Athletic bombards Atlético | sports
Above and set pieces, Athletic delved into the defensive, game and results crisis that has Atlético immersed in a galloping crisis. Marcelino’s team had faith to overcome João Félix’s goal. He knew how to smell the blood on the soft red-and-white defense. If this Atlético de Simeone is unrecognizable, it is, among other things, due to that lack of solidity and forcefulness in his own area. The offensive ineffectiveness with which it is handled has been common in other seasons, but this chronic defensive weakness had never appeared in the ten years of the Argentine coach on the rojiblanco bench. Athletic was just the winner, more determined to break up a close duel despite its hectic start.
Oblak, Mario Hermoso, Vrsaljko, Giménez, Lemar (Matheus Cunha, min. 84), Koke (Héctor Herrera, min. 83), Kondogbia (De Paul, min. 50), Marcos Llorente (Renan Augusto, min. 45), Carrasco, João Félix and Correa (Luis Suárez, min. 70)
Unai Simón, Íñigo Martínez, De Marcos, Balenziaga (Yuri, min. 74), Yeray, Oier Zarraga (Vesga, min. 69), Dani García, Berenguer (Nico Williams, min. 69), Muniain, O. Sancet (Raúl García, min. 69) and Williams
Goals 1-0 min. 61: Unai Simón (pp). 1-1 min. 76: Yeray. 1-2 min. 80: Nico Williams.
Referee Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez
Yellow cards Íñigo Martínez (min. 82), Vesga (min. 89), Williams (min. 90) and Vrsaljko (min. 90)
Red cards Gimenez (min. 93)
The game woke up early with vertigo. With the two teams more willing to exhibit power in transitions than the defensive rigor that their coaches try to impose. In less than five minutes João Félix had a goal disallowed for offside, the Portuguese converted a frank shot in a rugby test, Correa crashed a ball on the side of the net and Atlético claimed a penalty from Berenguer on Lemar. Athletic was not cut off in that round trip football. Sancet planted Iñaki Williams against Oblak with a balloon over the red-and-white defense and also claimed a penalty for a stomp and push from Kondogbia.
That frenzied start was captured by two teams willing to impose more for talent and speed than for the severity of the slates. When it entered the scene, the duel withered. Simeone and Marcelino must have been frightened by so much frenzy. Atlético and Athletic became fearful. They retracted and were entrusted to more union defensive tasks. One team and the other showed the defect that is weighing them down. They have a hard time attacking in static. Atlético got embolized in circulations that neither Kondogbia nor Koke could accelerate, when they did not overlap in the same plane. In Athletic, Berenguer and Sancet disappeared, Iñaki Williams no longer saw spaces to run and Muniain could not find partners for his sharp intentions. In the reserved trifle, rest was reached. A match that was born fast and fast-paced was diluted to become a closed duel.
Atlético left the dressing room without Marcos Llorente, replaced by Lodi. Simeone did not change the drawing of the three center-backs and two lanes, despite the fact that the Brazilian did not finish curdling in that position. Marcelino also held his Cartesian 4-4-2. The revolutions were also high at the start of the second act, although without the dynamite of the first minutes of the match. Due to Kondogbia’s injury, Simeone was forced to make his second substitution. De Paul came in and gave the rojiblancos a certain touch. Still, there were no threatening plays in the areas. The goals could only appear as they usually do in matches with so many shackles and so little subtlety with the ball. Corners were the panacea. João Félix hunted a past gloved by Lemar. The cross header, but tame, Yeray failed to clear it, touched the base of the post and entered after bouncing off Unai Simón’s back. A stroke of fortune, to which Athletic did not take long to respond. First with a header from Íñigo Martínez in a lateral foul that Oblak pocketed. The action already revealed Atlético’s vulnerability in this kind of play that has become a cross so far this season. Williams also demanded the Slovenian goalie firing a quick and hard shot. Marcelino had already moved to enter Vesga, Nico Williams and Raúl García. The young Williams also met Oblak’s hand in a hard, albeit heeled, shot. It would be Yeray, in a precise corner executed by Muniain, who hooked a forceful head that Lemar and Lodi could not defend.
With the tie and just over a quarter of an hour to go, Athletic seemed to be clear that they could get oil from the centers to the area. Another corner finished cleanly again by Íñigo Martínez bounced off an Athletic player. The ball fell to Nico Williams, who holed it with a subtle touch into the corner. In less than five minutes, Athletic sent the League champion to the canvas, who is bleeding for not mastering what was previously a pure routine.
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