Eibar’s impressive unbeaten run came to an end this evening following a 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium. Although the home side failed to secure a point, they produced an impressive display and if it wasn’t for Jan Oblak, the final result may have been different.
Jose Luis Mendilibar made one change to the side that defeated Las Palmas 2-1 last weekend, with Anaitz Arbilla making way for Ivan Ramis in the centre of defence. Diego Simeone made 10 changes to the side that defeated Lleida 3-0 on Tuesday, opting to play Kevin Gameiro up front with fellow countryman Antoine Griezmann, with Diego Costa suspended following his sending off last week against Getafe.
Atleti started off strongly and should have opened the scoring early on thanks to chances from Angel Correa and Koke. The only goal of the game arrived in the 27th minute. A Saul through ball from half way was met by Griezmann, who played the ball across the box to Gameiro who slotted the ball in. Of Gameiro’s 22 goals scored during his time at the club, 9 have been assisted by Griezmann.
After conceding, Los Ameros began to charge up the field, causing their opponents to play a lot deeper than usual. There was almost an instant equaliser, with Sergi Enrich’s header from a Joan Jordan cross going just wide of the goal.
This attacking threat continued throughout the second half, and a huge deflection
off Diego Godin from another Enrich header was saved on the line by Oblak. Eibar’s pressing nearly backfired as Atletico Madrid managed to break away, however Dmitrovic successfully saved a Griezmann attempt.
Paulo Oliveira, Takashi Inui and Kike Garcia all had opportunities to even the score line in the last 10 minutes, however these attempts were either stopped by Oblak or ended up wide. There were calls for a penalty right at the death after an Enrich attempt was prevented by an Augusto Fernandez handball, yet referee Antonio Mateu waved away protests.
With securing three points, Atleti are now 6 points behind leaders Barcelona, who play Real Sociedad on Sunday. Eibar remain in seventh place, two points behind Sevilla.