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.
|Raúl García 8|
|Diego Costa 20|
|Diego Costa 53|
|UEFA Champions League|
|Ernst Happel Stadion|
|22 October 2013|
|Royer - 85'|
|Stanković - 14'|
|Jun - 76'|
|Kienast - 14'|
|Spiridonović - 76'|
|Leovac - 85'|
|Filipe - 46'|
|Raúl García - 81'|
|Diego Costa - 60'|
|Insúa - 46'|
|Cristian Rodríguez - 60'|
|Adrián - 81'|