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Primera División

  • May 21, 2011
  • • 21:00
  • • Iberostar Estadi, Palma de Mallorca
  • Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
  • • Attendance: 13000

Mallorca 3-4 Atletico Madrid: Balearic Islanders survive relegation despite defeat in thriller

Mallorca 3-4 Atletico Madrid: Balearic Islanders survive relegation despite defeat in thriller

(Marc Ibañez)

Atletico Madrid end season on a high, as Aguero treble downs Mallorca in a pulsating encounter at the Iberostar stadium.

Atletico Madrid survived a second-half scare to claim a thrilling 4-3 win over Mallorca at the Iberostar stadium.

A Sergio Aguero hat trick sealed the victory for Atleti, who were made to sweat late on after being up 3-0 at the hour mark. Pierre Webo also bagged a brace for Mallorca, who avoided relegation despite the defeat, thanks to Deportivo’s concurrent 2-0 loss to Valencia.

Right from the kick-off, the game was played at a fast tempo. The deadlock was broken after only 12 minutes, as a quick counter attack by Atletico saw Juanfran find Aguero in the box. The Argentine striker kept his head and slotted the ball into the far corner.

Juanfran then got on the scoresheet himself six minutes later, as he drilled a low shot into the bottom left corner after a neat pass by Jose Antonio Reyes.

Atletico comfortably saw out the remainder of the half, and increased their advantage on 59 minutes. Reyes was again the provider as he found Aguero who finished into the top corner.

It should have been game over, but two minutes after the restart, Mallorca were awarded a penalty after Juan Valera handled the ball in the box. Jonathan De Guzman stepped up and sent David De Gea the wrong way to restore a glimmer of hope.

It got even better for Mallorca nine minutes later, after Gonzalo Castro’s cross was met by the head of Webo, to leave Mallorca only one goal away from an unlikely comeback with 19 minutes remaining.

Atletico were shell shocked, and were given a scare when Michael Pereira fired just over on 79 minutes. However, just when it seemed like they would succumb to the pressure, Aguero completed his hat trick to put them 4-2 up in the 81st minute. El Kun found space brilliantly in the box and produced his third clinical finish of the night to seemingly put the game out of Mallorca’s reach.

But the Islanders refused to give in, and were handed a lifeline in the 90th minute when Webo scored his second header of the game following a De Guzman set piece.

This sparked the home fans into a frenzy, but Mallorca were ultimately unable to produce an equaliser in the little time that remained, and Atletico held on to finish the season in a thrilling manner.

Despite the loss, Michael Laudrup's men avoided relegation after Deportivo lost at home to Valencia. For Atleti, the victory failed to propel them into automatic Europa League entry after both Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao also won, and the Mattress Men will have to settle for a qualifying round.

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