Defeated in the 90th minute, in seven minutes of added time the Atletico Madrid He was resurrected with two goals, from Angel Correa and Mario Hermoso, with whom he won this Saturday 3-2 against a Valencia who had made the local mistakes profitable to perfection, but left empty-handed due to his conformism.
Pulling from epic, from shield -this Saturday he dressed with the traditional one due to the 75th anniversary of his current name-, from the spiciness of Ángel Correa and the impulse of his fans, Atlético came out of the hole in which he had fallen due to his own mistakes, exploited by two hacks of yunus musah Y Hugo Hard in the first half.
More ambitious in the second, against an entrenched rival and willing to let time pass until the end, the Brazilian Matheus Cunha, first and Correa and Hermoso, later, they took the rojiblanco team out of a funereal night to give their fans a comforting dose of epic at the current moment of the club.
Because the 3-2 does not hide the terrible problems of this Atletico. It only postpones them, after a nightmarish week in which they were eliminated from the Copa del Rey and defeated in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup. Unrecognizable compared to the group that was proclaimed champion ago just seven months, unable to look in the mirror of the previous ten years of the Diego Pablo Simeone era: shaky in defense, dull in the middle, inane in attack. So it was in the first half.
With very little, Valencia threw two shovelfuls of dirt on the red and white squad. The ‘ches’ were about to break their ten year streak without winning at home rojiblanca, since February 2011 in the now disappeared Vicente Calderón. José Bordalás’ men had already anticipated the rojiblanco decline in November, when they came back two goals against Atlético in Mestalla (3-3). They recovered Carlos Soler in the Metropolitan and they did not have the Danish Daniel Wass, fit after passing the covid-19, but in a tug-of-war with his club precisely because of an offer from Atlético de Madrid.
Simeone and Bordalás, so mimetic in their way of understanding football, proposed mirror line-ups, which mutated between 4-4-2 and the defense of five when their teams did not have the ball. Atlético started as obtuse in the creation as in the previous duels, and with large errors in the vicinity of the large area: first De Paul and then Vrsaljko anticipated what was coming.
Why this Athletic no longer the competitive machine that although he did not have the day in attack he always kept his foot hard in defense. At the minimum, Valencia undressed him. Guedes anticipated Hermoso on the border of the midfield, he put a measured center for the free arrival of Musah, who settled on his right leg and whipped Oblak’s post that the Slovenian goalkeeper was unable to reject.
As much as Simeone encouraged his team to advance lines, Atlético insisted on being so harmless in rival field as dangerous in his. Another divided ball in the ball from the large area that Guedes won and Soler protected ended in a pass from Lato to an undetectable Hugo Duro between the local central defenders. The man from Madrid made his niche in the small area and He sentenced, alone, Oblak: 0-2.
After the break, Simeone entrusted himself to strap spicy to find something different. Carrasco opened to the right and Joao to the left, and the Belgian tried it from afar. He added Cunha and to rebalance he introduced Felipe and removed Joao Félix, which won a majority whistle from the stands.
Despite the anger, the change of cards worked: Cunha closed the gap in minute 63 after a corner kick by Carrasco in which the Valencian defense acted as a spectator and allowed the Brazilian to finish off with just his foot. Valencia did not flinch and allowed more and more to a rival that had a clear shot in the boots of Luis Suárez that the Uruguayan sent to the clouds, and playing with the local nerves in each interruption due to a foul or substitution.
A Hermoso’s high header, a shot parallel to the goal line by Correa, a header by Koke meek for Doménech’s hands… Atlético was close to equalizing but desperate in a carousel of cards and interruptions.
However, those same interruptions gave the rojiblanco team seven added minutes that allowed Correa to equalize after a Carrasco ride that Jaume rejected with his body and the Argentine clinched the net… And Hermoso culminated the rojiblanca resurrection by finishing off a low center by Cunha. Three points that are worth gold, like the color that surrounds the traditional shield that Atlético players once again wore on their chests.
Atletico Madrid, 3: Oblak; Vrsaljko (Herrera, min. 61), Giménez, Hermoso, Lodi (Correa, min. 46); Carrasco (Serrano, min. 98), De Paul, Koke, Lemar (Cunha, min. 57); Joao Félix (Felipe, min. 57) and Luis Suárez.
Valencia 2: Domenech; Foulquier, Diakhaby, Alderete (Koba Lein, min. 54), Lato (Vázquez, min. 72); Thierry (Christian, min. 72), Guillamón, Soler, Musah (Racic, min. 88); Hugo Duro (Maxi Gómez, min. 72) and Guedes.
Goals: 0-1, min. 25: Musah. 0-2, min. 44: Hugo Hard. 1-2 min. 64: Cunha. 2-2 min. 91: Strap. 3-2, min. 93: Beautiful
Referee: Diaz de Mera (C. Castilla-La Mancha). He yellow carded the locals Koke (min. 27), Hermoso (min. 38.), Luis Suárez (min. 82) and Herrera (min. 84) and the visitors Thierry (min. 14), Foulquier (min. 14). 38), Musah (min. 43), Guillamón (min. 61), Lato (min. 65) and Doménech (min. 83).
Incidents: match of the twenty-second day of LaLiga Santander, played at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid before 44,999 spectators. Before the match, Atlético de Madrid paid tribute to the members who have been linked to the club for 75 years or more, with a representation of them that came out onto the pitch to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the club’s name change, which was renamed Atlético Aviación to Atletico Madrid in 1947.