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Happy birthday to Atlético after the suspense

nice day for him Atletico Madrid this April 26, 2023, the 120th anniversary of the rojiblanco club. What better way to celebrate than with a victory, this time against Majorca and in his hometown of the Metropolitano (3-1), to recover his smile after last Sunday’s defeat at the Camp Nou. A victory that also allows the colchoneros to once again tighten the siege of Real Madrid, in the fight for second place: again Diego Pablo Simeone’s team is two points behind the whites, defeated on Tuesday in Montilivi for Girona.

Three points to the bag, despite the fact that the evening began with a scare with the early goal of nastasic. But the rojiblancos —who on this occasion wore blue and white, the first kit in their history—, in a packed Metropolitan —nearly 69,000 spectators— and in an absolutely festive atmosphere, turned the tables with the goals of Paul’s and morata, that of the Argentine just before the break and that of Madrid as soon as he returned to the locker room. To put the icing on the cake, Yannick Carrasco a great flag goal was invented, with a cut to goalkeeper Rajkovic included in his start, to sign the final 3-1 on the scoreboard.

Atlético, who faced the clash with several notable absences —among them the last minute of Jan Oblak—He began by having the ball and reaching the vermilion goal with some regularity. A bad clearance by Hadzikadunic, with a header inside the area, hit his teammate Manu Morlanes’ hand, but the VAR did not tell Pulido Santana to review the play and the Canarian referee continued the game. Morata tried it with a shot that went very high after an action that came from Griezmann’s boots. The Frenchman, who is still sweet, was the leader of the offensive in the Cholo Simeone team who, in addition to Oblak, could not count on Memphis Depay, Marcos Llorente, Reinildo and Savic, the latter due to suspension and injury.

Nastasic, who signed a remarkable game, opened the scoring by finishing off, only at the far post, a corner kick thrown with poison by Dani Rodríguez. Mario Hermoso and Morata failed to clear, getting in the way while the ball passed between them: there the Serbian appeared, unmarked, to beat Grbic.

Atlético was not intimidated, they looked for Rajkovic’s goal and, shortly before the break, saw how Pulido Santana whistled a penalty in his favor after an alleged demolition of Nahuel Molina by Copete inside the area. However, the Mallorcan protests had an effect when the referee reconsidered his decision, consulted the television monitor at the request of Jaime Latre from the VAR and annulled the maximum penalty. A setback that ignited Atleti to establish the 1-1 due to the work of Rodrigo dePaul on the verge of rest.

Upon returning from the locker room, in a seen and unseen, Simeone’s pupils scored the second of their own. Molina received on the right side, but outlined himself to cross into the area with a changed leg, with his left foot. That small gesture upset the central vermillions, who saw how he was well located in between morata to head tight to the long stick. A great goal with which Atlético turned the tables.

Thus, the colchoneros returned to take over the game and even allowed themselves the luxury of taking a nap, causing their opponent to approach Grbic’s goal on a couple of dangerous occasions by Kang In Lee. The Korean was without a doubt the best of his and the only one who put pepper in the visiting ranks. In the mattress replica, Morata signed a nice low heel shot at 75′ that went just wide, next to the post and that was the prelude to 3-1.

After a vermilion corner kick, Hermoso cleared his head in the first instance and Griezmann struck in another apparent clearance. The launch of him pumped from him served to catch Mallorca’s defensive line off guard: carrasco, Starting from his own field, he found a highway, hit a run and reached the Rajkovic area to cut the Balkan with a lot of class on his way out. An authentic luxury for the Belgian, stepping on the ball with his right foot to dribble past the visiting goalkeeper and push the third goal of an euphoric Atleti into the net that closes the fence on Real Madrid.

Data sheet

Atletico Madrid, 3: Grbic; Nahuel Molina, Witsel, Gimenez, Hermoso, Carrasco; De Paul (Saúl, m. 63), Koke (Kondogbia, m. 77), Lemar (Barrios, m. 63); Griezmann, Morata (Correa, d. 77)
RCD Majorca, 1: Rajkovic; Maffeo, Nastasic (Sánchez, m. 46), Hadzikadunic, Copete, Jaume Costa; Baba, Morlanes (Amath, m. 56), Dani Rodríguez; Angel (Kang in Lee, m. 56), Abdon Prats (Muriqi, m. 56)

Referee: Pulido Santana (Las Palmas Committee). No reprimands
Goals: 0-1, m.20: Nastasic; 1-1, m.45+2: De Paul; 2-1, m.47: Morata; 3-1, m.77: Carrasco
Incidents: Match corresponding to the thirty-first day of LaLiga Santander, played at the Cívitas Metropolitano stadium in front of 58,523 spectators. Atlético de Madrid commemorated its 120th anniversary during the match, since its foundation dates back to April 26, 1903

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