Sunday January 20, 2013 Day 20 Finished Estadio Vicente Calderón

Atlético Madrid 2 - 0 Levante UD

  • Adrián 32’
  • Koke 60’

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  1. Spanish Liga - Falcao injury sours Atletico Madrid  win

    Spanish Liga - Falcao injury sours Atletico Madrid win

    Adrian and Koke scored for Atletico Madrid in 2-0 win at home to Levante but Radamel Falcao went off injured. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Atlético Madrid
    • Levante UD
    • 90+3' So that's the final whistle. No-one has been able to score an away goal at the Vicente Calderon since Osasuna at the end of October. Atletico move to within 8 points of Barcelona at the top.
    • 90+2' The heavyweight Ballesteros gets yellow carded for a silly push on Filipe.
    • 89' This would be a 10th consecutive home match without conceding a goal if Atletico can hold on for the remaining three minutes of added time.
    • 87' Juanlu is inches away from getting a goal back for the visitors, just stumbling as he hits a left footed half volley wide of the left post.
    • 86' To be fair to Levante they are still giving it a go here with time running out for the side from Valencia.
    • 84' Atletico have now not conceded at home for more than 900 minutes in all competitions.
    • 83' A Levante corner is taken by Barkero and it's a decent cross but Atletico are alert and Arda Turan heads clear at the near post.
    • 82' Ruben Garcia departs and Roger Marti comes on for Levante.
    • 80' Munua is booked for complaining to the referee...
    • 78' The Onion - Cebolla Rodriguez beats Munua from distance but his shot hits the bar.
    • 77' Ten points ahead of Real Madrid? That sounds nice for those long suffering Atleti fans!
    • 76' Atletico are well on target for a 12th successive home win in the league, to beat a 70 year old club record.
    • 74' Young Manquillo has done well down the right for the home team and he pressures Levante defender Navarro in an advanced position before fouling him. Meanwhile Michel is off and Juanlu is on for Levante.
    • 73' Adrian goes off to more applause and the excellent Arda Turan comes on for Atletico. They do have a very good team.
    • 72' Koke takes that resulting corner and Munua catches his deep looping cross.
    • 71' Koke tries for a second goal aiming to beat Munua at the near post with a free kick on the left, taken right footed. The Levante keeper punches it wide for a corner.
    • 69' Levante win another free kick as Ruben is felled on the right, but this time the free kick by Barkero goes straight to Courtois.
    • 68' Michel at the heart of everything for Levante again, but his free-kick deflects up into the sky and is collected by Courtois.
    • 67' Raul Garcia comes on for Gabi who is given a standing ovation by the Atleti supporters.
    • 65' The Atletico fans are in great voice now, raising their scarves in unison and urging the team on to more goals.
    • 64' Martins' almost hits back for Levante as he tries to deflect a cross-shot by Michel into the net. Just wide.
    • 63' That was a class finish by Koke and Atletico are well worth a 2-0 lead. Meanwhile Jose Barkero has come on for Levante to replace El Zhar.
    • 61' GOAL!!! Koke doubles Atletico's lead with a great finish. The midfielder curls a great right footed shot over Munua from outside the box after a move which resulted from that free kick given away by Ballesteros.
    • 60' Costa's first involvement sees him floored by Ballesteros, who looks too overweight to be a La Liga player.
    • 59' The lively Diego Costa comes on to replace Falcao.
    • 58' Looks like Falcao has injured his hamstring and he is limping off.
    • 57' Bad news for Atletico, Falcao sprints clear one on one with the Levante goalkeeper Munua and pulls up injured.
    • 55' Good work by The Onion (that's Cristian Rodriguez' nickname) on the right to supply Koke, before his teammate overhits a pass into the box.
    • 54' Michel is fould by Tiago and Levante have a free kick. Michel takes it and Adrian heads it clear.
    • 53' Godin humps a long long pass forward but Falcao can't bring it under control.
    • 51' A furious Michel eventually retakes the free kick and it rebounds of Koke in the Atletico wall.
    • 50' Michel gets a silly booking for taking a free kick too quickly! He misses Levante's next game... Daft.
    • 49' A quiet start to the second half, with one fruitless Atletico attack thus far.
    • 48' Real Madrid play later this evening at Valencia in what should be a great contest.
    • 47' If Simeone's men can close out this win they would go 10 points ahead of their neighbours Real Madrid in the table, at least temporarily.
    • 46' The hosts get the second half underway looking to preserve or extend their 1-0 lead.
    • 45+2' It is half time and Atletico are on track for a record 12th consecutive home win in La Liga.
    • 45'+1 A long corner from Michel is chased by Sergio Ballesteros on the Levante right and he is hacked down by Godin. The usually excellent Atletico defender was stupid there and is lucky not to receive a yellow card.
    • 44' Levante need the half time break and will have to re-organise for the second half. Their hosts have pressed for every ball and really applied the pressure over the last ten minutes.
    • 43' Rain is starting to fall heavily at the half full Vicente Calderon stadium.
    • 42' Manquillo and Diop contest the ball down on the Atletico right and Diop does well not to give away a corner. Throw in for Atletico and soon levante clear their lines.
    • 41' Pedro Lopez is yellow carded for a foul on Adrian as Ateltico hit Levante on the counter.
