La Liga: Atlético 2 – 0 Getafe
Atleti with confident victory over neighbours to move within a point
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?
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|21 March 2015|
|Raúl Jiménez (72')|
|F Torres (90')|
|Mario Suárez (90')|
|Pedro Leon (79')|
|Yoda (72') (84')|