Atletico Madrid Downs Cadiz 4-2 in Road Win
CADIZ, Spain – Atletico Madrid notched on Sunday a well-deserved 4-2 roadway win over Cadiz with two objectives by Luis Suarez and one each from Saul Ñiguez and Koke Resurreccion to reinforce its lead atop the Spanish First Department soccer table with its 8th straight La Liga win, now sitting quite with 50 points in 19 matches.
Real Madrid’s sensational 2-1 loss to Levante on Saturday provided its crosstown rival a chance to extend its standings’ lead.
The Sunday match was played at the Ramon de Carranza Stadium in Cadiz before empty stands due to coronavirus gathering restrictions.
Cadiz delivered a strong-willed and very total performance and didn’t make it easy for Atletico, but Diego Simeone’s squad – now 10 points and a video game in hand ahead of No. 2 Real Madrid – overcame the risk and decisively got a vital success in an intense, dynamic and hard-fought match.
The outcome was Cadiz’s second consecutive loss, although 35-year-old Alvaro Negredo provided an exceptional efficiency with two tallies – one in the 34th minute and the 2nd in the 71st minute.
Anthony Lozano fired a shot that went large for Cadiz, practically sending the house team ahead in the early going.
However it was Luis Suarez who, in the 27th minute, got Atletico on the board first with a fabulous free kick, after which Negredo tied it up when the ball came right to him after glancing off Thomas Lemar just to have Saul swoop in simply one minute before the break to send the capital team ahead again.
When the teams took the field after the intermission, it didn’t take wish for Suarez to score once again on a penalty shot after Marcos Mauro tripped Lemar, and the match continued back and forth with a series of excellent thrusts and parries with Atleti goaltender Jan Oblak perfectly warding off a header by Negredo, who ultimately scored again.
Lastly, it was Koke who found the twine for Simeone’s squad in the 88th minute for the icing on the cake.
Atletico when again will play a La Liga match on Feb. 8 in your home vs. Celta Vigo and mid-table Cadiz will travel to Real Sociedad next Sunday.