Champions League: Malmö 0 – 2 Atlético
Atlético get an important way win in Sweden
Atlético Madrid are close to advancing to the next round of the Champions League after an away win at Malmö. The Spaniards won their third group game courtesy of goals by Spanish internationals Koke and Raúl García.
The latter took the place of Antoine Griezmann in a line-up which also saw the return of captain Gabi, who missed the last few games through injury.
The visitors created their first clear cut chance after 20 minutes of play, when Juanfran and Arda Turan combined on the right wing. The Turk didn’t need to look to find Raúl García lurking in the area, but RG8’s attempt lacked the power and precision to beat goalkeeper Olsen.
At the half hour mark Atlético took the lead after executing a magnificent counter attack. Gabi sent Juanfran into space and the right back picked out Koke inside the box. For once the provider turned finisher as our talented number 6 acrobatically put the ball into the back of the net.
After the goal Malmö tried to get a goal back, but Miranda stepped in to stop Forsberg from equalizing.
After the break the home side created a number of chances and seemed close to tying the score, but Atlético somehow managed to maintain a clean sheet. Diego Godín helped Moyá by clearing a ball off the line, while the goalkeeper was later saved by the woodwork when Marcus Rosenberg struck from just outside the area.
Malmö’s right back Anton Tinnerholm twice came close to scoring after weak defending by Siquiera, but first he was denied by Moyá and on his second attempt he struck wide.
With a little less than fifteen minutes remaining Atlético put the game away with an attack similar to that of the first goal. Gabi played a lovely ball over the top to Juanfran, whose cross was poorly cleared. The ball fell before Raúl García who scored with a half-volley to make it 2-0.
Atleti had suffered in the second half, but García’s dagger broke the Swedes’ resistance, even leading to another opportunity for substitute Griezmann.
With their third win and with a 3-2 result between Juventus and Olympiakos, Atlético now lead Group A of the Champions League with 9 points. In three weeks Atlético will host Olympiakos to seal their passage to the next round of the tournament.
|Raúl García 78'|
|UEFA Champions League|
|04 November 2014|
|C. Rodríguez (76')|