Two weeks ago we were happy to report that Atlético Madrid B had finally won their first away game of the season. On Sunday they extended their winning streak.
The reserves have now won their last three matches and seem to be hitting form right in time to avoid relegation. With four games left to play they are in 11th position, but still only five points away from the relegation play-off.
Atlético fell behind quickly in Extremadura; the home team scored after just twelve minutes through a striker with a fitting name, Golo.
But our B-team tied it up within five minutes. It was Roberto Batres who reacted quickly to a rebound and leveled the score.
After the equalizer Atleti took control over the match, but they waited a long time before they made it count. With little over ten minutes left to play it was youngster Saúl Ñíguez who scored from a counter-attack to give the Rojiblancos the lead.
By then Extremadura were playing with only nine men, because Jorge Zafra was sent off with a straight red card and was later joined by his teammate Yepes who received two yellows.
The home team even finished the match with just eight players, because Aurelio too received his second booking of the night when he fouled Borja inside the penalty area late on. Fer had no trouble converting the spot kick and made it 3 for Atlético.
The match ended on a sour note, however. Local fans abused the referee, Arias Madrid, and he had to be escorted from the ground while the crowd threw objects at him.
Line-up: Iago; Regalón, Pulido, Atienza, Cantero; Fer, Sergio Marcos (“62 Joseph); Saúl, Batres, Mínguez (“86 Roberto); and Borja (“90 Vítor)
Goals: 1-0 Golo (“12); 1-1 Batres (“17); 1-2 Saúl (“78); 1-3 Fer (p.k.)(“88)