La Liga: Málaga 1 – 0 Atlético

Atlético miss chance to go top with defeat at La Rosaleda

Malaga's Brazilian forward Charles Dias de Oliveira celebrates

Malaga's Brazilian forward Charles Dias de Oliveira celebrates

Atlético Madrid blew the chance to go top of La Liga over Christmas after going down 1-0 to Málaga at La Rosaleda on Sunday evening.

A late Diego Godín own goal handed Málaga all three points after the away side was reduced to ten men. Gabi was sent off for an alleged handball amidst protests from the opposition players.

Atlético never really enjoyed the sort of control on the game that they are used to, and the defeat means the end of a 15 game unbeaten run.

Fernando Torres came on for the booked Luciano Vietto at half-time, but again failed to make the most of chances presented to him.

With Barcelona off winning the Club World Cup, even a point would have sent Atleti clear at the top over the Christmas break.

A horrible performance from Atlético from start to finish, which makes reviewing the game a real struggle, means they go into the last game of the 2015 against Rayo level on points with Barcelona, but the Catalans have a game in hand.

What did you make of tonight’s performance? The less said, the better?

Málaga Atlético Madrid
Málaga 10 Atlético Madrid
 Godín (og) 86'
Competition Liga BBVA
Location La Rosaleda
Date 20 December 2015
Kick Off 20:30 CET
  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I love Simeone so much, I wish he stays with for a long time, a very long time, but games like this make me wonder :
    What does Chelsea see in him ?! .. and we have seen a lot of such games lately, including many of the ones we have won .
    (By the way : I can count more than 10 reasons why he will not leave us to Chelsea, but I don’t have to, instead I will say :
    FUCK Chelsea, fuck everything about them, their management, their fans, their players -except Courtois-, and fuck the arrogant British media and the bipolar Spanish one)

    This is how I see it :
    1- Guardiola, Mourinho, Ancelotti and many other big coaches would have never won La Liga with Atleti in 2013-14 .
    2- Too many coaches can finish 3rd every season with this current Atleti squad, and with beautiful attacking football .
    3- Guardiola, Mourinho & Ancelotti can win La Liga with our current squad after 2 or 3 seasons, but I’m not sure if Simeone can .

    But I really don’t care about that last one if he puts us in the CL every season, because it’s not just about results and titles, Simeone brings us stability, unity, peace, faith and character among other very important things, and it’s not just about him, but about all his team that could leave with him, Mono & Vizcaino, both former players at the club and know what does it mean to be a Rojiblanco, the genius El Profe Ortega, who also have a big sense of belonging to this club, he was here before and he coached Simeone himself, Pablo Vercellone, the brilliant GK coach, and the rest of the staff .
    My concern is that Simeone’s method will just stop working someday, could be soon, some players could get tired of it and seek the joy of the game somewhere else, and other could leave because they don’t get the minutes they really deserve, I just read today that Barca want to loan Correa, probably just a stupid rumor, but we wouldn’t have read it if such a talented, very promising player wasn’t neglected . Oliver is not just a great creative midfielder, but he is our ONLY creative midfielder, many clubs are dying for his signature, we all know that Barca have been after him for years, but the only coach who isn’t a big fan of him is Simeone !!

    Just like Arjit said : ” we have a lot of problems that are masked by our league position ”

    If it wasn’t for Griezmann’s goals & Oblak’s save we would have been at the bottom of the table .
    What will Simeone do if both of them decided to leave next season ?!!
    This is not right .