La Liga: Atlético 2 – 1 Valencia
Atlético take all three points from tough test in Madrid
After two first half goals, Atlético Madrid secured all three points against Valencia in the Vicente Calderón on Sunday evening.
Atlético was dominating, but struggled to create anything special in the final third. But after a double defensive mistake from the Valencia defenders, Jackson Martínez capitalized and scored his second league goal.
So far, Jackson has scored three goals. However, two of those goals are against Sevilla and Valencia, which are great teams to score against.
Not only was it Jackson’s night, but also Yannick Carrasco’s. After a superb match against Astana in the UEFA Champions League, Carrasco was again selected in the starting eleven.
The Belgian connected well with the rest of the team and was causing Valencia some real problems.
He got the ball near the halfway line and managed to dribble past a Valencia defender until he released a low drive shot into the bottom corner. 2-0.
After Carrasco’s goal, the match was very straightforward for Atleti and Cholo’s men had countless chances to score more. But Valencia’s Domenech was practically unbeatable.
Near the end of the match, Valencia added a bit of pressure after Paco Alcácer capitalized on a silly mistake from Diego Godín.
Godín apparently shoved Alcácer in the box and Gil Manzano quickly pointed to the penalty spot. Alcácer showed no remorse and scored for Valencia to make it 2-1.
After Valencia’s goal, there was a bit of tension in the Calderón, but Valencia wasn’t able to create any more dangerous chances.
Atlético had a nice chance to score a third, but Torres’ header went wide. Torres again replaced Jackson during the second half.
The match ended with a bit of drama as Filipe Luis looked to be hurt. Here’s to hoping it’s nothing serious.
After this match, Atlético Madrid is third with 19 points, jut two below both Real Madrid and Barcelona.
On Friday, Atleti will face Depor in the Riazor at 20:30 CST.
|25 October 2015|