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Saúl returns Atlético to the Champions zone

He Atlético de Madrid has won at Villarreal at the Estadio de la Cerámica (1-2), in the last match of the thirtieth day of LaLiga EA Sports, with which returns to fourth position after Athletic Club’s defeat on Sunday against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu (2-0). In a stadium that until now was choking on Cholo Simeone, Saul Niguez He came to the rescue of the red and whites in the 87th minute, four minutes after entering the field, to break the tie that Norwegian Alexander Sorloth had achieved after the break. Before, in the 8th minute, Belgian Axel Witsel had opened the scoring.

The colchoneros return to the Champions zone, while the yellow Submarine sees a streak of four consecutive victories ended to put a brake on its European aspirations.

With up to five changes compared to the eleven he formed against Barcelona at the Metropolitano (0-3), and in the return of Antoine Griezmann to ownership, Atlético warned in the first minutes with a cross shot from Samu Lino, who acted as a third half. Just two minutes later came the first goal of the night. In the first corner kick of the game, Roro Riquelme put it at the near post, where he was waiting Witsel: The Belgian, with an accurate header, crossed the ball, putting it in the corner and moving it away from Jörgensen’s reach.

Memphis, with a shot into the hands of the local goalkeeper, and Marcos Llorente, after the quarter-hour mark in another shot thwarted by Jörgensen, continued with the siege of the yellow area, while Gerard Moreno brought the danger for Marcelino García Toral’s team, especially with a right-footed shot that skimmed the crossbar a few minutes before the end. rest. Before, Riquelme had tried his luck with a shot that licked the post and with another long shot that went over the opponent’s goal. Mosquera also got excited just before the interval, but his header went high.

Villarreal had improved as the minutes passed and achieved the prize of a tie after returning to the locker room. Gerard Moreno served for Sorloth, who from the front created his leg to cross the ball away from Oblak’s reach (m.50). Simeone tried to react with a triple change in the 66th minute, bringing on Morata, Azpilicueta and Correa. Just a couple of minutes after entering the field of play, the Argentine had the score 1-2 in his boots in a play that ended with the ball going over the crossbar.

Mosquera and Morata, first with a volley that ended up in the hands of Jörgensen and then with a shot against the crossbar, joined the festival of occasions. Dani Parejo also had a great chance, after a great play by Alex Baena with a backheel included, but his shot went over the crossbar. The one who did not forgive was Saul Niguez, shortly after entering the field. The man from Alicante took advantage of Azpilicueta’s drop shot to adjust it to the post and, with a celebration full of rage, return Atlético de Madrid to fourth position in LaLiga.

Data sheet

Villarreal, 1: Jörgensen; Mosquera, Mandi, Albiol (Pedraza, min. 80), Cuenca; Parejo, Coquelin (Comesaña, min. 64), Capoue (Baena, min. 64), Gerard Moreno (Traoré, min. 80), Guedes (Morales, min. 70) and Sorloth
Atlético de Madrid, 2: Oblak; Witsel (Azpilicueta, min. 65), Giménez, Reinildo; Llorente, Koke, Barrios (Saúl, min. 83), Lino, Riquelme (Savic, min. 46), Griezmann (Correa, min. 65) and Memphis Depay (Morata, min. 65).

Goals: 0-1, min. 8: Witsel; 1-1. min. 50: Sorloth; 1-2, min. 87: Saul
Referee: Melero López (Andalusian Committee). He showed a yellow card to Griezmann, Barrios and Saúl for Atlético de Madrid, and to Capoue and Parejo for Villarreal
Incidents: Match corresponding to matchday 30 of LaLiga EA Sports played at the La Cerámica Stadium in front of 19,679 spectators. A minute of silence was held in memory of Batiste González, former Villarreal player in the 1950s, who recently died.

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