La Liga: Atlético 4 – 0 Real Sociedad

Atlético go top on memorable night

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Luis Aragonés, Atlético legend

“Ganar, ganar y volver a ganar.”

Those were the famous words that were repeated throughout the night in Madrid before, during and long after Atlético’s match against Real Sociedad.

They were the words of Luis Aragonés, the man who wasn’t only Atlético’s greatest player and greatest coach of all time. He was Atlético de Madrid.

On Sunday night, a day after his passing, the club and all its fans paid a fantastic tribute to Luis in an emotional goodbye.

The players responded in the only way they knew how to, by beating Real Sociedad to go top of the league for the first time since 1996.

An inspired Atleti went forward early and got their first shot off in the 4th minute, when Diego Costa went on a rampaging run from his own half all the way to Claudio Bravo’s goal, only to be denied by the goalkeeper. Some moments later David Villa appeared to be scoring the opening goal, but the Asturian was correctly ruled offside.

La Real ignored El Guaje’s warning shot, because shortly before the break David Villa again put the ball behind Bravo. The striker scored from close range to score in a third consecutive La Liga game, after excellent work by Emiliano Insúa and Diego Costa.

Insúa started in place of the injured Filipe Luís, while Arda and Tiago were also unavailable. Shortly after his goal another player was added to the injury list when David Villa had to come off with a hamstring injury. However, there was good news as well, as Mario Suárez played an excellent game in his first game back since returning from injury.

At the end of the half José Sosa dribbled inside, but the attempt with his weaker foot was an easy catch for Claudio Bravo.

La Real’s talented offence had been largely ineffective in the opening 45 minutes, but the Basques looked to turn things around at the start of the second half. Atlético struggled to escape from their pressure and the visitors forced a series of corner and free kicks in and around the area.

With the pressure piling up, Cholo Simeone turned to his newest addition, Diego Ribas, who hadn’t even trained with his teammates since joining from Wolfsburg on Friday. But the playmaker needed little time to get back into the rhythm as he took over the match completely.

In the 72nd minute Raúl García launched Diego Costa with a long ball in behind the defence and our topscorer kept his composure as he calmly slotted the ball past Bravo to make it 2-0. It was Costa’s 20th in la Liga and his second goal in a handful of days.

Atlético immediately dealt La Real a second and final blow, because within two minutes the Rojiblancos struck again. Miranda headed in a Koke corner kick to make it 3-0 for the home side.

With the result out of reach Real Sociedad gave up on the game. If it weren’t for Bravo they would’ve conceded another goal from a corner, but the experienced Chilean pulled off an amazing save to prevent additional damage. However, there was little the ‘keeper could do in the 88th minute when Diego Ribas was rewarded for his excellent play by Cebolla Rodríguez, who assisted as the Brazilian blasted the ball in for our fourth goal of the night.

And so Atlético claimed another victory and another clean sheet. The Rojiblancos remain unbeaten at home and finally took their chance to overtake Barcelona on the night they honored their best friend, player and coach.

It’s the first time in 18 years that Atlético are top of the league. The team is preparing for Copa del Rey and Champions League clashes with Real Madrid and AC Milan. And meanwhile all they do is just keep on winning, winning and winning.

Atlético Real Sociedad
Atlético 4 0 Real Sociedad
Villa 38' 
Diego Costa 72' 
Miranda 74' 
Diego 88' 
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Vicente Calderon
Date 02 February 2014
Kick Off 19.00 CET

Team Lineups

Atlético
Courtois
Juanfran
Miranda
Godín
Insúa
Sosa (58')
Gabi
Mario
Koke (81')
Villa (40')
Diego Costa
Substitutes used
Raúl García (40')
Diego (58')
C. Rodríguez (81')
Real Sociedad
Bravo
C. Martínez
Ansotegi
I. Martínez
Ángel
Gaztañaga
Pardo
Prieto
Zurutuza (65')
Griezmann (81')
Vela (81')
Substitutes used
Agirretxe (65')
Seferovic (81')
Chori Castro (81')

