Morata and VAR save Atlético in Girona (0-1)
Morata scored in discount and with suspense and Atlético adds three more points that confirm that they can lose half of the season and continue to be better than 17 of the teams in the League. He had to act VAR to rescue the goal of the rojiblanco striker. It came after a corner kick taken by Griezmann, but a touch from Stuani made us think that Morata was in an advanced position. But the goal was valid.
This time the VAR was right, which is gradually becoming a cartoon. Before that correct decision, he had forced Melero López, the referee of the match, to review a possible penalty by the hand of Oriol Romeu. But the Girona player touched the ball with his arm because Hermoso had pushed him. A video arbitration joke.
The one who is always right is Griezmann. He is capable of directing Atlético's attack and finishing it off. The same steps back a few meters to give a first pass to Carrasco, who is alone on the left wing, who takes the Belgian's place to open up the field and put the ball at the feet of Memphis, even though the Dutchman cannot direct it to goal. French does it all and does it well.
But it alone is not enough to ensure Atlético's victory. Not even to intimidate Girona and make them stay in their field hoping that it doesn't rain much. Míchel's team went looking for Atlético from the beginning, putting pressure on them in their field and trying to keep them from leaving their area.
It was difficult for Atlético to stretch. And Griezmann was the first to test if Gazzaniga, the Girona goalkeeper, was in his place. The Frenchman also has the ability to act as an alarm clock for his peers. He is the leader who transfers Simeone's personality to the pitch.
He only lacked the success in the auction. Although for that Memphis accompanied him in the attack. But the rojiblanco "9" was not too successful.
And Atlético, who had been taking over the game, allowed Girona to grow. David López was encouraged from midfield to score the goal that Pelé missed. He saw Oblak ahead, but the Atlético goalkeeper reacted in time to back off and send the ball over the crossbar. The Slovenian always reacts.
He also reacted when Rodrigo Riquelme looked for the goal in the last minutes. Oblak was well placed to stop the shot with the left of his future teammate.
Gazzaniga had also had to work, but he could not avoid the goal when the clock already seemed defeated and Atlético, unable to add something worth more than a point.
Atlético has recovered its normal rhythm, holding onto Griezmann Y Morata, who instinctively pushed the ball to change the zero on the scoreboard to one for the Cholo team.
Girona line-up: Gazzaniga; Arnau, David López, Bueno, Miguel Gutiérrez; Romeu, Tsygankov, Aleix Garcia; Borja Garcia, Riquelme and Castellanos.
Line-up of Atlético de Madrid:Oblak; Molina, Savic, Gimenez, Hermoso, Carrasco; Koke, Llorente, Lemar; Griezmann and Memphis.