La Liga: Mallorca 3 – 4 Atlético

Kun grabs hat-trick but Atlético fall short of automatic Europa spot

Atleti celebrate one of Kun's goals, leavingMallorca in despair (Colchonero.com)

Atleti celebrate one of Kun's goals, leaving
Mallorca in despair (Colchonero.com)

Atlético de Madrid’s disappointing season came to an end on Saturday evening, along with Quique Sanchez Flores’ reign at the club, with a 4-3 away win at Real Mallorca. Sergio Agüero bagged a hat-trick, but other results didn’t go in los Colchoneros’ favour, meaning that the club will have to book their passage to the Europa League next season via a play-off.

Mallorca were involved in an intense battle to avoid the drop coming into the final day of the Liga season. With Almería and Hércules already doomed to relegation, six teams were fighting for their lives in Spain’s top division, including tonight’s opponents.

However, despite losing to Atlético in a spectacular match, the islanders avoided the drop. Both teams played with the intention of taking all three points tonight, which resulted in a thrilling encounter.

The home team started the match strongly, desperately trying to secure another year in Spain’s top flight, pinning us back in our own half early on.

But after the opening ten minutes our midfield took firm control of the match which soon led to our first goal. Juanfran found Kun, who dribbled past his man and beat Aouate from a tight angle.

Mallorca responded almost immediately, but Emilio Nsue saw his header stopped by David de Gea, who was in great form tonight. He again saved when Webó found himself through on goal after sloppy defending by Tiago.

The Cameroon striker was very active and caused a lot of trouble, especially to Ujfalusi, who was caught napping on multiple occasions but got away with it thanks to his goalkeeper.

Mallorca’s Michael Pereira was also very involved, but it was Atleti who scored again only five minutes after the first. Reyes played a magnificent through-ball to Juanfran who beat Aouate from a similar angle as the first to make it 2-0. It was the winger’s first goal for Atlético since joining the club in January and he will have been delighted with it, after he lamented his missed opportunity to dedicate a goal to his recently deceased father last week.

Just before the break Agüero came close to scoring his second after a nice one-two with Reyes, but the Argentine hit it over the bar. Reyes again played a great match in a central position behind our captain, and created chances for his teammates all night long.

At half time Michael Laudrup must have informed his players of the current standings, because they started the second half with all guns blazing, realising that a single goal by Deportivo would mean the Islanders went down.

During the entire second half it was raining chances for Mallorca, but Webó, De Guzman and Pereira all found De Gea in their way.

At the other end Atleti were ruthless. When he received the ball from Reyes, Agüero delivered what seemed to be the final blow. From the edge of the box he curled a ball beautifully inside the far post, leaving Aouate without a chance. The goal was Kun’s 100th for Atlético, a great achievement.

Although they were three goals down Mallorca refused to admit defeat and within a minute they were rewarded a penalty after Chori Castro’s shot was blocked by Valera with his arm. Unlike last week De Gea wasn’t able to stop the penalty as Jonathan de Guzmán sent him the wrong way.

In the 70th minute Webó missed a good chance made by Nsue, but seconds later he did score with a powerful header into the top corner to make it 2-3. With only a goal separating the sides Mallorca went on an all-out attack, leaving them vulnerable at the back. Tiago came close to scoring for Atleti, but he shot wide of the target.

Mallorca’s young winger Michael Pereira missed the chance to equalise in what could have been the goal of the season, but after leaving four defenders behind him, he lost his composure.

One man that was extremely composed in front of goal tonight was Sergio Agüero, and in the 81st minute he restored Atlético’s lead to 2 goals. Although he again received the ball from Reyes, this goal was a solo effort as Kun skipped past three defenders and then the goalkeeper, before lobbing the ball into the goal from what practically seemed to be the byline.

It was Kun’s first hat-trick in a rojiblanco shirt, although he was surprisingly timid in celebrating his goals, showing hardly any emotion. We hope this was out of respect for the anxious home crowd, and not because this was his final appearance for Atleti.

But still Mallorca wouldn’t give up and Pierre Webó scored his second with another beautiful header, although it was little too late. Fortunately for tonight’s hosts, Deportivo lost to Valencia, leaving Mallorca one spot above the relegation zone.

