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Key Events

90' + 1'
A. Griezmann
Assist
90' + 1'
T. Partey
Goal
81'
Á. Correa
Assist
81'
A. Griezmann
Goal
79'
Rubén Castro
Goal
78'
M. Kranevitter
A. Fernández
74'
Xavi Torres
Yellow Card
72'
Xavi Torres
C. Musonda
70'
T. Partey
Saúl
66'
Juanfran
Goal
66'
Á. Correa
Assist
64'
Á. Correa
Fernando Torres
62'
F. Kadir
Yellow Card
62'
G. Pezzella
Yellow Card
60'
Leandro Damião
Cejudo
46'
F. Kadir
Fabián Ruiz
42'
A. Griezmann
Goal
38'
Koke
Yellow Card
37'
Koke
Assist
37'
Fernando Torres
Goal
3
1
3
3

Stats

Possession
% %
5
2
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 11 5
Total Passes 431 443

Commentary

Full time at the Vicente Calderon. Atletico Madrid send a warning out to Barcelona before the Champions League clash between the two this week with a comprehensive 5-1 home victory over Real Betis. A double from Antoine Griezmann, as well as goals from Fernando Torres, Juanfran, and Thomas sealed the victory for the Colchoneros, with Ruben Castro netting the consolation for the abject visiting side. Thanks for joining us, see you next time!
A. Griezmann
Assist
Atlético Madrid
90' + 1' Fabulous work down the left from Griezmann who unselfishly squares into the box for Thomas.
T. Partey
Goal
Atlético Madrid
90' + 1' GOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLL FOR ATLETICO! Thomas adds the exclamation point on the result for the Colchoneros as he gets on the end of a brilliant pass into the box from Griezmann to smash home from close range! FIVE-ONE!
89' Three minutes of added time allocated by the referee here which sounds about right due to the fair amount of goals we have seen in the second period. The Betis fans have wanted to hear the final whistle since basically Atletico's fourth went in, but their agony is prolonged.
87' Griezmann receives the ball from the throw-in and swivels quickly before playing inside. Thomas collects possession and, probably intelligently, opts to pop the ball out wide to Juanfran in space rather than trying anything too daft, which displays a nice amount of composure from the substitute.
85' Atletico Madrid are just patiently seeing out the remainder of this game here, and in a professional manner. At times in the first half it looked like it could potentially be a frustrating afternoon, but the two goals before the break really calmed down the nerves of the Colchoneros, who can be happy with their display in the end.
83' Last 10 minutes now and it actually looked like Betis may mount a mini-comeback of sorts after they clawed a goal back through that Ruben Castro strike. However, their ascendancy was short-lived as Atletico, sensing the potential danger, ran up the pitch to net their fourth.
Á. Correa
Assist
Atlético Madrid
81' Second assist of the match from Correa, who has made quite the impact since his introduction.
A. Griezmann
Goal
Atlético Madrid
81' GOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLL FOR ATLETICO! INSTANT REPLY! The home side realise Betis may just mount an attack or two before the end of play, and go for the jugular once again with a pacey counterattack, with Correa leading the charge. The substitute runs through before squaring wide to Griezmann, who just squeezes a strike beyond Adan and into the net! Nearly a great save actually! Four-one!
Rubén Castro
Goal
Real Betis
79' GOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL FOR BETIS! A RAY OF HOPE FOR THE VISITORS! A speculative cross is sent to the back post and Oblak terribly misjudges the flight, which allows Ruben Castro to collect possession, calmly jink past two challenges, and smash home into the empty net! Three-one!
M. Kranevitter
A. Fernández
Atlético Madrid
78' Third and final change from Atletico here and it sees Augusto Fernandez leave the pitch to be replaced by Matias Kranevitter, who joined the club from Argentine football in January. Like the aforementioned Musonda, he has quite the reputation within the game, so we'll see how he gets on.
76' Ever since that third goal went in for Atletico there has been a bit of a lull in the play as both sides don't seem too bothered with going forward for further goals. Atletico have the game against Barcelona to think about, while Betis seem consigned to losing by three goals to nil.
