Atlético Madrid 2-0 Getafe: Griezmann brace seals Madrid Derby
Despite a resilient Getafe performance, Atleti’s quality shined through and Antoine Griezmann, who didn’t have his best game for Los Rojiblancos, got the two goals that – for the time being at least – sends Atleti top.
There were six changes from the eleven that start at Eibar on Saturday, but it took Atleti only four minutes to get on the scoresheet.
Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, in for Luciano Vietto, had his corner punched out by Vicente Guaita and Gabi’s half-volley from just outside the area hit Griezmann who took a touch and finished coolly to make it 1-0.
There were not a terrific amount of chances in the game, but Getafe’s left-back Carlos Vigaray had two head injuries, yet saw the game out. The first of those came in the first half after he ran into Fernando Torres, and the second came just inside the second half as he went up for a header with Griezmann and their heads collided.
At half-time, despite a good performance up until that point, Ferreira Carrasco was taken off for Ángel Correa. Like he did against Eibar at the weekend, his introduction brought some added excitement to Atleti’s play going forward.
Getafe had a great chance to equalise on the hour mark. After Víctor Rodríguez put in the former Real Madrid midfielder Pedro León, his first time effort with the outside of his foot went inches wide of Jan Oblak’s goal.
In the final minutes, Getafe continued to push for that elusive equalising goal and made some attacking changes. Ángel Lafita was replaced by Álvaro Vázquez and Juan Rodríguez was replaced by Bernard Mensah, who is on loan from Atleti.
As Getafe penned Atleti back in their own box, the home side counter-attacked and doubled their lead.
Tiago, on as a substitute in the 64th minute, played a ball over the top for Jackson Martínez and Santiago Vergini missed his clearing header. As the Colombian received the ball, he took a touch and squared it across the box for Griezmann to get his second of the game.
This might not have been the best Atleti performance to watch, but Diego Simeone’s side are the masters of grinding out results. 2-0 seems to be a favoured score too as they have won their last three games by that scoreline.
For Getafe, there are plenty of positives for Fran Escribá. If they play like they did against any of the non-top four sides, they will easily avoid relegation. After going fifteen hours since they last scored against Atleti, though, he’ll be hoping that his forwards can start to convert their chances.
Atlético Madrid 2-0 Getafe
Referee: Álvarez Izquierdo
Atletico Madrid XI: Oblak; Juanfran, Savić, Godín, Siqueira; Óliver (64’), Gabi, Saúl, Ferreira Carrasco (45’); Griezmann, Torres (56’).
Subs: Ángel Correa (45’), Jackson Martínez (56’), Tiago (64).
Goals: Griezmann (4’, 89’).
Yellow cards: Siqueira (2’), Gabi (39’), Tiago (71’).
Getafe XI: Guaita; Damián Suárez, Vergini, Alexis, Vigaray; Medrán, J. Rodríguez (80’); Pedro León (69’), Lafita (78’), V. Rodriguez; Šćepović.
Subs: Wanderson (69’), Álvaro Vázquez (78’), Bernard Mensah (80’).
Yellow cards: Alexis (35’), Lafita (78’).