Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann rescues win in Valladolid
15 December 2018 21:01 GMT
Atletico Madrid survived a comeback from Real Valladolid to win for the first time in three months away from home in the La Liga Santander.
Atleti were seeking to move level in the second position and apply pressure to leaders Barcelona and Man of the match Antoine Griezmann slipped in Nikola Kalinic to open the scoring before the French world cup winner netted from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time.
Valladolid, however, didn’t read the script and came back to level from corner kicks with Fernando Calero and Saul turning in a corner into his own goal but Griezmann notched the winner with ten minutes from a corner kick and get all three points away from home since August in Getafe.
Diego Simeone said that ” in the first half we did a lot of good things, at the start of the second they pushed us and we could not come out in any counterattack and after 2-2 we showed again strength to lift a match that any other team would have lost. ” he told the club website
Our coach praised Real Valladolid “He’s a tough opponent, he plays well at home, he’s been doing a very good tournament, he has the confidence and the tranquility of doing well and he scored two goals, but once again the team reacted and we played a very hard match. , very difficult and that we needed “.
Griezmann acknowledged that “I am very happy to be able to help the team. It has been a very long year, there is a game to finish it well and rest. There are games in which it is complicated to be fast but I have been able to score two goals “ , adding that ” we are left with everything to improve. The first part has been very good. “