La Liga: Atlético 3 – 0 Elche

Antoine Griezmann with another double as Atleti win again at home

Griezmann scores 2 as Atleti run out 3-0 winners

Griezmann scores 2 as Atleti run out 3-0 winners

Atlético Madrid got rid of their Champions League hangover on Saturday evening as they put three past Elche at a packed Vicente Calderón.

Another brace from Antoine Griezmann handed Atleti all three points on Día del Niño, the day that celebrates all of the young Atlético fans.

The first real chance of the game went to the visitors. Diego Godín and José Giménez got into a bit of a muddle and left space for Adrián González. The striker managed to get a shot off, but it was deflected out for a corner.

Fajr then tried his luck from long range, but it was never causing any trouble for Jan Oblak.

It was the combination of Siqueira and Raúl García that almost handed Atlético the lead, on more than one occasion.

A cross in from our left-back met García at the back post, but his shot was palmed wide by the Elche goalkeeper, Tyton.

Just a few minutes later, RG8 went close again. Another Siqueira cross in and the header from the Spaniard was again stopped by Tyton.

Chances for Godín and Tiago passed them by, and frustration was starting to build in the Vicente Calderón. No Diego Simeone on the sideline, serving a one match suspension after being sent off against Deportivo, was playing its part for Atleti.

Fernando Torres missed a glorious opportunity to make it 1-0 after an outrageous pass from the outside of Koke’s boot. Our little masetro picked out El Niño but the cross bounced before he could hit it, and his volley went high into the crowd.

Atleti were piling on the pressure as the first half drew to a close, and it was Griezmann who had a chance but a low cross fizzed past the striker’s boot and out for a throw in.

The second half started as the first ended, with a bursting Siqueira run into the Elche area resulted in a fierce cross in to Griezmann. The first touch from Griezmann took the ball over Tyton’s bar.

On delivering the cross, Siqueira landed heavily on his ankle, and was substituted immediately. A shame considering the good performance he had put in so far.

Juanfran, rested for this game, was called back from his warm up to replace the Brazilian, and would swap with Jesús Gámez at right-back.

It was the replacement right-back who created the next chance for Atleti, and his cross cut out the Elche defence before falling to Fernando Torres. Number 19 delayed the shot and tried to take a touch, but was quickly hounded out by the visitors. Disappointing from El Niño!

It was some lightning reflexes from his strike partner that finally handed Atlético the lead. A fizzing shot from Koke was only palmed up into the air, and an alert Antoine Griezmann followed the shot to head in the rebound into an empty net.

The 21st league goal of an outstanding debut season for the Frenchman. It was also a goal that tempered Atlético’s frustration.

It was 2-0 shortly after, a throw in for Atleti was given to Raúl García, who drifted infield with nobody closing him down.

He let fire with his weaker foot, and caught out Tyton who wasn’t expecting the shot. The low, hard strike flew in at his near post and gave RG8 the goal he had been searching for all afternoon.

There was daylight between the two teams, and the third goal wasn’t far off. Saúl won a 50-50 ball with the Elche defence, and did well to fire a short cross low to Griezmann, who on the edge of the six yard box tucked it under the goalkeeper and into the back of the net to make it 3-0.

It was Griezmann’s third consecutive two-goal performance in the league. The only concern from Atlético will be why he hasn’t scored more hat-tricks!

Burgos was today’s reason, as he replaced Griezmann with Raúl Jiménez soon after the Atleti’s third goal. Our little Frenchman went off to thunderous applause from a packed Vicente Calderón.

Elche did have their opportunities. A nervy moment from Oblak handed them a series of corners, but the Atleti defence were on hand in their numbers to close down the opposition and put a stop to the attack.

Atlético let the game wind down and claimed their 22nd win of the season in the league.

The only downsides of the evening were the injury to Siqueira, and another performance without a goal for Fernando Torres. While it may have been Día del Niño at the Vicente Calderón, it certainly wasn’t El Niño’s day.

Next up is a visit to El Madrigal on Wednesday as Atlético take on Villarreal.

