A determined Malaga performance was not enough to spoil Atletico Madrid’s first game at the new Wanda Metropolitano stadium as they ran out 1-0 winners.
Just under 65,000 people, including King Felipe VI – packed into Atleti’s new home but the game in truth was an anticlimax as the home side failed to break down Michel’s visitors.
As expected, the hosts did dominate possession, but Malaga’s organisation in midfield proved hard to force a way past and create chances.
The visitors did have the best chance of the first half as Borja Baston wriggled himself into space, forcing Jan Oblak into a good save.
And, the Atleti keeper was quick to follow up the rebound as Recio almost netted.
Angel Correa had a half chance for Diego Simeone’s side just before the break, but his effort was easy for Roberto to save.
Atletico head coach Diego Simeone responded in the second half, throwing on Yannick Carrasco to inject some attacking thrust into his side which seemed somewhat overawed by the occasion.
This change paid off and Atleti were soon rewarded when Antoine Griezmann swept home the opener at the near post from a delightful right-wing cross from Correa.
It was a clever finish from the bookies’ favourite to open the scoring at the new stadium.
The game ended up 1-0 to the hosts, with the three points putting them into the top three for the first time this season, whilst Malaga sit bottom of the table.