La Liga: Getafe 0 – 1 Atlético
Atleti scrap to a 1-0 win over Madrid neighbours
Atlético managed to grab a 1-0 victory over Getafe on Sunday evening, after a goal from our Croatian striker early in the second half.
Mario Mandzukic scored the winner for Atlético against Getafe in the 40th minute. Guaita blocked Griezmann’s half-volley attempt and the ball spilled over for Mandzukic to send it into the back of the net.
However, the game will be marred by the ugly actions committed by Getafe players, specifically, Alexis and Juan Rodríguez. Alexis aimed for Mandzukic’s nose with his fist and made impact on the Croat’s cheek; he was given a straight red.
While on the floor, Mandzukic was intentionally stepped on by Juan Rodríguez – Miranda witnessed the action and was quick to react; he shoved Rodríguez away and earned a yellow while Rodríguez was shown nothing.
The game was gritty, bleak and definitely one of the worst performances shown by Atleti in recent years—reminiscent of the Getafe Atleti match under Manzano in which Atlético lost 3-2 after being a man up the majority of the match.
Siqueira started the match off quite poorly after losing the ball on two occasions in the early minutes, but was quick to give a magnificent turn around to his performance.
The Brazilian was constantly running down left flank causing problems for the Getafe defense, most notably Emiliano Velázquez, the young Uruguayan center back playing for los azulones on loan.
The first shot of the match came after a great pass from Mario Mandzukic to Mario Suárez, but the Spaniard’s shot went wide.
The next chance came after a low driven shot by Griezmann in which Raúl García tried to flick over Guiata, however the Getafe keeper was quick to react.
Mandzukic’s goal came five minutes before the half ended and it was a well-deserved lead. Atlético had been pressing and looking for the goal constantly the whole half.
Melero López blew the whistle to start the second half and it seemed as if the Atleti players were still in the locker room.
Getafe started the half with an excellent barrage of attacks forcing Moyá to make three spectacular saves.
A few minutes after Moyá’s saves, Alexis punched Mandzukic and got sent off – instead of the game getting better for Atleti, it got worse.
Moyá was once again called into action after his reflexes allowed him to prevent Getafe scoring an world class goal.
Griezmann made way for Alessio Cerci in the 66th minute. The Italian was once again eligible to play after serving suspension in the match against Espanyol.
A succulent through ball towards Mandzukic was all Cerci could offer this match, as the team did not have much possession in the second half.
The final minutes of the match were met with various tackles made by the Getafe players and the colossal surges made by Siqueira, who looked keen to help create the second goal.
López blew the whistle and Atleti went home with three points. Whether they deserved the win or not is quite debatable.
Since Cholo took over as coach, Atlético has scored 18 goals against Getafe while conceding 0, a breath of fresh air considering the terrible record at the Coliseum before Simeone arrived.
After nine matches, the team is sitting in the 5th spot with 20 points tied with Valencia and just two below league leaders, Barcelona and Sevilla. Real Madrid is sitting in third with 21 points.
Atlético de Madrid take on 18th place Córdoba at the Vicente Calderón next week, with kickoff set for 18:00 CEST.
|Coliseum Alfonso Pérez|
|26 October 2014|