La Liga: Atlético 2 – 0 Getafe

Atleti with confident victory over neighbours to move within a point

Fernando Torres celebrates his goal for Atleti

Fernando Torres celebrates his goal for Atleti

Atlético Madrid moved back to within a point of Valencia and third place on Saturday evening, with a 2-0 win over Getafe at the Vicente Calderón.

With Valencia beating Elche 4-0 the night before, it was vital that Atleti picked up a win. And win they did, ending a run of three games without victory.

With the threat of ‘big game syndrome’ on the horizon, the feeling that Atleti drop intensity and struggle following a European match in midweek, Simeone decided to rest Antoine Griezmann and instead hand a rare start to Raúl Jiménez.

However while the summer signing was handed a start, it was the old favourite that gave Atleti the lead inside the first three minutes.

A Koke free kick was whipped in from the left flank, and a leaping Fernando Torres met the ball in mid-air, guiding the header over the goalkeeper and into the back of the Getafe net. It was a goal made and scored in Madrid, with two canteranos combining. It was also a fantastic header, and the first goal in the league for Torres since returning to Atlético.

If Simeone sent the players out to start fast, the team certainly didn’t slow down after the first goal.

Koke almost made it 2-0, after a loose ball bounced in front of him, prompting the maestro to unleash a fierce strike towards goal. Vicente Guaita dived but was nowhere near it, and could only listen as the ball crashed off the post and back at him.

The rebound hit the goalkeeper’s flailing legs before rolling past the opposite post. A huge let off for Getafe.

Raúl Jiménez was making sure he got himself in amongst the action. The Mexican got himself into a great position to score not long after, but Tiago couldn’t pick the 23-year-old out after a through ball from Fernando Torres.

A chance did fall to the former America-man almost immediately afterwards, but Raúl Jiménez dragged his shot wide of the goalkeeper’s right post.

Atlético were in total control of the first 20 minutes of the match, moving the ball well and creating chance after chance. Getafe came back into it as the game went on but they rarely put much pressure on Jan Oblak, who was only needed for a save or two.

Getafe almost fashioned a goalscoring opportunity, but some excellent defending from Atleti made sure that Fredy couldn’t get his shot away in the Getafe attack.

The next best chance of the game fell to Koke, who volleyed a flick-on straight at the goalkeeper from six yards out.

The second goal of the game did come, and it was the Portugese midfielder Tiago who found the back of the net after an excellent flick on from the alert Raúl Jiménez.

A Koke free kick on the right hand side was fired in, and headed on by the Mexican, who looked marginally offside on the replays. The header was glanced towards the back post where Tiago was waiting to fire the header like a bullet past the Getafe goalkeeper to make it 2-0 just a minute before half-time.

Tiago should have had perhaps more goals on the night. In the second half, he headed just wide from just a few yards out, but was ruled offside. He then had another attempt with his feet in the closing stages, but could only steer his shot wide of the goal.

A shot from distance by Escudero in the 70th minute had Oblak scrambling, but it was never on target and the resulting corner was harmless.

It was an extremely professional performance from Atleti, which began on the right foot following an early goal from Fernando Torres.

Raúl Jiménez again showed some promise, which will leave Atlético fans wishing he takes one of these opportunities by the scruff of the neck very soon.

What did you think of today’s performance? Were you impressed with Raúl Jiménez?

Don’t forget to read our player ratings, to see who played well and who was just average!

Atlético Madrid Getafe
Atlético Madrid 20 Getafe
Torres 3' 
Tiago 44' 
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Vicente Calderón
Date 21 March 2015
Kick Off 16:00 CET

Team Lineups

Atlético Madrid
Arda (90')
Raúl Jiménez (72')
F Torres (90')
Substitutes used
Griezmann (72')
Mario Suárez (90')
Cani (90')
Pedro Leon (79')
Fredy (72')
A Vazquez
Substitutes used
Yoda (72') (84')
Diawara (79')
Felip (84')

Match Stats

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  • I almost forgot the taste of wining in La Liga !
    Good performance and a great assist from Jimenez, a great save and a couple of good ones from Oblak, and a suicidal block by Gimenez .. the kids will give Simeone a very sweet dilemma
    The good Tiago is back, and I think if Gabi and Mario can score many goals like him we would have been in a different position right now
    Maybe Ansaldi is a better left back than Siqueira, and maybe Gamez is a better full back than him, But it’s just very hard for me to be convinced that Gamez is a better left back than Siqueira
    The Calderon applauding Raul Jimenez was my moment of the match, it even beats the moment when Torres looked to the fans and pointed to Koke after the goal
    I missed this Atleti, but I definitely did not miss the disability of scoring many goals even against a weak team like Getafe

    Animo Abdoul Karim ..and Joyeux Anniversaire Grizi

  • Parsa1903

    This is what happens when you have fresh players in the line up. Jimenez, Torres, Gabi, Thiago and Godin were all new starters comparing to Bayer’s match. ( Altough the former two were out due to suspention ). And you can see how much better was the quality of our play. We played with a good pace and created a lot of chances. We looked lively in the attack. Something that we were missing in our recent league matches. Cholo has to understand the importance of rotation.

