La Liga: Atlético Madrid 5 – 0 Real Betis
Rojiblancos smash Betis in decisive home victory
Atlético Madrid continued their excellent start to the season on Sunday evening with a thumping 5-0 win over Real Betis at the Vicente Calderon.
Oliver Torres, Diego Costa, Gabi and David Villa all got themselves on the score-sheet in what can only be described as a one-sided affair.
The game could not have got off to a more perfect start, as Oliver Torres, making his first league start for Atleti, smashed the ball into the back of the net inside 14 seconds.
Tiago picked up the ball from kick-off and pumped it forward, where it found its way to Koke via Diego Costa. Our young Spaniard ran wide and cut a lovely ball back across the six yard box. Oliver made his full debut a night to remember as he slotted the ball home decisively with his right foot. At only 14 seconds, its the fastest goal in La Liga so far this season.
The floodgates seemed about to open as los Rojiblancos made chance after chance following Torres’ opener, but they were frustrated in front of goal in the opening forty-five minutes.
Young Torres almost set up our second when he provided a magnificent cross into the box, only for Godin to steer his header wide of the post. The Uruguayan definitely should have hit the back of the net.
Diego Costa was one of many who missed big opportunities. On one occasion the Beast showed a burst of speed, beat his man and powered towards goal, only to scuff the ball just wide of the post. It didn’t help that he was being tugged just before shooting, and the Brazilian was incensed that he wasn’t awarded a penalty.
A few minutes earlier he had wasted another opportunity when Atleti had 4 attackers running at the 2 Betis centre-halves. Koke played the ball through to Costa who could only force an excellent save from the Betis goalkeeper.
The Brazilian showed why he is on the Christmas list of both Spanish and Brazilian teams though, and turned provider for what proved to be an excellent chance for David Villa. El Guaje met the ball with the full force of his head but Sara got his fingertips to the ball and tipped it just past the post.
The second half was a lot better for Atleti, but one of our own almost didn’t make it there. Nosa was very lucky to still be on the pitch after a two footed tackle on Diego Costa’s ankle. It should probably have been a red, but was lucky enough to escape only with a caution.
The goals did come though, and we were only eight minutes into the second half when David Villa got his first goal in eight matches, glancing home an excellent cross from Filipe Luis on the left flank.
You wait all that time for one, and another comes soon after. A powerful Koke run at the defence ended with the ball being knocked into the path of Villa, who faked once before blasting the ball into the back of the net. And at that point, the game was well and truly done for Betis.
David Villa was clearly back to his best in this game, and that showed in the 66th minute when he helped Diego Costa get the goal his performance had deserved.
A long pass forwards from the Atletico midfield looked to be running away from Villa, but the control with the toe of his left boot took the venom out of it, before he calmly passed the ball through to Costa. Our number 19 did what was expected of him and cut the ball across into the far corner of the goal, scoring his eleventh league goal of the season in the process.
The chances slowed down from there, although Villa did have one or two opportunities to secure his hat-trick. The cherry on top of the icing on top of the icing on the cake came in the second minute of added time, when a blocked shot fell into the path of Gabi, who struck the ball home from the edge of the box.
It was an excellent performance for Atleti, who now sit just a point behind Barcelona in the league table, 5 points clear of Real Madrid. Our next game is an away trip to Granada on Thursday evening.
|Oliver Torres 1'|
|David Villa 53'|
|David Villa 57'|
|Diego Costa 66'|
|27 October 2013|
|Oliver Torres (61')|
|Diego Costa (78')|
|Raul Garcia (78')|
|C Rodriguez (69')|
|Adrian Lopez (61')|