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AFTER A GREAT FIRST HALF, WHICH LACKED A SECOND GOAL, DEPOR TIED

Atlético deserved to win at Riazor

Atlético de Madrid played a great first half, and deserved to go to the half time having scored more goals. Deportivo made the most of their chance to tie.

T. Calvo / PHOTO: A. Marín

DEPORTIVO  1 – 1  ATLÉTICO DE MADRID
 
Deportivo:
Lux; Laure (Juanfran, 75’), Lopo, Sidnei, Fernando Navarro; Mosquera, Borges; Fede Cartabia, Jonás (Luis Alberto, 69’), Fayçal; and Lucas Pérez.
 
Atlético de Madrid: Oblak; Juanfran, Giménez, Godín, Filipe Luis; Koke, Gabi, Tiago (Fernando Torres, 82’), Carrasco (Correa, 61’); Griezmann and Jackson Martínez (Saúl, 72’).
 
Referee: Pérez Montero (Andalucian Committee). Booked the locals Fayçal (15’) and Fede Cartabia (92’).
 
GOALS:
0-1.  34’. Tiago
scores with a low shot from the edge of the box.
1-1.  77’. Lucas Pérez dribbles in the box and scores.

Atlético de Madrid took the field of Riazor with very clear ideas. Mastery of the ball, game control and the chances, especially in the second phase of the first half. The goal came in a brilliant play by Carrasco with a cross to the inside of the box and the ball ended up at the top just in front of Tiago who, with a strong drive, lodged the ball close to the post of Lux. Godin could have increased the advantage on 38 minutes, with a header that crashed on the left post and Griezmann deviated the clearance but the goalkeeper stopped it.

After half time, Deportivo started to press on the gas with an ordered Atlético that didn’t grant chances to score until the equalizer, well into the second half. From then on, the match could have gone either way but without clear opportunities, except the shot to the post by Fayçal. We failed to finish the job in the first half and the team paid it dearly leaving behind two points when it had earned merits to win. 

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