La Liga: Atlético 1 – 0 Sporting
Atlético back to winning ways with last minute winner against Gijon
Atlético Madrid claimed all three points on Sunday evening as a late, late Antoine Griezmann goal was enough to hand Atleti the win in a tight game with La Liga newcomers Sporting Gijon.
The Frenchman’s continued to threaten the Sporting defence throughout the game, but was made to wait for the decisive goal.
It was a frustrating first forty-five for Atlético, who were in control of the match but couldn’t make any of the chances that fell their way count.
Yannick Ferreira Carrasco had Atleti’s first opportunity of the half, but the Belgian dragged his shot wide after some nice link-up play with Jackson Martínez.
Sporting showed great organisation, and even had the chance to take the lead if not for an unbelievable save from Oblak. A counter attacking play from Gijon saw a cross travel across the whole of the box before meeting the foot of Halilović.
The shot from the Croatian seemed destined for the back of the net, if not for ‘the Cloud’ who got a palm to the ball and pushed it on to the post
The first half wasn’t without controversy. Atlético had two loud penalty shouts denied by the officials. The first was after a Jackson cross met the hand of a Sporting defender, but there was nothing doing from the referees.
The second was a lot more obvious, as Luish lashed out off-of-ball at Koke by stamping on the midfielder’s ankle just inside the box. The referee didn’t see the incident, so play continued.
The first big opportunity of the second half came just ten minutes in, and it was Carrasco again involved. The summer signing linked up with Griezmann but the Frenchman couldn’t find the finish to beat the Sporting defender.
When you thought the Oblak save was outstanding, it was Ivan Cuellar, the former Atlético keeper, that pulled off a spectacular double save to deny Carrasco and then Antoine Griezmann.
The Spaniard batted away the first attempt before doing well to get up and throw himself across goal to block the second.
Both sides were creating chances, with Griezmann carving one out for Atlético, only for Gijon to reply with an attack of their own. Oblak was equal to it.
With the game winding down, and Sporting looking like their hard work and organisation was about to pay off, Atleti stole the winner in the 93rd minute of the match.
And who else than Antoine Griezmann? A long ball knocked on by an attacking Godín bounced into Griezmann’s path.
The Frenchman flung himself at it and managed to get his head onto the ball, guiding it past Ivan Cuellar and into the back of Gijon’s net.
The Gijon players were devastated, and collapsed in defeat. Diego Simeone celebrated in his usual fashion, sprinting down the touchline.
The referee blew for full time not long after, and Atleti return to winning ways by the skin of their teeth.
|08 November 2015|