Valencia vs Atletico Madrid match analysis and player of the game report.
Atletico Madrid are currently on a negative trend. After losing to Liverpool in the midweek on matchday four of Champions League, this time they failed to hang on to three points while traveling to Estadio Mestalla.
Los Rojiblancos’ preparation for meeting Valencia was disrupted as Kieran Trippier took a knock on shoulder injury. The Croatian international Simo Vrsaljko replaced the English wing back, which proved to be a good decision as he netted one of the goals.
Atletico began the game convincingly. Diego Simeone’s side took the lead first through Luis Suarez, the striker bagged an opener in the first half. Yet, after the interval, Goncalo Guedes’s cross forced Stefan Savic’s error which led to his own goal. However, the visitors took charge again as they managed to extend their lead as Antoine Griezmann slotted it home and Sime Vrsaljko double their advantage as he tucked away the ball.
Unfortunately, the seemingly three points in hand slipped away as Valencia’s Hugo Duro scored a brace at the stoppage time. Firstly, he volleyed the ball from Jose Gaya’s cross. Secondly, he headed it home before the final whistle. It was an entertaining encounter with goal galore. Los Choconeros and Los Ches had to share spoils in the end.
Valencia forward Goncalo Guedes was the man of the match here. The Portuguese international may not have scored in this fixture but he provided an assist for the third goal and was heavily involved in Valencia’s first goal.
On the visiting side, the former Barcelona man, Luis Suarez, was rated the highest. The Uruguayan forward bagged an opener and had some attempts to add his tally before contributing to Atletico Madrid’s third goal in a rumble in the box.
Lets check out his MOTM worthy stats:
Goncalo Guedes Stats:
Minutes played: 90
Pass accuracy %: 65.5
Goal contribution: 1 assist
Shots (on target): 4(3)
Cross completion: 4
Key Passes: 2
Aerial duels won: 1