La Liga

  • 16’ J. Giménez
  • 53’ M. Mandžukić
La Liga
Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero
Attendance 18,290


    • KICK OFF
    • 90'
      E. Roco is yellow-carded.
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      We're into the first of two minutes of stoppage time.
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      That's all we have time for in La Liga's early kick off, as los Colchoneros enjoy a comfortable and professional performance against struggling Elche. The home side crafted chances sparingly, with Atletico easily able to repel anything Escriba's men threw at them. I've been Simon Harrison and I hope
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      FULL TIME! Atletico wrap up a good three points against Elche, in the form of a comfortable 2-0 victory. Goals from Gimenez and Mandzukic were enough for the away side, who coasted to victory. Elche remain rooted in the relegation zone, while Simeone's men rise temporarily into the lofty heights of
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      As it stands, Atletico will move into the top two, with Elche maintaining their position as the penultimate team in La Liga. Chances have been scarce, but the hosts still have a chance of stealing a share of the spoils should the deficit remain in the form of merely one goal. Be sure to stick around
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      HALF TIME! Jonathas blasts over from long range to end the first half, with Atletico holding a 1-0 lead over Elche at the break. Gimenez's goal is the only difference between the two sides, but the away side have seen more of the ball and created superior chances.
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      Atletico substitutes: Mario Suarez, Griezmann, Jimenez, Oblak, Jesus Gamez, Cerci, Hernandez.
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      Atletico starting line-up (4-4-2): Moya; Juanfran, Godin, Gimenez, Siqueira; Arda, Gabi, Tiago, Koke; Mandzukic, Raul Garcia.
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      Elche substitutes: Fragapane, Adrian, Cristian Herrera, Angel, Gimenez, Albacar, Freixanet.
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      Elche starting line-up (4-4-2): Tyton; Suarez, Roco, Lomban, Cisma; Fajr, Pasalic, Pedro Mosquera, Rodriguez; Coro, Jonathas.
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      TEAM NEWS: Danger man Jonathas starts up top for the home side, with the striker providing plenty of very important goals in recent weeks. Aaron Niguez and Manu Herrera miss out through injury for Elche, while Garry Rodrigues is unavailable due to suspension. Plenty will be asked of young Chelsea lo
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      TEAM NEWS: Miguel Angel Moya comes back in goal after Atletico's Copa del Rey victory, with Guilherme Siqueira retaining his place at left-back due to the absence of Cristian Ansaldi. Diego Godin is available once again, with Jose Gimenez partnering his compatriot in defence courtesy of an injury to
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      I'm Simon Harrison and I will be keeping up to date with all of the action, as the hosts attempt to crawl away from the relegation zone. Three teams sit on ten points in and around the relegation zone, with Elche beaten only once during their last five matches. After failing to pick up three points
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      Hello and welcome to La Liga's early kick off, as Atletico travel to face Elche at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero. Diego Simeone's men need to maintain their fantastic recent form if they are to keep pace with rivals Real Madrid at the summit of the table, with four consecutive competitive wins sugg
    • 1'
      We are underway in the first half! The home side are donning green and white, while Atletico are in their customary red and white stripes. A minute's silence is respected before kick off.
    • 2'
      Elche look for Jonathas from the off, but Godin and Gimenez are more than able to marshal the lanky striker. Atletico immediately take possession by the scruff of the neck, before Arda whips in a terrible cross from the right-hand side. This could be a rather direct contest.
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      Elche win an early corner, but the delivery is cleared easily at the near post. With two strikers deployed by both coaches, it wouldn't be surprising to see central midfield bypassed somewhat this afternoon. Atletico, of course, have an affinity for going direct.
    • 6'
      Mandzukic and Raul Garcia haven't seen anything of the ball in the opening five minutes, but Atletico have come out of the blocks fairly well. Simeone is prowling the edge of the box, urging his side to show their usual intensity. The away side are seeing more of the early possession.
    • 8'
      A long ball forward is sent in search of Coro, but the pass is too heavy and Moya is able to take a goal kick. Atletico then break upfield, but Suarez keeps a back-post cross away from Koke and Elche hoof clear.
    • 10'
      Chances have been extremely few and far between in the early stages, with neither goalkeeper being forced into action. Gabi gives away possession in the centre of the park, but Siqueira puts in a good challenge on the left flank to halt the Elche counter.
    • 12'
      This hasn't been a thriller thus far, with Elche happy to sit back and absorb pressure before haring upfield and finding Jonathas. The striker has been responsible for a number of important recent goals and will be someone that Atleti have to keep an eye on.
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      Atletico need to take three points this afternoon if they are to maintain momentum in an effort to retain their La Liga title. At the moment, however, they haven't settled into their rhythm and both Mandzukic and Raul Garcia have been feeding off scraps.
