Diego Forlan ends goal drought to sink The Yellow Submarine...
A goal each from Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan in the second half added to Jose Antonio Reyes' early strike to seal an impressive 3-1 win for Atletico Madrid over Villarreal.
Atletico took an early lead in the 4th minute when Reyes cut in from the right hand side on his left foot to whip an unstoppable shot into the top left hand corner past Diego Lopez. The home side looked up for the game in the opening stages and did not reward the Villarreal players any time on the ball.
Their impressive play continued and were the better team in the first twenty minutes but Borja Valero and the Villarreal midfield soon began to take control and affect the game for the away side.
The Yellow Submarine were on the ascendancy and their quality of play was rewarded when on the 32nd minute Nilmar showed good skill on the edge of the box to force a foul from Mario Suarez. From the resulting freekick Santiago Cazorla set up Giuseppe Rossi for the Italian to bend the ball with ferocious power into the top left hand corner.
Atletico almost took the lead against the run of play in the 35th minute when Diego Forlan found Filipe Luis with a reverse pass on the left hand wing. The Brazilian full back floated the ball to the edge of the box for Kun Aguero to flamboyantly volley first time into the corner. However the goal was disallowed after the linesman flagged Filipe as offside.
Forlan started to get more into the game around the hour mark, testing Diego Lopez with a few stinging shots, but the Villarreal keeper continually denied the Uruguayan forward.
Atletico regained the lead in the 68th minute when Felipe darted into the middle from the left to trade a one-two with Elias and delightfully scooped the ball over the Villarreal defence for Aguero to lift the ball over Diego Lopez.
Forlan ended his goal drought and wrapped up the points for Atletico in the 71st minute by swapping a one-two with Reyes on the edge of the Villarreal box to go through on goal and chip the ball over the oncoming Diego Lopez.
In front of an expectant Vicente Calderon crowd, Los Colchoneros were impressive in their creation of chances, and intensity was present in their play, which they had been devoid of in certain games this season.
Despite the victory, Atletico Madrid are still a massive 12 points behind Villarreal and the coveted fourth Champions League spot. The Yellow Submarine remain in fourth place, points behind Valencia in third.