    • 39' This is a very quiet game so far from Falcao, but he is often most dangerous when he is not overly involved.
    • 38' Atletico are back on the attack but Levante are defending deep now in order to avoid further damage before half time.
    • 37' Michel's overhit cross means Levante are not able to take advantage of that corner.
    • 36' Levante win a corner after a mix up between Courtois and Godin who almost puts past his own 'keeper.
    • 35' Koke, Gabi and Tiago are playing brilliantly across the middle for Atletico and it would not be a surprise to see the lead extended soon by the hosts.
    • 34' No respite for the visitors as Atletico press for a quick second.
    • 32' GOAL!!! Finally Atletico take a deserved lead as Tiago Mendes plays a great ball to Manquillo inside the box on the right and the low cross is fired towards the goal by Adrian - and Navarro is unable to stop it on the line.
    • 31' Levante just cannot keep possession of the ball when they get into the Atletico half...
    • 30' Atletico eventually take the resulting corner via Koke who again is unable to supply a penetrating delivery.
    • 29' Such pace indeed that after the ball collides with Levante defender David Navarro's face he needs treatment on the side of the pitch.
    • 28' Great run by Juanfran's replacement Manquillo on the right and the ball is played into the Levante box with pace.
    • 26' This is a rather tame affair so far folks...
    • 25' Ruben Garcia tries a shot from distance for Levante as they are unable to get within closer range of Courtois' goal. No danger for the Belgian goalkeeper who saves comfortably.
    • 24' But Koke's deliveries from set pieces are letting him down at the moment and Levante clear without problems from the corner.
    • 23' Koke is doing well down the left for the home side and has just won another corner.
    • 21' Although Gabi did impede Michel in an attacking position it didn't look like a yellow card offence. Gabi will be suspended for Atletico's next fixture.
    • 20' That seems like an unnecessary for Gabi from referee Ferreiro.
    • 19' Atletico skipper Gabi gets yellow carded for a foul on Michel.
    • 17' The hardcore Atletico fans are making plenty of noise but the ground is not full. This is a third successive home game for the Rojiblancos in a week and perhaps not everyone can afford to attend given the ongoing financial crisis in Spain.
    • 15' Koke wastes the free kick with an overhit cross.
    • 14' Foul by Nabil El Zhar on Cristian Rodriguez giving Atletico a free kick in a good position on the left.
    • 12' Adrian is finding plenty of space on the Atletico right now, dropping deep and wide to try and supply his partner in attack Falcao.
    • 11' The home side are taking control and mounting a series of attacks. Two corners in quick succession keep Levante goalkeeper Gustavo Munua on his toes but he has not been truly tested thus far.
    • 10' Filipe Luis finds himself in space down the Atletico Madrid left and gets to the byline but his cross is overhit.
    • 9' Martins robs Diego Godin and Levante attack but Michel can't apply the finishing touch.
    • 8' Atletico captain Gabi fouls Pape Diop in the middle of the park and Levante have a free kick.
    • 7' It's fairly even so far in a frantic opening phase, with the midfielders on each side seeing most of the ball and sizing each other up.
    • 5' Corner taken by Koke but easily cleared by the Levante defence.
    • 4' Radamel Falcao is up to his usual tricks and creeps into the box to fire off a shot which is blocked. Corner for the hosts.
    • 3' An early corner for Levante on the left comes to nothing and Thibaut Courtois collects calmly in the Atletico goal.
    • 2' Simeone has made five changes from the side which faced Betis in the cup in midweek. One of the changes is forced with Manquillo replacing the injured Juanfran.
    • 1' As we get underway Levante take the kick off in their black away strip, whilst Atletico are in their usual red and white shirts with blue shorts.
    • 17.55 This evening's match referee is the experienced Delgado Ferreiro, who knows both of these teams well. Atletico have a record of five wins, three draws and three defeats when Ferreiro is in charge, whilst Levante's record in games he has officiated is won five, drawn four and lost one.
    • 17.50 If Atletico win tonight it would be a 12th consecutive home league victory for the Rojiblancos - and that would set a new record for the team in the modern era, beating a 70 year old ckub record which dates back to 1940.
    • 17.45 Obafemi Martins will play as a lone striker as Levante look to counter attack their way to a result. If they can get an unlikely victory at fortress Vicente Calderon the Valencian side will move up from eighth to fifth in La Liga.
    • 17.40 So Atletico begin their quest this evening to reduce the gap to leaders Barcelona to 8 points with the likes of Diego Costa and Arda Turan on the bench. Diego Simeone will be confident his rock solid defence can hold off the threat of Levante, as he rotates his playing staff in this busy month of Spanish league and cup football.
    • 17.35 Teams: ATLETICO MADRID: Courtois, Manquillo, Miranda, Godin, Filipe, Tiago, Gabi, Koke, Cebolla Rodriguez, Adrian, Falcao… subs: Asenjo, Diaz, Turan, Emre, Suarez, Gargia, D. Costa. /// LEVANTE: Munua, Pedro Lopez, Ballesteros, Navarro, Lell, Diop, Iborra, Ruben, El Zhar, Michel, Martins… subs: Navas, Rodas, Rios, Juanlu, Valdo, Barkero, Roger.
    • 17.30 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of this La Liga fixture at the Estadio Vicente Calderon between Atletico Madrid and Levante.
  • Summary

