Cunha and de Paul sign the victory on a night where, despite the defeat, the local team knew its permanence in the First Division. This is Rogiblanco’s tenth consecutive classification for the Champions League.
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Atlético didn’t want to add any dose of mystery to their fortunes. Last night he decided he had already lived through enough plays and it was better to conclude as soon as possible. They beat an Elche team that knew that despite the defeat, they survived halftime thanks to blows from Cunha and Griezmann (0-2), and everyone was overjoyed. With his tenth consecutive qualification for the Champions League in his pocket, he finished third in the general standings. Nightmares and winter headaches are a thing of the past.
Minutes after Martínez Valero returned to the locker room, the Elche players learned the good news that they had already been mathematically saved. Hundreds of kilometers from there, tables were signed in Sánchez-Pizzon, Sevilla and Mallorca and, in addition to making the Elche team’s permanentness in the First Division official, ensured the next day, in front of their public, Atlético. opened the doors. , third place of the championship. Although Simeon did not care about all this. There was nothing more going on than winning and tying the knot for the long-awaited ticket to the Champions League, as it will finally be.
Atlético had landed on the grass of Elche with its red uniform and its (almost) lifelike shield. He was convinced that there was no reason to prolong doubts. That there was no better setting than Alicante Stadium, where they bled for the league title last year to resolve their pending issues. The night seemed calm and quiet, but after five minutes, the Rosiblancos dealt the first blow to themselves. Playing his 100th game and becoming one of the team’s stalwarts, Vrsaljko reached his thigh and had to retire with an injury. Without Llorente, approved, and without belief in Vas, a winter sign destined for that position, Simeon opted to turn the system around and bring it to Lodi. It took them some time to adjust.
He did it while Elche was squeezing out of a set piece. The strong point of Francisco’s team, Lucas Boye’s tower as a threat, and one of the weaknesses of the Rosiblanco team’s erratic season. I didn’t want to be distracted jan oblaky, who had come to confront Lodi, probably because of an oversight at one of those works in his area. Then, condogbia He kept swiping balls down the spine from his tentacles. They call it an octopus for a reason.
After half an hour the night opened for Atlético. he thanked it Griezmann He took a few steps back and dressed as a midfielder. He did this because Lodi, as it has happened many times since his conversion at his peak, found a way out. He did it above all else, as Cunha, who was defeated by some in matters of faith, launched himself in search of the ball as Luis Suarez would have done. Neither Bigas nor Roko managed to scare the ball. He hadn’t scored in less than three months, since February, but he did what Suarez was used to last year: scoring.
With that goal in place, Atlético felt relief, but not peace of mind. Any lapse could completely change the scenario. And that oblak, which in itself does not allow an inspection, just needs to take off his gloves.
Due to this deferred fixture play resumed with a party at the Martinez Valero stand. And at the dawn of that second act, Biggs saves a subtle touch by Cunha under the sticks, which seemed like the night time before closing. He won’t get there, but it’s game time. Again Griezmann lit up for lack of a target, though with a well-sharpened periscope. The French found themselves a meter away from the big one, but decided that the best solution, as it turned out, was from paul will drop the curtain
And that’s how Atletico’s torment ended with Simeone on the most erratic course. There are still two days left, yes, but they will only be working to fight for third place in what seemed like a utopia in February.
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