Xavi Torres
Yellow Card
Real Betis
74' Well Xavi Torres certainly knows how to make an impact off the bench, that is for sure. Unfortunately for him, it is a negative impact on proceedings as he flies into a challenge with Gabi inside the Betis half and earns himself a yellow card. Quite the introduction.
Xavi Torres
C. Musonda
Real Betis
72' Last throw of the dice from Real Betis as they make their third and final change of the game. Entering the action is Xavi Torres and he will replace Charly Musonda, who has a fairly big reputation in European football within his age group, but who has flattered to deceive this afternoon against Juanfran.
T. Partey
Saúl
Atlético Madrid
70' Second alteration from the Argentne Atletico boss and another youngster is introduced in the form of Thomas Partey, who has already featured a few times this season in the centre of midfield. He will replace Saul Niguez.
68' On paper, this looked like a fairly difficult match for Atletico Madrid this afternoon, but even though they haven't been at their best their class has shone through at vital moments throughout play. A 3-0 lead doesn't flatter them, either, with Betis barely putting up a fight after the break.
Juanfran
Goal
Atlético Madrid
66' GOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL FOR ATLETICO! GAME, SET, MATCH! Correa, who has only been involved in the action a matter of minutes, collects the ball around 25 yards out before dinking an outstanding pass diagonally to the other end of the box. Juanfran runs through after a lovely touch and proceeds to smash a terrific finish past the keeper! Three-nil!
Á. Correa
Assist
Atlético Madrid
66' Instant impact from Correa as he brilliantly assists Juanfran!
Á. Correa
Fernando Torres
Atlético Madrid
64' First change of the match from Diego Simeone and it sees the opening goalscorer, Fernando Torres, leave the pitch to be replaced by Angel Correa. Champions League duties up this week for Atletico of course, so perhaps the Milan loanee is being kept fresh to play a part in that encounter against Barca.
F. Kadir
Yellow Card
Real Betis
62' Yellow for Kadir.
G. Pezzella
Yellow Card
Real Betis
62' Another booking in the match now and it is a deserved one for Pezzella, who barges Torres completely out of the way whilst the Atletico man looked poised to run through and meet a Griezmann pass.
Leandro Damião
Cejudo
Real Betis
60' Another change from Real Betis here and it sees Leandro Damiao enter the action to replace Alvaro Cejudo. The Brazilian has quite the reputation from his home nation, but perhaps hasn't lived up to the plaudits from his early career, so what a chance to impress here.
58' Nearly an hour into this clash now and Atletico are looking fairly good money to close the gap on the top of the table this afternoon. This match, of course, comes before the Clasico later on this evening, so Barcelona may indeed restore the gap if they can find a way past Real Madrid.
56' It seems that Adan is playing a bit of a game with himself this afternoon which entails doing something brilliant before doing something bonkers moments later. After making that great save a moment ago, he opts to go for a walk about with the ball at his feet at the back, nearly putting his team in real danger! He eventually clears at the last minute...
54' BRILLIANT SAVE FROM ADAN! The Betis keeper may have made that aforementioned poor mistake, but apart from that he has actually been good this afternoon in his attempts to keep the scoreline low. This time, he denied Griezmann one-on-one after the Atletico striker takes a heavy touch, allowing the keeper to smother possession on the deck.
52' In the first half, Betis attempted to frustrate the Calderon crowd and the Atletico players with their passing back to the goalkeeper, but now they need to try and find a way back into the game so that tactic will no longer be suitable. Much more going forward required from the visitors, which I'm sure we'll see.
50' Moments like that kind of display the difference between top teams and lower teams. Adan sold the jerseys in the first half for Betis with that howler of a mistake, while Oblak saved Atletico's skin on this occasion with that quite outstanding work between the sticks to deny Westermann.
48' FABULOUS DOUBLE SAVE FROM OBLAK! Westermann rises high inside the box to bullet a header at goal, only for the Atletico keeper to get down and somehow make the block on the line. The duo clash again with the subsequent rebound, but again it is the same result as Betis continue to be frustrated by the former Benfica stopper!
F. Kadir
Fabián Ruiz
Real Betis
46' Substitution to report at the break and it sees Foued Kadir enter the action to replace Fabian.
46' We are back under way in this Spanish Primera Division clash!