Because Sevilla and Athletic both won tonight nothing changed at the top of la Liga, so Atleti finish in the dreaded 7th position. We have qualified for next year’s Europa League campaign, but will have to play an extra preliminary round at the end of July to get into the final tournament.

Line-up: De Gea; Valera, Ujfalusi, Pulido, Filipe; Juanfran (“82 Raúl García), Mario Suárez (“69 Assunção), Tiago, Koke; Reyes and Agüero (“85 Elias).

Goals: 0-1 Agüero (“13); 0-2 Juanfran (“18); 0-3 Agüero (“60); 1-3 De Guzmán (p.k.)(“62); 2-3 Webó (“71); 2-4 Agüero (“81); 3-4 Webó (“92)


  • NiñoTorres

    Great win, wasn’t expecting this at all. We MUST convince Kun to stay at all costs if we have any ambition for the future.

    Overall a very disappointing season. Seventh is not good enough for Atlético, but think back to the game against Villarreal in El Madrigal in October. We were beaten 2-0 and they outplayed us, however, we were denied two pretty clear penalties and had a goal wrongly disallowed. Had decisions gone our way that day and we won the game, we would now be two points ahead of Villarreal in the Champions League places 🙁 Such thin margins, and of course the season would have panned out differently, but it’s annoying to think that with 1-2 better results we could have been playing in the CL next year.

  • Chalet

    After winning the Europa League and the Supercopa we were considered as title contenders at the beginning of the season.
    Now the season is over and we ended up in 7th place – almost struggling to even manage an EL spot.

    It´s simply unbelievable that Agüero managed to score his first hat-trick for Atléti, that he managed to score 20 goals in La Liga for the club this season and that he finally managed to score more than 100 goals in an Atléti shirt – and in the end somehow it was good for nothing…

    The EL play-off will be interesting to watch – with several players out due to the Copa América.

  • starvs

    Kun with a well deserved hat trick, three great goals. Him not celebrating was a bit weird, not sure what that was about, hopefully nothing ominous.

    De Gea has an amazing game, guess he wanted to make sure he went out on top if it was his last game here which it is looking unfortunately like, and for 20 million pounds? That is not enough. We are talking about a guy who is gonna be #1 for the best team in the world (more or less) for possibly a decade; gotta get like 30 mil.

    Looking forward to next season…

  • palc

    @ starvs he didnt celebrate properly because he already knew that Sevilla and Bilbao were both in front in their games. And also as respect for Mallorca who were playing to avoid relegation.

    Read that in Kuns homepage.

  • starvs

    I heard someone mention the relegation situation as a possible reason, made sense, but wasn’t sure; thanks for the info.

  • Sweden

    I will miss Tiago next season, we have to replace him with someone worthy!

  • Well, 7th place was not expected, could have been much much better! Although last game was really good, did not expect that at all! Really looking forward to next season though! Aupa Atléti!

  • starvs

    I agree Sweden, while Tiago is often unspectacular (aside from this here goal of the year, DANM, http://www.zocial.tv/today/Sports/FEDXV9RSECc/gol-de-tiago-rosenborg-1-atltico-de-madrid-2 ) he is almost always solid.

    We need that type of stability in our midfield, hopefully Elias can step up and thrive in a more central role.

  • palc

    I have one word for the vacant central midfielder position. Gabi.

  • Flo

    @palc: Don’t you think he would be the next Raul Garcia if we would sign him?

  • palc

    NO.Not at all. Gabi can control the midfield. Raul Garcia cant even controll his legs. Gabi is good defensively and offensively. He tackles well, passes the ball well, has great shooting abilities and works hard. He has 10 liga goals to his name this season. He’s a leader and has a winning mentality. His brace against Levante proves this.

    Im sure he would want to go back to his home.

  • palc

    ..or Ever Banega. Hes available on the cheap. Only 8 milll€. Maybe Kun should persuade him?

  • John

    @palc Banega was a fail last time at Atleti, can’t see him being much better this time round, i think we need a more defensive CM