Atletico Madrid 3-1 Valencia Another three goals against Valencia
Diego Simeone‘s Atletico Madrid have always been labelled as a boring side to watch but, at the moment, it couldn’t be further from the truth.
It’s just a shame that one of the most entertaining Atletico teams in years is having to play in front of an empty Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.
Their 3-1 win over Valencia on Sunday night was proof that, with Luis Suarez and Joao Felix around, they’re always entertaining.
Not many expected Valencia to take the lead at the Wanda, let alone do it in such an incredible way.
Uros Racic opened the scoring in the first half with an unstoppable, curling strike from distance that bent into the top corner, far out of Jan Oblak‘s reach.
Atletico hadn’t scored from a corner all season before Sunday and, after going close through Jose Maria Gimenez, Joao Felix hit the spot from Thomas Lemar‘s cross. It was an unorthodox finish from the Portuguese, but it did the job.
There was a controversial moment in the first half when Maxi Gomez seemed to swipe Lemar‘s leg from underneath him in the Valencia penalty area. No penalty was given by referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea.
Mario Hermoso is proving to be quite the useful player for Atletico when playing out the back. His inch-perfect long pass for Joao Felix sparked the move that led to Luis Suarez‘s goal.
If there was a problem finding a replacement for the suspended Kieran Trippier, Yannick Carrasco at least provided a demonstration of what he can do in the second half. The Belgian moved to play right wing-back and performed much better than Sime Vrsaljko did in the first half.