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2-1: UD Almería battle it out against Atlético de Madrid but ended up empty-handed

The Rojiblancos were very close to tying the game and the Colchoneros ended up having a hard time until the final whistle. The first half complicated the game for the Indálicos

UD Almería have once again deserved a better result in a match that was complicated in the first half with the goals from Morata and Correa, but that was fixed over the second half when the Indálicos pegged them back 1-2 and had many chances to have levelled it up, however, between Oblak and the Atlético de Madrid defence, they ensured that the Almeria team did not get the well-deserved goal award.

Gaizka Garitano's starting XI would have several new faces, especially in terms of the formation, since he opted for a 5-2-3. Maximiano was in goal; the defence counted on three centre-backs and two wingers: Pozo, Edgar, Montes, Chumi, Akieme; Lopy and Robertone linked up in the midfield and Embarba, Sergio Arribas and Léo Baptistão were up front. Both Pozo and Chumi regained starting spots while Mendes and Ramazani were subs.

As the head coach said in the pre-match press conference, he wanted to see a brave team that showed pride and, during the opening minutes of the first period, we could see it clearly, since, far from defending deep, they put pressure on Atlético de Madrid, however, the home side gave the visitors a good scare, Griezmann managed to score the opening goal, but it would end up being chalked off at the request of the VAR for offside. However, Simeone's team continued to press and fashion chances and Morata, after a great solo play, opened the scoring 1-0 in the 18th minute. But the Madrid-based team was not going to settle for one goal to their advantage. They continued looking for the second against a struggling UD Almería so in the 22nd minute, Correa doble the Colchoneros' lead 2-0 after an assist from Llorente.

It took a while to get going for the Rojiblancos. Reaching the 40th minute, UD Almería left their area and managed to reach Oblak's goal, putting him to the test to block several corner kicks in a row and having opportunities. The Rojiblancos tried with all their strength, but Atlético was very attentive to clear absolutely everything. The Indálicos did not give up their efforts to finish the first half in Oblak's area and they did so, there were good plays for the players from Almeria after a difficult first half.

The start of the second half was very good for UD Almería who, once again, put pressure on the Colchoneros, yet unlike the first half, that pressure had a reward; Embarba warned with a header that Oblak cleared, but finally, in the 62nd minute, the goal arrived, Baptistão slotted home.

The Indálicos breathed a sign of relief. Arribas was on the verge of breaking the deadlock after a good combinative play with Embarba, but Oblak would denied them again. UD Almería did not give up until the final whistle, they went all out for the goal in every way possible, but despite deserving the tie, they did not get it and would end up losing another match, although with an Atlético that ended up having a hard time to protect their area.

Once inicial UD Almería
Lopy hizo un gran trabajo en el centro del campo
Arribas estuvo muy activo en ataque y participó mucho con Embarba y Baptistao
Maximiano realizó buenas intervenciones
Leo marcó el 1-2 y dio esperanzas a nuestros representantes
El Almería aguantó bien en defensa la segunda parte
El equipo no dejó de pelear hasta el final
Match summary
Atlético de Madrid
Atlético de Madrid
LALIGA EA SPORTS · M16
2
-
1
Cívitas Metropolitano
UD Almería
UD Almería
Line-ups
Oblak photo
13Oblak
Maximiano photo
25Maximiano
Azpilicueta photo
03Azpilicueta74
Edgar photo
03Edgar
M. Llorente photo
14M. Llorente
15Akieme
Savic photo
15Savic
Chumi photo
21Chumi
Witsel photo
20Witsel
C. Montes photo
22C. Montes
R. De Paul photo
05R. De Paul60
Robertone photo
05Robertone84
Koke photo
06Koke
Lopy photo
06Lopy
Correa photo
10Correa74
Embarba photo
10Embarba84
S.lino photo
12S.lino74
Alex Pozo photo
17Alex Pozo84
Griezmann photo
07Griezmann
L. Baptistao photo
12L. Baptistao
Morata photo
19Morata60
Arribas photo
19Arribas
Substitutes
Diego Simeone
Gaizka Garitano
01Grbic
D. Mariño photo
01D. Mariño
A.gomis photo
31A.gomis
Fernando C.s. photo
13Fernando C.s.
J. M. Giménez photo
02J. M. Giménez74
Kaiky photo
02Kaiky
04Söyüncü
Centelles photo
20Centelles
Molina photo
16Molina74
Mendes photo
24Mendes
Javi Galán photo
17Javi Galán
Baba photo
04Baba84
M. Hermoso photo
22M. Hermoso
Arnau photo
08Arnau84
Reinildo photo
23Reinildo
Ramazani photo
07Ramazani84
Saúl photo
08Saúl60
Lazaro photo
14Lazaro
Riquelme photo
25Riquelme74
Rachad photo
28Rachad
Memphis photo
09Memphis60
Marciano photo
34Marciano
45Rayane
Goals
Morata
16
(1 - 0)
Correa
21
(2 - 0)
(2 - 1)
L. Baptistao
61
Match officials
Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea
Referee
Iker De Francisco Grijalba
Lineman#1
Jon Núñez Fernández
Lineman#2
Fernando Román Román
Fourth official
Jesús Gil Manzano
Video Assistant Referee
Santiago Jaime Latre
Assistant VAR Official