Atleti earned a 2-0 away win at Mallorca on Wednesday thanks to goals from Diego Costa and Joao Félix.
Our team started the game strongly and collected a couple of good chances inside the first four minutes, first through Costa and then through Saúl. Vitolo also struck over the crossbar early on following a good play. But in the 27th minute we finally took the lead as Diego Costa headed a Koke cross into the back of the net. It was a great start, but we didn’t stop there. The referee awarded our team a penalty shortly thereafter, only for the decision to be overturned following a VAR review. And a bit later, we almost doubled our lead as Arias’ shot hit the post. Just before the break, Joao Félix almost scored but his header was saved in style by Reina.
Mallorca were very close to scoring at the beginning of the second half as Kubo’s shot was deflected by Savic and ultimately struck the post. Simeone decided to change things around by bringing Correa on for Vitolo, and Atleti’s second goal came 65 minutes in as Joao Félix’s left-foot volley was deflected into the back of the net. Our team had finally doubled its lead, and Morata came on for Costa immediately after. However, the referee showed the Spanish striker two consecutive yellow cards just minutes after coming on, and Simeone reacted by brining Marcos Llorente on for Joao Félix. The Spanish midfielder almost scored just moments after coming on following a fantastic link-up play, but the match ultimately finished 2-0 as our team earned an important away win before Saturday’s clash against Real Madrid.