  • atleti10

    Good stuff today. Koke was awesome, Torres is looking his sharpest since he left Liverpool. My only reservation is why did we take Jimenez off, the guy is fresh and needs game time. Take Arda, Koke and Juanfran off as they all need a rest. Anyway happy with the day.

  • ” Obi, Oblak, cada día te quiero más ” [every day we love you more]

  • Urban

    I also wanted to post this vid! Amazing stuff from our supporters!

  • Urban

    I liked a lot about this game, the team did exactly what it had to do. Jimenez and Oblak had a good game, Im happy for Torres to score his first la liga goal since he returned.

    What worries me is the fact that even with Siqueira and Ansaldi fit Cholo still opts for Gamez, who indeed is solid in defence but as a natural right back will never offer as much in attack when deployed on the left flank. Gamez on the left in my opinion should not be a long term solution for this season.

  • ToHaJu

    Gimenez Block was amazing ,,
    i loved how he lay down in front of the shooter and blocked the ball with his back
    game after game i am still wondering about Ansaldi , Gamez mysterious !!

  • Farzad From IRaN

    Yessss…this is the way
    we should play like this to win against real madrid

  • Farzad From IRaN

    I love cani and griezmann alot
    I don’t know why simeone don’t pay attention to them?

  • Carpetano


    It’s off-topic but I saw for a while that you criticize Simeone for not making rotations and I wanna discuss with you about that.

    I fully understand why the Argentine do that because his lack of rotation caused much of his success. Yes he has a much better bench this year than the last 2 years, but I can understand even the smallest change to a good team can throw off the entire teams chemistry (See what Filipe —> Siqueira did to our defense).

  • It’s not off-topic actually, there were 3 rotations vs Getafe : Oblak, Gimenez & Jimenez (although Simeone was forced to start with all of them because of injuries and suspension) and they were -with Torres- the headline of the game

    I totally understand and agree with your point, stability and chemistry of the squad is very important, and it was a key to our success,
    I watch La Liga on beIN Arabic, and their experts -Arab and Spanish- always credited Simeone for that,
    I heard and read many times that Atletico are the only team who you can predict their line-up even one or two days before the game
    And on contrary, everybody criticized van Gaal for using too many players with Man Utd this season, I guess they were more than 40, and they also criticized Enrique for using too many formations with Barca, something he also did with Roma and it was a disaster

    But this is not what I and other “pro-rotation” people are asking for, we are asking for just one or two changes every couple of games, especially the easy ones, like yesterday’s
    Nothing will go wrong if we started against Almeria -for example- in the Calderon with Gimenez instead of Miranda and/or Saul instead of Tiago, and when we score 2 or 3 goals -which we usually do- it won’t hurt to bring on Jimenez soon after we secure the win, not before 5 or 10 minutes from the end

    Stability and chemistry are very important, but rotation is not less important,
    It gives some rest to the key players
    It gives experience and confidence to the less used players
    And if the smallest change to a good team could throw off the entire team’s chemistry as you said (which is true) then rotation makes you rehearse and prepare for this situation which will must happen because of injuries and suspensions

    We are not asking Simeone to use 40 players like van Gaal or to try a different formation in every game like Enrique,
    we are just asking to give only one or two of (Oblak, Gimenez, Saul & Jimenez) a start when we play in the Calderon against Eibar, Almeria, Granada, Cordoba, Getafe, Rayo & Elche, and to do that voluntarily, not because the injuries and suspensions

    Note :
    To be precise, this season Simeone was the only coach in La Liga who NEVER repeated his line-up in 2 coneccutive games, even Enrique did repeat his line-up some times, but Simeone was forced to do that as in the fist half of the season he was trying to figure out his best team after too many changes, while in the second half he had to deal with a lot of injuries and suspensions,
    BUT in all those different 28 line-ups, he mainly depended on 14 or 15 players