La Liga

  • A. Griezmann 55’
  • Raúl García 63’
  • A. Griezmann 77’
0 Half Time 0
La Liga
Estadio Vicente Calderón
Attendance 47,531


    • KICK OFF
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      Full time at Vicente Calderon. Atletico Madrid claim their 22nd win of the season and it came in relatively comfortable fashion in a 3-0 victory over lowly Elche. Decent performance from the relegation-threatened side in the opening 45 minutes but a double from Griezmann and a strike from Raul Garci
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      Half time at the Vicente Calderon. A couple of moans and groans from the home side at the break as Elche are currently holding Atletico Madrid to a 0-0 stalemate after the opening 45 minutes. A hard-fought game in the central areas, with the Colchoneros improving as the half went on, particularly th
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      Elche substitutes: Suarez, Manu Herrera, Cristian Herrera, Lomban, Alvaro Gimenez, Mario Arques, Fragapane.
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      Elche starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Tyton; Cisma, Roco, Rafa Galvez, Samu; Adrian, Mosquera; Rodrigues, Fajr, Coro; Jonathas.
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      Atletico substitutes: Miranda, Juanfran, Jimenez, Saul, Turan, Mandzukic, Moya.
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      Atletico starting line-up (4-4-2): Oblak; Gamez, Gimenez, Godin, Guilherme; Raul Garcia, Gabi, Tiago, Koke; Griezmann, Torres.
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      Elche have been languishing in and around the relegation zone for the majority of the season so far but recent consecutive wins against Cordoba and Real Sociedad has seen them move up to 14th place on 34 points. A six-point gap from the bottom three is relatively comfortable, but a couple more shoul
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      Domestically, Atleti are on a decent run despite a goalscoring drought away from home near the turn of the year. They have only lost one league match out of the last 14 and have claimed three points in four of the last five matches in the Spanish Primera Division. Their recent run can be largely att
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      With exits from the Copa del Rey and the Champions League now confirmed, and a likely insurmountable point gap between themselves and leaders, Barcelona, Los Colchoneros will end the campaign without a trophy for the first time since Simeone took charge of the club. The Argentine will still be eager
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      For Diego Simeone's men, the wounds from the Champions League quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday will still be all too fresh. However, they have the opportunity today to make a massive step towards qualification for next season's competition. The current Liga champions currently hold a
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      I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action!
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      Good evening folks! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Spanish Primera Division clash between Atletico Madrid and Elche from the Vicente Calderon!
    • 1'
      We are under way at the Vicente Calderon!
    • 3'
      We get our first glimpse of Torres early on here as the former Chelsea striker attempts to dash in behind the Elche defence to get the strike away, but it is good defending from the centre-back who eases possession back to the keeper.
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      We all know that Atletico Madrid are going to be hurting from their Champions League exit midweek to arch rivals, Real Madrid, but it is doubtful that Diego Simeone is a man to sit down and sulk about past failings. Expect a fired up Colchoneros performance today.
    • 7'
      It has all been extremely comfortable for the home side so far as Elche are allowing to have the hosts the ball with ease at the back and at the start of midfield. Slightly negative tactics from the visitors but it may be necessary to sneak a result at he Vicente Calderon.
    • 9'
      A misunderstanding between Godin and Gimenez inside the box allows Adrian to pounce on the loose ball and get away a fizzed half volley towards the bottom corner! Just wide! An unusual lack of communication at the back from Atletico there!
    • 11'
      Rodrigues the ball to feet from Samuel and has plenty of space to move forward, but opts to swing a cross into the box. It is a poor one from the Elche winger and Atletico manage to clear with ease. The visitors need to do a lot better when presented with a little room in the final third!
    • 13'
      A lot of possession for Atletico in these opening stages but their only real attacking opening so far has been the half-chance for Torres bursting into the Elche box. Should be interesting to see if the visitors continue to sit back or whether they will show some attacking ambition.
    • 15'
      Siqueira marauds down the left-hand side and attempts to flicks back inside before heading into the box. Samuel eventually defends well and manages to clear up the pitch, but Gabi typically recycles possession for Atleti.
    • 17'
      Atletico get the free kick down the right wing. Koke takes it short and Gabi diligently clips a deep cross to the back post, which Raul Garcia fancies getting on the end of! The goalkeeper eventually pro-actively comes off his line to commandingly punch out of the box!
    • 19'
      Tiagoooooo! Unlucky! The former Chelsea man makes a late run into the box to meet a teasing Jesus Gamez cross and bullets a header towards goal, but the power isn't matched by the direction and the attempt flashes over the bar! He probably should have did a little better there actually!
    • 21'
      One of Atletico's brighter players so far has certainly been Siqueira down that left wing. The former Benfica full-back has been providing plenty of width on the touchline, with his deliveries into the box for the most part being on the money!
