La Liga: Levante 2 – 2 Atlético

Torres equaliser hands Atlético a point on Sunday afternoon

Siqueira scored his first goal for Atlético

Siqueira scored his first goal for Atlético

Diego Simeone’s misfortune at the Ciutat de Valencia continued as Atleti were made to come from behind twice to secure a point against Levante on Sunday afternoon.

The first-half goal from David Barral caused painful memories for Los Rojiblancos, who have failed to win away against Levante since Cholo took over as manager.

The first chance of the afternoon came to Mario Mandzukic, returning to the side after Fernando Torres got the nod against Athletic last weekend.

A teasing Juanfran cross was met by the head of the Croatian, but could only be guided into the hands of the Levante goalkeeper, Mariño.

It was our number nine that came close shortly after, still looking for his first goal since February. Mariño made a great save to stop his header and then got up quickly to block Arda Turan’s rebound. The Turk should have scored.

To make matters worse for Atlético, it was the home side that took the lead. A dangerous cross in to the Atleti area was headed up in the air by Miranda, aiding the ball to reach the full-back Ivan Lopez.

The right-back drilled the ball across goal first-time and it was tapped into an empty net by David Barral for Levante.

The cross would have been harmless had Miranda not put some extra weight on it.

It wasn’t long before Atleti were back on terms though, and it was Guilherme Siqueira who got the equaliser with his first goal for the club.

A terrible piece of defending in the Levante area meant Tiago picked up the ball. The midfielder chipped it in to the centre-forward position, and it was Siqueira on hand to volley the ball in as if he was a striker.

Mario Mandzukic had another couple of attempts to break his goal duck in the second half. The first came from a Gabi free-kick played into the back post, but Mario headed it again straight into the arms of Mariño. It wouldn’t have counted anyway, as Mandzukic was flagged offside. Not for the first time today.

His last attempt, of perhaps the season, came after he won the ball brilliantly from Levante’s Juanfran, but was closed down well by the Levante defence as he raced towards goal. Fernando Torres was his replacement as Cholo made a change on the hour-mark.

Levante were still a threat to Atleti, looking dangerous every time they broke, with great numbers and speed. And it was the home side that took the lead again just after the hour mark.

A cross into the Atleti box was deflected on by Griezmann into the path of Uche. The striker found himself in on goal, but his shot was blocked by an onrushing Oblak.

The Slovenian got unlucky with his save and it bounced again off of Uche and into the back of the Atlético net. 2-1 to the home side.

Atleti weren’t going to go down without a fight. Raúl García was brought on for Los Rojiblancos, and won a corner for Atleti after a Juanfran cross was well defended by Levante.

From the resulting corner, Atleti made it 2-2. A Koke set-piece whipped in, and it was Fernando Torres who raced to meet the ball at the near post and send it into the back of the net.

Mariño was nowhere near getting anything on the ball, and Torres celebrates his sixth goal since returning to Madrid.

Atlético weren’t finished yet, and a Griezmann attempted cross led to another corner for Atleti. A clearance from the goalkeeper could only find Giménez, who turned and struck a sweet shot towards goal, but it was batted away by Mariño.

Griezmann had a chance to make it 3-2 as the game approached the 90th minute. A through ball to the Frenchman whet the youngster’s appetite, but he was off balance when he took a swipe at the ball and scooped it over the crossbar.

It was the last real chance for Atleti, and the referee blew his whistle to signify the end of the match, and perhaps the season for both sides.

Atlético keep the four-point gap between themselves and Valencia in fourth place.

Levante Atlético Madrid
Levante 22 Atlético Madrid
Barral 32'Siqueira 35'
Uche 63'F Torres 80'
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Estadi Ciutat de València
Date 10 May 2015
Kick Off 12:00 CEST

Team Lineups

Levante
Mariño
López
Toño
Vyntra
Juanfran
Ramis
Morales
Sissoko
Camarasa
Uche
Barral
Substitutes used
Ivanschitz
Mari
Martins
Atlético Madrid
Oblak
Juanfran
Miranda
Godín
Siqueira
Tiago
Koke
Arda Turan
Gabi
Griezmann
Mandzukic
Substitutes used
Saúl
Raúl García
F Torres

Match Stats

Possession
3763
Shots
815
On Target
57
Corners
26
Fouls
816
Yellow Cards
22
Red Cards
00
  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Didn’t even get to watch the game but from what I’ve seen and heard it seems like Simeone was stupidly as stubborn as ever in starting Mandzukic

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    If Gamez started instead of Siqueira, he would never have scored that goal, simply because he does not know how to score goals
    Gamez holds the record for the most games in La Liga without scoring a goal (among players who are still in action) : 206 games
    Those 206 games are actually all his games in la Liga, as he never scored in it, not even once, in fact, in his 10-years senior career he only scored one goal, in Segunda, 8 years ago
    At least Simeone got one decision right today

    Siqueira is the 17th player to score for Atleti this season, and we also have 17 different assistants,
    maybe we don’t have MSN or BBC, but we have a TEAM, and with a TEAM we won La Liga last season, while Cristiano’s individualism won him just one Liga in 6 seasons (including this one) .. The “legendary” Dani Aranzubia also has one Liga title !
    And by the way, while Gamez hasn’t scored any goal in La Liga yet, Aranzubia did, that great header vs Almeria

    The 3 Ms must leave this summer : Mario, Miranda & Mandzukic
    Miranda returned again to making his stupid mistakes, not just the first goal, but he could have cost us another one in min. 21 when he lost the ball in the center in a very silly way and put Levante player in one-on-one with Oblak before Juanfran saved his ass, as he did many times this season
    My problem with Miranda is that he is Miranda, not Pablo Ibanez, he is a great player and he should not commit all those mistakes, but nobody knows why does he, but many can guess !

    While my problem with Mario is that he thinks he is Toure or Matic, he played 2290 minutes so far this season, not much, but not few either, he is the 14th most used player, not the 20th or the 23rd, he played more than Saul and just 365 less than Raul Garcia, BUT he doesn’t stop complaining, and that’s not the problem, the problem is that he does it in public, he did it again few days ago in the press conference for that Football-English camp the club will hold for the kids in the summer
    Mario are Miranda are begging to leave, and we should not stop them, but we should make descent money from them, at least 25 million for both

    And I don’t think I need to talk about Mandzukic, but I must say that I like him -as a person- much more than the other two

    Valencia draw with RM was actually a good thing, now we don’t have to worry about giving them the title when we beat Barca 😉

    I Love Fernando Torres .