Not a result to be too happy with as the Norwegians just need to score a goal at home in the 2º leg to qualify. But the game tonight showed that Atletico is by far the superior team & this should keep hopes high. The game from the Atletico perspective had positives & negatives, & to be honest to the Spanish team they still more training to find the extra spark that the team lacked tonight.
|José Antonio Reyes for Atletico de Madrid|
Atletico need a midfielder that is creative & can pull rabbits out of the hat, although new signing from Zaragoza GABI did a fine job working hard for the team. There is a huge hole upfront left open by the departure of Sergio Aguero that Diego Forlan & new signing Adrian did their best to fill & attempt to make forget the Argentine. Special mention to ADRIAN who looks good, played well, was unlucky not to score & show signs of being a class act. It was he who set up with some magical lay-offs JOSE ANTONIO REYES who scored both the Spanish spectacular goals in the 53rd & 73rd min.
Then a mental lapse that was costly for the Spaniards & allowed the Norwegians back in a game were they were totally shut out. Firstly , new Atletico Brazilian defender MIRANDA received a harsh red card in the 76th min, this forced Atletico to make a tactical change & while defender Perea was running on , the Nords took the ball, & advantage of the players watching the change, to score their only goal in the 79th min via STORFLOR. Bad mistake, almost amateur as the whole Atletico team took their minds off the play during the change.
Atletico attempted to make up for their mistake but their 10 men disadvantage & tiredness halted their efforts. Now its time to look forward, analyse , train hard & attempt to secure the 2º leg game at Norway.