The AtlÃ © tico were jostled, they struggled for a long time, but AtlÃ © tico won. After two disappointing draws last week against Porto in the Champions League (0-0) and Bilbao in La Liga (0-0), the Madrid club returned to victory on Tuesday evening in championship on the ground of its neighbor Getafe (2-1).
A success obtained with forceps, at the very end of the game, against an opponent who remained on five losses in five games, and who ended the game with ten. And a success to which Antoine Griezmann did not necessarily contribute.
The French striker was however started by Diego Simeone, alongside Luis Suarez, and he even played 67 minutes at the Coliseum Alfonso-PÃ © rez – more than in his three firsts. First appearances since his return to the “matelassiers”. But apart from an off-target half-volley on the hour mark (57th), he still struggled to shine.
Moreover, it was after its release that the match changed. Or, to be exact, after Carlos Alena’s red. While Getafe had opened the scoring thanks to a header from Mitrovic just before the break (1-0, 45th), the club from the southern suburbs of Madrid found themselves outnumbered at the 74th, when his midfielder was sent off for an ugly sole on Cunha’s calf. And immediately, Suarez resigned.
A few minutes after having sent a header on the crossbar of Soria (68th), the Uruguayan striker first equalized from the left on an opening by Mario Hermoso (1-1, 78th). A first goal, before the second, in fox and in the 90th, from a header to the far post on a center very badly negotiated by the defense of Getafe (2-1).
Like Griezmann, the former Liverpool and BarÃ§a player had so far gone through the game like a ghost. But he woke up and, above all, was decisive. Which makes a clear difference.