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Match thread.

Atlético has shown his best image at home so far. I guess that they will win this match, but you never know with Atlético. Osasuna can be a difficult rival sometimes though. Atlético should take care with "Chengue" Morales who is on fire and he has scored in the last 3 matches. Atlético will have to find solutions for the absence of Ibagaza.

As Torres says, now the standing is breaking, so Atlético must "decide", if they go up or down. Anything but a victory would increase the gap between the CL positions and Atlético's one.

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Voted for Atletico win.... but Osasuna has always been a pain in :ass:

let us hope for the best

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Since this is being played at home< i think Atleti can protect the advantage.

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Well I said WIN, but Osasuna is a great team for playing 0:0, 1:1 or just 1:0!!!

They also destroyed our Centenario (well just the game part ;) )


PS: Osasuna, Real Madrid and Huelva are the teams I dislike most!

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Atlético -> 8th W5 D4 L4. 19 points. 14 scored 10 conceded. Top Scorer: F Torres 6 goals
Osasuna -> 7th W6 D2 L5. 20 points. 18 scored 19 conceded. Top Scorers: Milosevic 5 goals

Last League Meeting: Atlético 1 (Nikolaidis) Osasuna 1

Probable Starting XI
25 L Franco [13 matches, 10 goals conceded]
_2 Velasco [7 matches]
21 Perea [12 matches]
22 Pablo [12 matches, 2 goals]
12 Sergi [10 matches]
15 Aguilera [6 (2) matches]
23 Luccin [7 (2) matches]
_7 Sosa [7 (4) matches]
3 A López [6 (2) matches]
19 S Ballesta [3 (7) matches, 2 goals]
_9 F Torres [13 matches, 6 goals]

Probable Subs
27 Cuéllar 4 Colsa 5 García Calvo 10 Jorge 17 Nano 20 Paunovic 30 Jacobo

Injured List
18 Ibagaza

Out of the Squad
1 Aragoneses
6 Santi 8 Musampa 14 Simeone 24 Novo 26 Molinero 28 Braulio 29 Gonzalo

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What a game !!!

5 goals
6 substitutions
7 yellow
2 yellow-reds!!!

Well the most important thing is, that Atléti is back on an UEFA Cup Spot!

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Atlético Madrid 3-2 Osasuna (06-12-2004 21:27)
posted by : Niclas Boberg

MADRID, December 5 (Primera Liga) - Atletico Madrid survived a spirited fightback from 10-man Osasuna in the Vicente Calderon to keep them within sight of the European places.

Fernando Torres and Salva Ballesta gave the home side a two-goal lead before Valdo reduced the deficit just before the break.

Gonzalo Colsa restored the two-goal margin early in the second and all looked secure when Osasuna had Pablo Garcia dismissed soon after.

But a Richard Morales goal ensured Atletico endured a nervy final 15 minutes, which saw them also reduced to 10 when Marcelo Sosa collected his second yellow of the night.

With mounting pressure for a strong performance from his side, after some inconsistent displays recently, Atletico boss Cesar Ferrando opted for two strikers in the form of Torres and Salva. The change to a 4-4-2 formation was forced upon him with playmaker Ariel Ibagaza still out injured.

Javier Aguirre kept faith with the side that played so well against Sevilla last weekend, with Jose Cuellar moving into the centre of defence in place of the suspended Josetxo.

The visitors had Juan Elia to thank after only three minutes as he twice denied Torres, first tipping the Spain international's header over the bar, and a minute later blocking at point blank range after Torres was fed at the far post by a sweeping Jorge Larena cross.

Almost immediately it was Leo Franco's turn to react as he had to dive full stretch to deny Morales' header in the fifth minute.

The breakthrough for the home side came from a piece of classic route one football in the 15th minute. Leo Franco's long clearance was flicked on by Salva, putting Torres clean through, and the 20-year-old striker made up for his earlier miss by firing into the far corner.

And they doubled their lead after half-an-hour when Salva met Antonio Lopez's free-kick from wide on the Osasuna right, with a near-post header.

