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Atletico wins important match against Levante – thriller in first half

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05 Jan 2020
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Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid started the year with inspiring three points. We saw a real thriller in the first half when teams could score all possible goals.


Pre-match preparations

Atletico Madrid was ready for Levante without Diego Costa. As you may know, Costa won’t be able to play for next month too. He has problems related to muscles, and it transformed into Hernia. It’s a medical term that’s related to soreness and tiredness of muscles.
At the same time, Atletico could not get help from Thomas Lemar. During the pre-match press conference, Diego Simeone talked about Lemar’s adaptation to Madrid and life in Spain. As it seems, Coach is a bit worried about the adoption and think that Lemar might be about to leave the team soon. Simeone said that Lemar is always welcomed in starting line-up, but the player has to show the desire to play.

Three goals scored in the first half

Atletico started the match with significant pressure on the defense of Levante. From the start, Madrid players decided to score the goal. On the 13th minute, Atletico achieves the primary target – they scored the first goal of 2020. From the wing, Trippier crossed the ball, and Angel Correa could score the goal. It was an important goal for the match as we have seen open attacks from both teams. Levante had to focus on scoring, so they opened the wing widely and got many counter-attacks from Atletico Madrid.
Levante could score the tying goal in just three minutes after Correa’s goal. It was a beautiful shot from Roger, and Levante got the first goal of 2020 fast than expected. After Levante’s goal, Simeone asked players to focus on counter-attacks. After Roger’s goal, Atletico focused on another target, and soon they scored. On the 18th minute, Lodi passed to Felipe, and he scored a brilliant goal.

Simeone’s reaction after the match

Atletico coach was a bit disappointed after the game. In spite of getting three points and scoring two goals, Simeone said that the team has to be more decisive in the final moment. Diego was worried about not scoring goals while having too many moments.

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