La Liga: Atlético 7 – 0 Getafe
Atlético steamroll neighbours in one sided derby
Atlético charged their batteries during the international break and unleashed all their power as la Liga returned on Saturday night.
What Getafe have been doing remains unclear.
At the Vicente Calderón this Madrid derby never really was a contest, as Atlético dominated from the start and didn’t stop until referee Clos Gómez blew for the final whistle. With the entire team contributing the Rojiblancos slaughtered the Azulones en route to a 7-0 thrashing.
Diego Simeone started without Diego Costa and Diego Godín, but their replacements stepped up made sure the team didn’t drop a beat. Toby Alderweireld got his first start at the Vicente Calderón as Godín returned late from international duty and the Belgian centre back did well to shut things down at one end of the pitch.
At the other end Raúl García showed once more what a prolific player he can be when he’s played in an advanced position. In the 24th minute a header by the midfielder was cleared off the line, but a few minutes later García did head the ball home from a Koke corner to give Atleti a well deserved lead.
At that point Tiago had already missed a good chance, while Miranda did well to block Lafita on a rare occasion where Geta found themselves in a position to score after Arda carelessly lost possession in midfield.
Ten minutes after the opening goal Atleti doubled their lead when Alberto Lopo scored an own goal, leaving his goalkeeper without a chance after a cross from the right took an unfortunate bounce off his shin. The goal was followed up by David Villa firing just wide as Atleti continued to hound their opponents.
Shortly before the break former Colchonero and 2010 Europa League winner Juan Valera was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for committing a hand ball, which all but decided the game. But instead of sitting back and resting on their laurels, Atlético continued to attack, which resulted in chances for Miranda and David Villa at the end of the half but both were denied by the excellent Moyá.
After the break it took just a few minutes for Cholo’s men to extend their lead further. In the 49th minute David Villa was at the end of a cross by Juanfran and a few moments later Raúl García headed in his second of the night to make it 4-0 with the assist coming from Tiago.
Raúl came incredibly close to scoring a hat-trick, but his ferocious volley smashed against the crossbar, nearly breaking the woodwork in two. RG8 had another two opportunities to score before receiving a standing ovation and coming off for Diego Costa, who returned from a minor knock which prevented him from debuting with the Spanish national team last week.
David Villa and Filipe Luís both missed huge opportunities to add another goal, but Diego Costa showed sometimes you need only half a chance to score. The Brazilian scored a spectacular bicycle attempt, which left Moyá without a chance as Costa perfectly struck his acrobatic attempt into the top corner. It was easily the best goal of the night and a contender for goal of the season.
In the 76th minute substitute Adrián was denied by Moyá, but the number 7 got his revenge when he assisted for David Villa‘s second strike a minute later. Adri received the ball on his own half and sprinted all the way down to the box, where he kept his composure and found el Guaje who signed off for his second of the night.
Things got even better for Adrián in the added time, when the ball ended up before his feet after misses by Óliver, Juanfran and David Villa. Adrián calmly slotted the ball past Moyá to make it 7-0.
|Raúl García 26'||David Villa 78'|
|Lopo (o.g.) 37'||Adrián 90'|
|David Villa 49'|
|Raúl García 52'|
|Diego Costa 70'|
|23 November 2013|
|Raúl García (62')|
|Diego Costa (62')|
|Óliver Torres (71')|
|Adrián Colunga (69')|