After falling in the capital derby, the victories against Elche and, above all, against a Real society who had been disputing the leadership, have consolidated the Atlético de Madrid at the head of the table. Even more, the victory in San Sebastián consolidates the candidacy of Simeone’s team for the league title, waiting for a rival to keep up with the scoring rhythm.
The game had been planned as a face-to-face fight for the leadership of La Liga, although Atlético has two less games, between two teams with an attractive soccer proposal. But the game came out rough, with more control than attack madness. There was a lot of fighting in the center of the field, little activity in the areas and little work for the goalkeepers. And Atlético won with a header goal from Mario Hermoso and, already in the final stretch, an arrival in the area of the tireless Llorente to take advantage of the work of Luis Suárez.
Atlético’s good start to the game, with good pressure in the rival field, its usual defensive security and a commitment to having the ball that still sounds strange in an approach by Simeone, but the truth is that the rojiblanco pivot was a Boil, with three centrals in the rear and Carrasco halfway between the fifth defender and the center of the field.
It took a quarter of an hour for Real Sociedad to match the performance of the rival, the imbalance of Silva’s hand began to appear, with theft of the ball in the rival field and the combinatorial game that characterizes those of Sheriff.
From there, after a first attempt by each team, the game fell into monotony preyed on by equality, without arrivals in the areas, without danger, without goalkeepers’ stops. With Joao Felix on leave at the last minute due to a cold, creativity in the rojiblanco attack was absent.
Goal from set pieces
Given the lack of chances, the first goal had to come from a set piece, in the old way of the uses of the cholismo. It was the start of the second half, thanks to a Unopposed header from Hermoso in the service of a fault that the Real Sociedad resigned to defend.
Without apparent intention, the push of the Alguacil men locked Atlético in their field earlier than desired, still with half an hour ahead. Real dominated after the goal, but between the loneliness of Silva In the San Sebastian creation and that Simeone protected himself with Saúl and Kondogbia, the absence of dangerous occasions remained unshakable.
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But it was a day of athletic effectiveness, against a Real Sociedad that weighed the eight games that accumulated without winning, there are already nine, and loses the rhythm of the championship heads. Llorente, who maintains the athletic leadership in terms of spark, came to the area to score the second athletic goal.
REAL SOCIETY 0
ATLÉTICO DE MADRID 2
Real society: Remiro (5); Gorosabel (6), Le Normand (6), Zubeldia (5), Monreal (5); Zubimendi (6), Merino (6), Silva (8); Portu (6), Willian José (4), Barrenetxea (5). Technical: Imanol Alguacil (5). Changes: Isak (5) from Willian José (d. 65), Merquelanz (6) from Barrenetxea (d. 65), Bautista (sc) from Portu (d. 76), Elustondo (sc) from Gorosabel (d. 76), López (sc) de Silva (m. 76).
Atlético de Madrid: Oblak (6); Trippier (5), Savic (6), Felipe (6), Hermoso (7); Carrasco (7), Lemar (5), Koke (6), Llorente (7), Correa (5); Luis Suarez (5). Technical: Diego Simeone (6). Changes: Saúl (6) by Correa (m. 58), Kondogbia (6) by Lemar (m. 70), Lodi (sc) by Carrasco (m. 86), Diego Costa (sc) by Luis Suárez (m. 86).
Goals: 0-1 (m. 48) Beautiful head. 0-2 (m. 73) Llorente with a shot from inside the area.
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (7), Balearic.
Cards: Savic (d. 15), Hermoso (d. 28), Le Normand (d. 28), Saúl (d. 66), Elustondo (d. 79), Iskak (d. 85),
Stadium: Royal Arena.
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