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Jornada 15: Atlético de Madrid 1 Getafe 0

Posted by atleti on December 9, 2007

Atleti collect an important 3 points after another bizarre night at el Vicente Calderón. The victory lifts los colchoneros to #3 with 30 points– only 5 points away from league leaders, Re*l M*drid.

A quick description: A truly bizarre, ugly derby with a card-happy ref (18 in total!). What more is there to say?

Here are the basics.

TACTICS: Abbiati; Antonio López, Perea, Eller, Pernía; Maniche, Raúl García, Simão (Reyes 59’), Maxi (Cléber 88’); Forlán (Luis García, 90’), Kun Agüero.

19′ Forlán (fantastic assist by Simao, who continues to impress)

Cards issued to Atleti players by referee Clos Gómez:
34′ Maniche, a yellow for an awful tackle on Cata Diaz. This could’ve easily been a red.

49′ Kun, a yellow for allegedly diving.

64′ Kun, second yellow for the Argentine, this time for a handball in the box. Down to 10 men.

77′ Reyes, a straight red for the Gitano for a sloppy tackle on Albin. Seriously, Reyes has contributed very little (if anything) to our campaign. Ship him out, I say. I noticed Forlán exchanged a few words with him after his expulsion. Makes me wish I was a lip-reader! At this point, we were even: 9 versus 9.

83′ Raúl García, a yellow for a tackle on Granero.

88′ Maxi, a yellow for time-wasting when he was subbed out.

(Getafe received 9 yellow & 2 red cards!)

What does all of this mean?
We won’t have Kun & Maniche for our away game against Recreativo. I don’t care about Reyes. His expulsion means that we can use Luis until the winter break. As for Maniche, Motta will occupy that spot, providing he doesn’t aggravate his knee against Granada.

Other Points
*Getafe had plenty of opportunities to punish us. Indeed, we were quite fortunate that they were poor finishers tonight– we gave them a dangerous amount of space to maneuver & play their game.

*Pernía could’ve doubled our lead as he hit the woodwork on a free kick.

*I thought there were some good interplays between Kun, Simao, & Forlán in the 1st half.

The defence, overall, had an adequate performance– effective & no costly errors. It was a mixed game for Abbiati; the Italian made some crucial saves, but also made a few nerve-wracking blunders. Thankfully, nothing led to an equaliser.

At the end of the day, the most important thing is that we secured the 3 points.

Upwards & Onwards.

Next up…away to Granada on 12-December (Copa).

13 Responses to “Jornada 15: Atlético de Madrid 1 Getafe 0”

  1. Willen said

    First of all, thanks atleti for that site you gave me… I watched the game there.. thank you!

    All your review is right.. terrible game.. I don’t agree with the second yellow to Kun… at least.. this is my opnion..

    Great Abbiati.. I think he was ok..
    I really want to see better games of our Atleti.. Barcelona almost didn’t win.. almost.. =/

    Good week for everyone..

  2. atleti said

    Great! You should check out that site & Rojadirecta ( for video feeds.

    It would have been great if Barcelona dropped points, but whatever, que sera, sera.

    It’s helpful that Villarreal lost & Espanyol dropped points at Zaragoza.

  3. Atlético de Madrid won a new game. I’m agree with Willen, the second yellow card to Agüero is unjust. Four ejected & sixteen yellow cards was too much.


  4. day1star said

    Great news Atletico are contesting the sending off of Aguero, so fingers crossed the decision gets rescinded.

  5. day1star said

    I watched both of his yellow card incents very carefully, on the first one Pato was not looking at the ball but the player, if you look at Aguero his eyes are fixed on where the ball is going his left hand comes out to push Pato away and Pato’s leg sends him off balance, that shoud have been a penalty and yellow card for Pato not the other way round.
    On the second incident it’s harder to see clearly whether there was any contact but if you watch the position of the defenders left leg as it comes down to land it comes at an awkward angle which to my mind suggests that there was contact made on Aguero, i would have loved to see that from the other side i’m pretty sure you’d be able to tell much more clearly then.

  6. day1star said

    Maxi’s yellow card was also very stupid, he was giving the captains armband and was ajudged to be time wasting, what a load of rubbish, this was one of the worst refs i’ve seen.

  7. atleti said

    Agreed. I don’t think Kun should’ve been sent off. The ref was far too card-happy.

  8. Mohammed said

    As I have read, the ref was going to give Aguero the penalty, but the assistant talked to him and convinced him that Aguero was diving.

  9. Willen said

    Well.. it’s good all this discussion of Kun’s cards… we realize how important he is to us =)

    but… let me say something that cannot be forgot:
    How dumb is Reyes? really? what a idiot… TOTALLY unnecessary foul… man… I think it’s not, but seems that he did it on purpose… what a idiot!

  10. atleti said

    Yeah, that was my understanding as well, Mohammed: that he was going to award the penalty, but he changed his mind.

    Reyes’ card: totally justified, and idiotic.

  11. atleti said

    Forgot to mention: I’m so damn confused with Motta. I thought he was fit, but I read today that he was training with the physio (instead of with the group) because of his knee.

  12. Billie said

    I didn’t know this web page but I am very happy for seeing that Atleti also is present in the USA.

    I have blog (in spanish) about Atletico de Madrid. If somebody is interested it calls ” pobreatleti” poor atleti.

    Greetings from Spain.

  13. atleti said

    Thanks for your visit, Billie. I’ll check out your blog!

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