Watch Atletico Madrid vs Real Sociedad full match replay and highlights.
KICK-OFF at 14:15 (GMT) on 8th October 2023
The referee for this match is José Munuera
Game played at Estádio Cívitas Metropolitano
This is a match in Spain – La Liga, Week 9, Season 2023/2024
Atletico Madrid vs Real Sociedad Full Match Reports
Atlético Madrid’s impressive unbeaten streak against Real Sociedad now spans eight matches, as they secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Los Txuri-Urdin, maintaining the pressure on the early La Liga frontrunners.
For the neutral spectators seeking Saturday afternoon excitement, the early stages of the game may have appeared discouraging. However, patience proved to be a virtue, and midway through the first half, the match suddenly came to life. Koke played a pivotal role in the build-up, delivering a precise pass behind the defense for the dynamic full-back Samuel Lino to seize, and Lino demonstrated composure by firing the ball past Álex Remiro at the near post.
An Atlético training ground routine nearly extended their lead before halftime, with Rodrigo De Paul the beneficiary of the clever play. Unfortunately, De Paul’s effort struck the post, leaving the hosts wondering what they needed to do to secure a more comfortable advantage. Just before halftime, they were almost made to regret that missed opportunity when Takefusa Kubo’s tantalizing delivery was headed back across the goal by Mikel Oyarzabal. Fortunately for Atlético, Oyarzabal’s header landed on the roof of the net.
Having already struck the woodwork once, Los Colchoneros must have been frustrated as Axel Witsel became the second player in red and white to see his effort bounce off the upright. With only a slender one-goal lead, the hosts couldn’t afford to relax, and there was a moment of anxiety as VAR reviewed a potential handball by Álvaro Morata in the penalty area. Ultimately, the on-field referee’s decision of no penalty was upheld by VAR.
However, Atlético’s relief was short-lived, as their defense was breached just over 15 minutes from time when Oyarzabal unleashed a powerful strike from the edge of the area, setting the stage for a thrilling conclusion. This goal reinvigorated Atlético, and when Carlos Fernández handled the ball in the penalty area, Antoine Griezmann stepped up to calmly slot home from the spot, securing three crucial points that solidify their position in the top four as they head into the international break.
Antoine Griezmann of Atlético Madrid was named Man of the Match for his influential performance.