La Liga: Osasuna 3 – 0 Atlético
Painful defeat for Atleti at the hands of Osasuna
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.
|R. Torres 42'|
|23 February 2014|
|Raúl García (61')|