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Atlético Madrid v Villarreal Live Commentary, 21/08/2022

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Yeremy Pino (73)
Gerard Moreno (90+7)
Estádio Cívitas Metropolitano


That concludes our commentary of the LaLiga fixture between Atletico Madrid and Villarreal. We hope you’ve enjoyed it!
Atletico Madrid are back in action in eight days when they travel to play Valencia. Villarreal meet Hajduk Split in their Europa Conference match on Thursday before playing Getafe in LaLliga next Sunday.
A tight contest at the Civitas Metropolitano comes to a close with the visitors taking all three points thanks to two goals in the late stages of the match. Villarreal were organised and compact in defence, transitioning the ball from back to front with ease and patience as they picked their opportunities to strike. Pino’s opener came from the second phase of a corner as Molina’s inability to deal with the aerial ball put his side under immediate pressure - which paid dividends for Emery’s side. Simeone continued to throw attacking players onto the pitch in hopes of a comeback but a disjointed midfield created very little for Morata and Felix, causing frustration throughout the side. Molina would be shown a late red card for pushing Baena over from behind and insult would be added to injury three minutes later, when Moreno’s accurate finish gave his team a deserved two-goal advantage.
Gerard Moreno
Yellow Card
90' + 9' A yellow card is shown to Moreno in the 99th minute for his overzealous celebration that caused a bit of a fracas.
90' + 7' Pedraza picks up a late assist as Villarreal double their advantage.
Gerard Moreno
90' + 7' MORENO SEALS THE DEAL! 2-0! With nobody in midfield, Pedraza is allowed to charge from end to end before laying it off to Moreno. The striker takes a touch to set himself before dispatching a shot across goal and into the bottom-right corner, beyond Oblak!
90' + 6' Ahead of this game, Emery's record showed he had managed more winless LaLiga matches against Atletico's Simeone (G12 D7 L5) than against any other manager in the top-flight.
Álex Baena
Yellow Card
90' + 5' Baena's challenge on Molina earns him a yellow card.
N. Molina
Red Card
Atlético Madrid
90' + 4' RED CARD! Molina has landed himself in big trouble with the referee after continuously pushing Baena from behind during an attempt to get the ball back for a free-kick. The final shove is aimed at the substitute's neck and sends him down to the ground, leaving the referee no other option.
Dani Parejo
Yellow Card
90' + 3' Parejo is given a yellow card three minutes into injury time for taking too long over a corner.
J. Giménez
Yellow Card
Atlético Madrid
90' Gimenez is shown a yellow card late in the match for a cynical tackle prompted by frustration.
90' The fourth official indicates five minutes will be added to the end of the match for stoppages.
88' Griezmann receives Koke’s corner-kick played short and immediately puts the ball into the penalty area, but Foyth’s careful watch over the back post sees him well placed to make a clearance.
86' Griezmann’s cross into the six-yard box invites a number of team-mates to charge forward but Gimenez’s shoulder barge on Torres leaves the Villarreal centre-back worse for wear and holding his neck. It’s a free-kick and a chance for Villarreal to bring the ball up the pitch.
José Luis Morales
N. Jackson
84' Morales is chosen to see out the match, replacing Jackson.
82' Villarreal had the highest shot conversion rate on MD1 of this season's LaLiga campaign (30%), scoring three of their 10 shots against Real Valladolid (four of them were on target).
80' HOW HAS IT NOT GONE IN?! INCREDIBLE! Simeone looks on incredulously as his side conspire to squander a gilt-edged opportunity in spectacular fashion. Griezmann’s cross from the right is met by Carrasco, who volleys it into the path of Cunha. The Brazil international heads it onto the crossbar from close range but the rebound provides Carrasco an opportunity. The follow-up effort prompts celebrations from the Atleti players, but Rulli’s spectacular effort does just enough to claw the ball away from the line!
78' Griezmann’s corner can’t find Gimenez, with the veteran Albiol using his experience to get to the ball first to clear it away.
S. Chukwueze
Yeremy Pino
76' Pino is unable to continue and he'll be replaced by Chukwueze.
J. Giménez
S. Savić
Atlético Madrid
76' Gimenez comes on for Savic with 14 minutes remaining.
75' Pino looks to have hurt himself in the aftermath of the goal, with the winger immediately going down looking for help from his team-mates. It appears to be cramp and his further participation looks unlikely.
Yeremy Pino
73' VILLARREAL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A MIX-UP AT THE BACK! 1-0! Parejo’s corner is initially cleared away but it’s hooked back towards the penalty area, where Molina fails to bring it down under his spell. Pino latches onto the loose ball and fires a shot into the far bottom-left corner to snatch the lead!
72' Correa takes on Pedraza and centres a pass into the six-yard box that’s whacked away instinctively by Albiol.
Á. Correa
João Félix
Atlético Madrid
70' Atletico Madrid replace both strikers as Felix is also brought off for Correa.
