Champions League: Atlético 5 – 0 Malmö

Five-star Atleti punish Swedish champions

The players celebrate vs. Malmo (pic: official website)

The players celebrate vs. Malmo (pic: official website)

Atlético Madrid produced a stunning display of both passing and teamwork this evening to give themselves a convincing 5-0 victory over visitors Malmö at the Vicente Calderón.

With five different scorers, and four of the goals from open play, Atleti turned on the style in the second half and ran away from it, after a first half in which neither side had the upper hand.

In fact, the first real chance of the night went to the visitors. A corner whipped in from the right hand side was acrobatically tipped over by Moya, who again got the nod over Oblak in the Champions League.

Atleti had a real chance soon after, when Koke and Mandzukic combined to set up Saul with an easy header from close range. The young Spaniard nodded the ball into the back of the net, only to be flagged, rightfully, for offside.

The best chance of the first half fell to Antoine Griezmann in the 34th minute, who returned to the lineup after sitting out the weekend’s win over Espanyol. The forward picked up the ball after an inch-perfect through pass from Arda Turan, and cracked the ball on the underside of the crossbar.

It bounced on the line and out, only for Mandzukic to head the follow up straight at Olsen, the Malmo goalkeeper.

Malmö, after coming just a couple of inches away from going a goal down, went just as close to taking the lead from the last kick of the half. A direct free kick from the edge of the area forced Moya to tip confidently over the bar.

Half-time has heralded some great speeches from Diego Simeone, and we would love to have been a fly on the wall at the Calderón this evening. Whatever Cholo said, worked.

A different team came out for the second half – a team that was much more composed, patient and above all, deadly.

The opening goal came just three minutes after the restart. Arda Turan found himself with the ball at his feet deep in the Malmö penalty area, and after a sequence of short passes with Juanfran, managed to poke a beautiful through ball with the outside of his right foot to a waiting Koke, who took one touch before stroking it into the back of the net.

A spectacular goal, and one from open play at that. Atleti fans were about to get spoiled.

Just ten minutes later, two quick-fire goals made sure of all three points for Atlético. Los Rojiblancos took control of the game, with quick touches, short passing and great teamwork.

A combination of all three brought the second goal. A series of pinpoint passes down the right hand side brought the ball to Koke in a dangerous position. The young maestro dug out a cross and it was Mandzukic on hand just a couple of yards out to squeeze the ball home. 2-0.

And not two minutes later, Antoine Griezmann got the goal he had deserved all night. The Frenchman played a little one-two with Koke, before cutting inside and hammering the ball down the throat of the goalkeeper. A slight deflection took the ball away from the keeper, and he could only parry the ball up and into his own net.

An ecstatic Griezmann made a beeline straight for the bench and jumped on his manager to celebrate.

Content with the three points, Simeone brought off Mandzukic, Griezmann and Arda. The latter received a standing ovation from the entire ground.

Three goals, and not one from a corner. The Vicente Calderón must have been suffering from withdrawal symptoms. Well they need not have worried.

Three minutes before the end, a classic Atleti corner was headed home by Diego Godín, who rose above three Malmö defenders to power the ball into the back of the net to make it 4-0.

And to put the icing on the cake, the fifth goal came from another of this summer’s signings.

Alessio Cerci, who came on to replace Mandzukic, picked up the ball in the 90th minute on the right wing. The Italian cut inside and smashed a superb strike towards goal with his left foot, only to see it thunder off of the inside of the post and back out.

The Malmö defenders took an age to react though, and Cerci managed to get an almost identical shot off. This time the ball nestled into the bottom left hand corner of the net, handing the striker his first goal in the red and white of Atlético.

A fantastic second half performance from an improving Atleti side. Atleti remain top of the group, level on points with Olympiacos, having played everyone in the group.

The next match in the Champions League is the return leg against Malmö, in Sweden, in a fortnight.

Who was your man of the match tonight? How pleased are you that Cerci got his first goal?


