La Liga: Valencia 1 – 3 Atlético
Two goals from substitutes hand Atleti rare win at Mestalla
Atlético Madrid earned themselves a rare away win against Valencia on Sunday evening, as a goal from two of Diego Simeone’s substitutes handed them all three points in a 3-1 win.
Fernando Torres, Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann were all on the scoresheet, as Atleti put in a decisive attacking performance.
Antoine Griezmann had an early chance, but sent a strike into the ground and watched as it bounced up off of the pitch and forced a good save from the Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves.
Luciano Vietto had a fantastic opportunity to give Atlético the lead after the young Argentine took the ball down in the box from a corner, but the striker hit the ball high and wide of the goal from twelve yards out.
It wasn’t just the rojiblancos having the chances. Cheryshev volleyed a cleared corner at Oblak’s goal, but the goalkeeper did well to beat the ball away from danger.
It was the visitors who opened the scoring, after Antoine Griezmann was allowed to shoot from well outside the area.
Vietto won the ball back inside Valencia’s half, and a quick pass to Koke was enough to set up the goal.
A well placed shot along the ground was enough to catch out Alves, who wasn’t fast enough to stop Griezmann’s shot settling into the corner of the goal.
It wasn’t long before Valencia were level. A good cushioned header from Paco Alcacer put the ball into the path of Cheryshev, who struck hard to put the ball past Jan Oblak in the Atlético net. 1-1.
It was the first goal Atlético had conceded in over 500 minutes in all competitions.
Some slack José Giménez defending almost handed Valencia another chance, but Juanfran did well to clear the ball away from danger.
The second half witnessed both the good and the bad of Diego Alves.
The goalkeeper pulled off a spectacular save to deny Luciano Vietto a goal at the beginning of the second half and keep the game-level, but it wasn’t to stay that way for long.
Fernando Torres was brought into the game, and it wasn’t long before his name was on the scoresheet as well.
A flick on from José Giménez found an unmarked Torres at the back post, who finished well to mark his 300th appearance for Atlético with a goal.
Valencia were reduced to ten men, as Aderllan Santos was dismissed in the 80th minute for a lazy challenge on Fernando Torres. It was the defender’s second booking, and it didn’t sit well with Gary Neville who looked furious when he made his way off of the pitch.
Yannick Carrasco marked his return to the Atlético side with the fourth goal of the evening. Some quick passing put the Belgian in space, before he skipped inside the Valencia defence and stuck the ball under Alves in the Valencia goal. 3-1, and the goalkeeper should have done so much better.
That was how it finished, and Atleti go back to eight points behind leaders Barcelona with ten games left to play.
|06 March 2016|