Thursday, December 9

Hugo Duro punishes Atlético’s defensive fragility in discount

  • The Valencian player scored two goals in the discount, to leave the final score in an unexpected (3-3)

  • Luis Suárez, Griezmann and Vrslajko had overtaken Atlético (1-3) midway through the second half

Crazy tie (3-3) in Mestalla with two goals from Hugo Duro in the discount evidenced by the defensive indentation of a Athletic which is a caricature of the impregnable team from previous seasons. Two flashes of the Athletic halfway through the second part seemed to give victory to those of Simeone against an opponent as willful as he is blunt in attack. The mattresses arrived with the open wounds of Anfield and they seemed to walk steadily through the hierarchy of players as Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann or the newcomer Rodrigo de Paul. But in ten minutes, those of Simeone triumph was inexplicably thrown away.

El Cholo has found in From Paul a midfielder on which to rebuild the team’s soccer identity. A footballer who works, who goes, who goes down, but who also comes out with the ball at his feet and projects in attack. On Mestalla, the Cholo he won the game on the board to Bordalás surrounding Guillamón of footballers to generate superiority behind the Valencian pivots, where there was enough space for the rojiblancos to set up their operations center with strap and Griezmann.

Suarez never forgives

Atlético, who arrived touched by Anfield, showed personality and hierarchy to dominate the clash from the beginning. Little did the early injury of Trippier, which he replaced Vrslajko. Correa, Guedes and Carrasco they exchanged chances, but the goal did not come until the 35th minute. A play in which the delicious oriented control of Luis Suarez was capital so that his subsequent shot ended up in the networks of Cillessen. The Uruguayan seventh in the league, which places him tied with Vinicius after Benzema. Deserved income for the colchoneros who ruled the party with solvency before a Valencia disorganized. Bordalás 4-5-1 added midfielders, but still lost the core against a Athletic that he associated midfielders and midfielders to make the most of his superiority. Athletic victory at rest faithful to what had been seen on the field.

The second half started with a clear chance for Madrid, after a shot from Griezmann. But it was Valencia who scored, with a good play by Guedes that ended up scoring at his own door Savic fruit of a rebound. Atlético has lost its defensive personality, the first commandment of cholismo. Valencia has little in attack, but with that it came to tie a vulnerable Atlético that does not defend as it did nor does it have the miraculous Oblak from previous seasons. The effervescence of the goal made the game grow by Valencia, while Simeone looked at his bench looking for solutions.

From Griezmann to Hugo Duro

And then it appeared Griezmann. A major player who stole a ball on the athletic field, carried the ball stuck to the foot until it reached the vicinity of the area and took a left-footed shot that entered the squad. Tremendous goal from the Frenchman who at Atlético exhibits much more hierarchy than he had at Barça. A minute later it seemed to sentence Vrslajko, with the help of the VAR, since the assistant had canceled the goal at first.

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The game seemed decided, with Atlético putting chloroform, trade and new legs with Kondogbia. Valencia, Bordalás has very little in attack, clung to the vertigo of Hugo Duro coming off the bench, since Guedes and Carlos Soler they had run out of battery. The rest is an army of soldiers more sacrificed than talented that hardly sharpens the metallic profile of this Valencia. Despite this, the tenacity that managed to rescue a point with two incredible goals in the discount from Hugo Duro. Deserved draw that shows the disturbing defensive fragility of the Athletic and the Stakhanovistic faith of Valencia de Bordalás.


VALENCIA: Cillessen (6); Foulquier (6), Diakhaby (4), Guillamón (4), Omar Alderete (5) (Manu Vallejo (5) min.85), José Gayà (7); Racic (6) (Marco André (5) min.64), Wass (5) (Musah (5) min.64), Carlos Soler (6) (Koba (5) min.85),, Hélder Costa (6) (Hugo Duro (10) min.85), Gonçalo Guedes (7).

ATLÉTICO DE MADRID: Oblak (5); Trippier (sc) (Vrslajko (7) min.8), Giménez (4), Savic (4), Mario Hermoso (5); De Paul (8) (Herrera (4) min.87), Koke (6), Carrasco (5), Correa (6) (Kondogbia (4) min.72), Griezmann (8), Suárez (7) (Joao Felix (4) min.87).

REFEREE: Soto Grado. Yellow to Guillamón, Vrslajko, Musah and Griezmann.

GOALS: 0-1, Luis Suárez (35 ‘); 1-1, Savic pp (50 ‘); 1-2, Griezmann (57 ‘); 1-3, Vrslajko (61 ‘); 2-3, Hugo Duro (92 ‘); 3-3, Hugo Duro (95 ‘)

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