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April 2018
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Atletico Madrid suffers emphatic defeat, loses track of Barcelona

The trip to San Sebastian has ended in a fiasco for La Liga’s second place. Diego Simeone’s battalion lost 0:3 at the Anoeta Real Sociedad. The hosts marked a great play and obtained the deserved 3 points. Willian Jose scored the first goal in the 27th minute. The Brazilian possessed the ball at the 11-meter mark and then immediately sent a low-driven shot to the left corner of the net. The score remained untouched till the 80th minute when Juanmi notched the ball over goalie Jan Oblak, who left the woodwork too far behind. During the 3rd minute of the injury time, Juanmi headed another goal, making it 3:0.

Real Sociedad’s fixtures are always a show stopper. The squad from San Sebastian scores as many goals as they concede. Despite their 11th place, the greater count of goals have Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Valencia. Indeed, Sociedad has conceded a number of goals, yet with the change of the coach, they have managed to keep a clean sheet in 3 successive matches. Just before the match of the 33rd round, the Madrilenians have stood as Barcelona’s number one chasers. Now, with their defeat, Atletico has to bother about securing their second line.

From the very kick off, both teams paid attention to the firm defensive play, making the match similar to a game of chess. The stands saw no worthy scoring opportunities made until Real managed to create and convert their first chance in the 27th minute. Willian Jose received a remarkable pass in the penalty box, instantly burying it straight into the left corner of the net. Goalkeeper Jan Oblak had nothing to do with it as the ball ricocheted from a bar to the net. The first half resulted in a 1:0 score for the hosts.

Right after the break, Diego Simeone fielded forward Fernando Torres, who was destined to liven up the Madrid offense. In the 66th minute, the Spanish striker grabbed his first serious opportunity, yet his header flew over the bar. One minute later, Sime Vrsaljko was set to complete an attack, but he missed Atletico’s second chance. Having become a joker of the match afterwards, Juanmi substituted Mikel Oyarzabal in the 72nd minute. The 24-year-old footballer notched two goals (80’, 90’+2), having set a sweeping 3:0 victory.

Thу Royals boast a 3-match winning streak with a 9:0 goal difference. Few would have imagined a greater start for Real’s coach Imanol Alguacil. Sociedad occupies the 11th place in La Liga’s table. Atletico Madrid lacked rapidity in San Sebastian. This can be attributed to the Europa League partaking — Diego Simeone’s squad had their 3rd game in eight days. The game schedule remains anything but simple: Real Betis on April 22, while on April 26 Diego Costa & Co. have to set off for London.