Atleti earned a dramatic 1-0 win at Elche on Saturday as the hosts missed a last-minute penalty. Llorente scored our goal in the first half.
Our team was fantastic from the very beginning – attacking, dominating possession and applying high pressure. Luis Suárez was the first to have a big chance, but his strike was off target. The Uruguayan did find the back of the net shortly thereafter, but VAR ultimately disallowed the goal for an alleged offside. Simeone’s men kept going and finally found the breakthrough 25’ into the game. Carrasco made a great move down the left wing and provided an assist for Llorente, whose strike was deflected into the back of the net. Atleti continued to perform at a very high level throughout the first half. We were awarded a penalty in stoppage time because of a handball, but VAR overturned the decision and we reached half-time just 1-0 up.
Elche improved in the second half and Simeone decided to move things around by bringing Joao Félix on for Lemar. The Argentine strengthened our midfield a few minutes later as Koke came on for Correa. We had a few chances to double our lead, but Elche increasingly had more possession. Felipe and Saúl came on for Giménez and Suárez in the 82nd minute, and it seemed like we had it all under control until the 90th minute. The referee awarded a penalty to Elche after the ball hit Llorente’s hand. The league title was on the line as Fidel stepped up to take the penalty. He struck… and the ball hit the post. It was the most dramatic of games, but Atleti ultimately picked up three key points in the race for LaLiga.
Next up: FC Barcelona.