La Liga: Atlético 1 – 0 Málaga

Correa the hero for Atleti as they pile pressure on Barcelona

Correa celebrates scoring with Mono Burgos

Correa celebrates scoring with Mono Burgos

Atlético Madrid return to the top of La Liga for a few hours at least after they came through a potential banana skin to beat Málaga 1-0 at the Vicente Calderón.

A second half goal from substitute Ángel Correa was enough to secure it for Atlético, in a match that saw Diego Simeone ejected under bizarre circumstances.

The first real chance of the game feel to Cop, who forced Oblak into an excellent diving save to protect the Atlético Madrid goal.

Atlético followed up with a chance of their own, with both Fernando Torres and Antoine Griezmann passing up the opportunity to give Atleti the lead.

A ball in on the left was missed by Fernando Torres, and instead rolled on to Griezmann, who steered a shot wide of Málaga’s post.

You would have bet your house on Griezmann putting it in the back of the net to make it 1-0, but this time it wasn’t to be.

Carrasco had a fantastic opportunity just before half-time, curling a strike in from well outside of the Málaga area. Ochoa pulled of a good save but ex-Atlético Camacho caught Carrasco’s ankle trying to block the shot, and needed some treatment on the field.

An early chance fell to Atleti at the start of the second half. A Juanfran cross found its way to Saul, who fired wide of Ochoa’s post.

The match was a fiery one. José Giménez, returning to the side after recovering from injury, went into the book after going in hard on Ignacio Camacho with his studs up. There was a bit of afters to follow the challenge.

Fernando Torres then went off the boil a little bit. First contesting a wayward shot, which clearly had a deflection, only for the referee to point for a goalkick.

Then not five minutes later, he was put into the book after he reacted furiously to another scandalous refereeing decision. Wellington, the Málaga defender, lost his footing as he tried to shepherd the ball out of play.

Torres, nearest the defender, was adjudged to have fouled him despite not being anywhere near making a challenge. Yellow card for the Spaniard.

It wasn’t long after this that Atleti settled the nerves. Ángel Correa, after coming on to replace Yannick Carrasco, picked up the ball outside the area and cut inside before unleashing a fierce strike.

The ball deflected off of Raúl Albiosa and put just enough pace on the ball to take it away from a stretching Ochoa. 1-0 to Atlético.

The main talking point after the game is the dismissal of Diego Simeone to the stands at the end of the first half.

A second football found its way onto the pitch during a Málaga counter-attack from the Atlético bench. The referee seemed to take exception to this and sent Simeone off, even though it didn’t look like Cholo threw the ball.

More likely it was because he was the most senior member in the technical area. As a result, it’s likely that Simeone will receive a three-match touchline ban for being sent off and will miss the remainder of the league campaign.

The game finished 1-0, and all of the attention will now turn to the Camp Nou, where Barcelona host Sporting Gijón on Saturday evening.

Atlético Madrid Málaga
Atlético Madrid 10 Málaga
Correa 62' 
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Vicente Calderón
Date 23 April 2016
Kick Off 18:15 CEST
  • Koke

    Not sure how I feel about that ball being thrown on the pitch during the Malaga counterattack… Don’t get me wrong, I really love everything Atleti is about, beating money with pure grit and desire, pulling out all the stops to get a result, doing whatever it takes to win… but little tricks like that are different. Those fall under the category of “dirty” other than “hard work.” Still, I’m almost positive it wasn’t actually Simeone that threw the ball, I don’t know who, but it sucks that Diego is probably the one that will get a ban. We really need this man on the sidelines for our remaining games, now more than ever.

    Other than that, a classic Atletico result. Earlier in the season I was wary of the 1-0 wins, but at this stage they are almost a necessity. Plus, it wasn’t like we weren’t creating good chances.

    And CORREA. What a player. I just know he will reach the level of Aguero and Di Maria, if not surpass them. And I am baffled at the fact that he hasn’t been given more minutes this season. How many times does he have to score beautiful goals before he earns a regular place? We have been needing forwards capable of creating something out of nothing ever since Costa left, and we’ve had on waiting in reserve this whole time. Yes, he still has some maturing to do, but what better way to mature than to get minutes? Look at how that worked out for Saul, Gimenez, Lucas, and Koke, all of whom got to where they are now because they were thrown into the fire from a young age.

    All in all, 3 points is all we need, each of these games, and we got it today. Time to watch Barca-Sporting…

  • Kris

    Very quiet night for Griezmann. I really think he needs one game out, was hoping he would see a yellow today so he misses next La Liga match. Dip in physical form results in dip in quality of play.

    Lucas. SOLID. Great match from the kid. He was better than Gimenez today who also had a good game after just coming back from injury.

    The 1-0 wins at this point of the season are not bad as @Koke mentioned. They are actually a necessity. We had good chances but the crossing today from both fullbacks and other players was horrendous. They got us absolutely nowhere.

    Again besides the crossing aspect of his game, Filipe was absolutely brilliant. This guy has almost mastered his left back position, and not many players in the world are able to master their respective positions. He knows exactly what to do and when to do (besides the terrible crossing today, of course). Masterful display from him yet again. Filipe Luis the transfer of the season for me.

    Gabi losing some balls in the center of the field where we can’t afford to. Being a CM is probably the most important job in the field and one slip up can lead to a goal for another team. We can’t afford that. I am not exactly sure why Augusto was brought in today. Felt like this was a match for Thomas.

    Carrasco man, for fucks sake, please don’t be injured again. We need you.

    Koke wasn’t as central as we would have liked him to be today. Partly because Griezmann looked tired and didn’t play his role as well as he usually does. That definitely had a great impact on everyone else in the team. Griezmann is our best player and we need the best Griezmann every match. But again Koke was the tireless worker we have been so accustomed to seeing. Saul and Koke also switched roles many times and we like to play with two DMs, so that also had an effect on how far up centrally we were going to see Koke.

    Fernando Torres was a workhorse. He lost the ball a lot but he works VERY hard and even had a few successful dribbles in the final third.

    Simeone was absolutely NOT the person who threw the ball on to the pitch, though I feel that was a shameful act. LFP as we know it will probably ban Simeone, but Mono Burgos is just as effective on the sidelines as Simeone. I am sure he will do a good job.

    This was a tough match, like the one at Athletic, and we won again… 1-0. I don’t mind it because we WERE looking for another goal. That was definitely a positive. Aupa Atleti!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Simeone did not throw the ball, of course, he has to be very stupid to do that .
    But according to this video, it seems that he ordered one of the ball boys to do it .
    It’s a shameful act if that really what happened, but Madridistas and Cules don’t get to lecture us about it,
    they are not angels, they have done much worse .

    I guess Simeone just panicked, being the winner he is maybe he didn’t realize what he is doing .
    Not an excuse though .
    https://twitter.com/Danielweris88/status/723978813592489984

  • Carpetano

    The tweet is not working

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I see a message that says : “This video has been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder”, but when I click on the video it does work .

  • Kris