Atletico Madrid 1-0 Real Valladolid: Sub Vitolo to the rescue as Simeone’s men


Atletico Madrid 1-0 Real Valladolid: Sub Vitolo to the rescue as Diego Simeone’s men boost top-four push with narrow victory

  • Substitute Vitolo scored a late winner as Atletico Madrid went third in LaLiga
  • The winger cashed in from poor positioning from goalkeeper Jose Antonio Caro
  • Atletico were playing for the first time without fans at the Wanda Metropolitano 

Atletico Madrid scraped a 1-0 win at home to Real Valladolid on Saturday in La Liga thanks to a late header from substitute Vitolo to move into third in the standings.

Vitolo cashed in from poor positioning from Valladolid’s debutant goalkeeper Jose Antonio Caro to head the ball just over the goalline. 

Although it was headed away by a defender, a VAR review ratified the linesman’s decision to award the goal.

Substitute Vitolo scored a late winner as Atletico Madrid went third in LaLiga on Saturday

Substitute Vitolo scored a late winner as Atletico Madrid went third in LaLiga on Saturday

Vitolo cashed in from poor positioning from goalkeeper Jose Antonio Caro to head the ball in

Vitolo cashed in from poor positioning from goalkeeper Jose Antonio Caro to head the ball in

Playing for the first time without fans at the Wanda Metropolitano, Atletico lacked the fluidity they showed in their 5-0 thrashing at Osasuna last Wednesday and were fortunate not to go behind as Valladolid impressed in the first half.

The victory took Atletico on to 52 points after 30 games, level with fourth-placed Sevilla, but gave them a four-point cushion over fifth-placed Getafe to further boost their chances of a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.

Valladolid are 15th on 33 points, seven points above the relegation zone.

Striker Diego Costa could not find a way past Valladolid goalkeeper Jose Antonio Caro

Striker Diego Costa could not find a way past Valladolid goalkeeper Jose Antonio Caro

Atletico lacked the fluidity they showed in their 5-0 thrashing at Osasuna last Wednesday

Atletico lacked the fluidity they showed in their 5-0 thrashing at Osasuna last Wednesday

Atletico Madrid were playing for the first time without fans at the Wanda Metropolitano

Atletico Madrid were playing for the first time without fans at the Wanda Metropolitano



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