Europa League: Atlético 2 – 0 Vitória

Atleti win first leg of our double encounter with Vitória de Guimarães

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A brace by substitute Elias helped Atlético to a 2-0 advantage over Vitória de Guimarães in the first round of the Europa League.

The Brazilian was brought on in the second half and broke the deadlock against the Portuguese, who at that point were a man down after João Paulo’s dismissal in the 65th minute.

Atleti started the match strongly and created a chance early on, but Mario Suárez headed wide.

In the 22nd minute Tiago almost scored a fantastic goal when he brought down a high ball on his chest and then attempted a bicycle kick, but his attempt was off target.

Atleti continued to press which lead to a chance for Reyes, but the Andalusian shot wide with his weaker right foot.

One of our most impressive players tonight was Sílvio, who provided an attacking option on the right wing during the entire match. After half an hour the right back almost beautifully curled the ball into the topcorner, but his strike hit the crossbar and came back into play.

During half time Atlético officially announced the signing of Falcao on the stadium monitors and for the first fifteen minutes of the second half it seemed as if the players were surprised by the news as well.

Little happened after the break until João Paulo was deservedly sent off for a rash challenge on Adrián, after which Atleti quickly struck and opened the scoring. Adrián received the ball in the box and did extremely well to find Elias at the second post, who headed in the 1-0.

The Brazilian midfielder had replaced Salvio some minutes prior to his goal and even doubled the score a little later. Adrián again assisted Elias and the midfielder, whose future remains uncertain, slotted the ball into the corner to double our margin.

Atleti took a two goal lead but were fortunate not to go behind earlier on when the score was still tied and Toscano hit the post for Vitória.

We got plenty of opportunities in the last part of the game to put the tie to bed, but Reyes fired wide and Domínguez smashed his header against the crossbar.

Tonight’s gamechanger could have completed his hat-trick shortly before the end, but Elias failed to beat Nilson a third time.

The goalkeeper prevented a bigger loss and despite trailing by two goals the Portuguese can hold on to their slender chance of advancing to the group stages of the Europa League. The return leg will be played next Thursday at the Estadio D. Afonso Henriques.

Line-up: Joel; Sílvio, Perea, Domínguez, Filipe; Gabi, Mario Suárez (“70 Juanfran), Tiago; Reyes (“79 López), Adrián and Salvio (“66 Elias).

Goals: 1-0 Elias (“68); 2-0 Elias (“73)

  • Silvio what a great player this is realy amazin hopely you keep it up. Adrian has show he is capable of replacing kun.
    ADRIAN and FALCAO wil realy take us to the next step hopely laliga and place in CL

  • starvs

    Things are looking promising considering this not the full squad yet, I still think we need a playmaker though and will regret it if we don’t end up signing one. That is unless of course Turan is going to be put in the middle instead of on the wing…

  • Davide

    I am still not happy with Reyes and his new found stardom. He need to learn to let go of the ball earlier and bring teamates into play. Salvio was making alot of good runs all the time but never got the obvious balls because Reyes just has to cut infield all the time and take on 2-3 players, very disturbing. Also, how many freekicks the last 2 years did Reyes actually even get on target? Stop taking direct free kick José! Let somebody else take them or just put it into the box. He thinks he has Maradonas sensitive touch and skill, just get real please. After seeing yesterdays game where Salvio was shut out by Reyes, i am getting pretty tired of this player. There will be big problem with Arda if Reyes cannot learn to bring other players into play. I more and more believe we should sell Reyes and build team. He just annoys me more and more by every game.

  • Davide

    By the way, that Silvio shot..!!?? Good lord that was real dinger! Deserved to go in! Elías playing in his natural position, hooray!! No more Quique putting Elías on he left wing.

  • leika

    sell reyes and with that money buy a playmaker and we can let forlan stay and we get a compact team.

  • CH14

    This excites me!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Silvio Godin Dominguez Filipe

    Koke Gabi

    Reyes Adrian

  • Idan

    salvio was not good, silvio was amazing , like elias.

  • Edletico

    Also I think Courtois or Asenjo should start in goal as Joel looks dodgy

  • 7th

    what about joel?, how was his perfomance?

  • Edletico

    He had nothing to do, however when corners come in he seemed to come out and miss the ball, Perea had to rescue him

  • starvs

    Yeah I agree Reyes tried to ‘turbo’ around and dribble through way too many people with almost no success. His talent is undeniable but if he’s not going to ply it in a way that is beneficial for the team, get the fuck out of here. I really hope he gets his act together.