Atlético de Madrid has taken the road to victory at LaLiga Santander when they prevailed on Saturday at Deportivo Alavés in the Wanda Metropolitano (3-0), where they remain unbeaten in the competition, on the fifteenth day, a result that allows those of Diego Pablo Simeone put pressure and equal points with the leader FC Barcelona.
With a goal by Croatian Nikola Kalinic before half an hour and two by Antoine Griezmann and Rodrigo Hernández in the final minutes, the 'Cholo' return to winning ways after two consecutive league draws. With this, it reaches 28 points, the same as those of a FC Barcelona leader who visits RCD Espanyol this Saturday. Meanwhile, Alavés remains fourth with 24 units in its third day without winning, waiting for what Real Madrid do in Huesca.
The duel in which he repeated the defensive formation shown against Girona, with Santiago Arias and Saúl Ñíguez for the bands and Stefan Savic and Lucas Hernández as a pair of centrals, the rojiblanco set showed their best side treasuring possession and with a great balance between defense and attack.
Precisely, those of the 'Cholo' shaped it soon in the light with a goal of transition; A rise by the Arias band was completed by the Colombian with a center that reached Nikola Kalinic, who with an unorthodox waist shot scored his first goal with Atleti in LaLiga (min.25). The substitute of the injured Diego Costa culminates a good week in which he also saw a door in Copa.
However, the setbacks began to take over with a team that in recent weeks has had problems to make up behind. Within half an hour, Lucas was aching after Calleri fell on his right knee. After a few minutes, the Frenchman requested the change and had to be replaced by the Uruguayan José María Giménez, who returned after five games without playing because of an injury.
Those of Abelardo, meanwhile, were incapable of generating danger, and only worried Jan Oblak in a shot from outside the area of Ibai Gómez. The Asturian coach looked in an exatlético like Borja Bastón, who replaced after the rest to Wakaso Mubarak, the reaction in search of the tie.
GRIEZMANN AND RODRIGO RESOLVE
In fact, the vitorianos began with intensity the second half, but soon the colchonero picture retook the control. Thus, Giménez could increase the rent in minute 49, but his header after a corner kicked by Lemar was repelled by the stick of Pacheco's goal.
In spite of everything, the Babazorro team progressed and tried their luck with a header from Borja Bastón who went wide, and was almost surprised in a shot by Ibai who, after playing in an athletic defense, misled the Slovenian goal, which had to take a hand to deflect a corner kick.
The Basques had managed to break the order of Atlético, and that allowed them to arrive with options at the last minute; the entrance of Rubén Sobrino by the central Martín Aguirregabiria made clear the intentions of Abelardo.
However, Griezmann restored tranquility to the red-and-white parish in 82, winning a race with Laguardia and collecting a pass from Vitolo; After a first shot to the post after overcoming Pacheco, picked up the rebound to score. Rodrigo, in 87, was in charge of closing the scoring account.
--RESULT: ATLÉTICO, 3 - SPORTS ALAVÉS, 0 (1-0, at halftime).
ATHLETIC: Oblak; Arias, Savic, Lucas Hernandez (Giménez, min.34), Saúl; Correa, Rodrigo, Thomas, Lemar (Montero, min.63); Griezmann and Kalinic (Vitolo, min.56).
SPORTS ALAVÉS: Pacheco; Martín (Sobrino, min.80), Ximo, Laguardia, Duarte; Pina, Manu García, Wakaso (Borja Bastón, min.46); Jony, Ibai Gómez (Burgui, min.71) and Calleri.
1-0, min.25: Kalinic.
2-0, min.82: Griezmann.
3-0, min.87: Rodrigo.
--REFEREE: Hernández Hernández (C.Las Palmas). Added Kalinic (min.4), Correa (min.21), Arias (min.57) and Thomas (min.79) from Atlético de Madrid and Calleri (min.14), Tomás Pina (min. .15), to Ximo Navarro (min.37) and to Laguardia (min.91) by Deportivo Alavés.
--STADIUM: Metropolitan Wanda. 58,810 spectators.