Atletico de Madrid can't find their way to a win and lose to Valencia (1-2)

Forlan misses a penalty and Godin is sent off a minute from time

Atletico de Madrid can't find their way to a win. The red and whites lost 2-1 at home to Unai Emery's Valencia in a game with a bit of everything. A missed penalty by Forlan and the sending off of Godin a minute before the end helped the effectiveness of the Valencian team that arrived at the Vicente Calderon with a sublime Jaoquin.
Quique's men faced one of their direct rivals. Following the bad patch they've been going through over the last few games, they were left with no option but to take the three points in front of their home crowd. It was with this premise that they took the field of play. Without underestimating their rival, but with the clear intention to get back on track in the league. The intensity of the home side was evident from the first minute of play. Their work payed off quickly. It was in the third minute when Jose Antonio Reyes controlled a pass from Forlan on the edge of the box, hit it with his left and put it passed the keeper, opening the scoring for the afternoon.
The goal by the guy from Utrera brought great calm to the side. With the scoreboard in their favour, Quique's pupils got on with the game much more serenely. Great hope was put in a game in which the Atletico players wanted to give their all to bring some joy to the supporters, who celebrated the Atletico goal energetically. The celebration of the goal had a message for Sergio Asenjo, who had his knee operated on again last Friday. Undoubtedly, a nice gesture from the red and white number '19'.

Quique didn't stop encouraging his lads from the technical area. The madrilenian coach didn't want his team to rest on heir laurels, he wanted the advantage to be enough to finish off the Valencian team, for this reason, he didn't stop asking for intensity and possesion. In the thirteenth minute it was Kun Aguero who tried, but Guaita stopped the shot without any problems. Valencia wasn't showing it's best side and found it difficult to get the ball out from the back, even so, the 'mattress' team knew they couldn't take Emery's team lightly.
The red and whites wanted more. Aguero provoked applause from the crowd at the Vicente Calderon when, in the 23rd minute of the game, he started a run that he carried on to the six yard box before Maduro's astonished look, it was Jordi Alba that finally had to clear ball for a corner. Without a doubt, Atletico felt confident and eager to do things well. Valencia's best chance came on the half hour. It was Jaoquin following a pass from Soldado, who wanted to get inside the Atleti box, in the end the red and white defence denied the chance. Five minutes before half time Unai Emery's men started pushing and before long, the visiting side was celebrating the levelling of the game. It was Jaoquin again, very active in the first half, that unmarked, beat David De Gea for the draw. A wake up call for the home side that had led the whole first half.
Atletico de Madrid knew that they couldn't let the three points get away. Now in the second half, first Forlan and then Tiago from outside the area, tried to surprise the Valencia defense. But their attempts came to nothing. Tension was sky high on the field of play and this was evident in the inaccuracies of some of the players. Although Emery's team had their up coming Champions league match in mind, this didn't stop them from battling for the victory.
In a good play from Jose Antonio Reyes,  Maduro gifted them the chance in the form of a penalty, that the crowd was waiting for to go ahead. It was Diego Forlan in charge of taking the penalty and he that missed it. The fans couldn't believe it and the Uruguayan was inconsolable. They had blown a fantastic opportunity to go ahead 2-1.
Another clear chance at goal came from Kun Aguero's boots, it was Guaita that prevented a goal from the Argentine. Atletico de Madrid didn't want to let their guard down after Forlan's penalty miss. It's hard to keep your cool in these situations but the red and whites didn't want to throw in the towel. Valencia tried to surprise Atletico on the break. On one such occasion, Pablo Hernadez sent a good shot to De Gea's right post, that went just wide.
Time was running out and it was Atletico de Madrid that was noticing it most. The need for the three points brought about inaccuracies. Contrarily, Valencia was limited in finding a chance to finish the game off. Much to the dismay of the Atleticos, this came five minutes form the end. It was Jaoquin again that ended Atletico's hopes. The andalusian cannoned a shot form the edge of the box to beat David De Gea.
With no time for reaction, the Atleti players saw how everything was going against them. Even more when the referee, Fernandez Borbalan showed Godin a harsh red card for a jump with Joaquin. It was to be a complicated week for the 'mattress' team. Valencia, for their part, knew how to manage their chances and ration their strength. Without further ado the match came to its end with great regret.

ATLÉTICO DE MADRID, 1 (Reyes); VALENCIA, 2 (Joaquín, 2)

Atlético de Madrid: De Gea; Valera, Godín, Perea, Antonio López; Tiago, Raúl García (M. Suárez, 81’), Fran Mérida (Juanfran, 62’), Reyes, Forlán y Kun Agüero.

Valencia: Guaita; Bruno (Miguel, 74’), Stankevicius, Maduro (David Navarro, 79’); Ricardo Costa, Jordi Alba; Topal, Tino Costa; Joaquín, Pablo; Soldado (Aduriz, 63’).

Referee: Fernández Borbalán (Andalusian School).Booked Forlán (43’) and gave Godin a direct red (91') for Ateltico de Madrid ; for Valencia Tino Costa (33’), Maduro (56’), Jordi Alba (58’) and Topal (77’) were all booked.

Match details: Estadio Vicente Calderón. 23rd matchday of the BBVA Leaugue. A moment of silence was observed for the death of Diego Lozano, ex Atletico de Madrid player.
1-0 (3’). Diagonal left foot shot from Reyes after receiving from Forlan.
1-1 (40’). Joaquín on his own in front of De Gea to draw without problems.
1-2 (85’). Joaquín scores again with a hard shot from the edge of the box.