La Liga: Real Sociedad 1 – 2 Atlético

Villa, Koke and Courtois deliver three points for Atlético

Atlético Madrid continued their excellent start to the season and made it three for three with a win over Real Sociedad.

The game between two Champions League contestants — the teams finished 3rd and 4th last season — was exciting until the end, even if the Rojiblancos dominated most of the game.

La Real is rightfully one of the more hyped teams in Spain, after convincingly qualifying for the Champions League and doing so by playing spectacular football. But the team who had gone 15 games at Anoeta without defeat were no match for Cholo and his men.

Diego Simeone sent out the same eleven players that started in the Super Cup against Barcelona, and they controlled the first half of the game on Sunday night. That said, the first opportunity was for Antoine Griezmann, who hit the crossbar after a quick counter attack by the home side.

From that point on, it was all about David Villa, who fired just wide in the 12th minute after a lovely attack down the left led by Koke. A few minutes later, Villa again missed by a hair, after Juanfran had done well to pressure and force Claudio Bravo into giving the ball away.

After a fantastic ball over the top, Villa again found himself in a good position to score, but this time Bravo did well to narrow the angle and deny the Spanish striker.

But in the 28th minute, there was nothing the Chilean ‘keeper could do when David Villa beat him from close range. The striker was given an unmissable opportunity when Ansotegui failed to clear the ball. El Guaje showed he hasn’t lost his scoring touch, as he subtly lobbed the ball over the charging goalkeeper.

The goal was set up by Koke, who, like Arda Turan, was able to move between the lines freely. Atlético completely shut down Sociedad’s creative trio of Vela, Xabi Prieto, and Griezmann, and were able to extend their lead at the start of the second half.

In the 57th minute, David Villa found himself in space down the left side, and he crossed the ball perfectly for Koke, who was able to slide it in for 2-0.

Some moments later Diego Costa nearly got his fourth goal of the campaign, when he came within an inch of heading in a corner kick, which Miranda had flicked on at the near post.

An uncommon lapse in concentration by Atlético allowed Real Sociedad to get on the score sheet, and turned the game around. Filipe and Godín jogged back after committing a foul, failing to keep an eye on Xabi Prieto, who was launched by Granero. Prieto then showed his technique by scoring wonderfully in the top corner.

The home side regained their faith while nerves seemed to kick in at Atlético, with Gabi, Mario, and Filipe all picking up bookings. Arda Turan had a chance to restore our two-goal lead, but he shot straight at Claudio Bravo.

In the final minutes, La Real pushed Atleti with their backs against the wall, but, fortunately, we can always count on Thibaut Courtois to man our final line of defence. The Belgian shotstopper hadn’t had anything to do up until that point, but pulled his team through when it mattered most.

First, Courtois saved spectacularly to stop a volley by Granero, and in the added time he was able to reach just far enough to deny Real Sociedad a late equalizer.

And so Atlético managed to take the full three points from Anoeta, as they continue their perfect start to the season. What happened the last time we won our first three games, you ask? Well, Atleti went on to have one of its greatest seasons in club history and won the La Liga championship.

Real Sociedad Atlético
Real Sociedad 12 Atlético
Xabi Prieto 68'David Villa 27'
 Koke 56'
Competition Liga BBVA
Location San Sebastian
Date 01 September 2013
Kick Off TBC

Team Lineups

Real Sociedad
Bravo
Cadamuro
Ansotegi (81')
Martinez
D La Bella
Bergara (57')
Zurutuza
Carlos Vela
X Prieto
Griezmann
Seferovic (66')
Substitutes used
Elustondo (57')
Granero (66')
Pardo (81')
Atlético
Thibaut Courtois
Juanfran
Miranda
Diego Godin
Filipe Luis
Arda Turan (86')
Gabi
Mario Suarez
Koke
Diego Costa (90')
David Villa (82')
Substitutes used
Raul Garcia (82')
C Rodriguez (86')
Adrian (90')

Match Stats

Possession
5842
On Target
49
Corners
55
Fouls
1921
Yellow Cards
24
Red Cards
00
  • Erik Rivers

    The passing was class, as usual as from this years side.

  • Fred

    Aupa Atleti!

  • Yes i belive we can win la liga lol… Great match, great performance by our players hopefully we will keep up this performance. any update about new signin.
    GREAT ATLETICO DE MADRID

  • kris

    The two signings should be official within today and tomorrow..

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    The first half was one of our best halves in the last few years

  • Sam

    as Erik Rivers pointed out, the passing was fantastic. I love when Atleti is able to play possession now; everyone is clicking and thinking two moves ahead of the defense.

  • Yon

    Filipe!!! That man is unreal!

