La Liga: Atlético 1 – 1 Real Madrid
Vietto strikes to save Atlético from third defeat in a row
Luciano Vietto put an end to Atlético Madrid’s recent losing streak as Atleti came from a goal down to take a point against their fiercest rivals at the Vicente Calderón on Sunday evening.
It could have been all three points for Atleti, but Antoine Griezmann missed a first half penalty for los Rojiblancos.
The first goal came inside the opening ten minutes, and was the result of some poor defending by Filipe Luís.
Daniel Carvajal, the Real Madrid right-back, easily beat the Brazilian before crossing to meet the head of Benzema, who headed accurately past Jan Oblak.
Ángel Correa almost equalised shortly after but dragged his shot just wide of Keylor Navas’ right hand post.
The best opportunity of the half for Atleti came from the penalty spot, after some clever play from Simeone’s men.
Sergio Ramos gave ball away, which put Fernando Torres clear on goal. The Spaniard was quickly closed down by Varane, who poked the ball free of the Spaniard.
Ramos then tried to atone for his mistake, but in clearing the ball ended up bringing an on-rushing Tiago to the floor. The referee didn’t hesitate in pointing to the spot.
Antoine Griezmann stepped up to take the penalty, but it was a good height for the goalkeeper who batted it away.
It’s easy to blame the penalty taker in that situation but it was a fantastic save from the Costa Rican goalkeeper.
The referee was extremely quick to blow his whistle throughout the 90 minutes. There were a lot of bookings, with the referee brandishing cards for every red and white shirt in the crowd.
Simeone was still experimenting up front. Óliver replaced by Carrasco at half-time, whilst an impressive Correa was sacrified so that Luciano Vietto could see the field.
Misfiring Jackson Martínez replaced Fernando Torres with 25 minutes left.
The first chance for the Colombian came after a defelcted shot from Vietto, but Jackson struggled to test Keylor Navas from a tight angle.
Atlético’s attacking threat seemed to die as soon as Ángel Correa was brought off the pitch.
Similar to the Benfica game, Simeone will be disappointed in the amount of times Atlético have tested the opposition goalkeeper, especially considering the amount of chances they had created.
He will be delighted to see all three of his strikers involved in the equaliser, which finally came in the 83rd minute.
Jackson Martínez broke down the left, beating Arbeloa, before firing in a cross for Griezmann. The Frenchman tried to steer it towards goal, but luckily waiting in the wings behind him was Luciano Vietto, who poked the ball inside the far post.
It’s Vietto’s first goal for Atlético. Simeone celebrated for him, jumping into the arms of Mono Burgos. The goal set up a grandstand finish.
A break from Atlético ended up in a chance for Jackson, who took a moment to steady himself before striking a venomous shot from the edge of the area. Keylor Navas was equal to it.
Three minutes of added time came and went, and Atlético put a stop to their losing streak with an important point against their biggest rivals.
Atleti could perhaps have won the game if Keylor Navas wasn’t in-form, but they will certainly take a draw going into the international break.
Karim Benzema (9′) – 1-0
Luciano Vietto (83′) – 1-1
|Atlético Madrid||11||Real Madrid|
|Vietto 83'||Benzema 9'|
|04 October 2015|
|F Torres (64')|