Half time in the Vicente Calderon. Despite a relatively poor opening to the half, Atletico Madrid go into the break with a comfortable 2-0 lead after a lovely strike from Fernando Torres and a calamity from Adan which allowed Griezmann to score the easiest goal of his season. Looking bleak for Betis, but second period to come.
44' SAAAAAAAAAAVEE FROM ADAN! The Betis goalkeeper, who pulled off a shocker of a mistake moments ago to hand Atletico a 2-0 lead, somewhat makes up for it with a brilliant stop to deny a goal-bound header from Griezmann! In fact, nothing could actually make up for that mistake...
A. Griezmann
Goal
Atlético Madrid
42' GOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL FOR ATLETICO! WHAT ON EARTH IS ADAN DOING?! Griezmann is on the edge of the area and attempts to clip a pass through to Koke, who misses it. However, the Betis goalkeeper runs out, jumps up, and actually allows the ball to run under his feet and into the net! Bit of comedy gold there! Two-nil!
40' Five minutes to go in the first half now and the opposite of the commentator's curse has indeed struck as it was hypothesised that Atletico would struggle to open the scoring before the break if they continued to play as they were. They upped the tempo and took the lead not long after.
Koke
Yellow Card
Atlético Madrid
38' Confirmation of a booking for Koke not long after assisting the opener. A barge on Cejudo.
Koke
Assist
Atlético Madrid
37' A wonderful assist from Koke as he puts the exact amount of space required on his pass through to Fernando Torres.
Fernando Torres
Goal
Atlético Madrid
37' GOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL FOR ATLETICO! The opposite of the commentator's curse! Koke picks up the ball in the inside left channel and finds a pocket of space before threading a perfect pass in behind the defence for Torres, who runs through before brilliantly dinking over the oncoming Adan! One-nil! Great goal!
35' Ten minutes to go in the first half now and there aren't a lot of signs out there that we are going to see the deadlock broken before we reach half-time. Still plenty of minutes on the clock, of course, but we will need to see an increase in intensity and quality to avoid going into the break at 0-0.
33' For all the atmosphere which has been typically generated by the Vicente Calderon crowd here today, in truth they haven't had much to shout about as there has not been a lot of quality in the final third so far, from either time. In fact, the player who has probably saw the most amount of the ball to feet up until now has been Betis keeper, Adan!
31' Koke, who appears to have been deployed on the left of midfield this afternoon, cuts into a more central area before chipping a teasing pass in behind the Betis defence for Filipe. The problem is that the onrushing left-back doesn't actually see the ball, which allows the visitors to clear before a strike or cross can be made by the former Chelsea man.
29' Ruben Castro has barely had a sniff for Betis so far so decides to come to the wider area to see a little more action on the ball. He eventually collects possession before jinking past Saul, but not before the Atletico midfielder can come in with a cheeky trip just to make sure his opposite number doesn't venture any further forward. Free kick to the visitors in a decent area.
27' Have to say, that even with Betis' tactic of frustrating Atletico with possession at the back, they are doing very little with it and only end up firing long balls up the pitch when they are under pressure anyway. Oblak has collected many, many, aimless punts up the park before starting attacking for the hosts from deep.
25' Fabian makes his way down the right flank and cuts inside into space before laying into the path of the oncoing Ceballos. The 19-year-old then tries his luck with a bouncing strike on goal from around 30 yards out in the right channel, but it proves to be fairly routine for Oblak who gets his body behind the attempt to make the solid block. Good goalkeeping in the end as it was a decent strike.
23' We are just beyond the midway point of the first half here and we remain at a 0-0 stalemate at the Calderon. One factor of Betis' play which has been particularly noticeable has been their EXTREMELY patient build-up play at the back, which has saw Adan play the ball out only to receive it straight back again. It looks like this is a tactic to try and antagonise the Atletico fans, and it seems to be working as any time it happens they are met with a chorus of boos!
21' Torres, on loan to Atletico from Milan, does really well to shake off two or three challenges before passing square for Griezmann, who sees his subsequent shot on goal blocked on the edge of the box. Betis eventually breathe a sigh of relief as they win a free kick inside their own half, completely taking the pressure off in the process. The home fans weren't too enamoured with that decision from the ref!
