A moment of individual brilliance from Tiago saw Atlético Madrid claim a valuable 2-0 win in Norway. Another European goal from Sergio Agüero gave Atleti an early lead, before a rare goalkeeping mistake from David De Gea let the hosts back in. Atleti managed to come out on top and move up to second place in Europa League Group B with two games to go.
Atlético arrived into the frigid conditions of Trondheim on Wednesday in preparation for Thursday’s Europa League Matchday 4 clash against local side Rosenborg BK at 19.00 CET KO. Los Rojiblancos are coming off a frustrating home draw against Almería on Sunday that nonetheless bumped them up to sixth place in La Liga, whilst Rosenborg rides into its Lerkendal stadium heads-held-high having clinched the Norwegian Premier League title for the 22nd time just 10 days ago.
Atlético went into Thursday night’s game with Rosenborg in desperate need of a win to kick-start their Europa League campaign. And they duly delivered, with a clear 3-0 victory. Reyes drilled in a stunning cross and centre-back Diego Godín opened his account for Atlético by heading the ball into the back of the net for the opening goal. In the second half Sergio Agüero decided the match with a goal and assist.
Atlético Madrid will be looking to finally get their Europa League campaign off the ground on Thursday as they welcome Norwegian side Rosenborg to the Vicente Caldéron. Sitting at the bottom of Group B with only a single point from two games, Atleti desperately need the three points. Kick-off is at 21:05 CET.
Atlético goalkeeper David de Gea left the training ground yesterday morning after feeling pain in his right thigh. His availability for Thursday’s crucial Europa League tie against Norwegian champion Rosenborg is now in doubt. In a press conference following the training session, De Gea told reporters, “I hope to be able to play on Thursday.”
Europa League holders Atlético Madrid have been drawn in the same group as Bayer Leverkusen, Rosenborg and Aris Thessaloniki in the group stages of this season’s Europa League. It could have been a lot tougher for Atlético as we looked certain to be drawn with big-spenders Manchester City as they could only be placed in Groups A, B or C. Luckily they were drawn into Group A against Juventus, in perhaps the tie of the round.