Playing home or away is like night and day for Atlético Madrid B, who lifted themselves out of the relegation zone by comfortably beating Montañeros 3-1 at the Cerro del Espino.
The club from A Coruña, who had fired former Atlético B-coach Abraham García in January, had held us to a draw earlier in the season. But on Sunday our reserves were victorious after an impressive performance under the eyes of first team players Filipe, Koke and Álvaro Domínguez.
The Rojiblancos started off the encounter nervously but settled into the match and began creating chances for Borja, Míchel and Mínguez, though they were unable to capitalise on those opportunities. But goals just before and after the break decided the match in Atlético’s favour.
First it was striker Borja González who scored after Mínguez had flicked on a cross by skipper Paco Regalón. The captain was deployed at right back in César Ortiz’s absence and also had a hand in Atlético’s second goal just after half time.
Regalón again crossed from the right side and this time he found Sergio Marcos, who headed it past the goalkeeper to double the lead.
The Galicians didn’t give up however and came back into the match when they were awarded a penalty in the 60th minute. Míchel fouled Raúl Lozano and Iago Iglesias converted the ensuing penalty kick.
Atlético B had lost the last three matches but knew they were taking the full three points in this match when Roberto Batres scored the decisive third goal to put the reserves up 3-1. Borja stole the ball from the last defender but was stopped by goalkeeper Diego, who was then beaten by Batres after Borja recovered the ball and squared it in for his teammate.
Line-up: Iago; Regalón, Pulido, Míchel, Cantero; Fer, Sergio Marcos; Miramón (“75 Joseph), Batres (“82 Noguera), Mínguez (“75 Saúl); and Borja.
Goals: 1-0 Borja (“45); 2-0 Sergio Marcos (“46); 2-1 Iago Iglesias (“60); 3-1 Roberto Batres (“73)