An early Koke goal was all that separated Getafe and Atletico Madrid on Saturday evening’s clash at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, with the host’s chances of Europa League qualification coming to an end.
José Bordalás made four changes to the side that won 1-0 away to Las Palmas last weekend, with Damian Suarez, Bruno, Mathieu Flamini and Jorge Molina replacing Alberto Redondo, Gaku Shibasaki, Diego Hernandez and Angel for El Geta.
Although Atleti head to France for the Europa League Final against Marseille on Wednesday, manager Diego Simeone played a strong side for the game, with Vitolo the only player unavailable.
The Argentine coach made six changes to the side that lost 2-0 at home to Espanyol, with Juanfran, Diego Godin, Gabi, Saul, Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa replacing Jose Giminez, Lucas, Sime Vrsaljko, Vitolo, Kevin Gameiro and Fernando Torres.
Oblak to the rescue
Atleti dominated from the start and scored the only goal of the game in the eighth minute, when Griezmann found Koke in the box whose shot fired past Vicente Guaita for what turned out to be the only goal of the game. The hosts were lucky not to be reduced to ten men in the first half, with Faycal Fajr receiving a caution for a reckless challenge on Juanfran.
The match started to turn into a scrappy affair towards the end of the first half, and from there, goal scoring opportunities were limited. The hosts had a perfect opportunity to even the score in the 76th minute when Diego Godin brought Angel down in the box, however Fajr’s penalty was saved by Jan Oblak.
No Europe for Getafe
With Sevilla drawing with neighbours Real Betis, this means that Getafe cannot finish in seventh place and collect the final Europa League spot. They head to bottom side Malaga in the final week of the season.
Atletico remain in second position of La Liga following the victory and sit three points ahead of neighbours Real Madrid. Welcoming Eibar to the Wanda Metropolitano next Sunday, should Los Colchoneros avoid defeat they shall secure the runners up slot.
Getafe: Guaita; Suarez, Djene, Bruno, Antunes; Portillo, Flamini (Mora, 60), Fajr, Diedhiou (Angel, 53); Remy (Pacheco, 72), Molina
Atletico Madrid: Oblak, Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Filipe Luis; Thomas, Gabi, Saul, Koke (Correa, 70); Griezmann (Torres, 62), D. Costa (Gameiro, 62)