La Liga: Atlético 3 – 1 Eibar
Fernando Torres gets goal 100 as Atleti come from behind to win
20166Atlético Madrid claimed all three points on Saturday afternoon as they came from behind to defeat Eibar 3-1 at the Vicente Calderón, claiming their first win in five games.
An early goal from Keko looked to have ruffled some Atleti feathers, but los Colchoneros came back with goals from José Giménez and Saúl, not to mention Atlético goal number 100 for Fernando Torres at long, long last.
After a goalless first half, Keko had the ball in the back of the net not long into the second half for the visitors, capitlizing on a mistake from Saúl, who was playing in defence alongside Giménez. The ex-Atlético man made Saúl pay for his miscontrol as he put Eibar into the lead at the Calderón.
The 24-year-old canterano didn’t celebrate against his former club, and even looked to injure himself in the process.
Atlético faced a huge job to turn it around, but the players didn’t lose belief. In fact, the Eibar goal lit a spark under los Rojiblancos.
Not ten minutes later, José Giménez levelled the score in Madrid, with a rare goal from an Atleti set piece.
A Koke corner whipped in to the front post found an unmarked Giménez, who made little mistake in heading home to put Atlético back on terms.
It’s been a while since Atleti were so prolific from these so-called ‘penalty-corners’, as they had been dubbed. The fans would have been delighted to see Diego Simeone’s took the lead seven minutes later from another Koke corner.
Floated in to the middle of the box, Saúl was on hand to leap highest and head home to atone for his mistake at the other end. Atleti had turned it around. 2-1.
Some wonderful build-up play almost saw Atlético grab their third goal, but Luciano Vietto was ruled offside after some fantastic movement.
Fernando Torres was brought on to replace Yannick Carrasco, and had a good opportunity to grab his 100th career Atleti goal after a fantastic lobbed through ball from Óliver, who was brought on to play fantastically, early in the second half.
El Niño’s first touch was slightly in front of him and was thwarted by the unrushing Eibar goalkeeper, Riesgo.
However Fernando Torres moment was to come. In stoppage time, with the game winding down, Luciano Vietto got in behind the defence and crossed the ball to a waiting Torres, who was able to poke the ball home for his 100th career goal for Atlético Madrid.
Atleti sealed all three points, and the goal for El Ninõ was the icing on the cake. At the end of the game, Torres jumped the advertising hoardings and gave his shirt to Manuel Briñas, the man who spotted him when he truly was El Ninõ back in 1995.
Next up for Atlético: Getafe away next week.
GOOOOOOL TORRES! NUMBER 100!!!
— AtléticoFans (@AtleticoFans) February 6, 2016
|Giménez 56'||Keko 46'|
|F Torres 90'|
|06 February 2016|