Valencia CF 0-1 Atlético de Madrid
Goal: Griezmann (66e)
The french connection from Madrid.
Jostled for a large part of the meeting and very close to being led on a missile from Musah, Atlético got away with it on the lawn of Valencia. Just entered for his half hour of weekly play, it was Antoine Griezmann who took care of icing Mestalla.
The Rojiblancos are in trouble from the first minutes of a difficult evening. Lato sends his attempt over (15e), before Musah thinks of capsizing the stadium with an overpowered shot (23e). Unfortunately for him, the VAR is merciless and signals a foul from Diakhaby at the start of the action. Very little in sight in the game, Atlético de Madrid relies on a few balls in transition to pose the threat. João Felix forces Mamardashvili on parade (32e), before Morata missed the target, alone in front of goal on a service from the Portuguese (45e+5). In the meantime, the video refereeing had again found a way to shine by canceling the red inflicted on Correia, finally warned for having unbalanced the Spanish striker, who went against (40e).
After the break, Valencia continues to control events while Simeone’s band is content to turn their backs. Castillejo crushes his shot too much from the edge of the area (61e), and opportunities are scarce. Until this rush from Thomas Lemar, who also entered a few minutes before, to allow Griezmann to shake the net with a widely deflected shot (0-1, 66e). Pack it is weighed, and what does it matter if Cunha’s goal is disallowed for offside (84e), or if Mamardashvili intervenes in front of Carrasco (89e) then Griezmann (90e). A short but precious success which allows Atlético to recover after their defeat against Villarreal.
Antoine Griezmann supersuband all of Spain is now trembling.
Valencia (4-2-3-1): Mamardashvili – Correia (Foulquier, 69e), Cömert, Diakhaby, Lato (Noguerol, 81e) – Castillejo (Perez Martinez, 74e), Guillamón (N. González, 69e) – Musah, Soler, Lino – André (M. Gómez, 74e). Coach : Gennaro Gattuso.
Atletico de Madrid (5-3-2): Oblak – Llorente, Giménez, Witsel, Reinildo, S. Ñíguez (Carrasco, 46e) – From Paul (Lemar, 64e), Kondogbia (Griezmann, 64e), Koke-Morata (Correa, 83e), J. Felix (Cunha, 83e). Coach : Diego Simone.