La Liga: Atlético 2 – 2 Celta

Two points dropped as the wait for Simeone's 100th win goes on

Hernandez celebrated wonder goal vs Atleti (pic: abc)

Hernandez celebrated wonder goal vs Atleti (pic: abc)

Atlético Madrid dropped their first points of the season at home on Saturday night after a disappointing 2-2 draw with Celta.

Still unbeaten in the league, Atleti will have been hoping for a much better performance in what was a game riddled with mistakes, underperformers and crazy moments.

Mandzukic, who was injured in Athens, was absent and Raul Jimenez started alone up front, supported by both Arda Turan and Antoine Griezmann.

Moya made his return to the Atlético goal, after being left out for the midweek tie against Olympiacos. However it wasn’t the assured, confident Moya we’ve seen in recent weeks. The Spaniard was a little sloppy.

However it’s debatable how much responsibility he can take for the opening goal. A long cross in to Pablo Hernandez looked to have been overhit, and Godin was backpedalling to block off Hernandez and shepherd the ball out.

That was until Pablo Hernandez stuck out a leg behind him and caught the ball with the back of his heel.

It wrong-footed Moya and ended up rolling tamely into the back of the Atlético net. Celta take the lead.

It shocked the noisy Vicente Calderón, and a watching Diego Simeone was visibly unhappy up in the stands, serving the third match of his ban for his antics in the Spanish Super Cup.

Hernandez’ goal may have been unexpected, but there was no surprise how both of Atleti’s goals came about.

Two goals, two set pieces. One apiece from our central defenders.

Half an hour in, Godin got his name on the scoresheet and drew Atleti level after breaking away from his marker at a Koke free kick. A cute little volley past the Celta goalkeeper Sergio and the comeback was on at the Calderon.

Ten minutes later his partner Miranda completed the turnaround, rising to meet a Gabi corner. The Brazilian jumped above everyone and guided a powerful header into the back of the Celta net. A goal reminiscent of the one that won us the league championship back in May.

Atleti have scored six goals so far in the league this season, with five of them coming directly from set-pieces.

Atleti ended the half on top, piling some pressure on the Celta defence. Griezmann was a particular highlight, although the same couldn’t be said of his fellow frontman Raul Jimenez, who squandered what chances did come his way and showed little appetite to chase down passes, much to the annoyance of the crowd at the Calderon.

The second half started in a different vain, and it was Mallo who tested Moya’s reflexes almost immediately after the restart. The Spanish goalkeeper managed to get down to block it and Atleti’s lead was intact.

Just five minutes later, a big mistake from Miranda handed Celta a lifeline. The defender tried to move out of the way of a charging Planas but could only put his hands up and act like a tree. Planas crashed into him and it was a definite penalty. Nolito had no problems dispatching it to make it 2-2.

Another dodgy moment in defence followed soon after, with Moya kicking the ball at Juanfran while attempting to clear it. It rebounded upwards but was recovered well by Juanfran.

Koke came close to regaining the lead for Atlético, with a cross-come-shot almost catching the backtracking Sergio out from 30 yards. The Celta goalkeeper got a hand to it and tipped it over the bar.

Raul Jimenez almost got the Atleti fans off his back on the hour mark, with a powerful header into the back of the net but it was rightfully ruled out for offside by the assistant.

And through no fault of his own, the jeering intensified as German Burgos, standing in for Simeone, took off Antoine Griezmann, Atleti’s best player of the night, in order to bring on Raul Garcia.

There was not a person in the stadium expecting Griezmann to make way instead of Jimenez.

The Mexican did eventually make way though – for Alessio Cerci – who continued his efforts to notch up as many offside calls as he can in his two substitute appearances.

The pressure continued from Atleti, and they looked to have snatched it in the final minute of stoppage time, after Raul Garcia, with some fantastic footwork, slotted the ball past Sergio – but it was again rightly ruled offside by the linesman.

Atleti have dropped their first home points of the season. In last season’s title win, Atleti only dropped 8 points at home all year in their 15 wins and 4 draws.

For us to be celebrating at Neptuno again this year, Atleti need to iron out silly mistakes, settle in their new signings and welcome Simeone back to the sideline.

How was this performance for you? What have you made of our signings? Has Jimenez done it for you? Are you worried about Cerci? Do you prefer Siqueira or Ansaldi? Let us know!

Atlético Madrid Celta Vigo
Atlético Madrid 22 Celta Vigo
Godin 31'Hernandez 19'
Miranda 41'Nolito (p)  53'
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Vicente Calderón
Date 20 September 2014
Kick Off 20:00 CET

Team Lineups

Atlético Madrid
Arda Turan
Raul Jimenez
Substitutes used
Raul Garcia (68')
Cerci (82')
Celta Vigo
Lopez (45')
Krohn-Dehli (89')
Hernandez (71')
Substitutes used
Nolito (45')
Sergio Gomez (71')
Jonny (89')

Match Stats

On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
  • Mohammad Kreidieh

    It is very worrying that our team does not score from game play, we have a serious issue in building attack that leads to goals. We are deadly at set pieces but that is not enough. Celts is a lesser team than Atleti and we should believe in our strong line and start attacking and scoring. We owned the game today but with no major threat to celta.
    Jimenez did nothing all game and was a burden to attack, arda was frustrated, griezman was amazing and it did not make sense to substitute him at all. Ansaldi was class and I believe he better that sequiria at least on the attacking side. We cannot judge cerci as he had so little time to play, and we cannot expect him to change a game with such weak build up for the attack, even the best strikers in the world will suffer. Defense is another worrying issue, too many mistakes, mis judgements, and naive plays. That is not the Atleti we are looking for, that is the Atleti before simeone, the Perea era. We can not continue like this, we are a big team now and have to act up to the standards required. Another frustrating night … Hope this streak ends soon. Aupa Atleti

  • I really believe we played a good game, especially from Grizi & Juanfran
    we scored 2 goals, like we did against Real & Eibar, and they should have been enough to win, but we conceded 2 from 2 silly mistakes
    we still looking for our balance, we started the game today with 3 new players + Moya .. that’s a lot of changes, and never forget we didn’t have Mandzukic, so we just still can not score 3 goals in one game, not even against Celta and Eibar
    we should not have conceded any goal, but I will never criticize Miranda or Godin, not because they were the ones who scored tonight, but because all what they gave us in the last 3 seasons

    I am NOT worried,
    8 points from 4 games means 2 points per game, with that average we will have 76 points at the end of the season, which could easily put us in 3rd place, last UCL direct spot .. but I believe we will get more
    we still above Real, we still could finish this week in second place, and in the worst case we will finish 4th

    we had many bad games and many narrow wins last season, not just away, but also at home :
    1-1 vs Sevilla, 3-2 vs Levante, 1-0 vs Espanyol, Granada & Villareal
    we are just not that team who can score 100+ goals in the league every season, although from what I’ve seen from Griezmann tonight, I believe we could be that team, we just need some time

    I didn’t hear the whistles against Jimenez, but if it was true then I must say this is wrong
    I believe it’s not because his performance, but because his Real Madrid issue, so are we going to bring that up every time he misses
    a chance ?! .. this is just unfair

  • Mrtn

    Back to the good old Atleti I love… U never know what to expect… 😀
    Now really, you all should know last season could only be a dream… now it’s time to get back on the Atleti rollercoaster!
    Joking apart, obviously the team is struggling to adapt to a different approach to the game with a squad that has changed a lot in the summer (and improved a lot IMO).
    No need to panic though, there’s the whole season to go, but Cholo has to solve this situation soon.
    Realisticly, we could take the 3rd spot in Liga even with a worse display (not as bad as it is now though), but I got my worries about the Champions League. We can not afford to miss out on the knockout stage because we desperatly need the money from fckin UEFA. This year our budget surely is much higher than last year, with more players and higher wages losing CL money would be a disaster. For the same reason 3rd spot in Liga is also a must.
    With our inability to score from open play or defend without mistakes we will have a hard time against Juve, who are in super shape, do not concede goals and got deadly attackers. We need a total change in our game to stand a chance against them.
    Vamos Atleti!

  • in another topic : Manquillo was substituted after just 22 minutes in Liverpool’s defeat vs West Ham, and I didn’t read anything about an injury, so was he that bad or what ?! ,, anybody watched the game ?

  • Adnan Khan

    They(Liverpool) concided two fast goals, so rogers decided to take manquillo off for a stronger sakho and then play with 3 men in defence. And that did not work so well for pool, because the same sakho messed up in the defence and gave away the ball and west ham got their third goal. So overall It looked like a tactical/strategic sub.