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February 8, 2014 4:00 PM EST
Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos — Almería
Referee:‬ Fernando Teixeira‎
Attendance:‬ 10958‎
 
80′ Verza
 
86′ (PG) Verza
 
Top of the Match
Verza
Verza
Almeria
Verza
Verza
Almeria
Flop of the Match
Dani Aranzubia
Dani Aranzubia
Atletico Madrid
Juanfran
Juanfran
Atletico Madrid

Almeria 2-0 Atletico Madrid: Verza knocks Simeone's men off top spot

A couple of late goals from the midfielder ensured the visitors' spell at the top of La Liga was short lived.

DIEGO RIBAS RAMON AZEEZ ALMERIA ATLETICO MADRID LIGA BBVA 02082014
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Almeria shocked Atletico Madrid 2-0 to enhance its bid for La Liga survival while knocking Atleti off top spot.

A tepid game only came to life in the closing stages when a cross from Verza beat goalkeeper Dani Aranzubia and ended up finding the top corner of the capital side's net.

Rather than provoking a reaction, more poor play from the shot-stopper saw him dismissed and from the resultant penalty Verza sent midfielder Gabi -- who took over in goal for the closing stages -- the wrong way.

The result leaves Atletico on 57 points, level with Real Madrid, which goes top on goal difference.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone was without key trio Thibaut Courtois, Luis Filipe and David Villa for the trip to Andalucia, all of whom missed out with injuries.

Fresh from a 3-0 derby disappointment against Real on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey, Atletico looked determined from the off and 19-year-old right back Javi Manquillo almost got his first La Liga goal with a chipped effort in the seventh minute, but Angel Trujillo got back to clear.

January signing Diego was the next to go close with a dipping 25-yard effort, but Esteban got his fingertips to it, turning it past the post.

With 28 minutes on the clock, Almeria was lucky to escape without conceding a penalty.

The lively Manquillo once again found himself in an advanced position and on-loan Liverpool midfielder Suso pushed him in the back while challenging the teenager in the air, but the referee ignored the Atletico protests.

Diego narrowly missed the target again early in the second half as he cut across the Almeria area after coming in from the right before unleashing a powerful low drive towards the bottom-left corner, but the left-footed attempt went just wide.

Almeria substitute Helder Barbosa somehow escaped a red card with 24 minutes left as the Portuguese midfielder produced a callous two-footed stamp on Tiago's right leg, resulting in his compatriot being forced off on a stretcher.

The hosts almost snatched the lead as Aleix Vidal jolted past two defenders before seeing his side-footed effort hit both posts, but luck was on their side shortly after as Verza fortuitously found the top corner after Aranzubia misjudged his cross.

Verza completed the scoring four minutes from time as he confidently dispatched a penalty past Atletico captain Gabi, who was forced to go in nets after Aranzubia was harshly sent off for bringing down Zongo.


Almeria

1
Esteban
Goalkeeper
3.00
-
3.50
-
Ángel Trujillo
Defender
3.50
-
3.50
20
Rafita
Midfielder
3.00
7
Verza
Midfielder
80′ 86′
4.00
8
Aleix Vidal
Striker
3.50
-
Suso
Midfielder
80′ 89′
3.00
6
Soriano
Midfielder
43′ 58′
3.00
-
Ramon Azeez
Midfielder
3.00
-
3.50

Atletico Madrid

1.50
1
Dani Aranzubia
Goalkeeper
84′
3.00
2
3.50
17
2.50
20
Juanfran
Defender
3.00
23
Miranda
Defender
3.00
5
Tiago
Midfielder
67′
3.00
8
Raúl García
Midfielder
55′ 77′
3.50
10
Arda Turan
Midfielder
3.00
14
Gabi
Midfielder
3.50
21
Diego Ribas
Midfielder
23′ 67′
2.50
19

Substitutes

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Cuesta
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
M. Silva
Defender
 - 
-
 - 
-
Tébar
Midfielder
 - 
15
Corona
Midfielder
89′
 - 
-
Óscar Díaz
Midfielder
93′
 - 
10
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
35
Yassine Bounou
Goalkeeper
 - 
12
 - 
22
3.00
4
Mario Suárez
Midfielder
67′
 - 
11
3.00
24
José Sosa
Midfielder
67′
 - 
7
Adrián
Striker
77′

Coach/Manager

-
3.50

Coach/Manager

3.00
-
 
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0