21 Apr Eibar v Atlético Madrid Match Report, 20/04/2019, Primera División
minus the suspended Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann, it was Thomas Lemar who scored a late winner for Atletico Madrid in Eibar.
Thomas Lemar believed late as Atletico Madrid maintained their slender LaLiga title hopes alive with a 1-0 triumph at Eibar.
Atletico appeared set to be held in Ipurua on Saturday and hands runaway leaders Barcelona a further benefit, but rather they cut the gap to six points.
Marko Dmitrovic made fine saves to deny Angel Correa and Diego Godin however, the Eibar goalkeeper can do nothing regarding Atleti’s 85th-minute winner.
Following a spell of mind tennis, Nikola Kalinic delivered Koke apparent in the ideal station and his low cross was tapped in at the back post by Lemar.
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Correa has been given a central part in the lack of frozen duo Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa however he wasted a fantastic opportunity in the eighth minute.
Dmitrovic created a huge save with his legs following Alvaro Morata delivered his strike partner through on target and Sergio Alvarez left an essential struggle to deny Morata a shooter as Atleti toiled.
Eibar must have taken the lead within two minutes of the resume, however, Sergi Enrich could just ship a flicked header wide from close range despite Joan Jordan’s ideal set-piece shipping.
Morata was subsequently sent through on target by Vitolo but fired wide of the far post before Dmitrovic tipped over a dipping effort from Koke from the 53rd moment.
Diego Simeone delivered on Lemar and Kalinic from the expectation of incorporating firepower but Enrich was denied the opportunity to start the scoring, now by Godin’s excellent intervention.
Godin went at the opposite end, Dmitrovic closely maintaining out the Atleti captain’s strong header prior to Eibar’s Kike Garcia mistimed his own aerial work.
However, it had been Lemar who decisively broke the deadlock, with Garcia and Jordan unable to muster a late response.
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What exactly does it imply? Glimpse of Griezmann-less potential
Amid continued speculation within Griezmann’s long run, this is a opportunity to observe how Atletico could operate with no star guy. They seemed shorn of a real target threat was about, but rivals Real Madrid – that host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday – are just seven factors back so second place should be protected.
Dmitrovic unfortunate to lose
Atleti’s frustration was largely down to Eibar’s deep-lying defence, however, the game would have definitely followed another pattern needed the people scored early. Correa should have contributed Dmitrovic no opportunity when he raced through, but the goalkeeper remained large to generate a fantastic stop. His rescue Godin with only 11 minutes to proceed was better and he deserved over the late defeat to that his side surfaced.
Morata not prepared to be primary man
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Together with Costa and Griezmann equally inaccessible, Atleti wanted Morata to measure up. However, the striker, on loan from Chelsea, proceeds to appear short of uncertain and confidence facing goal.
What is next?
Eibar visit Huesca on Tuesday with Atletico in your home to top-four hopefuls and Europa League semi-finalists Valencia per day after.