Griezmann and Memphis maintain Atlético alive in opposition to a superb Rayo | Soccer | Sports | EUROtoday

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With a 1-1 tie, determined as a result of the potential of going to the Bernabéu this Sunday with the potential of moving into the combat for the League was slipping away, Atlético discovered the saving objective in stoppage time in an motion that highlighted Griezmann's significance. The Frenchman received an aerial ball in a bounce at a transparent drawback along with his marker and curled in a cross that pushed a well timed Memphis. A little bit of a savior who defeated a superb and aggressive Rayo. In many sections Francisco's group was higher, despatched off for angrily asking for a foul on Griezmann's bounce. Atlético by no means felt snug. He discovered that objective as a result of simply as he was not good at placing collectively the sport, he did have the endurance and endurance for that profitable play to seem. Atlético had a foul time in opposition to a group that uncovered why they scored a degree in opposition to Madrid in Chamartín and one other in opposition to Real in Anoeta. He made the pink and whites sweat.



Oblak, Mario Hermoso, Reinildo Mandava, Witsel, Marcos Llorente (De Paul, min. 57), Rodrigo Riquelme (Samuel Lino, min. 57), Pablo Barrios Rivas, Arthur Vermeeren, Saúl (Koke, min. 69), Correa ( Griezmann, min. 57) and Depay



Dimitrievski, Luis Espino, Lejeune, Aridane, Andrei Ratiu (Balliu, min. 64), Óscar Valentín, Kike (Miguel Silva, min. 64), Josep Chavarría, Álvaro García (Trejo, min. 76), Sergio Camello (Falcao, min. 83) and Isi (De Frutos, min. 76)

Goals 1-0 min. 35: Reinildo Mandava. 1-1 min. 42: Álvaro García. 2-1 min. 90: Depay.

Referee César Soto Grado

Yellow playing cards Kike (min. 38), Isi (min. 60) and Josep Chavarría (min. 93)

pink playing cards Rodríguez (min. 90)

It was Rayo that bought into the sport earlier, they usually didn't lose face all evening. With Aridane and Lejeune marking the Raya, with the neat Óscar Valentín greasing the sport and the glowing Isi and Álvaro García threatening. Atlético didn’t really feel snug, they usually went from much less to extra within the first act. It wasn't till the items that made up a really retouched eleven started to gel that he started to color one thing within the recreation. Without Lino, Koke, De Paul and Griezmann, and with out the injured Giménez and Morata, it was a lineup that led to a frayed begin for the group. The presence of Vermeeren, the good winter acquisition, attracted consideration. Simeone is just not very inclined to present categorical alternate options to the brand new ones. And even much less to an 18 12 months previous boy. He positioned him as a right-hand midfielder. The boy has stood out as a pivot, however Simeone didn’t dare to position him there. His right-hand man as Koke's substitute is Pablo Barrios. Vermeeren was seen confused within the hallway of the ocho. He mixed recoveries and a few good touches with actions with the ball that exposed his lack of focus. Perhaps it’s not advisable for him to take away from his place such a younger boy who has quite a bit to show. And there isn’t a higher method for an rising expertise to higher categorical his recreation than by inserting him in his pure place. His change at half-time was sung.

Atlético grew from Barrios. First with its thefts after which with its distribution. He even allowed himself some arabesque, like a roulette to scrub up a play that ended with Correa in a one-on-one match in opposition to Dimitrievski. The Macedonian goalkeeper emerged the winner. That was the primary warning from the pink and whites. They engaged in a extra dominant stretch by which Riquelme started to do harm and Memphis to invent. The Dutchman found Correa's unmarking that resulted in a objective disallowed for offside after the Argentine sat down Dimitrievski by stepping on the ball and turning. It was Reinildo, whose bodily energy injected an overdose of power into the group, who opened the scoring. He caught a header in an acrobatic flight from a lateral foul properly gloved by Riquelme.

The Praetorian Guard

The objective, nevertheless, didn’t upset the well-established Rayo. It didn't take him lengthy to place collectively a superb play, completed even higher by Álvaro García, among the finest wing gamers within the championship. A knife, when he throws diagonals. On the sting of the realm, he ready the ball along with his proper and blocked a cross shot along with his left that Oblak couldn’t attain. The tie did justice to Rayo's greatest begin.

Simeone should not have appreciated the looks of his group in any respect. The much-sung change of Vermeeren to make method for Molina was quickly joined by the entries of Lino, De Paul, Griezmann and Koke. The Praetorian Guard to attempt to resolve a match that Rayo dealt with higher. Francisco's group was even higher deployed. Álvaro García, along with his coronary heart in his mouth, resolved to power a delicate Vaseline into Oblak's fingers.

The artillery deployed by Simeone barely produced offensive play. Aridane and Lejeune grew greater. Only a prodigious maneuver by Barrios, a break and a run go for Memphis introduced down the Rayista blockade. The VAR decided that the Dutchman was offside. The motion a minimum of served to agitate the stands and encourage one final cost. A cross go from Koke was received by Griezmann with that prodigious bounce and his cross was met by Memphis to maintain Atlético alive.

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