Matheus Cunha
Álvaro Morata
Atlético Madrid
70' Simeone makes a change at striker with Cunha coming on for Morata.
Álex Baena
G. Lo Celso
70' Baena is sent on for Lo Celso as Emery continues to make changes.
F. Coquelin
É. Capoue
69' Coquelin comes on for Capoue with just over 20 minutes remaining.
68' The match is getting increasingly stretched as Griezmann takes the ball 35 yards through midfield before firing a low shot from distance that narrowly misses the inside of Rulli’s far corner!
66' De Paul does well to keep possession and shield the ball ahead of the pressing Jackson, who is a bit too keen as he gives away a free-kick after dragging the Argentina international to the ground.
64' INCHES AWAY! Carrasco cuts back onto his right foot and curls a lovely cross to the far post for an unmarked Felix, who fails to meet the delivery despite stretching every sinew, allowing Villarreal to clear the danger.
R. De Paul
T. Lemar
Atlético Madrid
62' A switch in midfield sees De Paul come on for Lemar.
A. Griezmann
Marcos Llorente
Atlético Madrid
62' Llorente is replaced by Griezmann as Simeone looks to add another striker into his side.
60' Atletico have been made to chase the play for the last five minutes as the visitors move the ball from right to left and back again in neat triangles. It’s going to take perfect concentration from Simeone’s side to weather this storm as they look for a chance to reimpose themselves.
58' Villarreal have avoided defeat in six of their last seven visits to teams from the Madrid region in LaLiga (W3 D3 L1), all these encounters since Emery's arrival as manager.
56' Villarreal choose to slow down the tempo just short of the hour as they look to lull their opponents into a false sense of security, ensuring Rulli receives a lot of touches inside his penalty area.
54' Pedraza throws himself at Parejo’s corner but he’s unable to turn his wild volley goalwards as Atletico Madrid are given a chance to clear their lines from a goal-kick.
52' CLOSE! Felix steals the ball back on the left wing and cuts it back to Koke, who finds Molina in a central position 20 yards from goal. The wing-back hits it at the first time of asking, but it takes a touch on the way through before going behind for a goal kick.
50' Koke glides through midfield and looks to Felix for a one-two pass on the edge of the penalty area, but Albiol immediately puts pressure on the forward and wins back possession for his side.
João Félix
Yellow Card
Atlético Madrid
48' The first yellow card of the match is shown to Felix for a late two-footed sliding challenge on Albiol.
46' Villarreal get the match restarted from the kick-off!
Simeone is not short of attacking talent should he require help from the bench, with Griezmann, Cunha and Correa ready and waiting for their introduction. Atleti’s midfield has looked rather stagnant and could use an injection of pace in the front lines to help stretch the play, while Villarreal will continue to test the Atleti defence with speed by getting Jackson involved and the possible introduction of Chukwueze.
The first half at the Civitas Metropolitano comes to a close with both sides locked in a tight 0-0 stalemate. It was a disjointed opening 45 minutes from the hosts, whose best chance came just 20 seconds in when Morata’s close-range volley from a Koke cross was parried well by Rulli. From there the visitors took control, with Emery’s side showing their creativity through the middle of the park. Moreno came closest to taking the lead for the Yellow Submarine but was denied by the referee after first sending a chance against the crossbar before handling it on the goalline.
45' + 1' Foyth strides forward from his position at right-back and looks to play a low cross to the far post for Jackson, which invites Oblak off his line to make the save.
44' The fourth official indicates three minutes will be added to the end of the half for stoppages.
42' Morata again goes for the acrobatic option, raising his leg to prod a backheel effort towards goal from Lemar’s cross, providing a comfortably save again for Rulli.
40' Lemar flashes a flat cross into the penalty area from the left wing but Morata’s flicked header doesn’t do enough to put off Rulli, who stoops low to make the catch.
38' Carrasco cuts inside and finds Felix, who takes a touch to set himself before hitting a shot that sails high and wide of Rulli’s target.
36' Atletico Madrid have not lost any of their last eight games against Villarreal in LaLiga (W3 D5), their longest unbeaten run against the Yellows in the competition, having lost four of their previous six against them (D2).
34' VILLARREAL SCORE BUT IT WON’T COUNT! INCREDIBLE! Parejo floats the free-kick towards the back post from 35 yards out, where it’s met by Foyth’s leaping header. The defender puts the ball across the face of goal for Moreno, whose first effort smashes against the underside of the crossbar before taking a touch off the striker’s arm and bouncing in! The Villarreal players were all celebrating, but the referee spots it immediately and awards Atleti a free-kick of their own!
32' Witsel steps over the ball and catches Pino in the process moments after the restart, giving Villarreal a free-kick deep in midfield.
30' The referee blows his whistle and points to the touchline, allowing both sides a cooling break 30 minutes into the match, which will allow both coaches a chance to get their message across.
