Atlético are through to the next round of the Europa League qualifiers after taking care of Stromsgodset in a sold out Marienlyst Stadium in Drammen with a 2-0 victory (4-1 aggregate).
Adrián and Jose Antonio Reyes, stars of the first leg in Madrid, each struck once to secure Atleti’s passage into the next stage of the competition.
Rojiblanco coach Gregorio Manzano surprised by leaving Tiago, Juanfran and Filipe out of the starting lineup, with Assuncao, Salvio and Antonio López serving as their respective replacements.
Though los Colchoneros failed to establish dominance at any given point, they got the much needed away goal early on when Godset were dictating play.
Reyes brilliantly fed Adrián and the Asturian finished neatly to open up the scoring, leaving the fixture at 3-1 overall.
At that point, the Norwegians were required to score at least two goals to even up the aggregate scoreline.
Atleti held off a barrage of mostly off-target shots and la Perla buried Godset’s hopes in the dying minutes of the encounter after smashing home a pass from Diego Forlán.
The Uruguayan, as promised, will rest for a couple of days before re-joining the squad later in the month.
The drawing for the fourth Europa League pre-qualifying round takes place Friday, at 13:30 CET in Nyon.
Atlético starters: Joel; Silvio, Perea, Domínguez, Antonio López; Salvio (Juanfran, “65), Gabi (Raúl García, “74), Assunçao, Reyes; Forlán and Adrián (Filipe Luis, “81).
Goals: 1-0, “13: Adrián. 2-0, “93: Reyes.
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