La Liga: Atlético 3 – 0 Real Valladolid
Atleti return to winning ways with easy victory over Real Valladolid
Real Valladolid turned out to be just what Atlético needed. After three consecutive losses, in which they didn’t score, the Rojiblancos returned to their winning ways with an easy victory over La Pucela.
The victory was sealed after just four minutes, when Raúl García and Diego Costa had already struck. Late in the second half Diego Godín added another goal to secure a 3-0 victory.
Just 150 seconds into the game the home side already got on the score sheet. Gabi cleverly passed a free kick sideways to Raúl García, who scored with a low drive from the edge of the box.
Just a few moments later Raúl García played a ball over the top to Diego Costa and the Brazilian could easily lob the ball over Mariño into an empty net as the Valladolid goalkeeper found himself way out of position.
The spectators at the Vicente Calderón had to wait until the start of the second half to see more chances, when Mariño did well to block Diego Godín’s header. At the other end Javi Guerra volleyed wide one of the visitors’ few opportunities.
In the 67th minute Mario Suárez headed against the crossbar as Atleti continued to threaten through set pieces taken by Koke, Gabi and substitute Diego.
A quarter-hour before the end Diego Godín put the cherry on top both for his team and for himself, as he scored in his 200th La Liga appearance. The centre back headed in a corner kick taken by Diego.
The Uruguayan defender nearly scored again some moments later, when he lead a quick Atleti counter attack, but unfortunately the shot with his left foot missed the target. In the dying seconds of the game former Manchester United striker Manucho had a big opportunity to pull one back for Valladolid, but his attempt went wide as the Atlético defence not only kept a clean sheet but also prevented their opponents from striking on target at all.
|Atlético||3 0||Real Valladolid|
|Raúl García 3'|
|Diego Costa 4'|
|15 February 2014|
|Raúl García (64')|