulido and captain Paco Regalón were sorely missed.

After an hour of play Atlético Madrid B controversially took the lead. First Alcalá were denied penalties for two clear handballs, before Míchel scored at the other end of the pitch. Goalie Juancho couldn’t clear an attempt from Roberto Batres and Míchel was able to score the rebound to give Atleti the lead.

Alcalá coach Antonio Costa responded by making two offensive substitutions which led to the equaliser in the 74th minute. It was Miguel Ramos who leveled the score when he scored with his head from a corner.

No more goals were scored, so Alcalá failed in their mission to get their first home win over Atlético B since 2002. Rivas’ men have now drawn three out of their last four away games and are slowly climbing up the table.

Line-up: Iago; César, Atienza, Míchel, Cantero; Fer, Noguera; Miramón, Batres (“80 Collado), Mínguez (“81 Hermosa); and Roberto (“46 Ndoye)

Goals: 0-1 Míchel (“65); 1-1 Miguel Ramos (“74)