The ninth day of La Liga continued on Saturday evening with a nice poster at the top of the table between Athletic Bilbao and Atlético de Madrid, at the San Mamés stadium. Abused, the Colchoneros are satisfied with the minimum service against Ernesto Valverde’s men (0-1), resisting the ten minutes of recovery. The first period was characterized by a rapid intensity fielded by both teams. Quickly, the Madrid team took possession of the match with the first goal from Alvaro Morata, author of a formidable number of soloists in resisting Yeray Alvarez before eliminating goalkeeper Unai Simon. Finally, referee Jorge Figueroa Vazquez canceled the attacker’s goal with the help of the VAR for an early foul (9th). After this fact, Diego Simeone’s players have completely disappeared from circulation, closing the first half without attempted shots. Meanwhile, the Basques have some interesting chances, including a shot on goal by Álex Berenguer.
Returning from the locker room, French international Antoine Griezmann, who officially signed with Atlético earlier this week, opened the scoring on his team’s first attempt (47th). On a decisive pass from Morata, the former Barcelona player took the center of his teammate perfectly with his right and deceived Simon. He scored his third goal in La Liga this season and tenth in his career against Bilbao. Hit in the right shoulder after a bad contact with Berenguer, Jan Oblak went out with an injury, replaced by Ivo Grbic (69th). The latter also made two excellent saves on Raul Garcia’s crossed header (84th), then on a new header by Inigo Martinez from a corner kick (88th). The referee canceled a previously awarded penalty for a hand from Reinildo on a shot by Oier Zarraga, the Atlético defender eventually blocked him with a header (90 °). During the entire match, Simeone’s players only fired three times without real domination. They could be more realistic than the local Basques. With nine shots in the second half, most taken in the last quarter of an hour, the Rojiblancos arrived too late to hit the hour of rematch, leaving Atlético keeping the score without pressure. In the standings, Madrid overtake Bilbao (4th) and settle in 3rd place. In the middle of next week, Athletic will go to Getafe on Tuesday, while the Colchoneros will host Rayo Vallecano on the next championship day.