Champions League: Austria Wien vs. Atlético

Third straight win for the Rojiblancos takes them five points clear


Atlético moved closer to qualification for the UEFA Champions League knockout phase after defeating Austria Wien 0-3 away on Tuesday.

An early opener by Raúl García and goals in each half by Diego Costa secured a comfortable victory for the Madrileños, who dominated proceedings from start to finish in Vienna.

Their third consecutive victory of the group stage means they’re now firmly in control of their Group G, sitting five points clear of second-placed Zenit.

There was no sign of the team that slumped to their first defeat of the season away to Espanyol on Saturday. Atlético started the game with their usual conviction and intensity.

Cholo Simeone’s men pressed high up the pitch, forcing their inferior opponents to make mistakes. The reward for a bright start quickly arrived.

Only a couple minutes in, Koke split the Austria Wien defence with an excellent pass to find Filipe, who then squared the ball for Raúl García to knock into an open goal.

Now in the lead, the Rojiblancos continued to press their Austrian opposition, refusing to let them settle in possession. Atlético were looking for another goal and it soon came.

Diego Costa received the ball at the halfway line and proceeded to charge towards the Austria Wien defence. After beating his man, the Brazilian finished from close range.

Atlético could have added a third later in the first half. Filipe and Koke played a one-two and the former gave the ball to Diego Costa. But the forward’s effort missed the target.

A few minutes after that, Austria Wien almost pulled one back, when Hosiner received the ball near the back post and volleyed it against the bar.

After the break, the Rojiblancos, sensing the weakness of their opponents, continued their aggressive pressing game, looking for another goal to seal victory.

And early in the second half, they got it. Insúa, substituted for the injured Filipe at half time, made a run down the left and received a weighted pass from Raúl García.

The Argentine left back cut the ball back for Diego Costa, who controlled the ball and finished from close range to score his second of the night.

In the closing stages, Atlético almost added a fourth; substitute Adrián sent Koke away with an excellent pass, but the latter wasn’t able to beat the Austria Wien goalkeeper.

With three games to go, the Colchoneros lead their UEFA Champions League Group G with nine points, five points ahead of Zenit, who managed a narrow away win against ten-man Porto.

Austria Wien Atlético
Austria Wien 03 Atlético
 Raúl García 8
 Diego Costa 20
 Diego Costa 53
Competition UEFA Champions League
Location Ernst Happel Stadion
Date 22 October 2013
Kick Off 20.45 CET

Team Lineups

Austria Wien
Lindner (GK)
Ortlechner (C)
Royer - 85'
Stanković - 14'
Jun - 76'
Substitutes used
Kienast - 14'
Spiridonović - 76'
Leovac - 85'
Courtois (GK)
Filipe - 46'
Gabi (C)
Raúl García - 81'
Diego Costa - 60'
Substitutes used
Insúa - 46'
Cristian Rodríguez - 60'
Adrián - 81'

Match Stats

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  • pantic#10

    Very very good performance by all the players. intense and smart.
    Praise to Tiago and Gabi who did a good job on midfield.
    Toby and Miranda played focused and with a good feeling.

    This module 4-5-1 or 4-2-3-1 at the moment, is probably the best solution, until Villa feels better and start to understand that he’s at Atletico and not in barca anymore.

    after 3 matches we have 9 points and the our direct adversary for the 1st place, Porto who showed against us a fast and furious football, is at 6 points from us.
    Barca tied 1-1 against one of the weakest Milan in history!

  • pantic#10

    oh and the youth team tied at the last second with Austria Vienna 3-3 in the Uefa Youth League; They’re still at second place.

  • yon

    Delighted with the result but I thought we were quite complacent at times at 2-0 then even more so at 3-0! Hope the injury to Filipe is not severe!

    Quite gutted the youngsters never got a chance, leading 3-0 away from home in the CL, they could have done with experiencing an away atmosphere in the competition!

  • pantic#10

    Now we’ll have a match every 3 days till 10 November (3 home and 2 away); we have 1 “easy” match against Granada, 3 touch matches against Betis, Athletic and Villareal and the ultimate challenge against Austria that can give us the qualify to the next round.
    I’m thrilled! can’t wait to see our heroes on the field again.

  • farhan

    i think this is good for villa and the club..
    this may help him rediscover his form .

  • Adnan khan

    Rumours going on about chelsea wanting to buy costa for 38mill with torres valuta included in january. What is your guys thought about this?

  • Chewie

    I think we should consider rumours only supplemented by substantial evidence, meaning an offer from Chelsea.

