La Liga: Atlético 4 – 2 Almería

Atleti mantain their 100% record putting 4 past the Andalusians

One of Raul Garcia's many chances (atleti)

One of Raul Garcia's many chances (atleti)

Atlético Madrid continued their winning ways in La Liga so far this season with a convincing 4-2 victory over Almeria at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday afternoon.

Diego Simeone had left out some key names for the tie, including solid centre-back Miranda and winger Arda Turan. The biggest surprise was the inclusion of youngster Gimenez in the squad, a defender who had yet to play for Atlético.

Los Rojiblancos still managed to maintain their 100% record though, and go into Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Zenit St Petersburg looking deadly and full of confidence.

It did not take long for them to find the back of the net, and it was David Villa who opened the scoring with a fantastic left-foot volley in the 15th minute. He looks to have settled in brilliantly to life at the Calderon.

Never one to be outperformed, it was the Beast of the Manzanares, Diego Costa who doubled Atlético’s lead from the penalty spot ten minutes before half-time, after Filipe was brought down in the box by Pellerano.

Just when they were looking like strolling in with a two-goal cushion at half-time, Rodri pulled one back for the visitors three minutes later and Atleti did well to keep their composure going into the break.

Two quick-fire goals in the second half sealed the three points for Atlético. Tiago took centre stage first, slotting the ball home after an exquisite free-kick from Gabi, and after failing to make the most of any of his earlier chances, it was Raul Garcia who found the back of the net for the fourth just a couple of minutes later.

Raul Garcia was arguably the best player on the pitch for Atlético, and had enough chances to get himself a goal. He was eventually replaced by Adrian, who after a brilliant piece of play from Filipe on the left wing, should have made it five goals for Atleti. Oliver Torres also made another sub appearance, this time replacing Koke.

A late consolation from Aleix Vidal did little to dampen spirits, as Atlético take three points and move to the top of La Liga, albeit temporarily with Barcelona and Real Madrid set to play this evening.

A sign of concern for Atleti should be the two Almeria goals, which seemed to come from the visitors’ only two chances of the evening. With debutant Jose Gimenez making his first appearance at the back, Miranda’s solid presence was missed, and he will be welcomed back to the team with open arms when Atleti host Zenit in Madrid on Wednesday.

Who was YOUR man of the match? Let us know in the comments.

Atlético Almeria
Atlético 42 Almeria
Villa 15'Rodri 40'
D Costa (p) 36'Aleix Vidal 89'
Tiago 63' 
Raul Garcia 66' 
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Vicente Calderon
Date 14 September 2013
Kick Off 16:00

Team Lineups

Thibaut Courtois
Jose Gimenez
Diego Godin
Filipe Luis
Raul Garcia (71')
Koke (69')
Diego Costa
David Villa (66')
Substitutes used
Arda Turan (66')
Oliver Torres (69')
Adrian (71')
Pellerano (45')
A Vidal
Soriano (68')
Substitutes used
M Silva (45')
Barbosa (68')

Match Stats

On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
  • kris

    Is there any doubt that Diego ‘The Beast’ Costa was the best player on the pitch today?? His presence adds so much to our team.. We can never let go of him… I don’t think it is good to “blame” J.M. Gimenez for those two goals… The second one was obviously all Tiago’s fault,, he could have done better, but I know we could have done much better. Gimenez did good throughout the whole match, and I believe that if Mario was in place of Tiago, we would have won this match 5-0.. (Koke unlucky to not score one..).. But we have to move on,, we won this match,, a great performance from all the boys,, and most importantly,, remember this was only Gimenez’s first match at such a big stage… He will keep on improving,, don’t put too much pressure on the kid…

  • Tommy

    Great performance, the team is so organised I feel confident going into every game. The goals conceded today were strange, they weren’t Gimenez’s fault but Miranda’s presence was missed. I suspect we’ll definitely see Toby on the bench for Zenit, possibly Josuha too with Tiago playing the full 90 mins.

  • Chewie

    RG8 was definitely a striker in his previous life. He scored his goal like a snooker maestro.
    But my vote goes to the Beast, ferocious and deadly as always.
    I think Simeone will kick the boys’ butts for such a frivolous behaviour after the 4th goal.

  • Pantic#10

    RG8 you should have scored the first goal! damn no points this week in the prediction league 🙂
    Good match against a very good opponent.
    All the goals were amazing. Have you seen the wonderful volley shot by Gabi?!! top notch.
    Good work by Gimenez, Tiago (wonderful his control on Gabi’s assist) and all the team. Diego Costa is da man.
    Very very happy and confident for the match against Zenit (they won today: Danny and Kerzhakov goals)
    Aupa Atleti! amazing start of the season.

  • Silchas

    According to the the site of Liga BBVA was the last goal scored by Koke
    But the goal after the free-kick was hilarious. You should think that such a simple trick doesnt work at such a high level.

  • Paulo

    Gabi – Tiago… OLÉ!

  • Pantic#10

    Gabi – Tiago …Tiè! hahaha have you seen Simeone right after Tiago gol? i saw him doing what in Italy we call “Gesto dell’Ombrello” “Umbrella gesture / forearm jerk”..Cholo was laughing with the guys on the bench 🙂 ahah very funny

  • Paulo

    Hahah laughed so hard when Cholo gave the forearm “up the ass”. Also the celebration of Tiago after the goal to the camera… Priceless!
    They made Almeria look like a bunch of payasos!

  • kris

    Our goalkeeper on loan, Sergio Asenjo just scored a cute little bicycle kick to his own net after a Ronaldo kick.. I still really want Villarreal to win or at least tie this..

  • EC

    Another great result for us, we have definitely been the best team in la liga this season so far. Hopefully we can keep it going in Europe. Barcelona looked dodgy and also Villarreal drew with Real Madrid 2-2 :). Actually a little dissapointed as Villarreal were all over real but Lopez had a brilliant game

  • kris

    EC,, no doubt.. Barcelona beat Sevilla sweatily while we damaged them bad at the Pizjuan. Hopefully, our defensive problems are all sorted out before Zenit come to the Calderon.. That Zenit match on miercoles is a must win for us.. Oh,, yehh, and I think on Wednesday, we’ll probably play a 4-2-3-1. What do you guys think?? Maybe Oliver behind Villa or Raul or Koke playing behind Villa, and Cebolla and Arda switching wings.. That match is a must win,, we have to get all tres puntos out of that match.

  • kris

    Or maybe Leo up front with Villa?? I am so psyched for our return to the Champioooons!! I am hoping we win that match by two or three, and keep a clean sheet.. WE CAN DO IT!!

  • EC


    Juanfran – Miranda – Godin – Felipe

    Gabi – Suarez
    Koke Turan
    Adrian Villa

    That is the team i would start with. Maybe Leo instead of Adrian although Adrian has a little more experiance andwas really good in europe the year we won the EL. Costa will be a huge miss especially away to porto :(.

  • EC


  • Dircil

    Is there any way to access to the full highlights of the last match? I missed it yesterday!!!

  • ali_

    there ya go dircil:
    u should subscribe to this channel. hd highlights and interviews from la liga.

    about the match: its so good to see that if we score 4 goals, there are 3-4 goalscorers not just 1 (falcao). this team looks better than last year. never liked RG, but i must say, he is doin very well atm. and tiago is great too. im glad cholo forced our leaders to extend his contract. love this team.