The hit of the Uruguayan scorer Luis Suarez, accurate on the first occasion, relaunched Atlético de Madrid, which added a victory as close as it was indispensable against Celta, frustrated by Jan Oblak and by his own lack of efficiency upstairs and worried about the grief of his third straight defeat.
Among all the problems that the rojiblanco team accuses when they leave far from the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, have Luis Suárez’s offensive forcefulness is a treasure, as well as a goalkeeper like Jan Oblak, the two leaders on whom he built a victory that Yannick Carrasco completed in the last moments.
Óscar García’s plan exploded in the first minutes with an early goal from Luis Suárez. The celestial team came out with a system of five defenses that was blurred before a great collective action by the left wing of Atlético, a choral attack that it was closed with a good pass from Manu Sánchez for the final shot by Luis Suárez.
With less than ten minutes, and on the first occasion of the match, Celta suffered a goal, a script traced to that of the visit of the Barcelona to Balaídos a couple of weeks ago.
Atlético only needed that much to survive during the first half. Until the middle of that first half he had possession of the ball, enough to have Celta controlled with a great Koke in the creation area, sheltered by the newcomer Lucas Torreira, a lung that He began to show that he is called to be a key player for Simeone after the departure of Thomas.
Simeone’s team was vulnerable when the Galician team stretched out. The tie did not come due to the lack of punch from the blue attack. The first warnings were a shot from Aspas and a header from Santi Mina, both comfortable for Oblak.
Celta went up and did damage. After a genius from Aspas in a control, Carreira sent a cross from Olaza to the post and minutes later, a pass from Nolito left Santi Mina alone against Oblak, which stopped the heads up.
Atlético was subjected to the push of Celta. A volley from Olaza or a loose shot from Fontán from inside the area worried Oblak. The Vigo team shot ten times on goal during the first half. Atlético, stuck back and counterattacking, barely threatened Iván Villar, except for a distant shot from Torreira or a corner kick from Lemar that hit the crossbar.
The number of opportunities dropped markedly after the break. Atlético took advantage of Celta’s defensive imbalance to open the second half with a quick action that left Luis Suárez against Iván Villar, who covered the shot well. In that action Diego Costa was injured.
Celta continued attacking but without generating too much danger. Atlético waited behind to hit the counterattack. The continuous fouls caused the pace to decrease. Simeone moved the bench, but his team remained well into their own field. He did not have the ball, but he knew how to suffer. And in the absence of ten minutes Marcos Llorente could kill the duel, but Iván Villar avoided it with a great stretch.
In a strategic action, with four minutes to go, Colombian Jeison Murillo brushed the tie with a spectacular header, another ball that escaped a Celta that, on occasions, deserved the equalizer, but that fell 0-2 because Yannick Carrasco sentenced in the final moments of the head.- Technical sheet:
0 – RC Celta: Iván Villar; Carreira (Veiga, min.83), Araujo, Murillo, Fontán, Olaza; Tapia, Beltrán (Emre Mor, min. 63), Nolito; Mina (Denis Suárez, min. 63), Aspas
2 – Atlético de Madrid: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Hermoso, Manu Sánchez (Felipe, min. 49); Correa (Herrera, min. 76), Torreira, Koke, Lemar (Llorente, min. 65); Luis Suárez (Carrasco, min. 64), Diego Costa (Joao Félix, min. 49).
Goals: 0-1, m.6: Luis Suárez. 0-2, m. 94: Carrasco.
Referee: Martínez Munuera (Valencian school). He admonished Beltrán (min. 40), Nolito (min. 62) and Aspas (min.83) by Celta; and Hermoso (min. 17), Diego Costa (min. 37) and Felipe (min. 70) by Atlético de Madrid
Incidents: Match corresponding to the sixth day of LaLiga Santander played at the Abanca Balaídos stadium without fans.