A golden opportunity to take a good lead at the top of the standings. The day after FC Barcelona’s draw against Levante (3-3), Atlético de Madrid hosted Real Sociedad this Wednesday evening as part of the 36th day of La Liga. On the throne with a point more than the Blaugranas, the Colchoneros had the opportunity to take four steps ahead in case of success against a Basque club which was to consolidate its fifth place. Diego Simeone made only one change in his XI with the tenure of Saul in place of Lemar. Opposite, Imanol Alguacil started on a 4-2-3-1 with Isak in front.
With the title goal in mind, the Colchoneros were quickly taking matters into their own hands, but we had to wait a bit to see an opportunity. With Suarez at his side, Llorente played it alone and finally came up against Remiro (9th), leaving the Uruguayan frustrated. With this little alert, the visitors then put the game down, but behind, Atlético logically took the advantage. On a cross from Trippier, Carrasco, forgotten by the defense, carried out a somewhat long check but still deceived the vigilance of Remiro from the right (16th, 1-0). The locals mastered their subject and made the break before the half hour of play.
Two amounts for Real Sociedad
After a good job from Suarez in the axis, Correa was found and the Argentinian finished the job with a cross strike (28th, 2-0). But with two goals behind, the players of the Basque club reacted. If Oblak shone in front of Isak (31st), the Slovenian goalkeeper was then saved by his post on another attempt by the Swedish center-forward (36th). At the break, Bautista replaced Isak on the Basque side to bring new blood. Unfortunately, on the lawn, the show was no longer there and the twenty-two actors were struggling to create opportunities in the last meters. Real Sociedad had the ball overall, but couldn’t make good use of it.
Without a solution, the visitors tried to insist on the right side, to no avail. The changes multiplied on both sides as Atlético operated against. Precisely, on one of them, Suarez tried a sharp but did not catch the frame (77th). Imanol Alguacil’s men had no luck tonight either, with this new post found by Portu (80th). Conversely, we could almost speak of the luck of the champion for Atlético … Finally, Real Sociedad was rewarded with this goal from Zubeldia from a corner (83rd, 2-1). Enough to shake the Colchoneros, but they were keen to win (2-1) and take a 4-point lead in the lead.
La Liga standings here.