Madrid, Oct 8 (EFE).- Devastated by injuries, by the accumulation of matches, by the unbearable load of minutes on many of its players, Atlético de Madrid subdued Real Sociedad as long as their strength lasted, until mid-season. second half, when his opponent reacted with Oyarzabal’s 1-1 lead, but recovered later, with a penalty converted by Antoine Griezmann at the edge of the end to restore the victory (2-1).
An agonizing victory, in the 89th minute by the hand of Carlos Fernández on a shot from the French international himself, when the red and white team least expected it, better for an hour than their opponent, worse later and, suddenly, winner amid their visible fatigue to head into the national team break with five consecutive wins, four of them in LaLiga. And a streak of fourteen in the Metropolitano, which launches him upwards.
A final twist in the script for Atlético and for Real Sociedad, who also claimed a penalty for a handball by Álvaro Morata, even with 1-0 down, which the referee, Munuera Montero, did not perceive for the maximum penalty, and which He ended his streak of four consecutive wins, three in the championship, when he felt more armed, stronger, than the red and white team, whose wear and tear makes a victory of this caliber even greater.
Atlético struck first. He was clear about where to attack. In his analysis he detected the weak point of the right side. From Traore. And there he influenced as soon as he had the opportunity. Always threatening, Lino was the sector to explore most decisively. The play did not have much paraphernalia: a simple throw-in in his field to Koke, who controlled it, accommodated it in his territory. One, two, three, four, five, six touches… And the long pass. Perfect.
Samuel Lino had already started the race behind Traoré. His great control with his right foot, oriented on his career, did the rest to propose the fight against Remiro that was not such because the Brazilian winger shot immediately after with his left to beat the goalkeeper and Real Sociedad, then stripped naked without realizing it. With total efficiency. It was minute 22. Preparation, speed, precision and definition. Everything concentrated.
A success in the study of the match, as was the way in which it was applied so that nothing, absolutely nothing, happened when Real Sociedad held the ball throughout the first period. So that neither Kubo nor Barrenetxea, nor Mikel Oyarzabal, would do anything. The Japanese winger barely overwhelmed anyone, between the support system with De Paul, the deployment of Lino, decisive offensively, firm at the back, complete in every mission, and the coverage and opportunism of Hermoso, confident in every fight and at every intersection .
Except for 18 seconds, when the Metropolitano suddenly fell silent, because Real Sociedad’s first four touches from the center kick ended inside Jan Oblak’s goal, although Oyarzabal did so when he was offside, and the last play of the first half, the only time Kubo glimpsed the space and put the center to the attacker, whose header went high, the visiting team hardly bothered Atlético in the first half. It never went further. Zubimendi was not seen. Not even Merino. All monitored, turned off by the local structure.
Between one moment and another, apart from the goal and a succession of aimless passes from the blue and white team, well closed by Atlético, obstructed by the red and white retreat, Atlético always read the game much better. What I had to do and how I should do it. They did not go into the break with more advantage, because Griezmann did not completely hit the ball on a fantastic pass from De Paul or because the stick got in the Argentine’s thread afterwards.
La Real had only shot once then, at the end of the first half. And not even between the three suits. Much credit to Atlético, who reduced their rival to a minimum, who was coming off a series of impressive performances, especially in the early stages. At the Santiago Bernabéu against Real Madrid, with Inter at home, with Salzburg last Tuesday in the Champions League… Light years away he stayed at the Metropolitano until then.
In the first act. Not in the second, even though he started with another shot against Witsel’s post, from a free kick taken by Griezmann. Another warning for the Royal Society. Another sign that the game was going where Atlético wanted. Until then. Waiting for what the San Sebastian team was capable of, which launched a shot through Brais Méndez, nothing out of this world, caught without any surprises by Oblak. The duel was already approaching game time.
Tense calm. Atlético was already noticing the wear and tear. He measured every effort. And Real also has plenty of talent. He has differential players, like Oyarzabal, who reappeared with a control, a half turn and a shot with his right that made the goal, the stands, the red and white team and Simeone shake when he hit the post. A scare.
It was even more so when the referee, Munuera Montero, suddenly turned to the VAR, without anyone having anticipated why. It was a handball from Morata, in a header from Brais Méndez that ended tamely in Oblak. He watched it on the monitor for almost a minute, replay by replay. He did not consider it a penalty. La Real lamented. Atlético felt relief.
But it was also a serious warning. The passing of the minutes consolidated Real Sociedad with the ball. Already without Kubo, changed in the inconsequentiality of their meeting. Also, moment by moment, more present around the Oblak area. The red-and-white team faced resistance, sheltered like many sections before, but suddenly discovered by a counterattack, with Oyarzabal alone in the race in front of the goalkeeper. It did not fail. The pass was from Carlos Fernández. Half a goal in that action, which he pointed out to Molina before, without forcefulness.
It was the 73rd minute. And the trend was already with Real Sociedad, but football is unpredictable, as much or more than Atlético, who suddenly created a chance for Riquelme and another for Griezmann, whose shot inside the area stopped him. with Carlos Fernández’s arm, with his back turned. It was a direct shot at goal or at Remiro’s stretch. Penalty. Griezmann converted it with his left foot to unleash the victory. Apotheosis of the Metropolitan.
