La Liga: Real Valladolid 0 – 2 Atlético

Koke assists Raúl García and Diego Costa for comfortable away win

Koke and Raul Garcia

Koke and Raúl García embrace

Atlético Madrid continued their perfect start to the Liga BBVA season with a 2-0 victory over Real Valladolid.

In the first half, both teams cancelled each other out and few opportunities were created. The only time Atleti looked like scoring was when centre back Rueda hit the crossbar of his own goal, after heading on a Koke free kick.

Koke would be the protagonist in the second half, when the Rojiblancos improved and took over control of the away game. The Spanish international delivered a corner to Raúl García who was denied from close range by the excellent goalkeeper Mariño.

But a new corner kick was earned, and this time Koke and Raúl García did hook up successfully. RG8 scored with a high arching header, which went over Mariño and into the top corner to give Atlético the lead.

Atlético sensed their opponents were vulnerable and continued to attack Valladolid’s goal, leading to an incredible opportunity for Diego Costa after he intercepted a pass by Mariño. The shot stopper made up for his mistake by blocking the Brazilian’s attempt from the edge of the box.

A few minutes later, Costa headed just over the crossbar after an excellent cross from the young Javi Manquillo, who was handed a surprise start but handled himself extremely well.

In the 72nd minute Valladolid came incredibly close to equalising, but Atleti managed to hang on to their one goal lead after surviving a goalmouth scramble. Atleti quickly recovered the ball and scored at the other end. Diego Costa received a fantastic ball over the top from Koke, and calmly slotted it past Mariño to make it 2-0 against his former club.

Ten minutes later, substitute Osorio could have pulled one back for the home side, but after he went around Thibaut Courtois, he saw his shot cleared off the goal-line by Manquillo.

Atlético came close to scoring a third goal, but Cebolla’s attempt with his weaker right foot was stopped by Mariño, and Mario Suárez’ curler in the final minute went just past the wrong side of the post.

Real Valladolid Atlético
Real Valladolid 02 Atlético
 Raúl García 56'
 Diego Costa 72'
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Nuevo José Zorrilla
Date 21 September 2013
Kick Off 22.00 CET

Team Lineups

Real Valladolid
Ebert (82')
Omar (60')
Guerra (74')
Substitutes used
Osorio (60')
Manucho (74')
Alcatraz (82')
Raúl García(76')
Koke (84')
Diego Costa
Villa (58')
Substitutes used
Arda Turan (58')
Cristian Rodríguez (76')
Léo Baptistão (84')

Match Stats

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  • starvs

    Good to get a win, solid performance for the most part. D was good as always. Diego Costa looked dangerous all night. Didn’t see all that much from Villa though.

    First have proved again the point we need creative help badly. Without Arda it is real tough doing.

  • Pantic#10

    Super man-quillo played a very good match; both on defense and offense.
    RG8 could have scored another goal but Marino saved it. Not a very good 1st half for him but great 2nd half.
    Just like all the team, 1st half with lack of precision; but we played an important match only 3 days ago so its’s understandable.
    5 wins. Fantastic start.

  • DJ_ZA

    Not every match can be a thrilling goal fest.
    Not every match is gonna have everybody at their sublime best.
    So when we pull off a win without any major create force on the field, i’m especially happy and impressed. I think that’s the best thing Cholo’s brought out in the team – the desire and ability to win regardless of who’s in the starting xi. (That also make’s me really excited to see a team featuring our rising stars Koke, Oliver, Manquillo, Gimenez, Baptistao – that’ll just be soooo awesome. )

    But a deserved 3 points ….. Let’s keep going …..let’s keep the pressure on Barca & Madrid…… Let’s get everyone talking about the GREAT TEAM that is ATLETI!