A 15th goal this season of Antoine Griezmann, served by Thomas Lemar, contributed Wednesday to the victory of Atlético on Valencia (3-2), which rejects the 26th title of Spanish champion of Barcelona.
Four and a half years since Valencia have not beaten Atlético Madrid in Liga (*). This shows how slim were the hopes of Barcelona fans to see Messi and his troupe crowned on Wednesday if Gonçalo Guedes' team-mates won the Wanda Metropolitano. Launched in an exciting end of the season also with a semifinal Europa League, the Valencians have delivered a superb opposition, scored two goals in the best defense of Liga, but it was not enough and, with his victory (3-2) – the 3rd in the league – Atlético returns to nine points of the Barcelona leader to four days of the end of the season.
First thanks to a perfect center Juanfran on which Alvaro Morata, in fox, is on the lookout at the far post to open the mark (1-0, 9th). But Valencia is not for nothing on 21 matches without defeat, all competitions, on its last 22 outings: the game of the club is set up and, on a thumb opening of Francis Coquelin for Carlos Soler, it is behind the Santi Mina's sombrero who eliminates Diego Godin to serve Kevin Gameiro. The former Matelassier has the same composure to beat Jan Oblak at close range and to avoid any effusion in his celebration out of respect for his former audience (1-1, 36e).
The jewel of Correa
To prevent Barcelona from igniting on Wednesday night, it takes a fifteenth goal this season, signed Antoine Griezmann of the head, on a service … two stars of a Thomas Lemar, already scorer in Eibar (1-0) the week-end last, and who ends this season in a bang (2-1, 49th). 'Grizy', still him, not very far by a loss of ball to allow the new equalization of the visitors in against on a beautiful shift of Gameiro for Soler. But Oblak's decision is monumental (60th).
An arm took off Saul Niguez in its surface and is the penalty, confirmed by the VAR, that captain Dani Parejo transforms (2-2, 77th). Griezmann is still close to hit the head (78th). But it's the Argentinian international Angel Correa who takes care of it on a marvel of control-hit sequence from the outside of the box (3-2, 81st). The coronation, inevitable, Barça wait and Atlético returns to nine lengths in the standings. But who said that this team was boring: it certainly was not the case on Wednesday.
(*) The last success of the Valencians in Madrid dates back to February 2011 (2-1) on a double of Joaquin.