Match Stats

Possession
5050
Shots
1210
On Target
62
Corners
67
Fouls
1613
Yellow Cards
32
Red Cards
00
  • Pantic#10

    I’m enjoying this moment more than 1995/1996, because thanx to the web i can see all the matches, read the news on this awesome website (and official of course).
    I’m so happy. Words can”t describe how i’m happy.
    Many different feelings tonight.
    We have a dream team. Diego was the missing piece of the puzzle.
    Fellow colchoneros, i’m so happy. Did i already say it? 🙂

  • Pantic#10

    …and now :
    “Y ganar, y ganar, y ganar, y volver a ganar, y ganar, y ganar, y ganar…”
    Partido por partido 😉

  • Brad

    Watching RM play Athletic Bilbao and all I can think about is the scarves for sale outside the Vicente Calderon: “Ronaldo es un Barbie”.

  • Brad

    Three points clear of Real and Barca!

  • Will

    You have to be pretty good to beat Athletic in San Mamés… It’s not for anyone…

    We are on top, 3 points ahead and 300.000.000,00 Euros behind.

    For you, Luis.

  • Brad

    Oh and we’re not suing each other!

  • kris

    Do you guys still believe we can’t win La Liga?

  • piserakos

    Que passa seniores??? Que passa??? Atletico por La Liga!!!! Vamos!!!
    It’s fantastic, today we don’t sleep!! We celebrate…. What a better way to say a goodbay to Luis!! Diego, man we missed you!!!!
    Real Madrid and gay-Ronaldo, oh my god i just feel sorry for you cause on Wednestday we will do what we know, away win at Bernabeu

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    “ganar, y ganar, y ganar, y volver a ganar, y ganar, y ganar, y ganar .. y eso es el fútbol”
    (win and win and win, then go out again and win and win and win .. and that is football)
    Luis Aragones
    http://as.com/videos/2014/02/01/portada/1391257223_619151.html

    Of course I’m happy that Mario is back, but many people keep saying that he played a great game, well, I disagree,
    That was Mario’s shadow I saw tonight, he obviously needs some time ..
    It’s not easy to come back with your best shape after 3 months of absence

    Koke needs to be more careful about the yellow cards,
    Tonight he picked up his 5th and will miss next games vs Almeria
    Also, in the cup he has 2 yellows, only one away from suspension
    But the weird thing is that he picked up most of his cards while playing as an attacking midfielder, not when he played as a central midfielder ! .. I think he will learn over time

    It was just last night when I said that Real are getting more confidence day after day, so we should fuck with their minds by beating them for the 3rd time in a raw at the Bernabeu
    Well, looks like we already fucked their minds and their confidence and calmness by our 4 goals vs Sociedad
    I said it many times :
    when it comes to handling the pressure & playing under difficult circumstances, Real Madrid are the worst
    once again : they are just a bunch of great players .. but they never a team

    I want to give a big salute to Athleic, Villareal & Osasuna,
    Those brave teams who cost Real & Barca a sum of 11 points
    They may don’t have big names .. but they certainly have big cojones
    La Liga indeed need more of them, and less of those who lose 5-0 or 6-0 against Barca, then after the game they fight with each other … for Messi’s shirt !

    I don’t know why, but I can’t keep Jesse Pinkman (from Braking Bad) out of my head
    I keep imaging him saying : Leaders .. Bitch 😉

  • starvs

    Diego is ill

  • Jeronamo

    Sigh I’m so sad I missed the performance but I did predict something special. Enjoy the moment guys, I just watched the highlights and I’m happy with not only the guys that scored but thw type of goals scored

  • Pantic#10

    Epic breacking bad quote by Ahmad! 🙂 and comliments for your prediction!

  • Zakaria

    Its time where Real should have a complex beating us, we suffered for 13 years.

    What a day, I am over the moon 🙂