This Sunday Luis Suárez became the first Atlético de Madrid player to marks and assists in his debut with the rojiblancos in LaLiga in the 21st century and also in the first to score a double in his first match as Colchonero. And he did it all in just 23 minutes in the match against Granada that ended with a 6-1 win for the Cholo Simeone team.
The Uruguayan He arrived calmly at the Metropolitan Stadium and was relaxed during the first half where he observed from the stands how his new club already took the lead in the nine minute with a goal from Diego Costa. Then, at 16 ‘, he regretted that the rival goalkeeper contained the penalty shot from the rojiblanco midfielder Saúl.
Two minutes into the second half, Argentine Ángel Correa scored the second for Atleti to lead the victory; already Suárez anxiously awaited Simeone’s order to begin to warm up, a mandate that arrived at the time of the game through the teacher Ortega. Minute 65 and goal by Joao Féliz, and moments later they tell him that he will enter for Diego Costa.
At 70 ‘there are five changes, three from Atlético, among them Suárez’s debut. The number 9 for the 19 in the local team. Just seconds after entering, the Salta had his first intervention to assist Marcos Llorente with a single touch in the 4 to 0 to the minute 72.
With 15 to go to finish the game, Suárez shot across the field and the ball went very close. At 80 ‘ the match referee saw a penalty on Suárez at the moment when the Uruguayan was going to finish off from the left inside the area. The forward took the ball to kick the penalty but it came the VAR order to review the play. After several repetitions, the game was rectified, it was determined that there was no infraction, and it was resumed in the 83rd minute with a land bounce taken by the Granada goalkeeper.
At 85 ‘his goal came. Great center of Llorente from the right and excellent crossed header by Suárez in the second suit (your favorite site). Immediately afterwards came the discount from Granada, but the Uruguayan continued with his usual voracity to go in search of more.
The main judge added three minutes and five seconds to finish the game, and with a 5 to 1 score, Suárez finished off from the right after receiving the return of Víctor Machín at the door of the area; the ball hit the right vertical and then bounced off the goalkeeper, the Uruguayan He went looking for his own rebound and now he shot left-handed at the exact moment when the third minute of addition was completed.
LaLiga statistics indicated that officially the Uruguayan fired four shots on goal, scored two goals and assisted on one occasion in 20 minutes of play. Thus, the Salta player became the first Colchonero footballer that the XXI Century manages to convert and assist in his debut, and also the only one of this century to convert a double in his first match with the rojiblanca shirt.
The only thing in the must was the empty stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic that prevented the Atleti fans and their new player from infecting each other and in person; the enormous expectation generated by the Uruguayan’s debut turned into real joy in just a few minutes. Suarez’s smile after scoring they denoted the happiness found after his sad departure from Barcelona; his clenched fist in each goal celebration affirmed, more than its validity, his desire to show that his competitive spirit is still intact, and now perhaps with more force.