    • 23'
      Our first yellow card of the match has been brandished and it goes to Fernando Torres for a wayward elbow to the face of Roco near the halfway line. Certainly no malice in it, but the referee deems the offence bad enough for a booking.
    • 24'
      Some more consistency required from the referee when it comes to challenges like that. Torres was just booked for a challenge that Griezmann has been came on the end of at least three times so far. No Elche reprimands so far, though.
    • 25'
      Fernando Torres gets yellow.
    • 26'
      Like a lot of Atletico's matches this season, we have seen a very tight opening with not much creativity on show in the final third. The Colchoneros have became famous this campaign for their set-piece prowess, so will it be from a corner or free kick they break the deadlock? Don't bet against it!
    • 28'
      Coro cuts in from the left wing and just looks to get beyond the challenge of Gamez, but the former Malaga defender times the tackle well to win the ball back for Atletico. A counterattack ensues but Elche get back quick enough to ensure there isn't a lot of space left in behind.
    • 30'
      Raul Garcia battles hard near both dugouts as he shakes off the attentions of a couple of Elche challenges before laying a pass down the wing for the onrushing Gamez. Atletico eventually earn the throw-in deep in the Elche half. Excellent work by the former Mallorca man.
    • 32'
      Atletico are just starting to turn the heat up slightly through a nice little period of possession in and around the Elche box. To be fair to the visitors though they have proved themselves to be quite organised up until this point. Simeone's men probe for the opener, however.
    • 34'
      If there ever was a game that could do with a goal it could be this one. Arda Turan, who was sent off in the Champions League exit against Real Madrid midweek, will certainly be introduced at some point to add a little spark to proceedings. Mandzukic also on the bench, of course.
    • 36'
      Elche play the ball around nervously in midfield and they are forced all the way back to the goalkeeper due to the intense pressing of Griezmann and Torres, who have worked their socks off so far. They just need some better service from the midfielders in order to be a direct threat towards goal!
    • 38'
      Raul Garcia, who comes in for Arda today, proves himself an aerial threat once again as he drifts in at the back post to bounce a header towards goal. In the end the attempt goes straight down the throat of the grateful goalkeeper, Tyton.
    • 39'
      FERNANDO TORRES! HOW DID HE MISS THAT! Koke finds his team-mate at the back post with an oustanding pass with the outside of his foot. The former Liverpool man just needs to get a strike on target but instead balloons his attempt high and wide! Best chance of the game there - NOT TAKEN!
    • 41'
      Real pressure from Atletico here as we approach half time. A couple of consecutive corner kicks into the box as well as some deep crosses has saw the Elche defence put under the microscope but they have acquitted themselves well with a couple of excellent defensive headers on show! Can they hold out
    • 43'
      Cisma is yellow-carded.
    • 43'
      The set-pieces are certainly being tallied up by Simeone's men but as of yet that elusive cross has just eluded them, with Elche heading away everything out of the box. The home side will not be wanting to hear the half-time whistle the way they are playing at the moment!
    • 45'
      Gamez manages to get the better of Cisma at left back and teases a brilliant cross along the six-yard box. Griezmann attempts to get on the end of it but agonizingly can't stretch out his leg enough to turn a strike towards goal! Elche let off the hook there!
    • 46'
      We are back under way at the Vicente Calderon! Can Atletico break the deadlock?
    • 47'
      Koke threads a precision pass down the left wing and Siqueira is on hand again to flash a cross into the box. Griezmann meets it and turns a strike towards goal, but much like Torres' effort in the first half, it goes high and wide, not giving the keeper a problem.
    • 48'
      SI Juanfran SO Guilherme Siqueira
    • 48'
      Guilherme Siqueira is done for the day. Juanfran is his replacement.
    • 48'
      Some potentially troubling scenes for Atletico at the moment as Siqueira just pulled up after landing awkwardly after putting that cross in for Griezmann. He is just receiving some treatment from the physio but Juanfran is warming up just in case.
    • 49'
      Indeed some very disappointing news for the home side as the left-back won't be able to continue. He has actually been there best player so far, with his marauding runs down the left wing, but he is forced off. Juanfran is on, which will mean Jesus Gamez moving across to left-back.
    • 51'
      Fajr swings in a corner kick and Atletico only manage a weak clearance to near the front post. Mosquera turns sharply and gets the shot away but there are plenty of bodies in the way and it is Godin who eventually clears the danger.
    • 53'
      Jonathas gets yellow.
    • 53'
      VITAL interception from Adrian! Torres receives the ball to the back post and looks poised to get a shot away, but it seems like an age before it can drop to his feet which allows the Elche midfielder to get back and make a goal-saving tackle!
    • 55'
      G A. Griezmann Assist Guilherme Siqueira
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      GOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL FOR ATLETICO MADRID! THE DEADLOCK IS FINALLY BROKEN! Juanfran swings a cross to the centre of the box and Koke's half volley is brilliantly saved by Tyton! Griezmann is the most alert player in the box and pounces on the rebound to nod into the empty net! One-nil!
    • 57'
