(EFE) – Two golden minutes of Ángel Correa commanded an Atlético de Madrid that resists at the top of LaLiga. His status as a scorer saved the rojiblanco from a discreet first half against Eibar, rounded off in the second with a goal from Belgian Yannick Carrasco and two from Marcos Llorente (5-0).
One less day for Atlético’s resistance. ‘Who does not believe, do not come,’ read one of the banners placed by fans this week in their sports city. Nobody believes more than Correa, who after an unfortunate day against Betis resolved with two goals in 114 seconds against a hitherto solid Eibar.
Without his top scorer, the Uruguayan Luis Suárez (19 goals), and without his most talented player, the Portuguese Joao Félix -not the Frenchman Thomas Lemar, for the second game out of the call at the last minute, this time due to tendinitis -, Atlético took advantage of the claim of the Argentine ’10’ in a gray first half, rounded off by Yannick Carrasco in a race after the intermission, and by two goals from Marcos Llorente already against a surrendered rival.
The return of the Madrilenian after his suspension was one of the few previous good news, and as a consequence his society returned on the right wing with the Englishman Kieran Trippier, who entered the eleven due to the inconvenience of the Croatian Sime Vrsaljko. The Brazilian Renan Lodi, a starter due to Mario Hermoso’s discomfort, also had merit, and who at times recalled the deep side of the past season.
The win gives air and morale to a leader who had returned to the Metropolitan Wanda without margin for error. The five points lost out of six possible in the double visit to Seville – in total he has not added 16 of the last 33 -, had left Real Madrid at one point and Barcelona at two. And Sevilla minutes before had placed three beating Real Sociedad. The 5-0 was the answer.
A ‘little hand’ that seems like an excessive punishment for an Eibar that has chained fourteen games without winning (ten defeats and four draws) since January. And that José Luis Mendilibar was right with the approach, populating the midfield with Sergio Álvarez, Aleix García and the debutant Unai Dufur, and using the full-backs Rodrigues and Pozo as wingers, in a 4-1-4-1 scheme with Kike as center forward.
With so much traffic downtown, the leader was left dry. Handcuffed for almost half an hour, he only had a few runs from Lodi on the left and a good turn from Correa to finish off Carrasco, who was ahead of Arbilla. In fact, the clearest of the beginning was a low center of Pozo that Kevin Rodrigues did not get to finish off.
Atlético’s lack of arguments against a comfortable Eibar began to be solved when Simeone’s men chose to give their wings more flight, especially Trippier. From his side, and from his understanding with Llorente, danger and corner kicks began to arrive, the germ of Correa’s 114 golden seconds.
The Argentine, so criticized for his mistakes against Betis, spread his wings putting a surprising 2-0 in just two minutes. The 1-0 came from a corner kick executed at the near post by Héctor Herrera that Correa only had to push; and the 2-0 also had the Mexican as a germ, who put a remote control shipment for Lodi. The Brazilian looked for Carrasco into space, and his back pass was picked up by Correa, who headed for the goal and defined the goal.
A disproportionate reward for such a discreet first part of the leader, who rounded off the situation in the first four minutes of the restart thanks to a pass to the spectacular space by Saúl that put Carrasco in the race against Dmitrovic. The Belgian beat the Serbian goalkeeper with a pipe and scored with the empty goal.
The tranquility seemed served, but it increased even more for Atlético, because in a pass behind Correa Llorente appeared free of mark to put the 4-0 with a low touch. The Madrilenian would have his second in a play that he led himself, yielded to Lodi, who connected with Carrasco and found again the ’14’, who had time to control and finish inside the area.
With everything decided, the last 20 minutes were an accumulation of changes in search of breaks and legs. The leader will continue to defend his position at home on Thursday against Huesca, and Eibar will continue to fight to get up that same day in Granada. One less day in the resistance of Atlético in the first place of the table.