28' Parejo’s latest corner-kick delivery is certainly his best so far, finding an unmarked Moreno at the near post. The striker opts to attempt a diving header instead of hitting it on the volley, once again missing the ball entirely which allows Atleti to clear their lines.
26' Lemar gets forward but his left-footed pass is immediately cut out by Capoue, once again frustrating the Atletico Madrid midfield. It’s been a disjointed opening half an hour from Simeone’s side, who have failed to replicate last week’s attacking display.
24' Koke finds a pocket of space in midfield and chips the ball up to Morata, who meets the delivery with a backwards header that forces Rulli into action.
22' Lo Celso puts the ball on his left foot and looks to split Atletico’s centre-backs with a leading pass for Jackson, but the rushed delivery rolls harmlessly behind for a goal kick.
20' Atletico Madrid work the ball from right to left following a throw-in but the attacking move is ended abruptly after Carrasco’s cross flies right into the hands of Rulli.
18' Parejo and Pedraza work a lovely short-corner routine which opens up space inside the penalty area for Lo Celso, whose dangerous centring pass is eventually dealt with after a bit of commotion inside the penalty area.
16' Savic looks to release Molina with a long pass down the wing but the centre-back fails to hit his pass with precision as it rolls behind for a corner.
14' Jackson bursts down the left wing on a counter-attack and centres a pass for Moreno, whose attempt at a shot sees him miss the ball entirely! It’s a let-off for the Atleti defence, who were all out of position.
12' Parejo sends an outswinging corner into the penalty area from the right for Capoue, who sends his header just wide of the post.
10' CHANCE! Capoue splits the lines with a brilliant pass for Lo Celso, who drives forward before cutting inside and finding Pino on the right edge of the penalty area. The winger makes up his mind immediately and hits a shot towards goal, but it sails just over!
8' Lemar plays the free-kick square to Llorente, who immediately floats the ball into the 18-yard box from a central position. It’s hit to the byline but Carrasco can’t quite turn his volley towards goal.
7' Lo Celso slides into a challenge on Llorente but misses him, before Parejo comes across and finishes the job by taking the Atletico Madrid midfielder down to the turf.
5' Pedraza puts a poor cross into the penalty area after a hard bit of running from Jackson to keep the ball in play, allowing Oblak to pluck it out of the air and regain possession for the hosts.
3' Despite the early scare, Villarreal are sticking to their instructions by playing out through the back, involving Rulli often. It’s inviting both Felix and Morata to press forward which could open up spaces in behind for Jackson.
1' Atletico Madrid get the match under way from the kick-off!
1' Not even 20 seconds into the match and already a chance as Koke fires a cross into the penalty area for Morata, who controls it with an outstretched backheel before slamming a volley towards Rulli. The goalkeeper makes the save but the linesman’s raised flag for offside gives Villarreal a free-kick inside their 18-yard box, though the narrow margin may have warranted a VAR check had it gone in.
Emery makes one alteration to the Villarreal XI that beat Real Valladolid last week as Lo Celso gets the nod ahead of Coquelin.
Atletico Madrid make one change to the XI that eased past Getafe last weekend, with Carrasco replacing Saul at left wing-back.
VILLARREAL SUBS: Samuel Chukwueze, Manuel Morlanes, Pepe Reina, Jorge Cuenca, Alex Baena, Iker, Kiko Femenia, Francis Coquelin, Aissa Mandi, Jose Luis Morales.
VILLARREAL XI (4-4-2): Geronimo Rulli; Juan Foyth, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Alfonso Pedraza; Yeremi Pino, Etienne Capoue, Dani Parejo, Giovani Lo Celso; Gerard Moreno, Nicolas Jackson.
ATLETICO MADRID SUBS: Rodrigo De Paul, Jose Gimenez, Angel Correa, Ivo Grbic, Mario Hermoso, Antoine Griezmann, Renan Lodi, Matheus Cunha, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Saul Niguez, Felipe.
ATLETICO MADRID XI (3-5-2): Jan Oblak; Reinildo, Axel Witsel, Stefan Savic; Yannick Carrasco, Thomas Lemar, Koke, Marcos Llorente, Nahuel Molina; Joao Felix, Alvaro Morata.
With 10 minutes to go before kick-off, let’s take a look at how the two sides are lining up - starting with our hosts.
Villarreal started their league campaign in similar fashion to today’s opponents, beating Real Valladolid 3-0 away from home with three second-half goals sealing the points for Unai Emery’s team. The Yellow Submarine followed that up with an impressive 4-2 win over Hajduk Split in their midweek Europa Conference League qualifier, which should stand them in good stead ahead of their meeting with Atleti.
Atletico Madrid’s start to the year couldn’t have gone much better, with the Colchoneros putting in an impressive performance to thump Getafe 3-0 away from home. With Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann on the score sheet and a hat-trick of assists for Joao Felix, Diego SImeone will be hoping for a similar performance from his attacking options today.
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