Spain: Suarez shines as Atletico Madrid beat Getafe
Thursday – 16 Safar 1443 AH – 23 September 2021 AD Issue No. [
Suarez celebrates after grabbing Atletico’s winning goal against Getafe in a killer time (Reuters)
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Atlético overturned a goal in the 45th minute from Serbian Stefan Mitrovic, to a win and a temporary lead thanks to the former Barcelona striker, who responded with two goals in the 78th and 90th minutes. In a meeting that was the turning point in which Getafe midfielder Carles Alena was sent off in the 74th minute.
Atlético scored its fourth victory this season, with two draws, to raise its score to 14 points, one point ahead of its arch-rival Real Madrid, before the latter’s meeting with Real Mallorca.
Argentine coach Diego Simeone’s men scored again after failing to achieve that in two consecutive matches in an official competition for the first time since last March, against Porto in the Champions League and Athletic Bilbao in the league in the previous stage. Simeone said after Atletico’s hard win: “In the first half we lacked better movement and more dynamism and the match settled down to the opponent’s goal. In the second half, the match got a better rhythm with more power and we have more attacking efficiency.” And about winning in the deadly minutes, he replied: “The match lasts 90 minutes.”
On the other hand, Getafe suffered its sixth loss in “La Liga” to sit in 19th place without a point. Getafe failed to win its last 18 matches in the league against Atletico, drawing in two matches and losing 16. It is the longest streak against the same opponent, as its last victory dates back to November 2011 with a 3-2 score, led by coach Luis Garcia Platsa.
Atletico coach Simeone made three substitutions compared to the Athletic Bilbao match in the previous stage, with Uruguayan striker Suarez, Belgian Yannick Carrasco and Mexican Hector Herrera returning to the starting lineup. While Geoffrey Kondogbia of the Central African Republic and Frenchman Thomas Lemar missed due to injury, and Portuguese striker Joao Felix was suspended.
It was clear that Getafe did not fear the defending champion, and was a strong opponent in the first half, and got rid of the curse of not scoring against Atletico in a series of 17 matches, specifically 10 years ago, after Serbian defender Mitrovic wrote his name on the honor list after exploiting the pass of his compatriot Nemanja Maksimovic and a mistake Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak headed in the last minute of the first half. Atlético entered the second half, pressing with the goal of equalizing, and Frenchman Antoine Griezmann, returning to the team on loan from Barcelona, was the first to sound the alarm with a left-footed shot that passed over the goal. Simeone made two substitutions in the 63rd minute. Paul, to return after 4 minutes and Griezmann came out and paid the Brazilian Mateus Konia instead.
Simeone commented on Griezmann’s performance, saying: “Antoine returned to Atletico and he wanted it very much, looking forward to being the player who was in this team. He arrived with a lot of enthusiasm and is in the process of adapting to the new Atlético, which is no longer the team he left. I am sure he will shine as he did before, and I have no doubts about that.”
In the midst of Atlético’s attacks, Suarez’s header hit the crossbar in the 73rd minute. The referee sent the Getafe Alena midfielder off a second yellow card for a foul on Konya, so that the former Barcelona striker took advantage of the numerical shortage in his opponent’s ranks to equalize after he tamed a cross pass from Hermoso and hit his left foot. Through the net, the Uruguayan sniper returned and awarded the three points to his team with a header that hit the ground and into the net in the first minute of stoppage time for the second half.
In another match, Athletic Bilbao lost to its guest, Rayo Vallecano, 1-2, in a match that witnessed the registration of the veteran substitute, Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, who returned to “La Liga” after 8 years, where he previously defended the colors of Atletico Madrid, the second goal this season and points. Three in the sixth minute of stoppage time for the second half.
Faikano opened the scoring 5 minutes after the start of the whistle thanks to Alvaro Garcia Rivera, before the Basque club equalized with friendly fire after Senegalese Pathé Cisse scored a mistake against his team in the 33rd minute. Celta Vigo won their first league win this season and came at the expense of its host Levante 2 – 0, scored by striker Iago Espas and Brice Mendes.