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Celta Vigo 1-2 Atletico Madrid: La Liga champions begin with victory

La Liga champions Atletico Madrid began their title defence by beating Celta Vigo with both sides reduced to 10 men.

Argentine forward Angel Correa scored in each half for Atletico, smashing in the opener into the top corner and then finishing off a slick counter-attack.

Iago Aspas had levelled for Celta from the penalty spot and should have gained a point late on for the hosts.

Aspas went round goalkeeper Jan Oblak but fired into the side-netting with the goal gaping.

An ill-tempered contest saw two red cards given in injury-time to Celta's Hugo Mallo and Atletico's Mario Hermoso for a fracas, as well as eight yellow cards during the game.

England international Kieran Trippier, who has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United and Arsenal, appeared as a second-half substitute for Atletico, replacing Koke on 66 minutes.

City rivals Real Madrid, who finished second last season, started the season with a comfortable 4-1 win at Alaves on Saturday.

Barcelona began their era without record goalscorer Lionel Messi with a 4-2 win over Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp on Sunday.

Line-ups

Celta Vigo

Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 1Dituro
  • 2MalloBooked at 90mins
  • 4Araújo
  • 19FontánBooked at 90mins
  • 17Galán GilSubstituted forBaezaat 89'minutes
  • 14TapiaSubstituted forSolariat 75'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 23MéndezSubstituted forBeltránat 74'minutes
  • 6D SuárezBooked at 77mins
  • 9NolitoSubstituted forCerviat 62'minutes
  • 10Iago Aspas
  • 22Mina Lorenzo

Substitutes

  • 8Beltrán
  • 11Cervi
  • 13Blanco
  • 15Aidoo
  • 16Baeza
  • 20Vázquez
  • 21Solari
  • 28Domínguez

Atl Madrid

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 13Oblak
  • 15Savic
  • 2GiménezBooked at 90mins
  • 22HermosoBooked at 90mins
  • 4KondogbiaBooked at 61mins
  • 14LlorenteBooked at 57minsSubstituted forLodi dos Santosat 82'minutes
  • 6KokeSubstituted forTrippierat 66'minutes
  • 11LemarBooked at 11minsSubstituted forde Paulat 65'minutes
  • 8Saúl
  • 10CorreaSubstituted forSuárezat 65'minutes
  • 21CarrascoBooked at 90minsSubstituted forVrsaljkoat 90+7'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Grbic
  • 5de Paul
  • 9Suárez
  • 12Lodi dos Santos
  • 23Trippier
  • 24Vrsaljko
  • 26Serrano
  • 27Simeone
  • 29Camello
Referee:
José Luis Munuera Montero
Attendance:
5,401

Match Stats

Home TeamCelta VigoAway TeamAtl Madrid
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celta Vigo 1, Atletico Madrid 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celta Vigo 1, Atletico Madrid 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Atletico Madrid. Conceded by Augusto Solari.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. José Manuel Fontán (Celta Vigo) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Franco Cervi.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Franco Cervi (Celta Vigo) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Denis Suárez with a cross.

  6. Booking

    José Giménez (Atletico Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Celta Vigo. Conceded by Geoffrey Kondogbia.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Atletico Madrid. Sime Vrsaljko replaces Yannick Carrasco.

  10. Dismissal

    Mario Hermoso (Atletico Madrid) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

  11. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Hugo Mallo (Celta Vigo).

  12. Booking

    Hugo Mallo (Celta Vigo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez with a through ball.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo).

  15. Post update

    Geoffrey Kondogbia (Atletico Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Booking

    Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Booking

    José Manuel Fontán (Celta Vigo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by José Manuel Fontán (Celta Vigo).

  19. Post update

    Luis Suárez (Atletico Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Celta Vigo. Miguel Baeza replaces Javi Galán.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 15th August 2021

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid11004133
2Sevilla11003033
3Barcelona11004223
4Atl Madrid11002113
5Valencia11001013
6Cádiz10101101
7Levante10101101
8Mallorca10101101
9Real Betis10101101
10Espanyol10100001
11Osasuna10100001
12Ath Bilbao00000000
13Elche00000000
14Granada00000000
15Villarreal00000000
16Celta Vigo100112-10
17Getafe100101-10
18Real Sociedad100124-20
19Alavés100114-30
20Rayo Vallecano100103-30
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