19' Oblak sends a long goal kick high up the park which Montoya rises high to get on the end of to clear. Griezmann comes deep to receive the loose ball before turning sharply and darting forward, but eventually finds himself outnumbered due to a lack of support before conceding possession.
17' Betis are just enjoying a nice little period of sustained possession at the moment, but unfortunately for them it is not coming in particularly dangerous areas. N'Diaye, more often than not, drops slightly deeper to make a three-man defence to give the visitors more solidity, but when they have the ball it is not as needed to such a high degree than if Atletico were attacking.
15' In matches at the Vicente Calderon, Atletico tend to grind teams down to perhaps a 1-0 or 2-0 victory, but as long as the game goes on without the opening goal, the Atletico faithful get steadily more nervous. If Betis can keep things solid in the first period, they might fancy their chances to get a goal on the breakaway.
13' Juanfran typically moves down the right wing with authority before attempting to clip the ball in behind the Betis defence for Torres, but N'Diaye is on-hand to vigilantly get back to make the interception. The Senegalese just needs to be a little more careful when actually in possession, though, as Torres is hovering looking to pounce on any mistake.
11' With the likes of Musonda, Fabian, and Ruben Castro in their ranks, Betis certainly have the quality to pose a threat to Atletico here, and they have actually started the game pretty well without posing much of a threat to Oblak between the sticks. Left-back for the visitors today features former Barcelona defender, Martin Montoya, also.
9' SAVE FROM ADAN!! Filipe moves ahead down the left-hand side once again and cuts inside before releasing Griezmann in behind the opposition defence. The Frenchman unleashes a cracking strike aimed towards the bottom corner, but the Betis goalkeeper is on hand beat away the danger! Best chance of the match so far.
7' Gabi whips a dangerous corner kick to the back post and Augusto rises high to recycle the ball back into the danger area with a header. Saul meets the knockdown for his team-mate with a header of his own, but the young Spaniard fails to keep it down and ends up sending his attempt harmlessly over the bar. Good chance, that!
5' It will be interesting to see how Atletico approach this afternoon as they of course have the vital Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash against Barcelona coming up on Tuesday. They do have some important players missing today, such as Godin, but some big hitters are still out there so Simeone will be wary his charges don't pick up any injuries.
3' Filipe opens up his stride down the left wing and quickly attempts to flash a cross into the box, but Molinero is on hand to intercept before going on a run of his own on the same flank. Eventually, though, the Atletico midfield recover to claim possession back a few yards in from the touchline.
1' We are under way at the Vicente Calderon!
Betis subs: Dani Gimenez, Bruno, Petros, Xavi Torres, Portillo, Kadir, Damiao.
Real Betis (4-2-3-1): Adan; Molinero, Pezzella, Westermann, Montoya; N'Diaye, Ceballos; Musonda, Fabian, Cejudo; R. Castro.
Atletico subs: Moya, Gamez, Thomas, Kranevitter, Correa, Villa, Vietto.
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Oblak; Juanfran, Lucas, Nacho, Filipe; Koke, Gabi, Saul, Augusto; Griezmann, Torres.
TEAM NEWS...
Betis are steadily-placed 13th in the Spanish Primera Division with 34 points taken from 30 matches. They will still hope to move into the top half of the table before the end of the season, but still need to be wary that they don't get dragged towards the foot of the league as they are a mere six points clear of the relegation zone.
The international break probably came at a good time for Atleti, as in their last fixture before players joined their national teams they went down 2-1 to a hard-working Sporting Gijon side at El Molinon in the league. This poor result came on the back of an impressive run of wins against Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Valencia, and Deportivo.
Los Colchoneros still harbour aspirations in the Champions League, but they face a familiar foe in the quarter-finals having been drawn against their domestic rivals and current championship leaders, Barca. The first-leg of this last-eight clash comes on Tuesday evening, so will Atletico have one eye on European duties this afternoon, perhaps opening up the door for Betis to get a result?
Diego Simeone's charges may be nine points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga, but the Argentine will be keen to ensure that his side don't give up in their pursuit to topple the Blaugrana despite the deficit. Indeed, Atletico will be looking over their shoulders at Real Madrid just one point behind in third rather than focusing attentions on first place.
Good afternoon football fans! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Spanish Primera Division clash between Atletico Madrid and Real Betis from the Vicente Calderon.
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