Mentality monster Madrid and the double Luis Suarez
- Title : Mentality monster Madrid and the double Luis Suarez
Atletico Madrid scored their next victory in La Liga - and that after falling behind. In Eibar, the Rojiblancos struggled for a long time, but in the end they once again turned out to be mentality monsters and could rely on Luis Suarez.
Atletico's coach Diego Simeone initially left winter newcomer Dembelé in Eibar as well as Joao Felix. Suarez and Correa stormed in front.
The Madrid team got into the game badly, let their guts be bought by bilious hosts - and fell behind early: the Japanese escaped with a simple long ball on Muto and was then unluckyly felled by Carrasco in the penalty area. There was a penalty that goalkeeper (!) Dmitrovic confidently converted flat into the lower left corner (12th). It was the Serbia's first goal in his 114th La Liga game.
Atletico were now forced to do more. The problem: In the midfield of the Colchoneros there was a huge problem, so the failure of Koke (muscle problems) hurt all the more. Nevertheless, the guests bit into the game and approached the equalizer via Correa (25th). Overall, Atletico developed too little speed and traction, which was not essential and Eibar therefore did not have too much trouble keeping the lead. With occasional counterattacks, which were not played out precisely, and standards, the home side even provided relief from time to time.
Luis Suarez punishes mistakes immediately
But then Sergio Alvarez made a momentous mistake: The 28-year-old hesitated first with the free stroke and was then decisively blocked by Llorente who followed him, Luis Suarez splashed into the gap and chased the ball into the corner from an acute angle to make it 1-1 half-time ( 40.).
After the break, which Atletico started with Joao Felix and Torreira, both teams neutralized each other over long distances. Intense duels and a low willingness to take risks shaped the picture.
In the closing stages, however, Madrid once again showed the enormous mental strength that has characterized the team for the entire season: After Joao Felix failed to Dmitrovic (86th), Luis Suarez escaped and was hit lightly on the penalty area by Arbilla . There was a penalty, which Suarez used with a cheeky lob for the 2-1 winner (89th).