La Liga: Celta de Vigo 0 – 2 Atlético

A David Villa brace earns Atleti three points in Balaídos

David Villa against Celta

Villa shoots Atleti past Celta (AS)

Atlético Madrid have tied Real Madrid in the La Liga table through two David Villa goals, with our neighbours set to take on Levante tomorrow.

In a balanced game at Balaídos there wasn’t much to separate the sides, until a pair of second half goals by El Guaje decided the match. Within the space of two minutes Villa struck twice to decide a game which could have gone either way.

In the 62nd minute Villa picked up a loose ball after careless passing in the Celta defence and Spain’s all time top scorer won the 1-on-1 with goalkeeper Yoel to put the Rojiblancos one up.

Just two minutes later Villa struck again with a low shot from just inside the box, after receiving the ball from José Sosa who had come on to replace Koke just a few moments prior to the goals.

In the first half Celta had been the better and the more dangerous side, with Courtois needing to stop Nolito and Celta’s midfielders Oubiña and Álex López firing just wide. Midway through the half Atleti created their first opportunities through Raúl García, who nearly surprised Yoel from far out and later slid in just a second too late to make the most of Koke’s deflected shot.

Just before the break Thibaut Courtois did well to deny Celta’s Hugo Mallo, who had one of the home side’s last opportunities, because Atleti managed to shut them out completely in the second half. On the hour mark Raúl García’s and Filipe’s attempts were a prelude to David Villa’s double, which effectively shut down the game. There was a late opportunity for Cristian Rodríguez, but the Uruguayan sub shot straight at Yoel as the game finished 2-0.

Celta de Vigo Atlético
Celta de Vigo 02 Atlético
 Villa 62'
 Villa 64'
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Balaídos
Date 08 March 2014
Kick Off 20:00 CET

Team Lineups

Celta de Vigo
Hugo Mallo
Álex López
Krohn-Dehli (73')
Orellana (60')
Charles (68')
Substitutes used
Augusto (60')
Mina (68')
Madinda (73')
Raúl García
Diego (74')
Koke (60')
Villa (84')
Substitutes used
Sosa (60')
C. Rodríguez (74')
Adrián (84')

Match Stats

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  • Chewie

    Sosa proving himself to be a valuable asset to the team. Give the guy more chances against weaker opponents and he’ll start ripping them apart just like RG8 did. Who expected him to pass the ball the way he did?! Certainly not me. Not Celta’s defenders either 🙂 Btw he looks real badass and intense, qualities that I like in players. Little prince indeed.

    Villa was awesome – we need another player in place of Adrian with such incredible finishing skills. The team wastes too much opportunities. But yesterday it was a game after which the commentator said (and I fully agree with him) that Atletico has shown once again that anyone should be scared to play against them. We have the discipline and himility to wait for mistakes and then crush the opponents.

    Just imagine how terrifying it is to know that if you make just one mistake you will most probably lose. We did the same with Milan – weak game, good result. That must be frustrating for the opponents, though it makes us fans smile sarcastically and say – yes, we are boring, so what are gonna do about it?

  • pantic#10

    great news:
    Tiago Mendes is back into action 😉

  • AndersAT

    Great with 3 points. It is an exciting season in la liga this year, both because of us, but also that both Real Madrid and Barca looses points in weird games.

    I was a big fan of Adrian in his first season with us. And i have always been of that opinion that he should get chances, but jesus christ he is uninspired to watch. To think Arsenal was looking at him at one point. He could perhaps be a good player for us at some point. I think we should loan him out for a couple of seasons, because he is useless right now.

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