With a goal of Fran Beltrán, With an atypical blow that nobody knew where it could end and entered the squad, Celta frustrated a victory that Atlético, ahead from the first minute thanks to a Morata’s goal, He had managed with the solidity of past times and that, after the tie, became an exercise more in a hurry than a success to attack.
Simeone’s team is far from being an offensive hurricane or generating opportunities with a minimum of fluidity, but it maintains its undefeated condition after the pandemic and, although it adds third tie in eight games, the number 15 in the season (club record), remains consolidated in the top four. The point, in the Celta’s fight to seal the permanence, It is an unexpected advance to despair of Mallorca or Leganés.
Good athletic start
As it is already becoming common after the pandemic, Atlético started intense, fast, with high blood pressure and the intention to attack, but found the award before ever. Before a minute was up, Arias He stole a ball and the play ended with a cross that Morata only had to finish at pleasure less than a meter from the line to mark Correa’s center.
In Celtic, even with the pending salvation, Óscar García recovered the defense five to receive a colossus like Atlético and was seen from the start, with the obligation to attack and a system designed to defend.
Atlético built their match from the initial goal, with a mattress to prioritize defensive stability and without anxiety about having to attack. Meanwhile, Celta played and played without depth and without making Simeone’s team suffer. Between the calmness of the athletic game, and the Celtic impotence, the Llorente electricity he put the differential point in the game, always fast, incisive and precise.
Goal for the squad
The only change in the second half was that, in the first plays, the one who scored was Celtic. Fran Beltrán finished off a center of Brais Méndez, the best Celtiña, with a volley movement and a touch of exterior in semifallo that, with an unexpected parabola, ended in the Oblak’s goal squad.
The tie rekindled Celta’s hopes of scoring, and more, of scoring the counterattack again. At the same time, he returned Atlético to a state of alarm that hastened his attacks. Those of Simeone settled in a rival field, but the entrance of Rafinha y Mina He contributed a fresh air in the attack from Vigo that put Óscar García’s men ahead on the number of occasions.
Simeone’s changes did not cause the same effect, Atlético reached the final stage in a hurry to find some opportunities that did not come. The Celtic goalkeeper Rubén Blanco’s injury ten minutes from the end it gave him some pepper at the end, with the entry of the youth team Villar after the club has replaced the long-term injured goalkeeper Sergio Álvarez with the signing of Nolito.
RC CELTA DE VIGO 1
ATLÉTICO DE MADRID 1
Celtic: Rubén Blanco (5); Mallo (6), Aidoo (5), Murillo (6), Sáenz (5), Olaza (5); Okay (4), Brais Méndez (7), Beltrán (7); Smolov (4), Aspas (5). Technical: Óscar García Junyent (7). Changes: Rafinha (6) by Brais Méndez (m. 58), Mina (7) by Smolov (m. 58), Iván Villar (7) by Rubén Blanco (m. 80), Bradaric (sc) by Aspas (m. 90) .
Athletic: Oblak (7); Arias (7), Savic (5), Giménez (6), Lodi (6); Correa (6), Saúl (5), Thomas (5), Koke (5); Llorente (7), Morata (6). Technical: Diego Simeone (5). Changes: Herrera (4) for Thomas (d. 67), Manu Sánchez (5) for Lodi (d. 67), Vitolo (4) for Llorente (d. 67), Lemar (5) for Correa (d. 72), Saponjic (sc) by Morata (d. 87)
Goals: 0-1 (m. 1) Morata finishes off a Arias cross on the line. 1-1 (m. 48) Fran Beltrán with a shot from inside the area.
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez (6), from Murcia.
Cards: Brais Méndez (m. 21), Lodi (m. 22), Sáenz (m. 46), Murillo (m. 50), Giménez (m. 78), Herrera (m. 93)
Stadium: Sweep. Spectators: 0.