ATLÉTICO DE MADRID 1 – 0 NUMANCIA
Atlético de Madrid: Bono; Juanfran, Godín (Lucas, 31’), Miranda, Siqueira; Koke, Gabi, Mario Suárez, Arda Turan; Raúl García and Mandžukić (Héctor, 31’). Manquillo, Giménez, Insua, Guilavogui, Iván Alejo, Saúl, Cristian Rodríguez, Leo Baptistao, David Gil, Samuel, Carlos Ramos and Nacho Monsalve also played.
Numancia: Biel Ribas (Guillermo Vallejo, 31’); Gafoor, Pedraza, Iñigo Pérez, Palanca, Juanma, Isidoro, Vicente, Natalio, Bonilla and Sergi Enrich. Pedro, Munir, Akapo, Josua, Plaza, Pablo Valcarce, David Sanz, Luis Valcarce, Dani Calvo and Ripa also played.
Referee: Palacios Aragonés (Castellano-leonés). Showed no cards.
1-0. 44'. Héctor heads home a measured centre from Juanfran.
EVENTS: Jesús Gil y Gil II Memorial. El Burgo de Osma Municipal Field. Cristian Rodríguez, who was the captain in the second half, received the trophy. Atlético de Madrid wore the second kit, in grey, for the first time.
Atlético de Madrid began the pre-season matches with the same rival as last season, Numancia, and in the same place, El Burgo de Osma. The hometown of the Club’s late President, Jesús Gil y Gil, lived a festive day with the visit of the League Champions.
Diego Pablo Simeone started with a team line up the fans know to perfection, with the novelty of Bono at the goal, Siqueira on the left side and Mandžukić on the striker position. Within half an hour, the coach decided to make the first two changes, logical on the other hand, because Godín joined on Saturday 19th and the Croatian on Friday 18th. As a matter of fact, Héctor, who replaced the player who will be presented this Thursday at the Calderón, scored the first goal of the match.
A perfect assist from Juanfran from the right, with a measured centre to the back post, headed to the first by the player from the Canaries who scored the first goal of the match when the first half was coming to an end.
In the second half, roller coaster of changes for both teams. Simeone gave entry to all the players who were on the bench so they played minutes and that decreased the goal chances. However, Bono at the beginning, and David Gil at the end frustrated the Numantine’s attempts, while Cristian Rodríguez had a shot that was cleared by the defenders from Soria. In the final stretch of the match, Leo Baptistão shot a pass from Guilavogui above the crossbar.