Experience the full match replay and highlights of the thrilling clash between Atletico Madrid and Almeria. The action kicks off at 13:00 (GMT) on 10th December 2023 at the Estádio Cívitas Metropolitano, with the experienced referee Ricardo De Burgos overseeing the game. Don’t miss this exciting showdown in the Spain – La Liga, Week 16, Season 2023/2024.
Atletico Madrid vs Almeria Full Match Reports
Atlético de Madrid sustained their flawless home winning streak in La Liga this season, albeit with a stern challenge from bottom-placed Almería, clinching a 2-1 triumph at Estadio Metropolitano. Almería’s winless streak endured, stretching to 16 matches (D4, L12).
Atlético initially believed they had the perfect start when, after five minutes, a half-clearance rebounded off Samuel Lino’s shoulder, finding Antoine Griezmann, who swiveled and netted a half-volley past goalkeeper Luís Maximiano. However, VAR intervened, disallowing the goal for offside. Undeterred, the hosts continued their dominance. Rodrigo de Paul and Ángel Correa threatened, and in the 18th minute, they finally broke the deadlock. Griezmann, instrumental again, won the ball wide and fed Álvaro Morata, who adeptly beat his marker, circumvented the goalkeeper, and slotted home his eighth league goal of the season.
Five minutes later, the second goal unfolded. Griezmann capitalized on Almería losing possession, delivering a through ball to Marcos Llorente. Llorente reached the by-line, providing a well-timed pass across goal for Correa to tap in. De Paul’s free-kick, expertly saved by Maximiliano, was the closest Los Colchoneros came to a third before halftime. Nevertheless, Almería finished the half strongly, with Léo Baptistão posing a threat.
Almería, goalless in three matches across all competitions, continued to menace after halftime. Sergio Arribas went close following a clever corner routine, and Adri Embarba’s diving header tested Jan Oblak. Just after the hour mark, they secured their reward. Alejandro Pozo’s shot deflected off teammate Baptistão, creating a challenging situation for Oblak. Although he made the initial save, Baptistão converted the rebound. Garitano’s side nearly equalized as Oblak denied Arribas after an intricate one-two with Embarba.
In the final stages, Los Rojiblancos pushed for another goal but couldn’t find it. Diego Simeone’s men held on, notching their eighth home win of the campaign and their ninth league victory from nine matches when scoring first. Despite Almería scoring for the first time in three matches, they remain on four points and are still in pursuit of their inaugural win at Atlético.
Man of the Match: Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid).