Champions League: Atlético 4 – 0 Austria Wien
Rojiblancos secure passage to the knockout phase as group winners
Atlético sealed top position in their UEFA Champions League group and qualified for the knockout phase with a solid 4-0 win at home over Austria Wien on Wednesday evening.
Three goals from Miranda, Raúl García and Filipe in the first half, and another one from Diego Costa in the second ensured a fourth consecutive victory in the competition, a new club record.
Diego Simeone named a virtually unchanged side from Sunday’s win over Athletic, with only Raúl García coming in to replace David Villa, who was rested.
Just as he did in Vienna, the midfielder played an important role, helping to set up his team’s opener, scoring the second goal and assisting the fourth.
After a bright few initial minutes from Austria Wien, Atlético went ahead after Raúl García’s header from Koke’s corner kick fell for Miranda, who fired home in the 11th minute.
A little later, Diego Costa almost extended the Rojiblancos’ lead, but was denied by Austria goalkeeper Lindner, who frustrated the Brazilian forward throughout the game.
On the other end, the visitors almost equalized, when Murg cleverly controlled a high ball and turned, but saw his shot stopped by Courtois.
Atlético got their second goal soon after. After some good work on the right flank, Diego Costa sent in a measured left-footed cross, which Raúl García headed into the far corner, in the 25th minute.
The unleashed Madrileños continued to hunt for more goals. Diego Costa saw his dipping volley saved, before his side added their third on the stroke of halftime.
Juanfran picked out Adrián with a low cross from the right, but the forward’s effort was knocked away into the path of Filipe, who put away the rebound, in the 45th minute.
With the victory in the bag, Cholo Simeone substituted Óliver for Adrían at the start of the second half, as well as, a little later, Guilavogui for Tiago.
His men kept creating chances after the break, with Lindner keeping out multiple efforts by Diego Costa, including a penalty kick after substitute Cristian Rodríguez was brought down by Ortlechner.
But the Brazilian finally got the goal he sought in the 82nd minute. Raúl García back-heeled Óliver’s pass to Diego Costa, who slotted home his team’s fourth.
Since Zenit and Porto drew in their game, Atlético now have an unassailable seven-point lead in their Group G with two games to go, which will allow them to focus on La Liga (and the Copa del Rey) till the knockout phase starts in February.
|Raúl García 25'|
|Diego Costa 82'|
|UEFA Champions League|
|Estadio Vicente Calderón|
|06 November 2013|
|Tiago - 56'|
|Adrián - 45'|
|Koke - 66'|
|Óliver - 45'|
|Guilavogui - 56'|
|Cristian Rodríguez - 66'|
|Mader - 68'|
|Šimkovič - 52'|
|Murg - 52'|
|Suttner - 52'|
|Hosiner - 52'|
|Dilaver - 68'|