Atlético beat Recreativo on Thursday night and collected the Trofeo Colombino for the 6th time.
Hosts Recre scored midway through the second half, but goals by Adrián and Eduardo Salvio handed the Colchoneros the win in Huelva.
Álvaro Domínguez, captain on the night, had the first big chance to score, but his header from close range went over the crossbar.
After that opportunity, Atleti spent almost half an hour without creating chances, until a beautifully worked goal by Adrián gave us the lead.
Elias played a brilliant through ball to Luis Perea, who handed Adrián an opportunity he couldn’t miss.
Atleti today clearly missed a midfielder who can connect with the forwards, but Elias, who played as a faux-winger, showed he can be that man. The Brazilian again delivered the final pass when Reyes hit the post just before half time.
Shortly after the break Reyes released Adrián, but the striker failed to beat goalkeeper Alejandro.
In the second half Gregorio Manzano switched from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 formation, and with only a week left until our first la Liga game against Real Sociedad, it seems the coach still hasn’t settled on a system.
Recreativo tied the score in the 64th minute, after a great individual effort by Fidel. The Recre winger beat Adrián and found Álvaro Vega at the second post, who edged out Godín to the cross and headed in the equaliser.
Our new Belgian goalie Thibaut Courtois made his debut for Atléti but didn’t have a whole lot to do and was left without a chance on Vega’s header.
Atlético picked themselves up and got back into the lead in the 79th minute, when Eduardo Salvio anticipated a through ball by Reyes and calmly slotted the ball through the legs of Alejandro.
Substitute Borja, who played his first game for Atleti this pre-season, could have made it three for los Rojiblancos after yet another of Reyes’ passes sliced open the Recre defence, but Alejandro got a touch on Borja’s shot which was then cleared off the line.
Despite the conceded goal, Atlético never looked like giving up the lead and we comfortably held on in the final minutes. Antonio López went to collect the enormous Trofeo Colombino, which we have now won a total of six times.
Line-up: Courtois; Perea (“59 Sílvio), Miranda, Domínguez (“59 Godín), Filipe (“59 López); Gabi (“46 Juanfran), Mario (“46 Assunção), Tiago; Reyes, Elias (“46 Salvio) and Adrián (“73 Borja).
Goals: 0-1 Adrián (“33); 1-1 Álvaro Vega (“64); 1-2 Salvio (“79)