The Tigre is still hungry. He proved once again in Vallecas with a goal that is worth the three points and sustains the illusion that all Atletico fans as the fight for the Champions League is still on. After defeats in Mallorca, Zaragoza and Levante, Atletico were bac to winning ways away in the league in Vallecas. Atletico started on the right foot in one of the most important weeks of the season in which the now look to Valencia in the semifinals of the UEFA Europa League.
The match started with Rayo the stonger of the two sides going in searc h for an openning goal. And they had their first chance inside the fisrt 10 miinutes, Movilla testing Courtois with the Belgian palming the ball out for a corner . Simeone’s side grew in to the game as it progress although, Sandoval had time before the break for a couple more chances. A deflected shot from Lass and a header by Tamudo after a Trashorras cross kept Courtois on his guard.
Prior to that, Adrian had already shown his credentials for man of the match with two moves. The first was a 30 yard pass that was cut out by Raul Bravo when the Tiger was lurking in the area. The second was saved by Cobeño. Shortly after Altetico had a goal disallowed for offside.
After the break, the Atletico number 9 broke the deadlock. With 63 minutes on the clock, the Colombian shook off his man with a run in to the box before finishing by Cobeño with his left foot in to an empty net. 22 goals in League and still rising.
Rayo went looking for an equaliser and a short from the edge of the area by Michu was well held by Courtois before Diego had Cobeño at full stretch to keep out an Atletico second. A good cross from the left gave Falcao another chance to wrap up the match but he failed to connect with the cross and the score remained 0-1. It would have been the icing on the cake of a result keep Atletico in the fight for Europe.