With this win, Atletico Madrid made it even harder for Real Madrid to catch up with them. With a 3-2 result in Atletico – Valencia, the “other” big club from Spain’s capital is now 6 points ahead of their bitter city rivals, and as we approach the season’s end, it looks more and more as if Atletico is set to win the second place in La Liga.
And we cannot say that this wouldn’t be justified- against Valencia, they opened up and played very well. The first goal came early- in the 9th minute, when Alvaro Morata converted Juanfran’s cross, scoring from close range. This is the exact type of goals Morata should score as a striker, something he failed to do in Chelsea. On the other hand, it looks as if he started to get the hang of it in his new club, and we expect to see more from him.
Valencia provided us with a good display of skill and determination, during the whole game they fought and played their best. Their work was materialized as the half time approached, with Kevin Gameiro scoring a goal from the center of the box.
Antoine Griezmann helped his team regain the lead, with a beautiful header from the center of the box. This just goes on to prove that Griezmann is a complete striker, someone who can score from any position, with both feet and head. The cross came from Thomas Lemar.
But Valencia was determined to get back into the match, and their numerous chances finally yielded results. Saul touched the ball with his hand in the box, and after a long pause, the referee with his VAR assistants decided that Valencia is to be awarded a penalty, which was converted in the 77th minute by Daniel Parejo.
Finally, neither Atletico wanted to give up, and soon after the conceded penalty, Angel Correa scored a beautiful winner from outside the box. This didn’t exactly come as a surprises ac Correa had some chances previously but failed to convert them.