La Liga: Atlético 1 – 1 Málaga

Late minute heroics by Willy deny Atleti title, for now

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Villa hits the crossbar (AS)

So close. Atleti were so close.

Mind you, nothing has been lost yet, but Atleti had almost done it. When Adrián cut inside in the 95th minute and curled it to the far corner, it seemed the scrutinized forward would become the hero of a nation in red and white.

But Willy Caballero jumped, stretched and pushed the ball away from goal with the tips of his fingers to deny Atlético the three points that would have won them their first La Liga title since 1996.

The entire game Caballero and his teammates had frustrated the home side. Atleti were a win away from the championship, but suffered at their Calderón against a team with nothing to play for. In the first half the Rojiblancos had started ferociously with Tiago hitting the side netting in the opening minutes, but when David Villa hit the crossbar later on it started to feel like one of those days.

Without Diego Costa, Atleti didn’t seem to pack a punch. Opportunities were scarce and fans had to wait until closely before the break until two Juanfran crosses led to chances, but both Koke and Raúl García missed excellent opportunities.

As time passed, the result stayed the same. Not only at the Vicente Calderón, but in Elche too, where Barcelona weren’t able of breaking down the local side. People were breaking down in Madrid, where supporters endured a nerve wracking game. Things got worse after an hour of play when our two favorite Belgians lost focus and conceded a goal. Toby Alderweireld, without an opponent in sight, completely missed an interception, which is why Thibaut Courtois rushed out. But Tibu arrived too late and was beaten by Samuel, who then headed the ball into the abandoned goal.

Immediately the Calderón crowd rose up to support their team and it wasn’t long before Atleti bounced back. Within a few minutes the Colchoneros tied the game when Toby Alderweireld redeemed himself by heading in the equalizer.

With the game in Elche still tied, Atleti had the opportunity to finally pull away and take the league. But without Costa, Atleti struggled to create opportunities. It wasn’t until the added time when Cholo’s men threatened Caballero’s goal again. First José Sosa curled a free kick just inches wide – Angeleri was sent off for committing his second bookable offence – and then, in the 95th minute, Adrián was denied a place in Atlético’s history books.

Real Madrid’s 2-0 loss to Celta means this is now a two horse race, one that’s coming down to a clash of epic proportions when Barcelona and Atlético Madrid face each other at the Camp Nou next week.

Atlético Málaga
Atlético 11 Málaga
Alderweireld 74'Samuel 66'
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Vicente Calderon
Date 11 May 2014
Kick Off 19.00 CET

Team Lineups

Arda (70')
Koke (57')
Raúl García (63')
Substitutes used
Adrián (57')
Sosa (63')
Diego (70
Samuel (83')
Amrabat (91')
Santa Cruz (76')
Substitutes used
Rescaldani (76')
Juanmi (83')
Pawlowski (91')

Match Stats

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  • Ali

    I have just one thing to say!!!
    “Fuck you Willy Caballero and keylor navas”

  • Urban

    And I have one thing to say: our only chance to claim the title was to avoid this situation. Im still proud of our boys because one can not doubt their commitment but I see our chances to avoid defeat next week very bleak.

  • Jelle

    We got a draw at least! I think that barca is more frustrated at the moment and I am very happy that we can play our defense counter attack. That’s our playing style guys! We have to buy a good back up attacking player. Villa isn’t good enough, fortunately.
    But guys if someone told you that we only got 1 points in the 2 finals and still have an opportunity to win the league, then we all gonna think that it’s was a dream.
    We can still win if we perform well! Come on atleti.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    It was never easy for Atleti to win titles, especially La Liga .. and it will never be
    we always have to suffer, and that actually what makes our title sweeter

    we are not afraid of Barca .. and if we are then we don’t deserve to be champions
    and if Barca won the title no one can say it’s NOT deserved, you can’t judge them by the last 5 or 6 weeks, but with all the 38 weeks
    just think of this : what would have happened if Barca lost against Real at the Bernabeu ?!
    La Liga would have been over 2 or 3 weeks ago,
    but they won, and with great fashion, coming back twice and scoring 4 goals, which saved both their hopes and our hopes

    Caballero & Keylor Navas (and the whole Levante & Malaga team) were doing their job
    in fact, if they were playing vs Real or Barca we would wanted them to play the way they played against us

    Caballero & Keylor Navas were not only great against us, they been doing a great job the whole season, and also the last season for Caballero
    I think both of them should be in our short list for Courtios replacement, who I believe has played his last game in the Calderon tonight after Cech surgery that will sideline him for a long time
    maybe that was the last one for Villa too,
    it’s very frustrating when you need just one goal at home to win the title and you have the all-time top scorer for Spain and he can not do it

    we could win the double, and we could won nothing,
    but if we didn’t win any titles I would never consider that a failure,
    not with the 50 million we will get from the champions league,
    not after qualifying for next season’s CL group stage
    not after we had a sponsor after playing for almost 2 seasons with a blank T-shirts
    not after our facebook page grown from less than a million likes to 4.7 million
    and not after we showed the whole world, and more importantly, showed ourselves that it is NOT impossible to compete with Real and Barca even if you have 1/4 of their budgets

    the only failure is to let this group of players leave, or let Simeone leave, which will be the biggest failure in the club’s history

    if we lost La Liga or the Champions League or both, I wish our fans behave like Liverpool fans behaved today

    Hasta el ultimo minuto del ultimo partido

    Aupa Atleti

  • Amr Misir Mukadaffi

    Malaga played very dirty here.. They grabbed every chance to lay down, and win some game-time. A corner, a free-kick they needed minute’s for it.. They litertally played with everything they had..

    Why would a club like Malaga and Levante wants Barca or Real to be champions.. They spend 100+ milions yearly, and have big loans at banks. Atletico is a club like all ohters, we don’t spend that much, this is a unique chance to get the title since years, and yet they they want Barca of Real to be champions..

    I don’t know about next week in Camp nou, fully crowded with Barca fans, a Messi that’s invinsible whole season, will show his real face and play like the old messi again..

  • Gregory The Second Greatest

    Very well done by Malaga

    Too bad we couldn’t win though

    Why are some of you so sure we won’t beat Barca
    early on in the season Atleti with all their efforts were equal to Barca

    now with the same effort Atleti is better.
    Atleti’s chances are at least 50%

    Barcelona is very strong, but so is Atletico
    This is the chance of a lifetime and Barca is under major pressure to not lose too much of their reputation

    I think it’s dangerous to throw everything on defense, Atleti need to do their thing and pressure Barca’s defense too, destroying their game plan.


    (wouldve been so great if they were champions already though, am scared, but like Cholo said, more fun in the league!)

  • Farzad from Iran

    why???why???fuck willy …again and again we should have stress for next week

  • Paco

    That is our destiny! We have to strugle and fight till the end! Let’s hope it will be happy end!
    Aupa Atleti, Grande Cholo!