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      G J. Giménez Assist A. Turan
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      Assist by A. Turan.
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      GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! GIMENEZ MAKES IT 1-0! Siqueira breaks down the left before delivering a cross, but Lomban makes a vital interception to concede a corner - which Atleti are lethal from. The ball is worked short, before the Uruguayan is found in the box. He shifts it out of his feet and lashes a good
    • 18'
      Despite not really threatening in the opening quarter of an hour, los Colchoneros have the lead. It's no surprise that the chance appeared as a result of a set piece, but Gimenez's finish was unexpectedly clinical. The central defender rifled a great effort into the top left-hand corner.
    • 20'
      Lomban is penalised for bundling Raul Garcia to the ground, as Atleti's strikers continue to have a rather hard afternoon of it. Though they've gone behind, their game plan appears to be the same, sit back and wait for opportunities to counter.
    • 22'
      Gimenez's strike remains the only bright point of what has been a forgettable first half thus far. Another cross is swung in towards the near post from the left flank for Atleti, but Roco hacks clear vitally.
    • 24'
      Godin makes an important headed clearance on the edge of his own box, after a looping delivery from Rodriguez almost managed to deflect into the path of Jonathas.
    • 26'
      Koke picks up possession in the centre of the park, before trading a one-two with Raul Garcia. The return pass isn't weighted correctly, however, meaning that the Spain international isn't able to get in behind the back four. Rodriguez then tries to drive down the right-hand side, but runs the ball
    • 28'
      Atletico are continuing to dominate possession, but much of the ball is retained in the midfield third or the away side's own half. Chances just aren't forthcoming in this tight contest.
    • 30'
      Mandzukic almost has the chance to pull the trigger on the edge of the box, but resorts instead to looping an attempted cross into the penalty area. Moments later, Atleti win a free kick, after Suarez accidentally blocks a Gabi through ball with an outstretched arm.
    • 31'
      Gabi rattles a free kick attempt into the wall, as Tyton continues to have had nothing to do apart from pick Gimenez's goal out of the back of his net. Elche haven't been the dominant force in this game, but will feel rather disappointed to be behind.
    • 33'
      Raul Garcia is penalised for pushing Roco, with the loose ball almost leading to a defence-splitting move for Atleti - meaning that Tyton and Lomban breathe a sigh of relief. Narrowly over ten minutes remain in the first half for Elche to try and restore parity.
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      Good save from Moya! A deep cross from the right-hand side looks to be looping inside the back post, but the former Getafe goalkeeper gets across acrobatically to tip the ball around the upright! The physios are called on, after he lands rather awkwardly in his own net.
    • 37'
      Suarez puts in a fierce challenge on Siqueira, leaving the Brazilian full-back on the turf. Moments earlier, Mandzukic was found by an excellent long ball, but couldn't bring the pass under his spell in order to muster up an effort from 20 yards.
    • 39'
      Fajr breaks down the right-hand side, before going down under absolutely no pressure from Juanfran. There's no contact and that is a blatant dive - which the referee spots. Instead of booking the winger, the match official merely awards a goal kick to Atletico, much to the agreement of their right-b
    • 41'
      Jonathas is cautioned by the referee.
    • 41'
      Jonathas and Raul Garcia have something of a disagreement, with the Elche striker booked for his part in the confrontation. After being clipped by the Atleti man, he reacted angrily with a needless shove - ending in a deserved yellow card.
    • 43'
      Mandzukic goes down in the penalty area under pressure from Lomban, but the referee isn't interested whatsoever. Only a few minutes are left of the first period, with Simeone continuing to bark out instructions from his technical area and urge his men on.
    • 45'
      Atletico work the ball into the penalty area once again, but Siqueira opens up a cross to the back post which finds nobody, allowing for Rodriguez to hack clear.
    • 46'
      We are back underway in the second half! Elche are only a goal behind, but have looked a long way behind their adversaries this afternoon. Atletico are ahead, with Moya only having one save to make in the opening 45 minutes.
    • 48'
      Simone gestures for his players to stay switched on, as they start this second half at a great pace. Koke is foiled after streaking onto a Mandzukic flick, but Elche are remaining firm for the moment. A second goal would be exactly what Atleti need here.
    • 50'
      Godin comes across brilliantly to deny a ball down the right channel from Pasalic. Roco is then given a warning by the referee, for pushing Arda off the ball before kicking the ball away in a bit of a tantrum.
    • 52'
      Elche are offering nothing offensively, with Escriba perhaps having to look to his bench sooner rather than later. Arda dances inside from the left-hand side, before unleashing an effort, but Tyton gets down smartly to his right to make a comfortable save.
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      G M. Mandžukić Assist A. Turan
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      Assist by Gabi.
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      GOOOOOOOOAL! MANDZUKIC MAKES IT 2-0! The Croatia international slides a finish inside the near post, after a good run down the right flank. Tyton will be wondering how he has been beaten so easily at his closest upright, but the Atleti striker has been very clinical there.
    • 55'
