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Atlético Madrid Enter UEFA!

Posted by atleti on July 28, 2007

After nearly 70 years of no European action, Atlético Madrid  beat Gloria Bistrita 2-2 (on away goals) to clinch a place in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup. They won the home leg 1-0 thanks to a fantastic, in-the-box strike by Forlán in the 11th minute, a defensive error on the part of the Romanian side.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t available for online viewing at all– and trust me, I checked everywhere. I listened via a Madrileño radio station.

Here are a few notes:

1st Half
-From beginning to his substitution in the 89th minute, Sergio ‘kun’ Agüero possessed immense strength, vision, and work ethic– not to mention absolute genius on the pitch. He was most unfortunate to not score a goal or two in the first half– he was on fire and no doubt had Atleti supporters at the edge of their seats with his promising performance this evening.

-Forlán and defender Pablo were also noted as having a solid first half– Forlán scoring his first goal as a rojiblanco by taking advantage of a defensive blunder by Gloria Bistrita. Indeed, I got the impression that kun and Forlán combined well– unfortunately, only one goal to show for it. All in all, the commentators noted the difference in attack with kun and Forlán when compared to the toothless front-line display of last weekend’s first leg of the Intertoto.

-Maniche was unfortunate to have his 32 min shot hit the bar.

-60% possession, and 4-5 clear shots at goal.

2nd Half
A lot of suffering in this half as there were defensive scares on the part of Atleti’s back-line. In the 59th minute, poor marking by– who else?– Luis Perea, almost led to an equalising goal for Gloria Bistrita.

Mariano Pernía was, to my surprise, chosen in the starting 11, but didn’t impress– from what I’ve read, it was ‘same-old, same-old’ by the Argentine left-back. Surely he’s on his way out of Atleti before the end of the summer–perhaps to Depor?

It was a usual, unimpressive performance by Luccin. Why he continues to occupy a starting 11 spot at all is beyond me. Es una verguenza.

Conclusion
Overall, I’m pleased: Atleti qualify for UEFA, Forlan scored his first goal for the club, and kun impressed with his performance. The best is yet to come.  I can hardly wait to see Simao in action.

Complaints? The defence is still very shaky and will be our downfall if we don’t strengthen it– in desperate need of a solid centre-back! The second half was less-than-convincing than the first half.

Leo Franco; Seitaridis (Eller 88’), Pablo, Perea, Pernía; Luccin, Maniche (Raúl García 76’), Maxi, Jurado; Forlán and Agüero (Braulio 89’).

Unused subs: Abbiatti, Antonio Lopez, Costinha, & Mista

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5 Responses to “Atlético Madrid Enter UEFA!”

  1. Ringo said

    Sorry that link did not work out ,I heard about it from a caller on WSD ,he also mentioned ,Football4less.com and Asiaplatetv.com.
    Again ,I don`t know if they`re any good ,or you may already know about them ,but worth a try in the future?

    Oh ,and I almost forgot…….VAMOS LOS ROJIBLANCOS!

  2. rio said

    congratulations.

    how was maxi?

  3. atleti said

    Thanks- I’ll keep those other links in mind too.

    The general consensus: Maxi was solid as usual– un luchador.

  4. Ian said

    Close one for Atletico – they will need to play better in the UEFA Cup. If they come into form, they could be a real challenge, but they better do it quick. They’ll be the third-ranked team in their region (behind Sampdoria and Galatasaray) for the next qualifying round, so they should get a pretty soft opponent. We’ll see how they look on August 16. Thanks for the visit and comment on my blog.

  5. atleti said

    Here’s hoping that they get their act together. Cheers.

    re to RINGO’s VAMOS LOS ROJIBLANCOS…AUPA ATLETI!

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