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Atletico Madrid 2-0 Villarreal: Alvaro Morata scores as Diego Simeone's side win

Alvaro Morata
Alvaro Morata's celebration involved acting as if he was speaking to a VAR official

Alvaro Morata scored his first Atletico Madrid goal as they beat Villarreal.

The striker, on loan from Chelsea, met Filipe Luis' left-wing cross with a low volley from near the penalty spot.

He celebrated by pretending he was speaking to a video official, having been denied goals by VAR against two former sides - Juventus on Wednesday and Real Madrid on 9 February.

Saul scored a late second as he ran on to Diego Costa's long ball to lob Sergio Asenjo from eight yards out.

Atleti are seven points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, who beat Sevilla 4-2 on Saturday.

They could have won by more, with substitute Costa missing a one on one and Jose Maria Gimenez having a header saved.

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

  • 13Oblak
  • 4Arias
  • 15Savic
  • 24Giménez
  • 3Filipe Luís
  • 8Saúl
  • 6KokeSubstituted forMachín Pérezat 90'minutes
  • 14Hernández
  • 11LemarSubstituted forParteyat 64'minutes
  • 7Griezmann
  • 22MorataSubstituted forDiego Costaat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Adán
  • 2Godín
  • 5Partey
  • 10Correa
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 23Machín Pérez

Villarreal

  • 1Asenjo
  • 3GonzálezBooked at 66mins
  • 4Funes MoriSubstituted forChukwuezeat 56'minutes
  • 6RuizBooked at 79mins
  • 2Gaspar
  • 10Iborra
  • 5CáseresBooked at 70minsSubstituted forFornalsat 76'minutes
  • 19Cazorla
  • 16Pedraza
  • 17Toko Ekambi
  • 9BaccaSubstituted forMorenoat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Moreno
  • 8Fornals
  • 11Costa
  • 13Fernández
  • 18Fuego Martínez
  • 28Morlanes
  • 30Chukwueze
Referee:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Attendance:
58,832

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamVillarreal
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 2, Villarreal 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 2, Villarreal 0.

Attempt saved. Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Víctor Ruiz.

Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Saúl Ñíguez.

Attempt blocked. Alfonso Pedraza (Villarreal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Álvaro González (Villarreal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mario Gaspar.

Foul by Thomas Partey (Atlético de Madrid).

Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Santiago Arias (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vicente Iborra (Villarreal).

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Vitolo replaces Koke.

Attempt missed. Vicente Iborra (Villarreal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Gerard Moreno with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Atlético de Madrid 2, Villarreal 0. Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diego Costa.

Foul by José Giménez (Atlético de Madrid).

Karl Toko Ekambi (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Álvaro González.

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Saúl Ñíguez tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

Booking

Víctor Ruiz (Villarreal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Rodrigo (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Víctor Ruiz (Villarreal).

Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by José Giménez.

Attempt blocked. Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro González.

Attempt missed. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Koke.

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Pablo Fornals replaces Santiago Cáseres.

Foul by Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid).

Álvaro González (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Mario Gaspar (Villarreal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Alfonso Pedraza (Villarreal) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Karl Toko Ekambi.

Attempt saved. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann with a cross.

Booking

Santiago Cáseres (Villarreal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Thomas Partey (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Santiago Cáseres (Villarreal).

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Alfonso Pedraza.

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Gerard Moreno replaces Carlos Bacca.

Booking

Álvaro González (Villarreal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Stefan Savic.

Attempt missed. Carlos Bacca (Villarreal) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Vicente Iborra.

Attempt blocked. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Costa.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 24th February 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona25176265254057
2Atl Madrid25148336171950
3Real Madrid25153743301348
4Getafe25109632221039
5Sevilla2510784032837
6Alavés2510782528-337
7Real Betis2510692930-136
8Real Sociedad249783025534
9Valencia2561542521433
10Ath Bilbao2571262528-333
11Eibar2571083335-231
12Leganés257992631-530
13Levante2586113745-830
14Espanyol2586112838-1030
15Girona246992534-927
16Real Valladolid2568111931-1226
17Celta Vigo2567123643-725
18Villarreal25411102633-723
19Rayo Vallecano2565142843-1523
20Huesca2547142441-1719
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