La Liga: Real Sociedad 0 – 2 Atlético
Goals from Griezmann and Carrasco hand Atlético all three points
Atlético Madrid picked up its first victory in four matches on Sunday afternoon as a superb solo goal from Antoine Griezmann sent Simeone’s men on the way to a 2-0 victory over Real Sociedad.
If you needed an introduction to Antoine Griezmann, his goal against his former club today will tell you everything you need to know about the youngster.
The Frenchman picked up the ball in the centre of the pitch, put his head down and drove through three Real Sociedad players before calmly chipping the ball over the opposition goalkeeper.
There wasn’t even a smile on the 24-year-old’s face as the ball hit the back of the net. With his first goal against his former club under his belt, the forward jogged back to the half-way line ready to get things underway again.
Incredible pace, composure and work ethic from one of Atlético’s absolute gems.
Real Sociedad almost scored straight after the restart, but Juanfran did enough to put off the effort from Zurutuza.
Despite a free kick which threatened from Sergio Canales, it was an extremely comfortable first half for Atlético.
Jackson almost doubled the away side’s lead with an acrobatic finish, but his shot crashed off of the bar. The assistant referee judged him offisde, so it wouldn’t have counted anyway.
The Colombian almost had the ball in the back of the net fifteen minutes into the second half. Unfortunately it would have been an own goal as Jackson took the ball completely out of the hands of Oblak and only just avoided a catastrophe.
The second half was a different story to the first, as Real Sociedad pressed Atleti higher up the pitch and were able to create a couple of chances for themselves. However they never really looked like equalising.
As is quickly becoming the standard substitutions, Correa made way for Carrasco, and Fernando Torres came on to replace Jackson Martínez.
Sociedad looked more and more dangerous as the game drew to a close. Filipe Luís produced a goal line clearance to deny Zurutuza’s cross finding someone to tap it in from point-blank range.
However, the biggest decisiona nd moment of the game came in the 91st minute.
Real Sociedad were in last-chance saloon, attacking and looking for the equaliser, only for Jonathas to be brought down in the box by Giménez.
Our young Uruguayan superstar had fallen to the floor, and had to stretch to knock the ball out of play with his head, only for Jonathas, only just brought into the match, tripped over it and hit the floor.
Each and every one of the home fans called for a penalty, but the referee waved away the protests, much to the anger of the Sociedad players.
Atlético never even paused. The ball fell to Fernando Torres on the wing, who surged forward, beating one player before playing in an onrushing Carrasco.
The Belgian did well to maintain his composure, rounded the goalkeeper and slotted the ball into the back of the net, sealing the victory for Atlético with his first goal in red and white.
Jonathas was booked twice in quick succession for verbally abusing the referee after the decision, and marched back down the tunnel to join Diego Reyes, who had also been sent off for the Basques. The striker could only have been on the pitch for eight minutes before he was given a red card.
Griezmann was eventually substituted in the 87th minute to make way for Saúl, and was met with warm applause from sections of the home crowd – and rightly so.
Atlético come away with a victory, and a vital three points as they keep the pressure on the top of the table.
Next up for Atlético is Astana on Wednesday.
Antoine Griezmann (9′) – 0-1
Yannick Carrasco (90’+1) – 0-2
|Real Sociedad||0 2||Atlético Madrid|
|18 October 2015|