The Frenchman from Atleti scores the only goal of the game and silences Mestalla a couple of hours after Valencia announced the signing of Cavani.
Antoine Griezmann is the Matador (0-1). The French striker scores the only goal of the match for Atlético de Madrid and silences Mestalla the day that Valencia announced the signing of Edinson Cavani.
Griezmann’s solitary goal, assisted by Thomas Lemar, defeated Valencia, sustained in the last phase of the match by Giorgi Mamardashvili’s saves and without the ability to create danger for Jan Oblak.
Gattuso’s changes, plaguing the young team (Fran Pérez and Diego López), did not improve the image of the Valencian team, hampered in large part by the entry of a Maxi Gómez who failed to bite as Marcos André did.
The three shifts of changes introduced by Diego Pablo Simeone propitiate the victory of Atlético de Madrid. At the break, the Argentine retouched the defensive line by removing Saúl Ñíguez from the field, with the threat of a yellow card, to bring in Carrasco. The colchoneros stop suffering behind and start doing it in the middle, where they do not have the ability to create or steal. The entrances of Lemar and Griezmann provide that ability to recover and maintain the pressure, originating the winning goal. And lastly, for the final stretch and with just enough strength, the player from Buenos Aires refreshes the line of attack with Cunha and Correa, which allowed Atleti to continue pressing the start from behind their rival.
In this sense, Valencia lost the perspective of Jan Oblak’s goal in the last quarter of an hour, accumulating possessions on the wings and without reaching the Slovenian goalkeeper’s area (three actions with the ball in the rival area after 75′).
With good feelings, Valencia still needs to govern the areas. He has had a jaw of glass to fit Atlético de Madrid’s blows in his own area and has not had the necessary forcefulness in the rival area, registering only two shots between the three sticks. Most of his total shots (12) have come from outside the box (6).
Atlético is once again happy, reuniting with victory after the setback against Villarreal at the Metropolitano. And he does it through a Griezmann who is conditioned by the clauses of the contract signed between Barcelona and the rojiblanco team, forced to pay 40 million if the Frenchman meets a certain number of minutes. Meanwhile, the Frenchman is decisive this season, scoring two goals in his last three games with Atlético de Madrid in LaLiga, the same as in his previous 19 league games with the rojiblancos.
Minute by minute of Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid of LaLiga
Press conferences of Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid of LaLiga
The statements of the protagonists, when the game ends…
Meeting: “It was an important game. We didn’t start well, but in the end what counts is the victory. It was very difficult. Valencia played and pressed well. In the second half we were better. We had chances, but the goalkeeper saved everything. He helped keep Valencia in the game until the end. We deserved those three points”.
The changes: “We have a long squad and the important thing is that, that everyone is aware that they are important, whether they play at the start or come in later. The changes have come in well and that is why we have taken the three points”.
Griezmann and the template: “Here we are all to add. Some of us have been here for many years and others less, but it doesn’t matter. Every day we give our best. There are games that don’t turn out the way we want but that’s football. We will always give 100% to try to win” .
Valencia deserved more: “It’s football. Proud of the match, of how my players played it. We lost to Athletic and Atlético and the team deserved more. We have to keep working. Thanks to the fans, who pushed hard and helped a lot”.
Musah’s goal disallowed: “We have VAR, but sometimes they will look and other times not and I don’t like that. If we have VAR you always have to go look. I think the action was a foul, but why don’t you always go to VAR? “
Difference today: “It’s always said that I don’t have a squad and that’s not the case. The team has played a great game. I work with what I have and I’m proud of what my kids are doing”.
Cavani: “He has class, a lot of experience, surely he has to work, because he hasn’t trained with a team for three months. But he is going to help us because he is a high-level player and he will be very important for us”.
Fair result: “Due to scoring situations, although we sometimes didn’t have control of the game, yes. Their goalkeeper was one of the most important for Valencia. It was difficult for us to associate ourselves, but later with the entry of Lemar and Griezmann they gave us more peace of mind to import the team game.
Musah’s goal disallowed: “The referee is there to observe it, it had seemed like a foul at the beginning of the play, the referee went to see it and it was seen that it was a foul.”
Griezmann: “Antoine is doing well, he works with great enthusiasm and his presence in the team makes us happy.”
The team: “There are always things to improve. It’s not easy to win, except for Barcelona who are doing it very calmly”.
Videos, line-ups and news from Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid of LaLiga
In moments, more videos and news of the match…
85′ GOAL CANCELED AGAINST MATHEUS CUNHA!! The lateral free kick launched by Yannick Carrasco finds the header inside the Brazilian’s area, slightly ahead. It does not go up to the scoreboard.
66′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL OF ANTOINE GRIEZMANN!!!! Valencia 0-1 ATHLETIC MADRID. Griezmann arrives and kisses the saint!! The rojiblanco team punishes a loss by Valencia in their own field, anticipating Lemar to steal a bad pass from Thierry Rendall. The Frenchman’s driving ends at the feet of Griezmann, whose shot touches a defender to divert Giorgi Mamardashvili’s trajectory. Atlético de Madrid takes advantage in the match! Changes come to ‘Cholo’. It didn’t take him two minutes to find the desired prize, with Lemar stealing and assisting for Griezmann to score.
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45′ + 5′ WHAT ÁLVARO MORATA HAS FORGIVEN!!!! FORGIVE THE GOAL FOR ATLÉTICO DE MADRID!! Thierry Rendall’s mistake, closing as the last man and leaving the ball dead for Joao Félix in the clearance. The Portuguese scrambles and filters for the Spanish international, whose shot is touched by Giorgi Mamardashvili to keep his clean sheet.
42′ THE VAR CORRECTS CUADRA FERNÁNDEZ!! Thierry Rendall is not expelled!! After seeing the action on the monitor, the referee retracts and leaves the action with a yellow card for the Portuguese.
39′ Possible red to Thierry Rendal!! Cuadra Fernández sends him off after fouling Álvaro Morata in the race! He puts his hand to his earpiece to communicate with the VAR. And the monitor is going to be seen!
24′ GOAL CANCELED AGAINST VALENCIA!! After being called out by Estrada Fernández, Cuadra Fernández went to the VAR monitor to check if there was a foul by Diakhaby on Joao Félix in Yunus Musah’s goal. There is a lack prior to the action of the goal, so the American’s missile is left without a prize. Before making the decision not to validate Yunus Musah’s goal, Cuadra Fernández admonished Diego Pablo Simeone for invading the VAR review area.