In the last sighed to Atlético escaped the runner-up, a consolation award with which he intended to ratify that he has been the best team in the League after the World Cup break. A goal by Pascual in which the rojiblancos asked Morata for a foul at the beginning of the play, prevented the triumph of Simeone's team in a duel with many alternatives.
Jorgensen, Kiko Femenía (Jorge Cuenca, min. 45), Mandi (Mojica, min. 85), Alberto Moreno (Jorge Pascual, min. 85), Pau Torres, Capoue, Parejo, Trigueros (Giovani Lo Celso, min. 66), Chukwueze (Álex Baena, min. 66), Yeremy Pino and Nicolas Jackson
Ivo Grbic (Antonio Gomis, min. 84), Witsel, Savic, Reguilón (Morata, min. 84), Mario Hermoso, Nahuel Molina, Pablo Barrios Rivas, Koke, Saúl, Griezmann and Correa (Lemar, min. 84)
Goals 1-0 min. 9: Nicolas Jackson. 1-1 min. 18: Strap. 1-2 min. 55: Strap. 2-2 min. 92: Jorge Pascual.
Arbitrator Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea
Yellow cards Alberto Moreno (min. 36), Capoue (min. 39), Pablo Barrios Rivas (min. 68), Álex Baena (min. 75) and Correa (min. 76)
Red cards Witsel (min. 70)
The fire was opened by Villarreal, benefiting from a bad touch from rookie Barrios. The boy turned a header into an assist to Jackson. The Senegalese beat Grbic with a powerful cross-shot. The goal concretized Villarreal's initial superiority with the ball. Setien's tics already seem inoculated. A team without blush that its players step on the ball without advancing a step waiting for the opponent to attack or appear a clean clearance that accelerates the game. Opposite, Atlético opted for transitions. From one that ended up in Nahuel Molina scratched a lateral foul. The execution overflowed mischievous. With Villarreal's defence sunk in the front of the small area, Griezmann took a low scepter in front of the penalty spot, where Correa appeared to tackle with a subtle touch from inside.
From another quick attack by Atletico sprouted the barefoot dogs in which the hands have become in the area. A header from Saul at point-blank range was saved by Jorgensen. The ball fell to Griezmann and his shot did not go in because Mandi threw himself and the ball hit his arm without having him resting on the ground. The VAR did not call the referee, in a decision that again shows that existing division in the arbitration establishment that is reflected in the disparate criteria that are applied week by week. Capoué with a stroke to the crosshead closed an entertaining first act.
The second was even better because Atletico took a step forward. He wanted more ball without losing sight of the spaces against. And he found them with a perfect display from a steal from Koke, a deep throw from Hermoso to Griezmann and the final pass from this to Correa. Reguilón was able to close out the match before Witsel was sent off with 20 minutes to go. It was Grbic's moment, who held the result with three saves of merit before being substituted through injury.
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