      Probably a good time to score for Atleti there as the home crowd was just beginning to get a little anxious at their lack of a threat in the final third. With Elche now forced to come out of their defensive shell, perhaps the hosts can find more space in those dangerous areas.
    • 59'
      Rodrigues drifts in from the right wing and attempts to latch on to a loose ball on the edge of the box to get a shot away, but Tiago is diligently back in a defensive position to clean up before instigating an Atletico counter.
    • 61'
      Atletico find themselves under a little pressure at the back but are let off the hook as Fajr is punished for a soft push to the shoulder of Jesus Gamez, who goes down like a sack of potatoes near the touchline. Much better from the visitors at the moment, but that free kick may have took the sting
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      G Raúl García Assist Guilherme Siqueira
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      Juanfran gave the assist.
    • 63'
      GOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLL FOR ATLETICO! The hosts double their lead! Raul Garcia collects a throw-in from Juanfran and decides to try his luck with a crack at goal from 25 yards. The left-footed strike from the midfielder ends up flashing beyond Tyton, who should be doing better at his front post! Two-ni
    • 65'
      Elche get the free kick down the right wing, which Fajr and Adrian are both standing over. The former is charged with the delivery and sends a deep cross to the back post, but Juanfran bullets away a defensive header whilst under massive pressure from Jonathas. Great work from the substitute.
    • 67'
      Mosquera collects possession in a useful position inside the Atletico box and slides a pass down the channel for Cisma, who curls a wicked cross to the back post. Jesus Gamez defends well against Rodrigues and allows the ball to drift by him and go out for a goal kick.
    • 69'
      SI Saúl SO Guilherme Siqueira
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      Raúl García is replaced with Saúl.
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      Second change of the match from Simeone, who is watching from the stands, and it sees the second goalscorer Raul Garcia come off to be replaced by Saul Niguez, who has been amongst the goals with a couple recently. Let's see if he can record another one this evening.
    • 71'
      Koke bursts a gut to get on the end of a pass near the left corner flag in the Elche half and collects before looking to reverse a pass inside to Jesus Gamez. Samuel makes the interception and Atletico get the corner kick.
    • 73'
      SI Álvaro Giménez SO Guilherme Siqueira
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      Álvaro Giménez enters the game and replaces Garry Rodrigues.
    • 73'
      First change of the match from Elche and it sees the ineffectual Rodrigues come off to be replaced by striker Alvaro Gimenez, who has yet to register a Spanish Primera Division goal this season.
    • 75'
      There isn't a lot of evidence to suggest that Elche are going to mount any kind of comeback here as Atletico are looking pretty comfortable at the back. A two-nil scoreline has been quite common for the Colchoneros this season, but still time for more to be added!
    • 77'
      G A. Griezmann Assist Guilherme Siqueira
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      Saúl gave the assist.
    • 77'
      GOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL FOR ATLETICO! GRIEZMANN AGAIN! Some truly horrendous defending from Elche sees the ball drop to Saul who shows impressive vision to set up the Frenchman, who stabs home from a couple of yards out! Three-nil! GAME OVER!
    • 78'
      SI Cristian Herrera SO Guilherme Siqueira
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      Jonathas is done for the day. Cristian Herrera is his replacement.
    • 79'
      Both sides make a change not long after that third Atletico goal. Jonathas is replaced by Cristian Herrera for Elche and two-goal Griezmann is replaced by Raul Jimenez for the home side. That is not the first time this season that the former Real Sociedad man has been denied his hat-trick by being s
    • 80'
      SI R. Jiménez SO Guilherme Siqueira
    • 80'
      R. Jiménez enters play, replacing A. Griezmann.
    • 81'
      An Elche set-piece is swung to the back post and Coro collects the loose ball before swivelling around to get the strike away, but Oblak is on hand to make the vital block near his front post. I think that may be the first time I've mentioned the Atletico goalkeeper's name this evening...
    • 83'
      Elche's determination is steadily waning here and they have actually did okay to remain in contention for as long as they have done considering they are playing the La Liga champions. Eventually outclassed.
    • 85'
      Third and final change from Elche now and it will see Mosquera come off to be replaced by Elche 'B' star, Mario Arques. Nice little five-minute spell for the youngster here, but doubt he has been tasked with making too much of an impact.
    • 86'
      SI Mario Arqués SO Guilherme Siqueira
    • 86'
      Mario Arqués enters play, replacing Pedro Mosquera.
    • 87'
      Elche are just passing the ball around at the back in a rather pedestrian fashion as if to signal to the referee that they want the match to end as soon as possible. Still a couple of minutes to go yet, lads!
    • 89'
      Jesus Gamez clears the ball at left-back and takes offence to a high boot from Coro who just dangles his foot a little too high. Nothing in it really and no point in getting involved in an incident at this stage and scoreline.
    • 90'
      Gabi is yellow-carded.
    • 90'
      Koke receives a yellow card.
    • 90'
      Three minutes of added time from the referee, which almost seems cruel on the Elche players who have wanted this match to end ever since that third goal went in.

    Line Up




    Diego Simeone
    Fran Escribá



    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 12 16
    Yellow Cards 2 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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