    • 71' Koke tries for a second goal aiming to beat Munua at the near post with a free kick on the left, taken right footed. The Levante keeper punches it wide for a corner.
    • 64' Martins' almost hits back for Levante as he tries to deflect a cross-shot by Michel into the net. Just wide.
    • 57' Bad news for Atletico, Falcao sprints clear one on one with the Levante goalkeeper Munua and pulls up injured.
    • 32' GOAL!!! Finally Atletico take a deserved lead as Tiago Mendes plays a great ball to Manquillo inside the box on the right and the low cross is fired towards the goal by Adrian - and Navarro is unable to stop it on the line.
    • 17.35 Teams: ATLETICO MADRID: Courtois, Manquillo, Miranda, Godin, Filipe, Tiago, Gabi, Koke, Cebolla Rodriguez, Adrian, Falcao… subs: Asenjo, Diaz, Turan, Emre, Suarez, Gargia, D. Costa. /// LEVANTE: Munua, Pedro Lopez, Ballesteros, Navarro, Lell, Diop, Iborra, Ruben, El Zhar, Michel, Martins… subs: Navas, Rodas, Rios, Juanlu, Valdo, Barkero, Roger.
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Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Atlético Madrid

    Manager: Diego Simeone

  • Levante UD

    Manager: Juan Ignacio Martínez

  • Line-up

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      Midfielders
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      Goal 6.8 -
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      Substitution Out59′ 8.6 -
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      Substitution In59′ 6 -
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      Substitution Out61′ 6.2 -
      Yellow Card Substitution Out73′ 7 -
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      Subs
      Substitution In61′ 9 -
      Substitution In73′ 5.5 -
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