It was at home. It was Quique Sanchez Flores’ last match at the Vicente Calderón. It was against an already relegated and severely banged-up Hércules side. But…it wasn’t easy. In the end, a spectacular volley by Jose Antonio Reyes sealed Atlético’s spot in next season’s edition of the Europa League–los Rojiblancos’ fifth consecutive qualification for UEFA club competition.
Deportivo are famous for their goalless draws, and for a long time Atlético’s visit to the Riazor seemed as if it would end 0-0. That was until Agüero netted a late goal preventing a complete shut-out in Coruña.It wasn’t a very pleasant game for the spectators, but Atleti did what needed to be done and brought home three points, leapfrogging Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao in the Liga table at least for the night.
Sergio Agüero, Diego Forlán and Tomas Ujfalusi all set up accounts prior to the start of the season, mostly to communicate with their fans and post pictures as they’re en route to away games. But since Juanfran’s arrival, Twitter has become the perfect place for supporters to listen in to conversations between Atlético players.
Atlético did their European hopes a world of good on Sunday evening, beating an in-form Levante side by four goals to one in an entertaining encounter at the Vicente Calderon. Like last week, Atlético again started off the match strongly, but failed to hold on to their lead. But a superb second half performance saw off Levante, who now have to give up their challenge for the European spots.
Taking home all three points from Catalonia hasn’t been easy for Atlético over the last few years, and Sunday evening’s visit to the Cornellà-El Prat certainly looked like a potential banana skin in the chase for Europa League qualification. On the night however, Atleti were close to taking home all 3 points, but two strikes from Osvaldo kept the sides tied in a match which easily could have gone either way.
Protests against the directors earlier in the afternoon seemed to be the main talking point among Colchonero fans, but the Atlético players turned their focus to the pitch and delivered an amazing performance to beat Real Sociedad 3-0 at home on Sunday evening. Goals from Filipe, Mario Suárez and Sergio Agüero brought Atleti a deserved victory.
Atlético Madrid’s search for an away win at Almería continued on Saturday evening as they came away with a 2-2 draw, despite taking the lead twice through Sergio Agüero. Los Colchoneros have now failed to win any of their four visits to the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos.
Usually it’s during the transfer window that the rumour mill is working overtime, but the papers have to keep the presses rolling even during the season, which has brought us some interesting stories. From England stories emerged of Tottenham Hotspur’s interest in signing both Diego Forlán and Sergio Agüero, while Benfica’s interest in taking Salvio permanently is again a hot topic in Portugal.
Atlético de Madrid are back to winning ways after earning a fantastic 3-1 win over fourth-placed Villarreal on Saturday evening. We had promised you a spectacular match and it certainly was, providing four beautiful goals.
After five consecutive defeats, Atlético desperately needed a victory and the players duly delivered with a deserved 1-0 win in Aragón, surviving a couple of late scares to hold on to all three points. A brilliant Kun Agüero goal secured the win for Atleti, who will now look to get their season back on track.