    We won’t be selling a striker for 30+mil at the end of the season but I can guarantee teams will be offering around that for this man!

  • kris

    Filipe is staying and he is gonna win the Ballon d’Or ahead of Messi… All hail Filipe Luis the best player in the world..

  • I told y’all Filipe is the man.

  • Andres (Lolaya)

    Demichelis confirmed signing for Manchester City!

    Great piece of business. I never liked Demichelis and now we sold him for good profit! Hopefully Toby signs tonight/tomorrow morning.

  • kris

    ahha,, he was experienced but slow like a turtle.. I watched him in a couple of preseason matches,, and he got beat like he was a two year old.. anyways,,, toby is gonna be great and suerte to demichelis.

  • colchonero in sf

    A shame marcelo is preferred over filipe for Brazil. Big Phil needs to wake up and realize filipe is best lb in the world.

  • Will

    I like both.. Marcelo is incredible ahead and Filipe is insane defender. Both deserves to be called by Big Phill, IMHO. Unfortunately, I don’t know what happened in Confeds Cup but I guess Filipe lost his chance. Felipão is now testing the team with PSG’s Maxwell. :/

  • kris

    Scolari has problems with Atleti players… I don’t like him much…

  • Preferring Maxwell to Filipe is just weird. I’d get it more if he selected a younger player, but Maxwell? lol.

  • pantic#10

    Mxwell plays only because he’s a Mino Raiola player.
    Where Ibrahimovic goes…Maxwell goes…Inter, Barca, PSG…
    I’ve seen him playing in Inter and PSG and he’s obviously an overrate player.
    Filipe Luis is 100 times better.

  • dircil

    hey, any news about the loan deal of Shinji Kagawa? I wish we could bring him to Vicente Calderon by the end of the summer transfer period. Ozil is another good option too but I dont see any likelihood we can land him in V.Calderon before the deadline.

  • Scott

    Goal reports that we’re looking to offload Adrián and then get Giovinco from Juventus.

  • GreekRojiblanco(piserakos)

    we can win la liga…. even greek reporters(those who untill yestarday said that atleti will fight for 3rd place) now say that la liga is a 3-horse race and atletico is one step forward cause we have (almost) the same team… real not and barca either… filipe in my opinion is the best player of atleti and the best left back in the world is believe that a long time ago(3 years before) and even many friend of me(most of them real-barca-or an english team fans) agree with me… scolari is noob not to call felipe he is even better than marcelo(maybe the best two lb with maybe ashley cole)…. ozil went to arsenal for 50!!! mil. he is a great player but i would never give even the half amount of money for him.. kagawa will be great and complete the roster but i think koke will not play as a cm cause we baught guinalovui this year so kagawa will be a back-up.. giovinco instead of adrian isn’t bad

  • pantic#10

    Giovinco is strong, one of the best talents from my country.
    I think Juve can sell him for 13 / 15 mil., not less.
    Adrian out and Giovinco in? i approve! 😉

  • Pantic#10

    The offer for Giovinco is for a loan;

  • Scott

    I approve of the Giovinco rumors aswell. Would be great!

  • kris

    Piserakos,, Ozil is actually worth that much considering the fact that “Perez” got Bale for 100 million…

    Oh,, Giovinco will be a badass addition to our team… Hell,, yes,, loan him/buy him… But, most likely won’t happen..

  • pantic#10

    Rumors about Giovinco to Catania (on loan).

  • Isn’t Insigne a possibility?

  • pantic#10

    Which Insigne? 4 brothers! 🙂 Antonio, Lorenzo, Marco, Roberto…
    Don’t think De Laurentiis and Benitez wanna sell/loan Lorenzo Insigne, he’s the future of Napoli.

  • pantic#10
  • GreekRojiblanco(piserakos)

    @kris we are not real(a crazy spending money club) we are a team which is not made from money but from @@ we can’t spend millions like this so no we can bring a player at his class with the half money(cazorla)
    adrian maybe will leave… but we have to buy another player, so…. maybe at the winter.
    IT’S JUST RIGHT NOW OFFICIAL… anderweild for 7mill and guinalovui for 10mil+0,5 bonus…. good lack at both at them! aupa atleti

  • kris

    No,, I meant if Bale is worth 100 million,, then Ozil is worth,, imo,, more than that.. But,, that’s off topic,, so let’s not discuss that here…

    Yehh,, and,, umm,, Toby and Joshu have signed… we have a good young squad for the future….

  • rojiblancoDK

    2 great signings, strengthening the width of the squad. This year we can fight for all three titles!

  • Urman

    i cant believe we missed out on a good CAM… I mean we have done great this summer but still… Iturbe to Verona?? we could have snapped him up for sure.. He and lamela were the best next-gen talents from argentina…