Valencia received Atlético Madrid at the end of the 3rd day of La Liga on Monday evening. And if there was not only one goal in favor of the players of Diego Simeone (1-0), the meeting was very spectacular, especially in the first period. The VAR notably had to intervene twice to help the referee, Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez, who went to consult his control screen on the two hot situations. The superb goal of Musah, a missile from 30 meters (23rd), was notably refused because of a fault by Diakhaby before the clear shot from the American (26th). A little over ten minutes later, Correia’s expulsion was canceled (39th), the referee’s initial decision being deemed too harsh (41st). The Portuguese received a simple yellow card after having retained Morata, alone on the left, near the surface of Ches.
Just before the break, Joao Felix made a superb acrobatic gesture at the far post following a Madrid corner but his recovery missed Mamardashvili’s cages (45th + 5). After halftime, the intensity dropped slightly. It was not until the hour of play and the entry of Griezmann to finally witness the first goal of the game. The Frenchman, who had just returned in place of Kondogbia (64th), scored on his first ball of the match. Upon receiving a pass from Lemar, the native of Mâcon triggered a low shot, deflected by Soler, who went to deceive the goalkeeper of Valence (66th). The score did not move after that despite a new goal disallowed, for Atlético this time. Cunha, whose victorious header deceived the vigilance of the goalkeeper of Ches, was guilty of an offside on the free kick of Carrasco (84th). With this victory, the Colchoneros go back to 6th place while Valencia remains stuck in 14th place.