2 – Atlético de Madrid: Oblak; Molina, Azpilicueta (Savic, d. 77), Witsel, Hermoso, Lino (Galán, d. 77); Llorente (Riquelme, d. 72), Koke, De Paul (Saúl, d. 72); Griezmann, Morata.
1 – Royal Society: Remiro; Traore, Zubeldia, The Norman (Pacheco, m. 65), Ahien Munoz; Brais Mendez, Zubimendi, Merino (Zakharyan, 65 m), Barrenetxea (Andre Silva, 90 m); Cube (Carlos Fernandez, m. 65), Oyarzabal (Sadiq, m. 90).
Goals: 1-0, m. 22: Linen. 1-1, m. 73: Oyarzabal. 2-1, m. 89: Griezmann, penalty.
Referee: Munuera Montero (C. Andalusia). Yellow carded locals Koke (m. 48) and Griezmann (m. 94+) and visitors Le Normand (m. 15) and Traoré (m. 86).
Incidents: match corresponding to the ninth day of LaLiga EA Sports, played at the Cívitas Metropolitano stadium in front of 65,607 spectators.
Madrid, Oct 8 (EFE).- Imanol Alguacil, coach of Real Sociedad, explained this Sunday, after the defeat against Atlético de Madrid (2-1), that he does not speak about the referee, after the controversy generated by a penalty for hand called in favor of the red and white team and another not indicated for his team, because that is what “you” are for, in reference to the press, while he considered that the fatigue thing “is a milonga and there are no excuses” for any of the two.
“Don’t ask me about the referee,” the coach asked in the press room of the Cívitas Metropolitano stadium, where he did explain that he is not clear when a handball is a penalty and when it is not.
“That’s what you’re here for. You’ve already seen it and that’s it, it’s over. I have to focus on the team’s proposal, on what we did in the second half, we went for them, we deservedly managed to draw and the team “He has shown the level he has in the second half. We were closer to 1-2 than 2-1,” he said.
“I feel proud of what the team has shown in the second half, how it has not collapsed, no matter what happened in those situations, how brave the team has played, how it has tried. At the beginning, Atleti “He has done a great defensive job. In the second half we were much superior to a great Atlético de Madrid, which has 14 victories at home,” he continued.
For Imanol, “the physical thing”, in reference to the fatigue of both teams due to the accumulation of matches in these three weeks with seven competition matches, “is a milonga.” “There are no excuses. Neither them nor us. Atlético has played one game less than us. I don’t know how tired it is. We have played face to face. They in one way and we in another, totally legal, each one opts for a style and a way to play,” he declared.
“What happened in that first half? When Simeone’s Atlético presses they do it well, when they retreat they close the lines very well and on top of that they have players who in transitions are capable of generating a goal situation out of nowhere. That first half time they have forced us to be very brilliant in the technical aspect. We have lacked daring,” he answered.
“We had very clear ideas of how to get our hands on them. We lacked that quality that Atlético forces you to get our hands on. (At half-time) I asked them to be bold, to move the ball a little faster, because the field was terrible and that It has also hurt us. But there are no excuses. In the second half we saw another Real and that’s what I’ll stick with,” he said.
Madrid, Oct 8 (EFE).- Diego Pablo Simeone, coach of Atlético de Madrid, fled the controversy after the match against Real Sociedad.
“I’m not talking about the referees. I’m still on the same line,” he said when questioned about the two controversial hands in the match.
“I think we are all with the same question. It is very complex. In the first play, the VAR calls the referee for an alleged handball. Morata plays with his fingers. The referee, normally when he is called it is a penalty, but he had the personality of understand that it was not criminal,” he explained in more detail.
“In the second, if the hand is outside the body and interferes. It is difficult to explain it. When it is your favor you are happy and when it is against you you are screwed,” he added.
Regarding the match, he noted that “the truth is that after seeing the effort that the boys continue to make in this marathon of matches, it is something to be proud of.”
“I feel proud. Having a team of players who continue to compete as they do is something to be proud of. We had a good first half and in the second we had Witsel’s game and it was difficult for us to come out on the counterattack,” he declared.
“They play well and are brave. They looked for something similar to Feyenoord. We controlled Kubo and Oyarzabal’s game well. From the defense we interpreted where we could hurt them, which is on the backs of their centre-backs. We wanted to have people to run like Lino” , he added.
Regarding Lino, he highlighted that they knew he was a player who could adapt well to the position: “At Valencia he did well. We had expectations that he would be good in that place. When a footballer wants, it is good for him and his team. “.
Asked about Imanol’s statements and his statement that “tiredness is a milonga,” Simeone commented that “not all footballers are the same nor do they feel tired in the same way,” and that “now it is not like before.” “Now in the preseason there is no time for physical fitness. Each game has to be like another training session,” he added.
Regarding Koke, he insisted that “he has hierarchy and commitment” and if he now stays longer on the field than last year in the games, he explained it because “now” he likes staying more “to enjoy.”