An amazing goal from Tiago seals Atlético de Madrid’s win in Trondheim (1-2)

Agüero opens the scoring and the team suffers in the second half

A magnificent 30-metre strike from Tiago put a worthy culmination on a match that Atlético de Madrid dominated in the first half thanks to the goal from Agüero after a beautiful play between Raúl García and Simão just three minutes in. Then, the Norwegians drew level after the re-start, De Gea was made some brilliant saves to keep the team in it, and the game ended with the amazing goal that the Portuguese midfielder pulled out of thin air.

Atlético de Madrid went into the match against Rosenborg with the aim of bringing qualification for the next round of the competition in which they’re the reigning champions, the Europa League, within shooting range. After an inconsistent start in the group stage (loss in Salonica against Aris and draw at the Calderón against Bayer Leverkusen), Quique Sánchez Flores’ lads crushed Rosenborg at home (3-0) in an encounter that was the continental debut of Joel between the posts and in which Agüero came back from his injury suffered in Bilbao to score the second goal and assist on the third to Diego Costa.

The precedent for Atlético de Madrid against a Norwegian side was positive, because they faced Fylling in Bergen in 1991, in the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup, with victories in both games, first in Bergen (0-1), with a goal from Manolo, and then with a blow-out at the Calderón (7-2), with goals from Manolo (3), Schuster (2), Soler and Futre.

And the truth is that the match couldn’t have begun any better for the ‘rojiblancos’. Two minutes in a cross from Raúl García, who played at right wing in this encounter, almost led to an opening goal, but Tiago was unable to get to it. Immediately after, Raúl García sent a magnificent switch from the right to the left for Simão, who served up Agüero on a silver platter to score the first goal of the match, cooling down the Norwegians.

The ‘rojiblanco’ squad found themselves comfortable with the goal and the lead and took control of the match, always fighting off the forward pushes of the home players, who could only unsettle De Gea on isolated attacks, although the shots from the Rosenborg players didn’t find their target because the Madrid goalkeeper hardly had to face dangerous shots.

Quique Sánchez Flores decided to play Raúl García on the right flank and the player from Navarre was a force, causing fear in his marker, the veteran Orsin. After being the central figure in the first two dangerous attacks, Raúl García again took centre stage with a shot from the top of the area after teaming up with Simão and Diego Costa, but his left-footed shot went just wide of the post.

Rosenborg suffered without the ball and Atlético controlled and controlled until they saw the chance to create another scoring chance. Joining Raúl García was Antonio López with a strong shot, but both shots were saved by Orlund.

Nevertheless, the second half was a completely different story, at least at the beginning. It seemed like the home team had worked a miracle at halftime because while they hardly warned De Gea in the first half, in the first 15 minutes of the second they had Moldskred head over in the six-yard box, the equaliser came from Henriksen and De Gea was forced into two nice saves from the author of the goal and from Prica.

The second half didn’t look the same, with an Atlético side that was reeling from the blow of the goal and which had to slowly get back into shape. They again tried to control the ball such as on a play which could have given them a 1-2 lead after a perfect pas from Forlán to Diego Costa inside the area, but the Brazilian’s shot brushed past the post, just as had occurred in the first half with Raúl García’s shot.

As Quique Sánchez Flores had stated in the press conference leading up to the match, if anything characterizes this Atlético de Madrid it’s that they give a maximum effort at all times. The ‘rojiblanco’ squad regained ball control and the dangerous plays got closer to Orlund’s area. On one of those, Tiago dribbled past three helpless defenders and decided the final result with a superb strike from 30 metres out that surprised the Norwegian goalkeeper and sealed an important victory for Atlético de Madrid.

Now the ‘rojiblancos’, with the results from the previous matchday and Bayer Leverkusen’s victory over Aris, depend on themselves to qualify for the Europa League round of 32. A victory over Aris on 1 December would earn them a stamp on their passports for the next round and would play for first place in the group on the final matchday in Leverkusen.

In spite of the fact that Rosenborg was eliminated from the Champions League play-off at the hands of FC Kobnhavn, the team managed by Eggen hadn’t lost at Lerkendal Stadion in two years, when Valencia beat them 0-4 in the UEFA Cup group stage, which says a lot about the strength of the Norwegians in their home stadium. Atlético de Madrid was the squad to break that winning streak.

Atlético de Madrid is the sixth Spanish team to face Rosenborg and earned a vital win for reaching their goal. The Norwegians have played, both in the UEFA Cup (Deportivo, Alavés and Valencia) and in the Champions League (Valencia, Deportivo, Real Madrid and Athletic), so Atlético is the sixth Spanish side to visit Lerkendal Stadion. And the fact is that it hasn’t been the kindest pitch for the Spaniards. Losing here were Deportivo in 1994 (1-0), Real Madrid in 1997 (2-0), Athletic in 1998 (2-1) and Valencia in 2007 (2-0) and Deportivo had a scoreless draw in 2003. Alavés won in 2000, Real Madrid twice (2000 and 2005) and Valencia once (2008).

In short, it was an important win that boosts the team’s morale as it heads into Sunday’s classic derby at the Santiago Bernabéu, where Quique Sánchez Flores’ lads will try to break the spell that has hung over the ‘rojiblancos’ for ten years, during which they have not beaten their eternal rivals.
ROSENBORG, 1 (Henriksen); ATLÉTICO DE MADRID, 2 (Agüero and Tiago)

Rosenborg: Orlund; Lustig, Bjarsmyr, Demidov, Dorsin; Annan (Bakary Sare, 60’), Henriksen, Skjelbred; Moldskred, Iversen and Prica.

Atlético de Madrid: De Gea; Ujfalusi, Perea, Domínguez, Antonio López; Tiago, Assunçao (Mario Suárez, 70’), Raúl García, Simão; Diego Costa (Canacho, 90’) and Agüero (Forlán, 60’).

Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (Russia). For the home team showed a yellow card to Moldskred (27’). For Atlético booked Agüero (52’) and De Gea (77’).

Incidents: Lerkendal Stadion de Trondheim. 14.248 spectators. Pulido and Koke were the players left off the roster of the 20 who travelled to Trondheim. Atlético de Madrid played with blue jerseys and socks and red shorts. Around one-hundred ‘rojiblanco’ supporters were in the stands, including the members of the Norwegian Atlético Fan Club.