VIGO (EFE) – The hit of the Uruguayan scorer Luis Suarez, accurate the first time, relaunched the Atlético de Madrid, which added a victory as close as it was indispensable against the Celtic, frustrated by Jan Oblak and because of his own lack of efficiency at the top and worried about the grief of his third defeat in a row (0-2).
Among all the problems that the rojiblanco team accuses when it leaves far from the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, having the offensive forcefulness of Luis Suárez is a treasure, as well as an archer like Jan Oblak, the two leaders upon whom he built a victory that completed Yannick Carrasco in the last moments.
Óscar García’s plan exploded in the first minutes with an early goal from Luis Suárez. The celestial set 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 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 Barcelona’s visit to Balaídos a couple of weeks ago.
Atlético only needed that much to survive during the first half. Until midway through that first half he had possession of the ball, enough to have Celta controlled with a great Koke in the creation area, wrapped up by the debutant Lucas Torreira, a lung that 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 brilliance 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 before Oblak, who 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 at goal during the first half. Atlético, in the 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 was diverted. 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 very involved in 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 Ivan 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 who, on occasions, deserved the equalizer, but fell 0-2 because Yannick Carrasco sentenced in the final moments of head.