La Liga: Rayo 0 – 2 Atlético
Atlético move top temporarily with late win over Rayo
Atlético Madrid snatched all three points from Rayo at Vallecas on Wednesday evening after a pair of late, late goals settled the match.
Our Madrid neighbours managed to hold out for 87 minutes, before a quickfire double handed Diego Simeone’s men the win.
It looked like another example of Atleti’s struggled in front of goal, however the last five minutes put the record straight.
After coming on as a substitute, Ángel Correa managed to grab his third goal of the season, to give Atleti a much needed victory in their quest to keep up the pace at the top of the table.
With the points secured, Antoine Griezmann doubled Atleti’s lead with a fantastic chipped finish over the Rayo goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez.
Fernando Torres started the match for Atleti, in the never-ending pursuit of his 100th career goal in red and white, however it wasn’t to be and the Spaniard was eventually replaced by Thomas Partey.
Jackson Martinez made his return, after being judged as fit again to take a place on the Atleti bench. He eventually replaced Carrasco.
After a match which at times looked destined to end goalless, it was Thomas who unlocked the Rayo defence to set up Correa for the goal.
A smart one-two put the ball on a plate for the young Argentinean, who fired the ball powerfully past Yoel.
Jackson then played a perfect through ball to Griezmann, who chipped the Rayo goalkeeper with a delightful touch to make sure the game finished 2-0 to Atleti.
The first of three meetings with Rayo over the next few weeks – should and could we have done better tonight?
|Rayo Vallecano||0 2||Atlético Madrid|
|Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas|
|30 December 2015|