It will have been the last thing on the minds of our fans today, but Atlético travelled to Alcorcón for their last match before leaving for the summer.
Without our stars, who were absent for various reasons, we tied against the Liga Adelante side; 1-1.
Although they might be the smallest club in Spain’s second division, Alcorcón currently sit in eight position in the league that still has two weeks left. Even if it was just a friendly they proved tonight to have an excellent team, and dominated Atlético for most of the match.
In the first fifteen minutes the home side created three enormous chances through left winger Jeremy, but they failed to get their shots on target. With most of the possession they pressed Atleti back and our young striker Borja barely got to see any of the ball.
After the break Alcorcón’s captain hit the post and later Joel was forced to an excellent save after Assunção had cheaply given away the ball in midfield.
In the 72nd minute the team in yellow finally got the goal they deserved. A freekick was swinged in from the right and Joel was caught out of position, leaving the goal open for Babin to score.
Until that moment Atleti hadn’t recorded a single shot on goal, but they seemed to realize that a defeat was the last thing to save what wasn’t exactly a great day for Atlético fans.
In quick succession chances were created for Fran Mérida, Mario Suárez and Filipe, but when we finally got the equalizer it was a gift from Alcorcón ‘keeper Eladio. He rushed out of his goal to clear a long pass, but hit it against his own centre back, Babin, and the ball ended up before the feet of Juanfran who could slot it into the empty goal.
Just before the end there was a big opportunity for substitute Vítor to hand Atleti an undeserved victory, but he shot straight at Eladio, leaving the tie undecided.
Line-up: Joel; Valera (“46 César), Pulido, López, Filipe; Assunção (“89 Sergio Marcos), Raúl García; Juanfran, Fran Mérida (“84 Vítor), Noguera (“52 Alberto Perea); and Borja (“46 Mario Suárez).
Goals: 1-0 Babin (“72); 1-1 Juanfran (“77)