GIRONAIf playing in the Metropolitano is already difficult in itself, it is even more so if you are the main problem. Girona, which aimed to improve in defence, chained one error after another and conceded two goals to end up leaving the match against Atlético de Madrid empty-handed (2-1). Although if it wasn’t for Oblak’s hands, the result would have been different.
Just starting has been a shot in the foot, which has made the way easier for a rival who doesn’t play well but has enough forcefulness. A cross from Griezmann, who celebrated the officiality of his transfer with the title, was finished without contemplation by Correa, who in his day was the first footballer to score a goal for the Girona club in its short history in Primera . The Argentine never forgives.
And that Míchel changed Juanpe to start for Javi Hernández, beaten by the goalscorer of the afternoon in an action in which Bernardo also missed and broke the offside. But since the mistake is not individual but rather collective, Correa, murri, has sealed his double at the beginning of the second half, taking advantage of a monumental mess by Juan Carlos in the departure of the ball that has given away the goal Girona continues to concede too many facilities at the back. By the time he realized it, he was too far.
And the red one in Giménez?
Between the two goals, Girona dominated. It is true that it has been of no use, but whoever does not console himself is because he does not want to. Atlético, with an advantage, relaxed and let him do it, until he felt reprimanded by his fans, who booed him. Girona has neither found spaces nor been able to do harm; he has wasted every opportunity he has had. Arnau, the most dangerous player, went deep several times on the wing and assisted Oriol Romeu in the first offensive action with some sense. Witsel rejected the shot. Yangel Herrera has also had a couple, increasing some good feelings trampled by mistakes. And for Giménez, who has stopped braking with Arnau, but instead of seeing the red, he has seen the yellow. Small details
Simeone’s men have decided that life is much better if you don’t think too much, making two strikes that have left the Girona side in awe, able to revive when no one thought so. Riquelme, with a long shot, has opened a gap for hope. Stuani was already on the field, recovered from his arrhythmia, undoubtedly the best news of the afternoon. Girona will make mistakes, have many shortcomings and can do many things better, but they can never be singled out for giving up prematurely.
And he has had the tie, and whether he has had it. Damn Oblak. If you are lucky to beat Koke or Saúl in midfield, and know how to get rid of Giménez or Savic, you still have the top of the Slovenian goalkeeper, who deflected enough of a shot from Aleix Garcia that ended up hitting the post. It didn’t stop there and Oblak again took a scandalous hand to another shot by Ulldecona. It would have been a boost to a slightly weakened self-esteem with the third defeat in a row.
- Atlético de Madrid: Oblak, Molina, Giménez, Savic, Reinildo, Koke, Witsel (Kondogbia, 74′), Correa (Joao Félix, 74′), Carrasco (Saúl, 65′), Griezmann (Lemar, 65′) and Cunha (Morata, 65′). Coach: Simeone.
- Girona: Juan Carlos, Arnau (Yan Couto, 46′), Bueno, Bernardo, Javi Hernández (Terrats, 84′), Miguel Gutiérrez (Valery, 46′), Oriol Romeu, Aleix Garcia, Yangel Herrera (Stuani, 64′) , Riquelme (Toni Villa, 81′) and Taty Castellanos. Coach: Míchel Sánchez.
- Goals: 1-0 Correa (5′), 2-0 Correa (48′), 2-1 Riquelme (66′).
- Referee: Martínez Munuera (Valencian Committee).
- Yellow cards: Giménez (45 +1′), Cunha (49′), Javi Hernández (55′) and Savic (89′).
- Red cards: None.
- Stadium: Cívitas Metropolitano, 54,069 spectators.