Last minute goal spoils Atleti comebackAugust 1, 2018
Atletico Madrid were just seconds away from a second penalty shootout in the International Champions Cup on Monday afternoon, however, a late Virgiliu Postolachi goal ensured opponents Paris Saint-Germain wrapped up the three points.
PSG went into the game having suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday. Thomas Tuchel selected more first-team players for the clash, with Kevin Trapp replacing new signing Gianluigi Buffon in goals, as well as former Real Madrid players Lassana Diarra and Angel Di Maria, Marco Veratti and Layvin Kurzawa. Adrien Rabiot, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona, captained the side.
Diego Simeone has been using a 4-3-3 formation during training and selected this formation for the match. Angel Correa, who wore the number 11 shirt for the last time today with it being passed on to new signing Thomas Lemar, joined fellow countryman Luciano Vietto and Kevin Gameiro up front. Antonio Adan made his first ever start for Los Rojiblancos, replacing Jan Oblak who started in the win over the Gunners.
The Ligue 1 holders took the lead in the 32nd minute when Christopher Nkunku’s right footed shot from very close range found the bottom left corner.
Former Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel made wholesale changes in the second half, replacing all 10 outfield players. Les Parisiens doubled their lead in the 71st minute when Timothy Weah found Moussa Diaby on the edge of the box, with the resulting shot finding Adan’s bottom right-hand corner.
Four minutes later Atleti grabbed a goal back when Victor Mollejo found the net following a corner. A comeback looked to have been completed in the 86th minute when Bernede turned the ball past Trapp and into his own net, however, the impressive young PSG side grabbed a late winner when Jean-Christophe Bahebeck set up Postolachi to grab the win for the French team.
The win meant that PSG left the bottom of the tournament’s accumulated table. Atletico now depart Singapore having won one match and lost another. Their next match in the tournament will be against Inter Milan, with the game being held at the Wanda Metropolitano on August 11th.