 

Atlético Madrid Elche
Atlético Madrid 30 Elche
Griezmann 55' 
Raúl García 63' 
Griezmann 77' 
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Vicente Calderón
Date 25 April 2015
Kick Off 18:00 CEST

Team Lineups

Atlético Madrid
Oblak
Godín
Siqueira (45')
Jesús Gámez
Giménez
Tiago
Koke
Raúl García (69')
Gabi
Griezmann (80')
F Torres
Substitutes used
Juanfran (45')
Saúl (69')
Raúl Jiménez (80')
Elche
Tyton
Roco
Domingo
Samu
Galvez
Mosquera (86')
Gonzalez
Coro
Rodrigues (73')
Fajr
Jonathas (78')
Substitutes used
Giménez (73')
Herrera (78')
Arques (86')

Match Stats

Possession
5446
Shots
1813
On Target
93
Corners
97
Fouls
1118
Yellow Cards
22
Red Cards
00
  • Atlético de Madrid USA’s Review of the game vs Elche
    The first 30 minutes of the game by Atletico had no passion at all. I was even getting bored with the game until Fernando Torres misses a goal that my Grandmother could have scored….and she’s dead. Even with this horrible miss, it was the exact point where Atletico woke up. Torres obviously started hustling on the field to make up for is blunder. This was the catalyst that caused the rest of the team to notice that there was a change in attitude on the field.

    Atletico players were obviously still feeling low about last Wednesday’s debacle. But now the energy had returned to the Calderon. (Thank God) Because I was thinking this was going to end a 0 – 0 draw. It turns out that this was the tale of two halves. In the second half, Atletico hits the field and Griezmann keeps tracking the ball, the Elche goalie blocks the ball carelessly in front of Griezmann and he fires in the shot. (There was no off sides.)

    What felt like only moments later, Raul Garcia forces a shot well outisde the 18 and catches the goal keeper sleeping. When watching the rerun of the play, Garcia isn’t even looking up. The last goal came after Saul replaced Garcia and he worked like mad to keep the play in the penalty box alive. Saul ends up passing that ball in front of Griezmann who seals the deal and ends the game for all intents and purposes.

    This was an important game because there is no more silverware to win this season. The 3rd place position is vital to the club for next years Champions League. I am not sure who will be here next season but those that plan to stay, need to win at all costs for the next 5 games. They can not let Valencia back into the mix. The 4 point margin needs to stay.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Griezmann is always in the right place and the right time, that was the case in his 2 goals against Elche and many other goals this season, but it has nothing to do with luck, it’s smartness, good reading of the game and a lot of running
    With 22 goals he is now the French with more goals in La Liga in one season, and the best French players played there,
    Zidane, Henry, Anelka, Benzema & our Moroccan-French legend Larbi Benbarek, (or as we Arabs spell it : Ben Mbarek)

    That was 30 million very well spent .. give the kid a new contract with a higher salary and a scary clause

    Before the game we were talking about Raul, and I said that despite he sometimes drives me crazy I will never want him to leave,
    the man loves Atleti very much, works very hard, and he scores many goals, after an impressive 17 goals last season, now he has 10, to put that in perspective : Koke & Arda together have scored 7 goals this season
    Yes, Raul scored 4 goals from penalties, but from 4 penalties .. just compare that to Costa’s record in penalties last season !

    I really loved how the fans kept singing the names of Simeone and the players one by one after the hurtful exit from the CL, and
    I loved the homage for the heroes of 1975 Intercontinental before the game, and the children’s day was spectacular as always
    Atletico Madrid is more than a club, and we don’t need to write it everywhere like Barca, we prove it by actions

    Happy 112th birthday to Atleti, and congrats to our girls who will play in the Champions League next season, and hopefully nect season they can fight for the league title with Barca who are as strong as their men’s team !
    And I wish Atleti B can make a miracle and avoid relegation from Segunda B, but it seems very difficult, and I won’t be sad if they were relegated because they really deserve it, we are complaining about the lack of discipline in the first team, but that’s nothing compared
    to Atleti B with the too many yellow and red cards, 3 different coaches in one season and none of them was able to fix our problems
    But I will be sad for Atleti C who -despite having a relatively good season in Tercera (they are 12th in group 7, out of 20 teams)- will be automatically relegated if Atleti B were relegated, because they can’t play together in the same division