It was one favorable day for Atlético to take distance with their pursuers in the fight for the Champions League after the setbacks of Real Sociedad, Villarreal and Betis, and those of Simeone did not miss it. In a game in which several clear chances failed in Girona, the rojiblanco team found the goal in stoppage time through Morata and thanks to VARwhich validated somewhat that it had been canceled (0-1).
The Catalan team started with enthusiasm, with an active Roro Riquelme that caused a lot of trouble for ‘his’ team. However, little by little he began to tighten the rojiblanco box, which he had his first chances. A great pass from Llorente into space was picked up by Griezmann, whose cross was finished off by Depay with power but high. Then came a powerful shot from Carrasco to which Gazzaniga responded and a header from Hermoso that went over the crossbar.
Although heThe clearer it was, again, for Depay. The Dutch forward, who did not have his most successful day, picked up a loose ball in the area, but again his shot, very clearly, was not precise.
After passing through the changing rooms, Atlético started strongly, which had another occasion that did not define. Marcos Llorente finished off a cross with a volley, a little off, but he found a solid Gazzaniga.
Shortly after, the best opportunity for Míchel’s men arrived in a shot from Tsygankov that Oblak repelled as he could. Minutes later, the Slovenian also had to use the bottom line when David López tried to surprise him with a shot from midfield.
The carousel of changes did not suit Atlético at all, whose offensive projection dropped, and Girona even had it through Roro Riquelme, but the rojiblanco youth squad met Jan Oblak. And when it seemed that the game was going to end in a draw, Morata took advantage of the indecision of the Catalan defense in a corner to finish off the ball into the net at will. The referee annulled the goal for offside, but the VAR validated it and the rojiblancos took all three points.