Own Goal Lifts Atlético Madrid Over Levante
Atlético Madrid is continuing to maintain their hold on a spot in the Champions League. They are now six points clear of the fifth-placed club, Getafe.
Even if they did not score the goal themselves, Atlético Madrid was dominant in every facet of the match against Levante. Goalkeeper Jan Oblak did not even need to challenge shots because there were zero shots on target from Levante. It started really well for the Madrid-based club, managing to take control of the ball most of the time.
Levante was doing their best to contain their opponents but they might have done too much. On a cross from Marcos Llorente aimed for Diego Costa, Bruno González managed to get the ball to put it at the back of his own net.
This is a great result for Atlético because they want to secure a spot in Europe. They were ranked fifth in the league before the suspension but they are currently riding the momentum managing to get seven points the past three games since returning.
Llorente was the man of the match because he was smooth the entire game. He had some great passes including the cross that led to the only goal. This was a masterclass of a game from him because he has continued the momentum he was riding from the previous games.
He had great plays in the game where he managed to create space out of nothing. It was a great game from him and he was one of the best players on the pitch during play.
Diego Costa was also a great threat in the match managing to use his trademark physicality to bully his defenders out of the box. He had some moments both in the air or on the ground. He managed to make three solid passes with a staggering six aerial battles in the 79 minutes that they played.
It was a disappointing result for Levante because they just had a great match against Espanyol last week. They are set to face Real Betis on the 28th of June. On the other hand, Atlético will face Alavés on the 27th.
Words: Cholo Martin