An unexpected home loss confused Atletico’s plans
Atletico Madrid‘s good series of matches was broken by a loss of Vicente Calderon from Villarreal. Diego Simeone’s team backed 0: 1 and suffered a second defeat in the “yellow submarine” season. Roberto Soriano, who scored in the 82nd minute, turned into a hero for guests.
Atletico had the initiative and wasted some clean positions, and Villarreal patiently waited for his hour. The victory confirmed the El Madrigal team in fifth place and moved him to 5 points from Sevilla. At the same time, Atletico runs the risk of being caught up by Andalusians in the battle for the third position giving the right to participate directly in the Champions League. The difference between the two teams is 3 points, but tomorrow Sevilla accepts Celta.
Simeone made two changes compared to the team that started with a 1-0 victory over Espanyol. Yannick Ferreira Carrasco gave way to Nicholas Gaitan, and Angel Korea was preferred to Fernando Torres as a partner of Antoine Grisman in the attack of the Madrid.
Villarreal coach Frank Escribba placed ahead of Nicolas Sansone and former Atletico player Adrian Lopez at the expense of Cedric Bakamby and Roberto Soldado, who had been in the match against Leganes during the weekend.
Villarreal has traditionally been one of Atletico’s most inconvenient rivals, and in the fall he has won his household on the “mats.” The duel today was also interesting in opposing both teams with the least goals so far.
Manu Trigeros’s error in the 11th minute led to the first danger ahead of the “yellow submarine” door. The midfielder lost the ball to the penalty area, but Andres Fernandez slapped Korea’s strong punch, and then was well positioned in the Saul’s head. Gaitan tried hard, but he did not always find the right solution. The guests attacked mainly on the left flank, apparently with the idea of ??losing Jose Jimenez, who in the second straight game acted as a right back to Athletes.
The hosts strained mid-half pressure, but they were struggling to sharpen the events ahead of Villarreal’s door. In the 32nd minute, Grizzman broke away from Antonio Ruquina and fired hard, but Fernandez saved, then deflected the ball into a corner with Guitar’s add-on head. Atletico also made several speed attacks to the break, and Coke attempted to surprise Andres Fernandez with a shot of about 30 meters but without success.
In the 54th minute, Gaitan came alone against Villarreal goalkeeper, but again failed to overcome it and shortly after was replaced by Ferreira Carasco. Angel Korea also left, and Kevin Gamayro entered. The hosts settled permanently in the half of their rival, who was struggling to keep the ball longer.
In the 67th minute, Athletico opened a new opportunity, but with his right foot Philippe Luis could not direct the ball in the far corner. The visitors almost did not attack and concentrated on keeping zero. Ferreira Carasco’s stay on the pitch was very short, because he got a shot from Antonio Ruquina in a single fight and Simeone replaced him with Fernando Torres.
A quarter hour before the end of the reserve Roberto Soriano fired hard, but Jan Cloud had a good position. Atletico responded with a new shot by Philippe Luis, but the ball again passed the door. In the 78th minute Samu Castiyahu escaped on the left flank and returned the ball to free Soriano, but he was blocked. The next counter of the visitors ended with a shot. Philippe Luis’s mistake was used by Bacambe, who is concentrating on Soriano and this time the Italian found the result.
In the remaining minutes, the nerves peaked, and Atletico could not use a series of static positions at the Villarreal door to reach at least a point. The next match of the team is as a guest of Las Palmas, and then comes the first semi-final of the Champions League against Real Madrid.