(EFE) .- With a double in the final stretch of the clash against Getafe (1-2), Luis Suárez resurrected Atlético de Madrid, in the UVI until the final moments in front of a team that threw their work overboard with the expulsion of Carles Aleñá when, with 26 minutes remaining, he won 1-0 and had the game under control.
The Uruguayan striker emerged as the key man in the rojiblanco team. In two blows, when Atlético seemed destined to lose points, he appeared to become the savior of his teammates.
And it is that the rojiblanco team needed to punch on the table after three consecutive draws (one in the Champions League) and accumulating two consecutive games without scoring. A priori, he faced the team that had the most ballots to lose: Getafe. Neither history nor his start in the league led to anything good for Míchel’s team.
After five consecutive defeats, without points, with a single goal in favor, with important injuries (Jakub Jankto, Mauro Arambarri, Vitolo or Erick Cabaco) and with depressing statistics against Atlético (accumulated 19 games and almost ten years without winning or score a single goal), Getafe, in the eyes of the world, was a fixed defeat before the start of the clash.
Diego Simeone was not doing well either in the creation zone. With Koke Resurrección, Kondogbia and Lemar absent, he opted to seat Rodrigo de Paul to place Héctor Herrera. The Mexican media was the most correct of a gray team, blunt and without ideas. Especially in the first half, in which he barely had one chance, almost at the end and in Luis Suárez’s boots after a mistake by Djené Dakonam.
The only clear chance for the rojiblanco side in the first 45 minutes came after a short assignment from the Togolese center-back that ended up on Luis Suárez’s right boot. His volley was saved by David Soria and the rejection was picked up by Ángel Correa, who found Juan Iglesias’ leg after a shot that was on his way to open the scoring.
That was the only moment of athletic inspiration in an initial act in which Getafe did not do anything spectacular either. He had enough to hold on to the reigning champion well and deal with the pressure. At least he kept his composure and order. Only José Juan Macías, until Stefan Mitrovic’s header, created some concern near the Jan Oblak area.
The Mexican showed good mobility and a good back game. But his aim left something to be desired. And, with this panorama, when the duel was destined to reach the break without goals, Mitrovic appeared to finish off Getafe’s first goal against Atlético in ten years.
This is how Atlético went to rest, with a goal against and with worrying symptoms. The goal, which has been so resistant to him lately, did not look like it was coming. And less with Antoine Griezmann missing in action and replaced by Cunha with 23 minutes remaining. The French striker accumulates four erratic appearances in his second stage as rojiblanco.
In that minute, 66, Getafe was still alive, crouched behind and waiting for a counterattack to sentence the match. Atlético, meanwhile, only found Soria’s goal on some sporadic occasion, like the one played by Luis Suárez with a header off the crossbar. The Getafe wall, with five defenses, worked.
And then, Aleñá, destabilized the duel with an unnecessary kick on Cunha. He left his studs on the Brazilian’s right calf and the VAR sentenced the Barça squad. He went to the street and Getafe, with one less man, destabilized for a few minutes that Luis Suárez took advantage of not to fail.
The Uruguayan striker is a goal worker. He has a trade. And the difficult makes it easy. In the absence of ten minutes he picked up a cross from Mario Hermoso and with amazing ease controlled and finished to tie the match. Two touches, a goal for Getafe, who could still rescue a point but had to endure the storm that was approaching.
Interestingly, it held up well. He was even able to score the second with a shot from Enes Ünal that Oblak pulled out with a good hand. Meanwhile, Atlético sinned from anxiety. He ended up sending balls to the Soria area, which took out all the balls. All, except one, the one that Luis Suárez grabbed in the 91st minute to head into the net a goal that was worth gold for Atlético de Madrid and that punished Getafe.