La Liga: Getafe 0 – 2 Atlético
Atlético Madrid continue winning and survive injury scare
Only four more wins separate Atlético Madrid from their first La Liga title since 1996 after the team picked up its 7th consecutive victory on Sunday night.
The Rojiblancos travelled a small distance to Getafe where they beat the locals 2-0, courtesy of goals by Diego Godín and Diego Costa.
The latter was all everyone was talking about after the game, as the Spanish Brazilian had to come off with a nasty injury shortly before the end. Fans feared for a shin fracture, but the club has confirmed Costa’s cut is only a flash wound.
Diego Costa injured himself as he slid in an Adrián cross, before colliding with the goal post. Despite scoring, the striker was in agonizing pain and screaming as his teammates turned to the medical staff for help. Fortunately it seems he’ll be okay, but the gravity of his injury is not yet known.
With the goal Costa redeemed himself for a penalty miss earlier on, although our topscorer should be excused after being visually distracted by the Getafe crowd.
The penalty was won in the 65th minute, when Ángel Lafita pulled down João Miranda just as the Brazilian was getting ready to shoot. It resulted in Lafita’s second yellow, meaning the home side had to play the final half hour with ten men. From that point on Getafe never threatened Atleti, something they had hardly done even with eleven Azulones on the pitch. Their best opportunity to equalize came just after the break when Juan Rodríguez saw his header saved by the amazing Thibaut Courtois, who reacted spectacularly the single time he was called upon.
Atlético had taken the lead in the first half through Diego Godín. After half an hour the Uruguayan saw one of his headers blocked by Getafe goalie Codina, but the ‘keeper did nothing to prevent a goal shortly before the break. After Geta failed to clear a corner, the ball fell to Juanfran who swung the ball in a second time. Godín caught Codina way out of position and headed the ball into the empty goal for the first of two Atlético goals.
Atlético can now rest for a week while Barcelona and Real fight each other in the Copa del Rey final. Next Friday Atlético host Elche at the Vicente Calderón in search of their 8th consecutive league win.
|13 April 2014|
|Raúl García (71')|
|Diego Costa (86')|
|C. Rodríguez (86')|