La Liga: Atlético 5 – 0 Rayo Vallecano

Atleti tear Rayo apart in first Madrid Derby of the season

Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan

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Atlético gave the crowd at the Vicente Calderón a show in the first home game of the 2013-14 campaign.

After the 1-3 victory over Sevilla, the Colchoneros continued their strong start to the season with a 5-0 thumping of Rayo de Vallecano.

The first derby of the season never really was a contest, as the visitors, with just two players returning from last season, lacked aggression and cohesion. Atleti was able to constantly abuse Rayo’s high line, and netted three times before the break.

Fifteen minutes into the game, Arda Turan missed the first chance of the game when his header was blocked. A few moments later, Raúl García had more luck with his header. RG8 headed in a corner kick taken by Gabi to give Atlético a well deserved lead.

But the Rojiblancos didn’t stop there, and continued their offensive initiative, leading to a second goal just five minutes later. Arda Turan made his way to the back line and found Diego Costa left completely unmarked. The Beast had an easy job finishing off the job from close range, even though goalkeeper Cobeño did get a hand to it.

Arda’s darting runs caused huge problems for Rayo, and coach Paco Jémez attempted to organize his defence by taking off right back Alejandro for Arbillo. However, within thirty seconds after the change, it was Arda Turan who made it 3-0 to decide the game. He received the ball after a beautiful quick break involving David Villa and Diego Costa, and after Arda comfortably went around Cobeño, he slotted the ball into the empty goal.

At the end of the half Diego Costa had an incredible opportunity to make it four, but instead of going for goal himself, he saw how his pass to strike partner David Villa was intervened.

After the break, Arda went on a dazzling run from his own half all the way to Rayo’s box, but just as he came face to face with Cobeño, the Turk lost his touch.

In the 54th minute Arda delivered his second assist of the night, when he found Tiago. The Portuguese midfielder, who got the nod over Mario Suárez, headed powerfully past Cobeño for 4-0.

After the fourth goal, Atleti finally took their foot off the gas. With the upcoming return leg of the Super Cup in mind, Simeone was happy with the chance to rest his key players. The only thing missing for Atlético was a goal for David Villa in his La Liga home debut, but when given the chance, El Guaje hit the crossbar from close range, after an incredible long pass by Raúl García and an immaculate cross by substitute Adrián.

For Rayo, there was just one bright spot, and even he was an Atlético player. Saúl Ñíguez got his second start of the season, and was one of few players in Jémez’ side to leave a positive impression. Shortly before the end, he tested Courtois with a shot from distance, which turned out to be Rayo’s one and only attempt on target of the game.

In the final minute of the game, Raúl García put the cherry on top. The midfielder completed his brace by tapping the ball into the back of the net from just a few yards out, after good work by Koke.

Atlético Rayo Vallecano
Atlético 50 Rayo Vallecano
Raul Garcia 17' 
Diego Costa 21' 
Arda Turan 35' 
Tiago 54' 
Raul Garcia 90' 
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Vicente Calderon
Date 25 August 2013
Kick Off 18:00 CET

Team Lineups

Thibaut Courtoius
Diego Godin
Filipe Luis
Raul Garcia
Gabi (59')
Arda Turan (68')
Diego Costa (65')
David Villa
Substitutes used
Koke (59')
Adrian (65')
L Baptistao (68')
Rayo Vallecano
Galvez (33')
Alberto Perea (62')
Bueno (48')
Substitutes used
Arbilla (33')
Baena (48')
C Cueva (62')

Match Stats

On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
  • kris


  • Ash

    Feeling sad for Villa, should have scored.

  • Ash

    What’s encouraging is the team’s fighting spirit. You can see it from when at the very last few minutes of the 2nd half, the team was still tackling hard and trying to push for more goals.

  • Kabir

    i wish that goal would have gone in for villa!

  • Jimbo_With_the_Dancingshoes

    Say what! Marca radio is reporting that Atlético might look in on a loan deal for wait for it juan-fucking-mata!! Cazorla who? never going to happen but fuck we would win the trible if so..!

  • kris


  • Ahmad Hossainy

    it’s just the second week, and we scored 8 goals by 5 players, only one of them is a striker
    (and not to forget Villa’s goal in the Super, which makes him the 6th scorer in only 3 games)

    that proves again that we play as a team, just like last season when 13 of our players appeared in the score sheets in the 3 competitions : La Liag, Europa League & Copa del Rey
    the only difference is that last year we have heard and read the word “Falcao” much more than the word “Atletico”, this will not happen this year
    yes, we will hear “Villa, Costa & Simenoe” a lot, but the word we will be hearing most is “Atletico Madrid”

    and I must say this :
    to the people who hate Raul Garcia, he just can not stop embarrassing you !!

    I wish we can sign more players like him,
    players who play “badly”, but can not stop scoring !

  • Fatah Kalluti

    @ Ahmad hossainy

    we will hear “Arda, Arda & Arda & Costa & Simenoe” a lot, but the word we will be hearing most is “Atlético Madrid”

    Arda is the most important player of Atletico, not only is he offensive, but he’s also doing alof of defensive dutys. Can’t imagine a Atletico withhout Arda on the midfield.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I agree with you Fatah, Arda is one of the most -if not the most- important players at Atleti

    but unfortunately media these days only care about the strikers

    and this is the point of my previous comment, last year we had a great team work, a great manager and great staff but they just talked about Falcao !!

    it’s disrespectful

    I have a picture on my computer for MARCA front page the day after Atleti won the double 1996
    guess who’s picture was on that cover ?!
    Simeone, a midfielder .. and not even an attacking one !

    these days there were real journalism, but among the years football became much better, and journalism became much worse

    now open any Spanish newspaper and you will find 90% of the news are about Messi & Ronaldo
    while the other 10% are about Falcao, Cavani & Ibra

    the days when a goalkeeper or a defender win Ballon d’Or are gone .. and I think they will never come back

    so Fatah, my brother :
    I believe Arda will have a great season, but do not expect much appreciation for him .. this is the world of football we live in these days

  • Epoy

    Raul Garcia!!!! Atleti’s goal scoring machine!!!

  • kris

    Guys,, Simeone is the most important player in our team.. We can’t be what we are today without him managing this club..

  • starvs

    It’s true kris, I said Cholo was most important last year when Falcao was still here, certainly don’t believe that has changed since his departure. What a god send.

  • Fred

    Aupa Atleti!!!!!!!

  • Piserakos

    Thank god falcao left. Now we have a fantastic team with no superstars now it’s time for cholo to shine. Well done garcia he was great last night, maybe simeone will use him as a striker… 5 goals without our main scorer score. Barca we are coming