Atlético de Madrid beat CA Osasuna 3-0 on matchday 35 of La Liga Santander this Sunday, with goals from Yannick Carrasco, Saul Áíguez and Ángel Correa to mathematically seal their place in the next Champions League , thus defeating an opponent who accused his significant absence of much.
In the Civitas Metropolitano, Diego Pablo Simeone’s pupil was far superior to Osasuna, who did not have Abde Azalzouli or Moi Gómez in their ranks. Without both, the Rosillo team lost two key figures this season, with a Copa del Rey runner-up finish, although perhaps too tall on a league scale.
The team coached by Jagoba Araset is still in the middle of a battle for seventh place, which would give them a ticket to the 2023/24 Conference League. However, in recent years visiting the manor of mattresses has been a special trip to the dentist, coming in all manner and nearly all colors.
And on this occasion, history repeated itself despite controlling the first half. Although Osasuna endured local attacks, Wall came to the brink of rest. As a result of an aggressive play by Pamplonicus, Atlético stole the ball in their own half and, in fits and starts, went on the counterattack with Antoine Griezmann on the run.
In a jump inside the midfield circle, Álvaro Morata hit an Osasunista player on the neck. It was the toll to pay for the ball to reach Griezmann, who entered the opponent’s area on the right and assisted Carrasco on the opposite side, a ‘death pass’ to push it into the net at 1–0 for Belgium.
Upon returning from the locker room, the dynamics remained practically the same and Saul was signing on the second account. It was on 62 minutes when Rodrigo de Paul sent a lobbed ball into the heart of the box, where his teammate appeared to control the mid-height and immediately volleyed; Thus, Saul sent his shell to the square.
The carousel of changes made by Arraset barely had any effect and thanks to Argentine Correa, who had replaced the injured Morata, the Rojiblanco team sealed the game 3–0 at minute 83. Taking advantage of the visiting defence, De Paul filtered a low pass aimed at his compatriot to slot in between the centre-backs.
And there Correa was swift and angelically defined, beating the rival goalkeeper with a dry shot that sealed the victory for a jubilant Atlético team. In this way, the disciples of ‘Cholo’ Simeone added the icing on the cake for the children’s weekend, which is the usual springtime celebration for the club’s youngest fans.
Atlético’s young fans attended a relatively quiet match at the Metropolitano, which with this new victory stood on 72 points to continue in the battle with neighbors Real Madrid to be runners-up in the league until the last dates of the calendar. ,
–Result: Atlético de Madrid, 3 – Osasuna, 0 (1-0, at halftime).
Athletic Madrid: Grbic; Molina, Witsel, Jimenez, Hermoso, Saul; Carrasco (Reguilon, min.85), Koke (Barrios, min.84), De Paul (Kondogbia, min.85); Morata (Correa, min 46) and Griezmann (Carlos Martin, min 90).
OSASUNA: Herrera; Peña (Ibanez, min.68), Aridane, David Garcia, Manu Sánchez; Nougat (Muñoz, min.75), Oreos, Moncayola; Ruben Garcia (Barza, min.68), Chimi Avila (Cruz, min.46) and Budimir (Kike Garcia, min.68).
1-0, min.44: Carrasco.
2-0, min.62: Saul.
3-0, minute 83: Belt.
–Refer: Gonzalez Fuertes (C. Asturiano). He also showed yellow cards to Budimir (min 28) and Pena (min 65) at Osasuna.
–Stadium: Civitas Metropolitano, 57,012 spectators.