Torres' pace was always a threat as Osasuna pressed and both Cesar Cruchaga and keeper Elia were booked for hauling the striker down as he twice broke away on the counter.

But the visitors refused to be overawed and continued to see a lot of the ball, winning a series of free-kicks and corners, from which they threatened Leo Franco's goal.

Twice the Argentinian had to be alert in the space of a minute as Pablo Garcia's free-kick deflected off the wall and nearly fell under the bar, and from the ensuing corner he tipped a header over.

But he was helpless to prevent Valdo pulling a goal back on the stroke of half-time as Inaki Munoz's deep free-kick eluded everyone and arrived at the far post where Valdo slid the ball in.

The second half continued where the first left off with Osasuna threatening from set-piece situations, but it was second-half substitute Gonzalo Colsa who restored Atletico's two-goal cushion from a set-piece of their own.

Again it was the boot of Antonio Lopez which did the damage with his free-kick finding Colsa at the near post, and his header forced Elia to turn the ball into his own net.

The chance of a fightback appeared to disappear when Pablo Garcia picked up his second yellow of the night in the 65th minute, reducing Osasuna to 10 but they continued to give their all.

Antonio Lopez had just had a piledriver of a shot blocked by Elia when Osasuna sped away on the counter to narrow the deficit to one again.

When an Atletico corner broke down, John Aloisi raced clear and picked out Morales who calmly headed the ball wide of Leo Franco.

With the scent of an equaliser in their nostrils, Osasuna showed great spirit in unsettling Atletico, despite being a man short.

The yellow cards continued to accumulate as tempers flared and Aguirre was also given his marching orders by the referee 10 minutes from time for persistently arguing.

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Ferrando Happy To Go On The Offensive

posted by : Niclas Boberg

Atletico Madrid boss Cesar Ferrando revealed himself in a new light on Sunday when he claimed he did not mind his side conceding goals as long as they scored more than the opposition.

The Rojiblancos have climbed to sixth in the Primera Liga on the back of a rock-solid defence but they have struggled to find the back of the net, with statistics showing this to be lowest scoring start to a campaign since the 1962-3 season.

But after reverting to a more direct style of play against Osasuna on Sunday, with Fernando Torres joined by Salva Ballesta up front in a 4-4-2 formation, Atletico ran out 3-2 winners, scoring three goals for the first time this campaign.

Torres and Salva opened up a two-goal lead in the first half before Valdo pulled one back for the visitors just before the break.

Gonzalo Colsa restored the two-goal cushion soon after the re-start, and following Pablo Garcia's dismissal for a second yellow card in the 65th minute, Ferrando's side looked home and dry.

But Richard Morales pulled another back for Osasuna to ensure the Rojiblancos endured a nervy finish to the game, which also saw them go a man down after Marcelo Sosa picked up his marching orders in the final minute.

"I was proud of the team because this was a very difficult game against a side who have two towers up front [Morales and Valdo] who are very hard to stop." said Ferrando.

"We went 3-1 up, and they had a player sent off, but after Sergi had nearly scored with a set-piece move they broke away on the counter and scored.

"From then on we were very nervous, but only because we were so keen to win the game. We knew it was important because it now puts us back in the European places.

"If in every game we concede two goals but score three ourselves, well, I will be happy. We won because we played as a team and this is the path to follow in the future."

Osasuna coach Javier Aguirre, who was also given his marching orders nine minutes from time, lamented his side's naive defending as the reason for defeat in a game he had had high hopes of winning.

"We conceded stupid goals from infantile mistakes," said Aguirre.

"We struggled to cope with their high balls that they bombarded us with all night. In particular from set-pieces. We will have to work to correct this.

"Otherwise we did very well, had sight of their goal on numerous occasions, but let ourselves down defending set-pieces."

On his expulsion, he added: "I objected to a referee's decision. We were not in agreement but I did not insult or abuse him. It is his right to do what he likes, but he said that I had consistently protested his decisions throughout the game."
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