La Liga: Atlético 4 – 0 Sporting

Ruthless Falcao inspires Atlético to third win in a week

Falcao roars again (

Falcao roars again (

Expectations were sky high for Atlético after successive home wins against Celtic and Racing, and they did not disappoint in this evening’s meeting with Sporting Gijón.

It was a night to savour in the Vicente Calderón as record signing Radamel Falcao added to his hat-trick at the weekend with a further two goals, and many will argue that he should have had another treble if not for referee Iturralde González.

Manzano made five changes from the team that set Racing aside on Sunday, replacing the absent Diego and Tiago with Koke and Gabi, as well as resting Mario Suárez and Reyes in favour of Assunção and Salvio. Also coming into the team was the fit-again Sílvio, taking Perea’s place at right-back.

Atlético came flying out of the traps, dominating the early exchanges and setting a high tempo from the off.

There were two occasions within the first ten minutes when the home side will feel that they should have taken the lead, but the man in the middle thought otherwise. Firstly, Falcao was clearly upended by Sporting defender Botía, but much to the home fans dismay a corner was given instead of a penalty.

Moments later, Falcao headed Gabi’s corner into the net for what should have been his fifth goal in a week, but again the whistle was blown, for what we can only assume to be a foul on his own team-mate, Salvio.

However, Atléti were not disheartened and continued to knock on the door, with former canteranos Koke and Dominguez both coming close through headers.

Atlético’s dominance soon paid off though, and once again it was Radamel Falcao who forced the goal. In a similar fashion to his disallowed effort, Gabi’s corner found ‘El Tigre’, who attacked the ball with purpose before seeing his right-footed effort deflect off Alberto Lora into the back of the net.

Sporting’s only chance of the half came from Ricardo León, who curled just over Thibaut Courtois’s goal near the end of the half. Four minutes before the break, Falcao had yet another opportunity, but his close range effort was blocked by Cuéllar, a goalkeeper who had spent six years at the Calderón earlier in his career.

The away side came out with more purpose in the second period and caused a few moments of unrest, but midway through the half Atlético found their second goal, and it was the captain who provided it.

As he had done numerous times in the first half, Gabi delivered an inviting corner into the box, and this time it was met by Álvaro Domínguez, crashing in at the back post to put daylight between the two teams.

Moments earlier, the influential Falcao had seen a sublime curling effort rebound off of the crossbar.

Up until this point, the Colombian had done just about everything but score, although he was not to be denied. After latching on to a ball over the top, Falcao held off a series of challenges before turning and firing low past Cuellar for the third.

Still though, he and Atlético were not done. Ten minutes from the end, Gabi floated in yet another perfect set piece, and Falcao rose highest to plant a trademark header into the top corner.

The fans in the Calderón had been in full voice throughout the match, and were roaring with approval of their new idol right up until the final whistle. ‘El Tigre’ now has a total of 6 goals in four appearances for his new club, but his next challenge may be the toughest yet.

On Saturday, Atlético travel to the Camp Nou to take on champions Barcelona, although after scoring ten goals without reply in the last week, confidence will be at it’s highest in a long time. Kick-off in Catalonia is at 22:00 CET.

Line-up: Courtois; Sílvio (“76 Adrián), Miranda, Domínguez, Filipe; Assunção (“61 Mario Suárez), Koke (“69 Reyes), Gabi; Arda, Salvio, Falcao.

Goals: 1-0 Lora og (“28), 2-0 Domínguez (“68), 3-0 Falcao (“72), 4-0 Falcao (“80)

  • starvs

    Atletico dominated this game without Diego and without Arda being a huge influence. Not to mention with Assuncao in the game! Very encouraging to see. And Falcao is obviously a true beast, shame he is getting all these goals disallowed.

  • starvs

    Also, I expect the sponsors to come knocking now; all aboard the champions league money train.

  • Nipe


  • Croatia Atletista

    I can’t tell you how happy I am we started playing good again!

  • javi

    I think Saturday will be a good day for us…
    I am very happy about how Manzano is roating players and getting them all to work together.
    last year we had tons of rotations too, but nothing worked together…
    Too bad we didnt play real madrid this week.

  • k14

    That stupid cunt dwarf of a referee was extremely annoying, disallowing 2 legit goals within 7mins.
    Assuncao have always been great, specially when he fixed his passing problems earlier last season, untill QSF buried him in the bench.

    Hopefully manzano will help him revive even stronger.

  • starvs

    @k14 “That stupid cunt dwarf of a referee was extremely annoying”. Perfectly said, Falcao should be well on his way to Pichichi glory.

  • 92

    You guys forgot to mention how great Gabi was, he was very fundamental tonight, overall, it’s great to see that this team doesn’t only rely on Turan, Diego and Falcao but on all the players, the whole team works as a solid unit, about Assuncao no offense but I prefer Mario Suarez who is a canterano but Assuncao as a backup is not bad at all, too bad Turan hasn’t scored yet for Atleti but eventually he will later on.