  • Pantic#10

    If everything goes like we hope… At the end of the season the value of Diego Costa is 50 mill. At least in my opinion.
    We’ll not sell him on january. He could be sold next June 2014 or more probably in the summer of 2015 for many many many € like we did with all our great forwards.

    But i’ll not sell him for money+torres.

  • He’s more consistent than Falcao and useful in more ways, so the minimal price would be 61m

    Especially with the ways of the modern market.

  • Dircil

    Omg why are u guys talking about selling him while he’s giving all his best for us. Regarding the deal with torres, I don’t see the guy even worth 5m and the amount of 38m + torres is not considered a serious offer if mourinho wants the Costa’s service at Chelsea.

  • Mark

    I guess it depends his buy out clause. We might not have much of a choice.

  • Amr Mukadaffi

    Diego Costa is one of the best offensive players in the world. He is more worth than Robin Van Persie , Falcao, Rooney, etc.. He has a skill that ohter offensive players don’t have. He can provoke , he keeps 3 defending players busy at the time. And a nightmare for the opponent. And he score’s alot. Can make solo’s. If Chelsea really want’s him, i would say start bidding with 60+ milion.

  • kris

    Ain’t nobody getting Costa. All these clubs making bids (if it’s true) can f**k off.

  • marcelo

    Torres not worth 5 mil? I don’t want him back atm but he’s worth 13-15 mil imo. Mourinho’s Torres looks a completely different player. Regarding Costa, I wouldn’t be worried. These are probably rumors.

  • Adnan khan

    Yeah it’s only rumours and i dont think chelsea even need him..btw i think costas buy out clause is 38mill.

  • starvs

    Chelsea certainly need him, basically every team but PSG does….

  • Adnan khan

    In my opinion they don’t. Chelsea have lukaku, torres, eto and demba ba. But i do agree that costa is a great attacker and would score alot of goals wherever he go and every team will say yes to have him 😉

  • Dircil

    @marcelo: ok, given his price tag now being around a well over 10m (torres), are u willing to pay that much for a striker who rarely scores? Besides, looking from the club perspective, his wage is far from affordabe. We’re doing business in football right? And since so, we’re not putting our money in an investment that has high risk and less return.

  • marcelo

    He’s def worth 13-15 mil for the current Torres. There is a different vibe about him under Mourinho. Also read my post again. I said I don’t want him back because we don’t need him. I’m 100% sure this is just a false rumor but even then Chelsea’s offer is worth 50 million euros according to them probably. Clubs pay that kind of money for established world-class strikers. Costa is a world class striker based on his current form but he’s only just started to show his true ability this season. If he maintains his form then we can definitely justify asking for a hefty sum for Costa.

  • Shai

    I think he’ll leave soon. Costa has become our main Striker and we all know what eventually happens to our main $trikers 🙁

  • kris

    Costa isn’t leaving. Have faith. Gil promised to raise the players’ salaries if we are able to be top four again.

  • Atletico- palestine

    Scolari will call costa 🙂
    Costa must choose brazil i think it makes logic to play for selecao not la roja.

  • Kabir


    that’s what we should be doing. we should have faith in this block, limit incorporations, raise salaries and promote the youth that prove themselves.

    i think we could easily do without the money we waste on villa’s salary.

  • kris

    Reports suggest that Costa wrote a letter to FIFA to tell them that he has chosen to play for Spain. Oh well, it’s his choice. Best of luck for him whichever country he plays for.

  • marcelo

    I don’t think he’s appreciated by all Brazilians. That BrazilStats guy on twitter never praises the Beast. I hope he chooses Spain and wins the WC.

  • kris

    No chance of going atop tomorrow as Barcelona won, but we have to win our match tomorrow.

  • EC

    Iam glad barcelona won, we need to win tomorrow and go 4 pts clear of real and stay within touching distance of Barcelona.

    How bad was bale tonight I think he is going to be a terrible signing for Real 🙂

  • kris

    lol yup, it’s still too early to judge but so far a 100 million euros waste.

  • Jeronamo

    Arda slightly injured or something… he’ll miss our match tomorrow

  • Adnan khan

    Oliver torres will replace arda turan in tomorrows match.

  • Jeronamo

    Lets hope so

  • kris

    Guilavogui and Manquillo aren’t called up and Oliver will start, but in place of Arda Turan on the wings. Looks like it will be 4-4-2 again, with Villa playing up front with Diego Costa. Let’s see if Villa can score to gain his confidence. You know, he is being paid a lot right now..