La Liga: Celta de Vigo 0 – 2 Atlético
A David Villa brace earns Atleti three points in Balaídos
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||02||Atlético|
|08 March 2014|
|C. Rodríguez (74')|