After a balance of two victories in the last eight games, and with the elimination in the Champions League still recent, the obligation to win to maintain the little advantage that remains as La Liga leader gripped a Athletic obtuse and stuck, who has lost the leadership skills with which he achieved a historical advantage in the first round of La Liga and who returned to give away the first half. After the break he reappeared Luis Suarez to score, a kind of unshakable maxim that an Atlético needs to be successful, thanks to the fact that cloud stopped on a penalty in the final minutes, won against him Alaves Y regains his advantage at the head of La Liga.
After the first quarter of an hour, in which more was played in their field than in the opposite, Atlético began to dominate the game, but with a little combinatorial game that gave them almost no revenue.
The most dangerous attempts in the first half were from Alava, while the team from Simeone His idea of long balls didn’t work for him. The role of the rojiblanco midfield was null and each attack seemed to develop in fits and starts, without clarity, without pause, or verticality in the game.
Goal by Suarez
With everything and with that, the game was turning over to Pacheco’s area and, after the break, Atlético launched with everything up to lock up Alavés in their field. Thus, it did not take long for the goal to arrive, thanks to a center of Trippier and a header from Luis Suárez, even if it was in the first shot on goal by rojiblanco.
Once the goal was achieved, Atlético seemed to free themselves of all the tension that gripped them. The chances began to arrive, the first one a shot from Llorente that Pacheco sent to the crossbar, but it was momentary. The Alavés did not deliver the spoon and those of Simeone they backed down to defend the result, waiting to sentence in a counterattack.
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Thus came the last ten minutes and a penalty, after a VAR review, for an arm stroke of Savic over Rioja on the line of the area of a cloud that, before the shot of Joselu, emerged as a giant to preserve a capital victory for Atlético.
ATLÉTICO DE MADRID 1
DEPORTIVO ALAVÉS 0
Atlético de Madrid: Oblak (8); Trippier (7), Savic (5), Giménez (6), Hermoso (5), Carrasco (6); Llorente (7), Koke (6), Lemar (7); Correa (5), Luis Suárez (8). Technical: Diego Simeone (6). Changes: Herrera (7) by Correa (m. 73), Saúl (5) by Lemar (m. 73).
Deportivo Alavés: Pacheco (7); Ximo Navarro (6), Laguardia (7), Lejeune (5), Duarte (6); Pere Pons (7), Battaglia (6); Pellistri (8), Jota (5), Edgar (5); Joselu (5). Technical: Abelardo Fernández (5). Changes: Rioja (6) by Édgar (m. 57), Tachi (5) by Laguardia (m. 69), Abdallahi (6) by Jota (m. 69), Sainz (sc) by Pere Pons (m. 79).
Goals: 1-0 (m. 53) Luis Suárez.
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