After Barça’s victory against Osasuna in Montjuïc, third position was in danger for Atlético de Madrid. Simeone’s team suffered more than expected, but ended up adding three key points against Rayo Vallecano (2-1) in their fight to remain on the LaLiga EA Sports podium. And they owe it, in large part, to Memphis Depay.
The colchoneros, with two league wins in a row and also boosted by the cup qualification to the semi-finals, came out dedicated to harassing and knocking down Dimitrievski’s goal, all with the novelty of the ownership of Vermeeren, the star signing of the summer. It took them a while, however, to find a prize. They approached with Ángel Correa, but the Argentine scored in an advanced position. This was not the case with Reinildo, who arrived after a delivery from Riquelme to score the 1-0 that would open the way to victory.
It was then when Rayo Vallecano grew. Francisco’s men are navigating in no man’s land, and arrive at the Metropolitano with only four points out of the last fifteen possible. But all this was forgotten when he saw the possibility of an equalizer against a red and white team that relaxed. Álvaro García dealt the blow, with an impossible goal for Oblak, who was frozen.
Simeone got involved in the second half, bringing on Griezmann who was a substitute. And Atlético’s offensive was reactivated in search of increasing the advantage. I achieved it, in the first instance, with a bit of Memphis voided. But luck had another one in store for him, with worse luck for Dimitrievski: the Dutchman’s soft shot slipped past him almost without resistance.thus escaping a point that hurts and giving three to the colchoneros to remain third.