Atleti earned a very important home win over Villarreal on Sunday thanks to goals from Correa, Koke and Joao Félix.
Our team tried to create early problems for the opposition down the wings, as Lodi and Vrsaljko attempted several crosses inside the first 15 minutes of the clash. However, it was Villarreal who hit first at that point. Alcácer struck the ball perfectly from the edge of the box to give his side the lead. Atleti and the Wanda Metropolitano reacted well to the goal. A few minutes later, we had a massive double chance that Asenjo somehow saved both times. Later, it was Morata who tried his luck, but the opposition’s goalkeeper stopped the header. Our persistence paid off and Correa equalised as we approached the break. Vrsaljko provided the assist to make it a positive end to the first half.
Atleti kept pushing after half-time, and we soon made a double substitution, bringing Joao Félix and Trippier – both of whom returned from injury – for Vitolo and Vrsaljko. These changes made us push even more, with the Englishman creating problems for Villarreal down the right flank and the Portuguese looking dangerous when he touched the ball. Correa was brought down inside the box, but no penalty was given. And shortly thereafter, in one of Trippier’s attacks down the right, the Argentine crossed the ball and Koke headed it home to put us in front. But we didn’t stop there, and not long after, Joao Félix struck with his left foot from outside the box to give us a two-goal lead. Atleti were completing an excellent second half, and the Portuguese forward then had another chance following a sensational nutmeg. This time though, he couldn’t find the back of the net. Llorente came on for Morata in the last few minutes of the clash as Atleti held on to the lead to secure a very important home win.