15 Apr Atlético Madrid v Celta de Vigo Match Report, 13/04/2019, Primera División
Antoine Griezmann was unsurprisingly the celebrity as Atletico Madrid fought to victory over Celta Vigo in LaLiga.
Atletico Madrid returned to winning ways in unconvincing fashion as Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata gained a 2-0 LaLiga victory over Celta Vigo.
Diego Simeone’s guys welcomed Celta into the Wanda Metropolitano after a 2-0 defeat to Barcelona that effectively ended their title hopes.
Diego Costa acquired an eight-match ban for insulting the referee throughout that match, also Atletico were frequently second best against a resurgent Celta, who’d taken seven points from their past few games to improve hopes of survival.
But, Griezmann lashed home a 42nd-minute free-kick and Morata doubled their direct 16 minutes in the time as Atletico improved their lead over Real Madrid – that perform Leganes on Monday – to five factors at the battle for second. Celta stay two points above the drop zone.
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Atletico fought to make much in the early going and were thankful to Jan Oblak for maintaining them level. The Slovenia international produced a reaction save to keep out Maxi Gomez’s tumultuous attempt and then made a much more remarkable stop from Ryad Boudebouz’s bike kick followup.
Opposite amount Ruben Blanco did well to have a touch to Juanfran’s low cross and take it from several Atletico players gearing up to match it at the box, however, Oblak continued to be the busier of the two goalkeepers.
He was required to conserve parity when he dove to his left to deny Sofiane Boufal following the Frenchman fulfilled Boudebouz’s lay-off very first moment.
Celta were forced to cover not capitalising on their excellence as Griezmann driven a free-kick to the top-left corner following Vitolo was fouled by Gustavo Cabral.
Odds were frequent in the second half but Morata made the points safe when he rounded Blanco after being performed on target by Griezmann.
What exactly does it imply? Griezmann lifts under-par Atleti
Atleti could have bounced back in their Camp Nou disappointment, but that was just another match in which they underperformed, with these kinds of displays much too typical in a season in which they had a definite chance to dethrone Barca.
As so often is true, it had been Griezmann who hauled them into a winning position. His free-kick was his throughball to get Morata to wrap up things perfectly weighted.
Oblak reveals his course
Oblak is viewed as possibly the best goalkeeper in the world, and he showed why with three fantastic saves to maintain Celta at bay.
Mor had from Emre
While Celta’s forward line normally triggered Atletico issues, Emre Mor fought to create an effect. He’d no shots, made no opportunities, and conceded three fouls prior to being removed at the 65th moment.
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Crucial Opta Facts:
– Just Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (six from 38 efforts ) has scored more direct free-kick targets than Griezmann (three from 11) in LaLiga this year.
– Griezmann has scored 20 or more goals in each of the five seasons for Atletico Madrid in most contests (20 aims in 2018-19).
– He’s also generated nine assists in LaLiga this year, equalling his very best tally in one top-flight effort (nine in 2017-18).
– Atletico have retained more clean sheets than every other hand in the top five European leagues this past year (18).
– Morata has scored five goals in his past seven LaLiga games for Atletico.
What is next?
Atletico traveling to Eibar following Saturday, when Celta confront a massive match in their struggle against the fall, welcoming Girona into Balaidos.