      Atleti are now two goals to the good, leaving no reason for Simeone's men to press out and leave gaps in behind. Los Colchoneros are sat in two banks of four, with Mandzukic and Raul Garcia able to act as focal points. Jonathas drags an awful effort wide of the near post, but it takes the slightest
    • 57'
      Pasalic heads over! The youngster is found in a pocket of space at the back post, but can only divert the ball way beyond the crossbar and towards the stand behind Moya's goal. Elche really need to click offensively, as two goals aren't looking within the capabilities of Escriba's men at the moment.
    • 59'
      Another half chance for Atleti! Lomban is forced to wildly hack a loose ball clear from within his own penalty area, after great work down the right from Arda. Tyton makes a half-clearance with his feet and is fortunate that the rebound falls to a white and green shirt.
    • 60'
      SI Cristian Herrera SO A. Turan
    • 60'
      Cristian Herrera enters play, replacing M. Pašalić.
    • 60'
      Rodriguez tries a long-range effort from the left-hand side, but sees his shot zip just beyond the far post - with Moya comfortable enough to let it pass out for a goal kick. Half an hour remains for Elche to try and get back into the contest.
    • 62'
      Despite going two goals to the good, Atleti aren't to be discouraged offensively. Arda and Mandzukic are pressuring high upfield, forcing mistakes and for Tyton to kick the ball long. This has been an efficient outing from the away side thus far.
    • 64'
      Elche earn a corner on the right-hand side, with Gimenez warned by the referee for pushing Herrera. The ball is flighted in, but Atleti half-clear at the near post, before the second cross is also dealt with easily. Jonathas hasn't been able to feed on any service whatsoever.
    • 66'
      SI F. Fragapane SO A. Turan
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      Coro is replaced with F. Fragapane.
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      Elche are really struggling to construct any testing attacks, with Godin and Gimenez enjoying their afternoon at the moment. Coro is withdrawn for Fragapane, with Escriba the first coach to shuffle their pack.
    • 68'
      Siqueira covers across from the left-hand side, after good work from left-back by Cisma. Elche are just starting to turn the screw slightly, but it is due to Atleti's willingness to surrender territory.
    • 70'
      Only 20 minutes are left on the clock, with Elche not looking to have the firepower to test Atletico whatsoever. Albacar can always provide a reasonable ball from set piece, but not when he merely has a seat on Escriba's bench.
    • 72'
      Good save from Moya! The Spanish goalkeeper gets down well to his left-hand side, after Atleti fail to scramble a corner delivery away from the danger zone. In terms of saves, the visiting shot-stopper has had more to do.
    • 74'
      SI A. Griezmann SO A. Turan
    • 74'
      A. Griezmann comes on for M. Mandžukić.
    • 74'
      Mandzukic is withdrawn for los Colchoneros, with Griezmann thrown into the fray in his place. The former Real Sociedad forward can provide some additional fresh legs and pace to trouble Elche in what is becoming a slightly more stretched game.
    • 76'
      Cisma earns his side a free-kick on the left-hand side, with Juanfran penalised for shoving his marker. Elche are able to load the penalty area again as a result, but the delivery loops straight into the grateful arms of Moya.
    • 77'
      Griezmann and Raul Garcia attempt to link up with a one-two, but the latter's poor touch allows Lomban to hack clear. Moments later, the Frenchman drives down the left and into the box, but Tyton closes the angle and forces the substitute wide.
    • 79'
      Siqueira loses out to Rodriguez down the left-hand side, but Tiago covers across effectively to slide in and put the ball into touch. Jimenez is stripped off on the touchline and ready to get into the contest.
    • 80'
      SI R. Jiménez SO A. Turan
    • 80'
      A. Turan is replaced with R. Jiménez.
    • 81'
      Griezmann gets in behind the Elche back four well once again, but Roco makes a timely tackle to deny the former Sociedad man. He has been a real livewire since coming on, acting as a brilliant outlet to take pressure off the visiting defence.
    • 83'
      SI Álvaro Giménez SO A. Turan
    • 83'
      Álvaro Giménez enters the game and replaces Víctor Rodríguez.
    • 83'
      Less than ten minutes remain for Atletico to see out, with Simeone's men sitting in two banks of four and allowing Griezmann to do the running. They've been solid and professional in their approach to this game, but Elche haven't been at the races.
    • 85'
      The visitors enjoy a spell of calm possession, with Griezmann then taking the game by the scruff of the neck and driving forward. He attempts to slide a ball through for Jimenez, but is just denied.
    • 87'
      Siqueira and Tiago cover across well to end a Elche break which stems from the right-hand side, but Escriba's men are still desperately pressing forward. Even a lone point would have been vital for the home side this afternoon, given how tight it is down at the foot of the table.
    • 89'
      Cisma and Lomban have something of a communication issue at the back, with the left-back stepping across his teammate to make a hurried clearance under no pressure. Atletico have been solid in this second half, with Elche unable to pierce a well-guarded defence.
    • 90'
      Griezmann nearly manages to get in behind Suarez, but the Frenchman sees the ball stolen from his boot. The substitute has made a brilliant impact on this match, even if the result was already sewn up before he became involved.

    Line Up



    Víctor Rodríguez


    Fran Escribá
    Diego Simeone



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 17 15
    Yellow Cards 2 0
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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