Champions League: Malmö 0 – 2 Atlético

Atlético get an important way win in Sweden

Mario Mandzukic for Atletico Madrid

Mandzukic against Malmö (AS - Jonathan Nackstrand (AFP))

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.

Malmö FF Atlético
Malmö FF 02 Atlético
 Koke 30'
 Raúl García 78'
Competition UEFA Champions League
Location Malmö Stadion
Date 04 November 2014
Kick Off 20:45 CEST

Team Lineups

Malmö FF
Olsen
Tinnerholm
Johansson (64')
Helander
Ricardinho
Eriksson
Adu
Halsti
Forsberg (87')
Rosenberg
Kiese
Substitutes used
Kroon (64')
Thern (87')
Atlético
Moyá
Juanfran
Miranda
Godín
Siquiera
Arda (76')
Gabi
Mario
Koke
Raúl García
Mandzukic (70')
Substitutes used
Griezmann (70')
C. Rodríguez (76')

Match Stats

Possession
5446
Shots
128
On Target
65
Corners
05
Fouls
1615
Yellow Cards
35
Red Cards
00
  • Last season, Raul Garcia had an exciting and a healthy competition with Villa to be the team’s second top scorer after Costa, and RG8 won that race
    This season I think he will do it again, but with Griezmann this time .. both are on 4 goals right now
    Raul doesn’t have half of Villa’s or Griezmann’s skills, but he can score more goals than them, and not even the biggest football experts can explain that !

    It’s still a tricky group, 2 draws are enough not just for the qualification, but also for the 1st place, while a draw and a defeat could but us out of the competition
    Juventus in Turino is a very difficult game, and Olympiakos is not an easy game neither, especially if they played for the draw and defended with 10 men

    Simeone has some homework to do

  • Farzad From IRaN

    I told before will win,, we are the best

  • I’m a little worried about suspensions in UCL
    8 of our players have 1 yellow :
    Miranda, Juanfran, Koke, Griezmann, RG8, Saul, Ansaldi & Cebolla
    while both Godin and Gabi have 2 yellows
    Almost half of those 12 bookings (5) were from Clattenburg who was very generous last night

    The next 2 games will be very physical and with too many contacts, I wish our players be very careful

    To those who forgot :
    The suspension in UCL is after the 3rd yellow, then after any subsequent odd number (5,7,9 …etc)
    And the yellow cards are NOT cancelled after the group stage, but they are carried forward

  • BlasiusMagnus

    damn it, too bad i rage quit the shitty stream last night. happy for the win, and especially for the fact that we scored from action TWICE, and not set pieces.

  • We always score from open play in UCL,
    only 1 from our 10 goals this season in the competition was from a set-piece, and only 2 were headers
    I don’t know why can’t we do the same thing in La Liga ?! .. any theories guys ?!

  • starvs

    Gabi and Godin should certainly try to get suspended for Juve match if the game against Olympiakos allows for it, because they will undoubtedly get another yellow at some point; would be super ideal to lose them during a hopefully meaningless game.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Unfortunately I didn’t get to see the game but from reading this article it still doesn’t seem like we’re doing as well as we should in certain parts of the pitch and in certain aspects of the game

  • A loss or tie to Juve would be bad news. Then we would be relying on others in order to get past the group stages. We were fortunate enough that everyone went to 3 points a piece. We should not rely on that luck.

  • Gabi was fortunate not to get a red card. Not saying he deserved one, but I was nervous there for a moment. Especially when the announcers are saying,”Gabi could get a red card for that.” Godin and JuanFran’s yellow cards were abusive. I could not figure it out.

  • No theories here, but Atleti will start scoring more open field goals as the season progresses. You can see the connection between JuanFran, Koke and Arda. Those 3 are dynamite in a box..or should I say triangle. Once Griezmann connects with them, then we will have some very pretty football going on and the goals will start happening more often.

  • if we beat Olympiakos then I totally agree, but not in that ridiculously obvious way that Real Madrid player used to do when Mourinho was on the bench !!

    if we beat Olympiakos then even a 1-2 defeat in Turin will still give us the lead for the Head-to-Head results, and a 0-1 defeat will also make us leaders for the goal difference, because I don’t think Juventus can beat Malmo 6-0 in Sweden, not even sure if they can win at all

    an early goal against Olympiakos is very important

  • actually, a win vs Olympiakos will mathematically put us in the knock out stage, then we will not need to win or even to draw vs Juve to take the lead of the group, head-to-head record will be the tie breaker, so 1-2 defeat should be enough, or 0-1, which will make the goal difference is the tie breaker, and we have 6 goals lead right now

    Olympiakos game at home is the key, but there will be still 1 million euros to play for in Turin

  • When I wrote my comment, I thought Atleti was playing Juve first. Now that I know it is the other way around, I can breath a slight sigh of relief. I think our team has gotten a lot better since we last played Olympiakos. Plus we are at home.