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Diego Simeone’s new look attacking Atletico Madrid won a thrilling Champions League encounter against Feyenoord as they beat the Dutch side 3-2. Arne Slot’s side tried to play their natural attacking football, but the Rojiblancos just had too much in their locker for the Dutchmen.
Atletico Madrid vs Feyenoord Timeline:
- 1 Atletico Madrid vs Feyenoord Timeline:
- 2 Atletico Madrid vs Feyenoord player ratings: Star Man
- 3 Atletico Madrid vs Feyenoord player ratings: Attacking ATM show their firepower
- 4 Feyenoord fight with everything they got
- 5 The Final Word
7′ (Goal) – Oblak saves Ueda’s shot but it hits Hermoso and it is an own goal.
11′ – Zerrouki hits a 40-yarder first time, but it goes just wide.
12′ (Goal) – Morata slides in De Paul’s pass calmly and following VAR review, the goal stands.
18′ – Molina plays in a lovely cross across the face of the goal but Trauner somehow slides clear.
19′ – Saul strikes a shot around Wellenreuther into the right-hand post.
34′ (Goal) – Stengs whips a free-kick towards the far post, Hancko’s volley is saved by Oblak but he blasts in the rebound.
39′ – Trauner misses a great opportunity as he fails to connect to Stengs’ cross.
45+3′ (Goal) – Following Feyenoord’s failure to clear their lines, the ball drops to Girezman, who scores with an acrobatic finish.
47′ (Goal) – Molina whips in a devilish delivery from the right flank, which Morata guided into the bottom corner.
64′ – Paixao cuts inside from the left and launches a shot which sails just wide.
73′ – Oblak denies Minteh with an incredible save from close range to keep it 3-2.
The Big Stat
Atlético Madrid 3-2 Feyenoord
— Opta Analyst (@OptaAnalyst) October 4, 2023
Atletico Madrid vs Feyenoord player ratings: Star Man
Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid) – 8.50
Playing up front for Diego Simeone is a tough job, as it requires defending from the front and getting to the end of sharp counterattacks very quickly. Morata did that expertly. He made clever runs in behind when opportunities opened up, linked with his strike partner Griezman intelligently, and found himself in dangerous positions.
However, the problem with Morata has always been that he can do everything right apart from the final bit. Against the Dutch club though, Morata showed his lethal side, as he took both his goals with predatory instincts.
Atletico Madrid vs Feyenoord player ratings: Attacking ATM show their firepower
Diego Simeone’s sides are known to be dogged defensively, with their two banks of four. However, the Rojiblancos lined up in a 3-5-2 formation and looked to attack. Even though they conceded goals, their firepower got them through.
Atletico Madrid player ratings
Jan Oblak 7/10: Solid under the sticks as usual, not much he could do about the goals.
Cesar Azpilicueta 6.5/10: Cleverly positioned himself to intervene at crucial times.
Axel Witsel 6/10: Dictated play from the middle of the back three.
Mario Hermoso 5/10: Conceded an unfortunate own goal, ok otherwise.
Nahuel Molina 7/10: Great going forward, delivered some lovely crosses, including the one for the assist.
Rodrigo De Paul 5/10: Struggled technically, and had to be taken off early.
Koke 6/10: Kept the ball well by making accurate simple passes.
Saúl Ñíguez 6.5/10: Acted as the conduit between his team’s defence and attack.
Samuel Lino 6/10: Looked like a threat with his pace and dribbling.
Antoine Griezmann 7.5/10: Great improvisation to score the goal, effective throughout.
Álvaro Morata 8.5/10: Constant threat running in behind, took his goals very well.
Javi Galán 5/10: Added solidity at the back.
Marcos Llorente 5.5/10: Injected energy in the midfield.
Rodrigo Riquelme 5/10: Improved control with his composure.
Angel Correa 5.5/10: Made some threatening runs on the ball
Illias Kostis: N/A
Feyenoord fight with everything they got
The Dutch club have impressed many fans with their attacking and aggressive brand of football. Arne Slot’s side didn’t shy away at Metropolitano and went toe to toe with Diego Simeone’s side.
Feyenoord player ratings
Timon Wellenreuther 4/10: Not a display he would want to remember.
Quilindschy Hartman 7/10: Tried to cover his flank by running up and down constantly.
Dávid Hancko 6.7/10: Scored a goal but was slightly shaky defensively.
Gernot Trauner 6/10: Had some great opportunities from set pieces.
Lutsharel Geertruida 6/10: Struggled against Lino’s pace and directness
Quinten Timber 6.5/10: Brought a lot of energy with great off-the-ball runs.
Ramiz Zerrouki 7/10: Controlled the tempo of the game calmly and expertly.
Mats Wieffer 6/10: Tried to contribute both offensively and defensively.
Igor Paixão 6.5/10: Tried to attack the left half-space but not with much success.
Ayase Ueda 6/10: Worked hard, and tried to run behind at every opportunity.
Calvin Stengs 7/10: Constant threat, delivered some good balls from the wing.
Yankuba Minteh 5.5/10: Tried to inject directness.
Ondřej Lingr 5/10: Created a few good openings.
Bart Nieuwkoop 5/10: Defended against the fresh legs well.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh 5.5/10: Attempted to attack the Atletico backline.
The Final Word
With this win the Rojiblancos climb to the top of Group E with 4 points. Feyenoord who won their previous game against Celtic stay second with 3 points
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