La Liga: Deportivo 1 – 2 Atlético
Antoine Griezmann scores another two as Atleti claim all three points
Antoine Griezmann scored twice as Atlético Madrid defeated Deportivo 2-1 at the Riazor, securing another valuable three points in the race for third place.
The first half was a dream for Cholo’s men, but everything changed in the second half.
Possibly thinking of the derby on Wednesday, Cholo rested Miranda, placing Giménez in his place. Saúl and Raúl García were also starters for Atleti.
The match began with a scare as Cavaleiro picked up the ball just outside the box after a mishap from the Atleti defense, but nothing came from the opportunity.
Just minutes later, Griezmann scored a fantastic over-head kick. A cheeky cross from Arda was cleared high by the Deportivo defence, before Giménez headed it back into the danger zone for Atleti.
Griezmann, unmarked, let the ball bounce once before acrobatically finishing over the head of the onrushing Deportivo goalkeeper.
After the goal, instead of hearing the Depor fans try to cheer on their team, chants against the Frente Atlético were heard. “Frente Atlético, asesinos.” Frente Atlético assassins.
The chants died down a bit after Atlético’s second goal.
And it was Antoine Griezmann to double his tally after he finished a fantastic ball from Jesús Gámez. Gámez once again converted a throw-in into dangerous set-piece opportunity, and it was our Frenchman that pulled the trigger on his 20th league goal of the season.
The game was under control but Atleti players were being booked quite easily. The half ended with Koke, Raúl García and Godín with yellow cards.
On the other hand, no Depor player received a yellow card. After protesting heavily, Cholo Simeone was sent to the stands.
The second half started like the first and Fabricio made a great save to deny Raúl García’s header in the 51st minute.
The match took a swing in Depor’s favor after coach Víctor Sánchez made an incredibly offensive substitution. Left-back, Luisinho made way for midfielder Juan Domínguez.
Just a few minutes after the substitution, Depor had their first shot on target in the 67 minute.
With the Champions League in mind, Arda had made way for Jiménez and shortly after, Griezmann went off for Fernando Torres.
It was a strange sight seeing substitutions so early in the match; maybe Mono Burgos had something to do with that.
In the 72nd minute, neither Jiménez nor Torres could put the ball in the back of the net as Fabricio made three consecutive saves.
Nine minutes later, Oriol Riera, Depor’s best player this afternoon, scored after a great run from Sidnei.
The home team was suffocating Atleti with pressure, however Oblak was strong in the box and secured the win for the rojiblancos.
Four minutes of additional times was added and Oblak made two great interventions in the last chance of the match to secure the three points for Atlético.
The match ended with the Riazor screaming, “Asesinos, asesinos.”
Assasins, assasins. What happened back in November wasn’t forgotten.
Following Valencia’s loss to FC Barcelona earlier this morning, Atleti now have a four-point advantage over Los Che. A Sevilla win will see Valencia and Sevilla tied with 65 points.
Atlético’s next match will be against Real Madrid on Wednesday for the return leg of the UEFA Champions League.
|Riera 78'||Griezmann 5'|
|18 April 2015|
|Arda Turan (59')|