Atletico Madrid – Valencia [Recap]

Atletico Madrid missed their opportunity to go up on the second place in la Liga, after their draw with Valencia, and I missed on the bet I placed on their eventual win, losing 6 units with odds from William Hill. Valencia, who is still in the run for a spot in the Champions League qualification rounds, is two points short from the place which will guarantee the participation, while Atletico already has secured their presence in next year’s competition.

Ernesto Valverde’s team dominated the first half of the game, yet they couldn’t manage to finish the first half victorious, and wasted several crucial opportunities that would have helped them move up on the table. Atletico on the other hand couldn’t stop thinking about Arda Turan’s absence from the field, and only managed to show their superiority in the second half, but Valencia closed off their defense impeccably.

The Brazilian striker Jonas scored in the fifth minute from over eight yards, silencing fans on the Vicente Calderon stadium. Valencia’s joy only lasted for a little more than a minute, because Radamer Falcao equalized just after 90 seconds with his first ever goal against Valencia, from a volley that went right past Diego Alves. This was when the scoring table was closed, though opportunities for more goals were on both sides, especially with Dani Parejo’s long distance shot that unfortunately went past the net. Valencia’s coach, Ernesto Valverde said after the game that, “The first half was ours, but we had little to show for it; we controlled the midfield yet lacked punch in the final few meters.” Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid’s coach countered with: “A point keeps our direct rivals at the same distance. If you can’t win, the least you can do is draw.” 

While Valencia missed their main goal scorer Roberto Soldado out with an injury, Jonas proved to be a worthy substitution, as he scored three times in the last 4 La Liga games. Atletico Madrid may have secured their Champions League spot, but now they are on a quest of principle to finish ahead of arch rivals Real Madrid, seeing as for most of the season they were set on second place and now are one point behind Real.

Result: -6 units, bet lost

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