Forlán celebrates after scoring from the spot.
STARTING 11: Abbiati, Antonio López, Eller, Pablo, Pernía, Motta, Cleber, Maxi (Maniche 71), Luis García, Agüero (Simão 46), Forlán (Mista 70).
Subs Not Used: Falcón, Raúl García, Zé Castro, Reyes.
45+1′ Forlán (pen)
Atlético comfortably won Aberdeen FC in Vicente Calderón stadium this evening, climbing up the group table:
Lokomotiv Moskva 2
NB: By winning our final two group games (away to Copenhagen & home to Panathinaikos), we will secure top spot.
Aguirre after the game:
“It was important to pick up the three points, and to not concede any goals. They were our objectives, and we achieved them…The team knew how to control the match…We knew how to play the match when ahead.”
I was only able to watch the first half on livefooty before I had to go to work. Once there, I followed the live text (no Internet radio, unfortunately).
For those of you who don’t know Spanish, I’ve translated & paraphrased a few excerpts from the blogs of two Atleti supporters who went to the game:
Fernando at SENTIMIENTO ATLETICO wrote this at the end of his entry:
“It should be noted that Motta played a [major role in this game]; Cleber & Eller performed terribly as usual; Antonio performed well as right-back; & Simao [played excellently & with lots of desire in the second half."
Sergio at LA GRADA has written that the game almost felt like a 'training session' against a 'very poor' Aberdeen side. Sergio also pointed out the immense 'presence of Motta' in midfield & noted that without Raul or Maniche, our attacking game tends to be rather predictable. "There was so little 'flow' in this game [on our part] that the two goals came from set-pieces.”
El Mundo’s Fernando Llamas had this to say at FT:
“The difference between the two teams is infinite [...] Atleti failed to overwhelm its opponent, who only knew how to do a couple moves, one of them being kicking long balls to striker Lee Miller.
If you missed the comments in the previous entry, check them out: day1star provided his (always-welcomed) summarisation of the game. In fact, thanks to all visitors of the blog– it’s great to have regulars pop in to offer their insight & thoughts on results and other happenings.
Back to the game: I’m thrilled that we won again. The fact that we kept a clean sheet (despite the defensive blunders of Eller) is great as well. I’d also like to go on record and say that of all of our current players, Simao is the one who should take the free-kicks, if he is on the pitch. It annoys me when I hear that Reyes steps up to take one (thankfully he didn’t play this evening)– as far as I’m concerned, Simao is our free-kick specialist.
It’s also worth pointing out that Maniche only played 20 minutes & Raul remained benched– two key players for our league games. They will be more than ready to return to the starting 11 this Sunday against Real Betis.