Atlético de Madrid suffered a severe hit on their visit to Vitoria against Deportivo Alavés (1-0) in a duel in which they were unable to recover from the goal that conceded in minute 4, signed by Víctor Laguardia and that gave the first league triumph for the Basque team this season.
Despite the final siege of Fernando Pacheco’s goal, those of Diego Pablo Simeone, who suffered their first defeat in this league, failed to overcome the defense of the Albiazul team. They had no success or spark and Luis Suárez and Antoine Griezmann were ‘disappeared’.
Alavés started without complexes and after four minutes they went ahead on the scoreboard with a chopped header from Víctor Laguardia at the exit of a corner kick that he finished only at the far post to beat Jan Oblak and overtake his team for the first time this time. season.
The first goal at stake after six games for the albiazul team made the colchoneros react, who took the ball to try to break the walls built by Javi Calleja’s, who, like Diego Pablo Simeone, opted to go out with a defense of three central.
The rojiblancos could not catch up with the most advanced line and could not prevent several balls from being lost through the bottom line of the goal of an Alavés who remained in place to control the rises of Kieran Trippier and Yannick Carrasco.
The locals tried to set pieces and Atlético’s monologue did not change the script. Alavés defended as a block in their field, while the Madrid team managed, at most, to launch a corner kick.
The first serious warning was given by Marcos Llorente in the 26th minute. He found himself with a rebound outside the area and tried to surprise Fernando Pacheco, but his shot went wide.
The gestures of despair towards his teammates of the Uruguayan Luis Suárez in some moments of the duel made clear the discomfort of an Atlético that did not find the necessary fluidity in the final meters.
The start of the second half did not change the game excessively. The colchoneros sought the goal more eagerly, but, once again, Víctor Laguardia reappeared at the most opportune moment for his team and avoided the draw under the goal after a free kick by Rodrigo De Paul.
Alavés tried to take advantage of their chances and Mamadou Loum forgave the 2-0 on a clear occasion inside the area. The Senegalese midfielder was planted inside the area after a struggle with the defense and with everything in his favor he failed to direct his shot correctly, which was over the goal of Jan Oblak.
It was the moment in which Diego Pablo Simeone reacted with four changes in two minutes that varied the drawing of the rojiblancos and gave another air to the team, which began to step on the area in each attack.
Ángel Correa’s work between the lines dislocated the local defense, which was forced to shrink balls before the push of the visitors, who took a step forward.
Alavés was attentive to his moment and with his ripped rival missed the opportunity to close the game. A good and hard-fought personal move by Luis Rioja in the 81st minute ended with a pass back for Tomás Pina to push the ball, but he sent it high.
Atlético de Madrid had the last chance on a free-kick that Jan Oblak went up to finish off, but the local defense once again repelled the ball and Alavés achieved their first victory in this league.