Atleti lost 2-0 against Levante at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday. Our team took 28 shots, but we somehow didn’t pick up any points from the match.
Suárez had the first chance of the game, but his right-foot strike was saved by Cárdenas. The visitors were also very close to scoring as Morales was sent through on goal and his shot was inches wide. But it was our team who had the most chances – and the next was from Kondogbia, whose header was saved by Cárdenas. Unfortunately, Levante took the lead just after the half hour mark. Morales took a shot that ended in the back of the net after a couple of deflections. We kept pushing and had another shot on goal through Hermoso – but Cárdenas once again saved it.
Our first chance of the second half was a header from Giménez – who was taken off shortly thereafter as Lemar came on. The Frenchman returned after being out of action for a couple of weeks. Atleti had countless chances in the second half, the next of which was an exceptional Luis Suárez free-kick attempt that struck the post. Joao Félix also had a couple of close-range attempts, but Cárdenas once again was there to deny him. Torreira and Ricard came on for Kondogbia and Correa just after the Argentine had a goal disallowed for an alleged foul from Suárez. The chances kept coming but we were unable to find the equaliser, and Simeone decided to bring on another striker. Koke made way for Dembélé, who made his Atleti debut after returning from COVID-19. Lemar had a right-foot attempt from outside the box that was just wide and a left-foot volley that was saved in style, once again, by Cárdenas. In the last minute, after Oblak had made his way to the opposition’s box during a corner, Levante scored the second on the break as the game ended 2-0.