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ATLÉTICO WON AND FINISHED THIRD IN THE CARRANZA AFTER BEATING NIGERIA ALL STARS (2-1)

Godín scores the winning goal before the League opens

Good test of our players, who controlled the game after Gaitán scored in the first half, Bolakale tied and Godín sentenced at the end.

PHOTO: Ángel Gutiérrez

ATLÉTICO DE MADRID  2 – 1  NIGERIA ALL STARS
 
Atlético de Madrid:
Oblak; Juanfran, Savic, Godín, Filipe Luis; Tiago, Koke, Thomas; Gaitán, Gameiro and Saúl.
 
Nigeria All Stars: Ezenwa; Solomon, Alimi, Obaje, Bassey, Nwobodo, Ifeanyi, Ariwachukwu, Nweke, Henlong y Egbuchunam. También jugaron: Bolokale, Ogbugh, Abdullay, Nwabulu, Ali and Olatunbosun.
 
Referee: Peña Varela (Andalucian Committee).
 
GOALS:
1-0.  33’. Gaitán
, with a powerful shot with his left leg in front of the keeper, who can’t stop the goal.
1-1.  86’. Bolakale scores with a low shot.
2-1. 89’. Godín heads to the net a corner kick from Koke.

Diego Pablo Simeone used a different starting eleven from the semi-final to give minutes to most of the players who travelled to the Carranza Trophy. Gaitán once again left the mark of his class with a shot that the Nigerian keeper could not stop when they were 30 minutes into the match. Atlético’s control had produced a goal and the second half could have ended with more goals. Gameiro almost scored it but the keeper Ezenwa saved his team. And Thomas shot high in our team’s last chance.  

In the second half, Atlético dominated although without too much depth and the African squad did their best although their options were reduced due to the good defensive work of our players. Saúl could have scored the second but the Nigerian keeper saved his team again. Good match from Thomas, who gave a great performance in the midfield, even joining the attack and having options to score. However, the only option of the Africans ended in a goal in the final stretch of the match. But Godín scored the winning goal when the match was about to finish, with a goal from a corner kick.

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