Spanish La Liga
Atl Madrid2Eibar1

Atlético Madrid 2-1 Eibar

Mandzukic joined Atletico from Bayern Munich this summer

Champions Atletico Madrid earned their first league win of the season as Mario Mandzukic scored to see off a stern challenge from promoted Eibar.

Mandzukic - a summer signing from Bayern Munich - headed in from eight yards after Miranda had earlier scored.

Atletico manager Diego Simeone is serving an eight-match touchline ban and his side's lead was cut when Eibar's Abraham curled in from range.

Eibar rallied and striker Angel poked a one-on-one chance wide late on.

It was a glorious chance to earn a point for La Liga's smallest club at the home of the champions.

Eibar are embarking on their first season in Spain's top tier, and humbled Real Sociedad in their opening fixture last weekend.

Diego Simeone was sent to the stands against Real Madrid in the Super Cup final and is now serving an eight-match touchline ban

The Basque club looked uneasy early on at the Vicente Calderon, but grew into the fixture and made it a difficult night for last season's Champions League runners-up, who were watched by their manager from the stands.

Simeone has been banished from the touchline as a result of his behaviour in the second-leg of his side's 2-1 aggregate win over Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.

The 44-year-old guided Los Roji Blancos to a first league win since 1996 last season and after a summer in which Diego Costa and Filipe Luis have joined Chelsea for large sums, must hope a number of summer acquisitions fill the voids left.

A goalless draw at Rayo Vallecano in their season opener did little to inspire, but when Miranda rose to head in unmarked on 11 minutes, the home side looked likely to assert their dominance.

Mandzukic - bought from Bayern Munich to replace the 27 league goals scored by Costa last season - had already opened his Atletico account in the Spanish Super Cup win and effortlessly headed home their second.

Craving the same start...
Last season, Atletico won 27 points from 27 to set the pace at the start of the season and build a platform from which they would go on to win their first title since 1996

Eibar kept a clean sheet in beating Sociedad but looked out of their depth defensively in Madrid.

Set pieces were a particular problem, with both headed goals notched with little resistance but their neat approach play at the other end was spectacularly rounded off by left-back Abraham.

The 28-year-old, who has previous La Liga experience with Real Zaragoza, curled an effort into the top corner from 25 yards.

Simeone looked animated in the second half as Eibar enjoyed the initiative with right-back Boveda wasting a headed chance from six yards before Angel poked wide in the final five minutes.

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 20Juanfran
  • 23Miranda
  • 2Godín
  • 3Siqueira
  • 14GabiBooked at 74mins
  • 4SuárezBooked at 54mins
  • 8Raúl García
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forJiménezat 60'minutes
  • 6KokeBooked at 64mins
  • 9MandzukicSubstituted forÑíguezat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Tiago
  • 11Jiménez
  • 13Oblak
  • 15Ansaldi
  • 17Ñíguez
  • 21Rodríguez
  • 24Giménez de Vargas

Eibar

  • 1Iruretagoiena Aranzamendi
  • 2Bóveda
  • 6Albentosa
  • 22Rodríguez Navas
  • 24Minero Fernandez
  • 8Errasti
  • 14García CarrilloSubstituted forBerjón Pérezat 82'minutes
  • 7CapaSubstituted forNieto Velaat 62'minutes
  • 10ArruabarrenaSubstituted forDel Moral Fernandezat 73'minutes
  • 23Lara Grande
  • 9Rodríguez Díaz

Substitutes

  • 5Ekiza
  • 11Nieto Vela
  • 16Castellano Castro
  • 18Boateng
  • 20Del Moral Fernandez
  • 21Berjón Pérez
  • 25Jiménez Merlo
Referee:
Eduardo Prieto Iglesias
Attendance:
48,000

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamEibar
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 2, Eibar 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 2, Eibar 1.
Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Guillherme Siqueira with a cross.
Foul by Ángel (Eibar).
Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Manu del Moral (Eibar).
Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez following a fast break.
Dangerous play by Jon Errasti (Eibar).
Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Ángel (Eibar) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Manu del Moral.
Attempt saved. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez.
Foul by Dani Nieto (Eibar).
Guillherme Siqueira (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Gabi with a cross following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Eibar. Saúl replaces Dani García.
Foul by Manu del Moral (Eibar).
Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Raúl Albentosa (Eibar).
Raúl Jiménez (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt blocked. Manu del Moral (Eibar) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dani Nieto.
Foul by Manu del Moral (Eibar).
Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Eneko Bóveda (Eibar) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Javi Lara with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.
Manu del Moral (Eibar) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

Substitution

Substitution, Eibar. Manu del Moral replaces Mikel Arruabarrena.
Attempt missed. Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gabi with a cross following a set piece situation.
Foul by Raúl Navas (Eibar).
Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Eneko Bóveda.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Saúl Ñíguez replaces Mario Mandzukic.
Corner, Eibar. Conceded by Mario Mandzukic.
Corner, Eibar. Conceded by Moyá.
Dani García (Eibar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid).

Booking

Koke (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gabi with a cross.
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