Atlético Madrid Malmö FF
Atlético Madrid 50 Malmö FF
Koke 48' 
Mandzukic 61' 
Griezmann 63' 
Godin 87' 
Cerci 90' 
Competition UEFA Champions League
Location Vicente Calderón
Date 22 October 2014
Kick Off 20:45 CET

Team Lineups

Atlético Madrid
Arda (68')
Griezmann (72')
Mandzukic (77')
Substitutes used
Raul Garcia (68')
C Rodriguez (72')
Cerci (77')
Malmö FF
Ricardinho (90')
Eriksson (87')
Forsberg (66')
Substitutes used
Kron (66')
Thern (87')
Konate (90')

Match Stats

On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
  • I’m so happy for Cerci scoring his first goal! He’s had a tough start but he was so unlucky not to score the first chance – I’m glad the second fell to him!

  • Brad

    I’m impressed. At halftime, I was thinking “no not again”. Simeone must have had a good locker room talk at the half

  • kawargarmawi

    Impressive game, even though the opponent could been better.

    Such a relief to see Manzu, Griezmann and Cerci to score all of them.

    But the best part personally for me was, Cholos celebration. No words, what an enthusiasm.
    It was like he, himself scored the winning goal in Champions League final/World cup.

    There’s managers and then there’s Cholo. Glad to see him at our bench, hope he’ll be there for a life time.

    And then there’s KOKE.

    1 goal and 3 assists.

    10 assists so far in all campaigns, and more to come.
    And with tonight’s performance he can go home and watch himself as most assists in CL 14/15.

    Two more then the one in second place.

    Best part, the return leg I’ll watch it live in Malmö (lives in Sweden, Gothenburg)

    So far I’ve seen Atlètico just once, versus Chelsea last season (3-1 @ London), hopefully the form will stand.


  • AaX

    Koke is shaping up as the new and better Xavi (He wins tackles). He’s more devastating playing ahead of two Def. Mid and behind the Strikers. I agree with Simeone’s choice on this one. Saul is another upcoming Spanish Star to me. Keep and Develop Him.

  • Dircil

    It’s been a while since I made my last comment on Atleticofans. I’m still following up with news regarding the club and it seems to me El Cholo will take at least two years to regain his mojo which has made atletico so successful so far. I’m still happy if Atletico can get a 3rd place which allows them a direct entry to CL.

  • Chewie

    I think it was Cholo’s directions – to play safe in the first half, testing the opponent’s defence, and then unleash the beast (Turan & co.) in the second. An exemplary performance against a low-class opponent. The combination play was amazing, I can’t remember when was the last time I saw the guys string 5, 7, 10 passes to get into the penalty area.



  • The man of the match is so hard to decide. It was a team effort, so I will go with positions: Attacker: Griezmann, Midfielder: Koke (Arda really tied, but I give the edge to Koke, because the score was needed to relax the team and to start playing with confidence.) Defense: Godin (he edges out Miranda because of the goal. Miranda was an iron curtain for sure.) Cerci could be the secret weapon. For now I would put him on against weaker teams to see if his goal scoring continues. He takes the field with confidence.
    Moya, keep him on the field. I have no confidence in Oblak. And why change something that is working.

  • I hope you get to see Atletico. I have seen them 4 times at the Vicente Calderon. Great times. I have a FaceBook group that I invite you to join. I post everything I can find on Atletico and you can contribute your own thoughts and articles. It is call Atletico de Madrid in NC. Hope to see you on it. (This is not an advertisement, just enthusiastic Atleti fans.)

  • I am glad that Koke’s dreams have always been to play at Atletico, I don’t see him leaving anytime soon. Most likely he will become the captain of the team next year. I hope he will be a life long player like Xavi is to Barca. With the core of players Atleti has, all they have to do is build on it and they will be great for the next 10 years.

  • Atleti will have to continue playing like last night, and for the rest of the year to get that 3rd place in La Liga. If not then they will be relying on Valencia and Seville, to stumble in a major way. As for the CL, my hope is that they make it to at least the quarter finals but if they stay on a hot streak the semi-final is very possible.

  • I have a friend who is from Italy, so when Cerci was bought, I wanted him to be an killer on the field. Last night looked like it could happen. It would be great fun if Atleti changed to a 4-3-3 and Simeone could circulate Cerci, Manzu, Griezmann, Garcia, Arda and Jimenez, in and out without a great deal of difference. Cerci, to me is definitely one that can now start playing more ofter. Nick, I have a FaceBook page I would like for you to join. It is call “Atletico de Madrid in NC” and it is only Atletico news and comments. Hope to see you there.

  • Ringo ST Gambo

    So we ARE able to play through swift passing

    Not the strongest opponent but still a good sign

    Unto the next victories fun to look at!