La Liga: Real Betis 0 – 1 Atlético
Atlético make it two victories in a row with well-earned away win
Atlético Madrid emerged with all three points on Sunday evening, as a hard fought victory over Real Betis in Seville takes Simeone’s men up to second in the La Liga standings, two points ahead of Real Madrid.
Atlético dominated much of the first half, but Real Betis got themselves more and more into the game as time ticked on to make things uncomfortable for los Rojiblancos.
The only goal of the game came after just seven minutes of play.
Xavi Torres picked up the ball for Real Betis just outside his own area, but was immediately put under immense pressure from the Atlético players.
The pressure drew a mistake, and the ball rolled into the path of Fernando Torres, who fired a stinging shot from distance.
The Betis goalkeeper could only bat the ball out into the path of an on-running Koke, who stroked the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to the visitors.
Koke almost had a second five minutes later after some excellent link up play from Carrasco, Torres and Filipe.
Atleti started the second half with the same intensity that they began the first. Fernando Torres was lively in attack in search of his 100th goal for Atlético. Tonight wasn’t to be his night, as he was replaced with Luciano Vietto.
It wasn’t such a good night for Diego Godín either, who got absolutely annaihlated twice, first by the Betis goalkeeper and then by an attacker as they fought for the ball in the air.
That didn’t stop the Uruguayan from attacking every ball, as just a few minutes later he was up attacking the Betis goal with a header. Unfortunately the defender couldn’t get enough power on the ball, despite being unmarked and in an onside position.
Oblak pulled off an outstanding save midway through the second half to keep Atleti’s lead intact. It was Cejudo that threatened to pull things level but Oblak did fantastically well to reach and tip the shot over the crossbar.
The match should have been settled just after the 70 minute mark. Griezmann was played through on goal by Gabi but fired the ball horribly over the crossbar when he was one-on-one with the Betis goalkeeper.
The better option would have been to square the ball to Vietto or Koke, and his Atleti team mates let him know it.
Our young Frenchman had another opportunity in the dying embers of the game. After some superb strength from Vietto, Griezmann was played in by the young Argentinean, but his shot across goal came crashing back off of the far post. It wasn’t to be Antoine Griezmann’s night. He even had a stonewall penalty claim turned down.
The referee blew the final whistle and Atlético move up to second in the league, two points ahead of Real Madrid following their thrashing by Barcelona yesterday.
Attention turns back to the Champions League in midweek. Atleti welcome Galatasaray to the Vicente Calderón in a must-win game for Simeone’s men.
|Real Betis||0 1||Atlético Madrid|
|Estadio Benito Villamarín|
|22 November 2015|