La Liga: Atlético 2 – 0 Athletic
Atleti shut out their Basque brothers with ease at the Calderón
If it’s at the Vicente Calderón, then it’s guaranteed to be a party.
There was no disappointment on Sunday when Atlético defeated Athletic Bilbao 2-0 on Sunday.
The evening started with an incredible mosaic in the stands. The Calderón was, more than ever, truly Rojiblanco.
Arda was out once again, and Adrián took his spot in the starting XI.
The fans are getting more and more impatient with the Asturian, but Cholo still believes in our 7.
The forward performed well; he ran, defended, and began the play that led to our first goal.
The match started a bit slow, as both sides were disputing possession and no team truly felt comfortable on the pitch.
Miranda gave Atleti an early scare, as he was shown a yellow card in the 6th minute of the match, a condition he’d have to deal with for the remaining 84 and some minutes.
17 minutes elapsed before the first shot on target, taken by David Villa.
Villa played a spectacular match, participating in many plays and shooting more than ever. Gorka Iraizoz was the only reason he did not leave with a hat trick.
The goal finally arrived after a splendid play between Adrián and Juanfran. The Spanish right back placed a cross to Diego Costa, the ball was cleared by the defence and Villa quickly reacted to place a magnificent shot into the bottom corner. 32 minutes played and the score was 1-0. The party had begun.
The second goal arrived after only a couple of minutes. Koke delivered a beautiful pass to ‘La Bestia’. Costa, still in his incredible form, received the ball, made an amazing cut-back and slotted the ball home with his non-habitual left foot.
After the goal, the fans at the Calderón started singing: “Es español, Diego Costa es español” (“He’s a Spaniard, Diego Costa is a Spaniard”). Obviously, the fans can’t wait to see him play for ‘La Roja’ under Del Bosque.
The first half ended with a whopping 60 percent ball possession for the Colchoneros, something Cholo’s Atlético aren’t accustomed to.
The second half kicked off and a stellar Filipe Luis had a lovely play in the Athletic area, but Gorka saved his attempt on target.
Later, in the 57th minute, a David Villa header was saved by Gorka once again. The Basque goalkeeper was on fire.
The intensity of the match had then died down, and Cholo decided to use his substitutions. Adrián, who received an ovation, was subbed for our 12th man Raúl García.
In the 78th minute, Athletic’s Erik Morán was sent off after receiving his second yellow of the match for a reckless challenge on Diego Godín. Surprisingly, Athletic’s only serious chance the whole game came after the red card, a counter led by Muniain that the youngster wasted.
Villa made way for ‘Cebolla’ in the 83rd, and Atleti kept pushing for their third of the night. The goal could have come in the 90th minute after a generous play by Diego Costa, who left Raúl García with a simple tap in that was, yet again, magnificently denied by Gorka.
Atlético’s victory brought us to within one point from first-place Barcelona, and separate us by five from our city rivals.
Next up is a midweek Champions League clash against Austria Vienna in Madrid.
|03 November 2013|