  • 92

    Talking about happiness, is always nice to see the Vikingos sink, the more the vikingos sink, the more happy I am. Who agrees : ) ?!

  • Russell Buckley

    Excellent again, my biggest hope for this season was for the team to play positive, solid and attractive football. So far we are accomplishing all these hopes. I don’t care if we lose as long as we gave everything with style!!! Manzano has rejuvenated this team ! Aupa Atleti!

  • Mais

    anyone else notice a vast improvement in passing? there was one by filipe luis to gabi i think that was reminiscent of marcelo’s link ups with c. ronaldo (as much as i hate marcelo i have to give him his passes)

    hopefully that skill continues to be strengthened throughout the season!

  • Urban

    After really bad last season and really hard summer we deserve those moments. Amazing. There are no words to describe Falcao. Its true that Gabi deserves a mention as well, and I really liked our full backs tonight. Seems like rotating players is paying off, Gabi, Filipe and Silvio who were rested did really good.

    And Salvio > Juanfran.

    But its true the true test is ahead. I wouldnt mind a draw, or even slight lose. I only dont want us to get our asses kicked too hard, since we are on a good run and that could do a lot of harm to our morale.

  • Javi

    Urban don’t worry and have faith. We will take them if we play like we did today and the prior game

  • Davide

    I think Gabi deserves recognition. He has not wasted a single set piece now in like 8 games running. At last we have free kick and corner taker of very high calibre. Now all we need is for Reyes to realize that he can’t take a good direct freekick to save his life amd let other people handle it. Also happy that Reyes looks more humble now, and has become a team player.

    Falcao.. no comment…

    Iturralde… that short fat Atlético hating media hungry w***e attention seeker of a excuse for a referee has made my life miserable for like 15 years now.

  • starvs

    Yeah Gabi is really dominating the set pieces, wonder if he will continue when Diego plays, Diego took some corners last Sunday.

    Barcelona has played a ton of games as of late, they did not look amazing against Valencia. They are beatable and we need to pounce while they are weak, go for the throat.

  • k14

    oh btw, Atletico defense is the lowest in conceding goals in spain so far(eventough we played more games).
    Lets hope it will stay the same after the weekend ;p

  • teso

    here is Javi92 when he laughed at me when i said falcao was the best cf in the world???/ he said gomez was better lol

  • teso


  • Will

    Just to add something.. I’ve seen the whole. Valencia x Barcelona clash and Valencia was having a lot of fun over Daniel Alves. On the second half Guardiola fixed the problem and Valencia only played with conter attacks but without huge success.

    With all that said, I think Arda will enjoy playing against Alves the way Mattieu did today and Diego will play his best to deliver the best opportunities to Falcão but I really think Arda will be the escape not Diego.

    We can beat them… Yes, we can! Aupa Atleti!

  • 92

    teso, Falcao is doing very good but let’s not talk ahead of time, on sunday is his true test, and I don’t know why you dislike Mario Gomez so much, he is scoring goals, what do you want from him?, besides this article is about the victory againts Gijon not a debate between Falcao and Mario Gomez

  • dgsozkan

    Falcao.What a spectacular striker! I know bets are still with barça but now I’m hopeful about the next game. Maybe it’s too soon to make claims about big games or title’s but I got to say anyway , our team with all new transfers and youngsters really excites me.

  • Urban

    Well even if he doesnt impress in the big games, it will be fine if he continues to demolish smaller teams – it was our major problem to always grab the 3 points with weaker opponents, even on our own field. If he can fix that we should be in CL next season.

  • Robel

    Yesterday was great and the whole team played well. Even if the opposition was poor, you cannot deny the quality that Atleti showed. Of course the true tests are ahead of us, but let’s try to stay optimistic; we have every reason to.

  • londres

    hey man..dont even compare gomes with falcao…are you stupid?? many people didnt thim falcao could do goals in the big leagues…wel it does look like hi can….what a player, im buying his shirt today!!!

  • 1990

    How did salvio play???

  • fancyfartpants

    atletico will win 1-2 against barcelona.. falcao and arda scores, atletico must play forward football, give no space to pass , even on their barca side of the field, like in mortal kombat… i say, finish him!

  • sweeden

    atl has bought a dimond!!

  • Dave

    Talking of Dana Alves, When fenerbahce played seville in the champions league there was a Turkish player called Boral who made him look like a clown.

  • John Greece

    Why in our official site is mentioned that Falcao scored a hat-trick?

  • Idan

    diego will play vs barca? please answer

  • Edletico

    I think he has travelled, likely to come off the bench

  • starvs

    Diego will be brought in during the second half to add onto our 3-0 lead.

  • All listen to @starvs ! He is the most wise man here…. 🙂