La Liga: Atlético 1 – 1 Real Madrid

Vietto strikes to save Atlético from third defeat in a row

Luciano Vietto equalises for Atlético Madrid against Real

Luciano Vietto equalises for Atlético Madrid against Real

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 Real Madrid
Atlético Madrid 11 Real Madrid
Vietto 83'Benzema 9'
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Vicente Calderón
Date 04 October 2015
Kick Off 20:30 CEST

Team Lineups

Atlético Madrid
Óliver (45')
Correa (54')
F Torres (64')
Substitutes used
Carrasco (45')
Vietto (54')
Jackson (64')
Real Madrid
Carvajal (42')
Isco (66')
Benzema (77')
C Ronaldo
Substitutes used
Arbeloa (42')
Bale (66')
Kovacic (77')

Match Stats

On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
  • AaX

    From the fact that it took a bounce off the inner post from a jab 1 metre of an open goal to score an equaliser tonight showed how strong was the energy momentum which has went against Atletico since the past few games including the penalty miss. Hope that breaks that spell and we’ll begin much stronger. FORZA Atleti !!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    This may sound stupid, but I have always thought that left-footed players should not take penalties, they miss a lot, I don’t have a statistic, but I have seen several lefties miss many penalties, Messi, Robben, some Arab players you probably never heard of.
    When I saw Grizi take it tonight, I got down on my knees fearing that he will miss, which he did .
    I don’t know if it’s my imagination or is really there something wrong about taking a penalty with the left foot, the body anatomy or something like that ?!!

    I actually was intending to start a discussion about who should be our penalty taker(s) since Mandzu & Raul have left .
    I want to pick Torres, but I’m afraid he still have some ghosts after the many very easy chances he missed with Chelsea .
    Maybe Jackson is the one Simeone chose but he wasn’t on the pitch at that moment, he is a good and obvious choice .
    But I really wish that Gabi becomes number two, I have been asking for that since 2013-14 with all those misses from Costa,
    and with 2 more misses from Villa & Adrian .
    Gabi was the penalty taker with Zaragoza, and in his last season with them he scored 6 penalties (from 6 if I remember correctly) plus a couple of free-kicks (amazing ones) and open-play goals that made them 10 and made him Zaragoza’s top scorer (that sounds odd, doesn’t it) and saved them from relegation .

  • AaX

    Yeah, I did feel Grizzy would not score last night. My top three penalty takers would be 1) Gabi 2) Torres 3) Koke

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I watched Simeone’s post-game press conference, and he was asked about the penalty takers, and he answered :
    “The first is Griezmann, the second is Torres, the third is ..” then he paused for a second, then added : “we have four, German is the one who decides, so you should pass the ball to him” , with two more sentences in between that I didn’t understand, my Spanish is still not very good .

    I find it strange that he can’t name the all four, and I disagree about Griezmann, we kept giving Costa more chances and he kept missing, I think we should never repeat the same mistake with Griezmann, his technique was awful, it was neither strong nor cornered .
    Penalties are about nerves and character, not skills and talents, that’s why Raul was a great penalty taker last season .

  • AaX

    “Penalties are about Nerves and Character, not skills and talents, that’s why Raul was a great penalty taker last season.”

    That’s most accurate description about the difference between penalty taking attributes and normal on field play.