La Liga: Osasuna 3 – 0 Atlético

Painful defeat for Atleti at the hands of Osasuna

Osasuna atletico madrid

Atlético defeated (MARCA)

Atlético Madrid suffered an embarrassing defeat against Osasuna on Sunday night.

Like Barcelona and Real Madrid before them, the Rojiblancos couldn’t win at El Sadar. Even worse, the visitors were sent home with 3-0 loss and now trail Real by three points.

The match was lost because of a lacklustre effort in the first half. Simeone had decided to rest Miranda, Koke, Arda and Raúl García – who were a yellow away from suspension – and paid the price for taking such a big risk. After just six minutes Cejudo opened the scoring. The winger was left completely unmarked after Osasuna played a short corner and he calmly volleyed the ball past Courtois from close range.

A few moments later the lead was nearly doubled when Diego Ribas carelessly gave the ball away on the edge of his own box. The Brazilian now has a dubious track record of losing all four of the games he’s started in since his return, with Atleti yet to find the mark in any of them. Diego did have an opportunity early on, but he lost his balance and volleyed wide.

In the 21st minute Osasuna increased their lead when Armenteros scored a fantastic strike from well outside the box. The leftie easily beat Juanfran and then Gabi, before firing an unstoppable missile which left Courtois without a chance.

After the goal Atlético showed a sign of life through Diego Costa, but the Brazilian top scorer shot wide of the target. A minute later Mario Suárez had a great opportunity to score, but he failed to connect with Gabi’s inviting free kick.

Shortly before the break the game was decided when Roberto Torres scored Osasuna’s third goal. David Villa lost the ball in midfield and instead of trying to win it back, he started arguing with the ref, an action which summed up Atleti’s first half approach. The ball was played to the left wing and crossed to Torres, who headed it past Courtois. Osasuna only had four attempts on target all game, but left the Belgian ‘keeper without a chance on three occasions and deservedly took a large lead.

Diego Simeone introduced Koke, Arda Turan and Raúl García at the start of the first half, but the home side did well to shut out the Colchoneros. It wasn’t until the last fifteen minutes when the defence finally started to crack. Raúl García had two good opportunities to score, but the former Osasuna midfielder first shot wide and was denied by Andrés Fernández on his second attempt. Meanwhile Cejudo hit the side netting at the other end.

Diego Costa, who was largely invisible on the night, displayed his talent and class in the 83rd minute with a great individual effort, but after gliding past several defenders he lacked the composure to find the target. A late strike by Arda was saved by Andrés as Osasuna held on to their 3-0 lead.

The only positive from this disastrous match was that none of the five players at risk of suspension picked up a booking, so Simeone should have his full squad available when we take on Real Madrid next week.

Osasuna Atlético
Osasuna 3 0 Atlético
Cejudo 6' 
Armenteros 21' 
R. Torres 42' 
Competition Liga BBVA
Location El Sadar
Date 23 February 2014
Kick Off 21.00 CET

Team Lineups

Bertrán (46')
Loties (79')
R. Torres
Substitutes used
Oier (46')
Flaño (79')
Mario (46')
Diego (59')
Villa (61')
Diego Costa
Substitutes used
Koke (46')
Arda (59')
Raúl García (61')

Match Stats

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  • Ahmad Hossainy

    only 3rd defeat of the season .. all are away,
    yes .. we were bad, and the score was big .. but that happens

    some people were praying to have Diego back, then when he came they are blaming him for all of our defeats
    shame on you

    and just like what happened after Almeria game, some of you are saying that we will finish 3rd
    and will be knocked out from the UCL,
    first : if that happened, it’s not a disaster .. in fact, it’s the normal thing ..
    we are still building our team .. in very difficult and unfair circumstances

    and second : I’m sorry, but I have to say that I suspect that who are saying that are Real or Barca fans
    who are here under disguise

    people : be a good sport and give Osasuna the credit they deserve
    they had 5 points this season from the big 3 at El Sadar
    yes, we made mistakes tonight, but they took advantage of it unlike some other teams
    they were solid and well organised .. and brave

    there still are positive things in tonight’s game :
    no suspensions, no injuries, and the most important, there are lesson should be taken
    two of them are :
    1- Koke should never sit on the bench again
    2- This should be the last game for Adrian .. and the last season

    Only a great coach and great person who keeps cheering up and applauding his players until the last second despite being down by 3-0

    I still trust Simeone .. always will.

  • Pantic#10

    Exactly Ahmad just like what i partially said.
    I noticed too the applauding by Simeone at the end of the match; and was very impressed by it. Great coach.

    Unfortunately i must agree also about Adrian. Too many missed chances.

  • jeronamo

    I refuse to give credit to Osasuna BUT we all can agree on Adrian for goodness sake will someone pass that message on to cholo at least?

  • anshary

    Im quite sad but you are right Ahmad. Credit goes to Osasuna for a great game. We didnt play too well but its not the end of the world. I believe we are still in it. Looking forward to the derby game.

  • Valinia

    The lads seem so tired tonite.. Hopefully after a one week rest there gonna do well against real

  • Ali

    It’s not adrian fault for our loss it’s out defence they allow osasuna players to roam freely and not being untracked and that’s caused us.

  • Ian

    I think it could be a huge blow for us losing a game this bad before the derby, if we lose, morale could drop even further, but let’s hope we win and spiral back up and finish this year strongly!!

    Probably we should let adrian on loan with an option to buy next year rather than selling him straight on?

    And somehow i have a feeling that diego alters our midfield rythm too much when he starts, maybe that’s why joshua haven’t played much, but cholo felt diego already understands how we play because this is his second stint..

  • Ali