La Liga: Atlético 1 – 0 Málaga
Correa the hero for Atleti as they pile pressure on Barcelona
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.
|23 April 2016|