Barcelona will have to wait until the weekend to clinch the Spanish Liga title. Valencia did well to fight back twice, but Atletico Madrid just had too much quality for the visitors to the Metropolitano. Atleti close the gap at the top of the league table back to nine points.
- 2nd Half
- Parejo (P)77'
- Filipe LuísCorrea64'
- Filipe Luís56'
- 1st Half
Atlético Madrid - Valencia CF
Liga - 24 April 2019
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Atletico Madrid 3-2 Valencia
This has been a very entertaining match. Atletico Madrid have had to scrap for all three points, but they have also played some really nice stuff at times. Morata and Lemar have impressed.
Three minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the match.
Header wide! Sobrino had the chance to direct a header on target, but the Valencia sub couldn't quite contort his body to test Oblak with his effort. That should be that for the away side.
ICYMI - this was the stunner from Correa.
Simeone is out on the touchline in the rain conducting the home supporters. The title might be a formality, but the Atletico Madrid manager isn't about to give anything up just yet.
Morata faded after scoring the opener in the first half, but the on loan Chelsea striker has rediscovered his form and his confidence since signing for Atletico Madrid in the January window.
PICTURE: Both teams have scrapped, but there has been some really nice play too.
- OffÁlvaro MorataAtlético Madrid
- OnSantiago AriasAtlético Madrid
One final change from Atletico Madrid and Arias comes on to replace Morata.
Griezmann header! That was a chance for Atletico Madrid to build a two-goal cushion and secure the points, but Griezmann could only head wide after getting up to meet the Morata cross.
- GoalÁngel CorreaAtlético Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Atletico Madrid 3 (81 mins - Angel Correa) Valencia 2. What a stunning, stunning goal! Correa curled a right-footed finish just inside the outside post and Atletico Madrid are back in front just minutes after conceding an equaliser! Neto had no chance of saving that. He just gave up on it! Sensational strike.
This was the Valencia equaliser...
Griezmann... just wide! Very nearly a third goal for Atletico Madrid. The French striker's glancing header had Neto beaten, but the ball flashes inches wide of the far post. That would have been even better than his header for the second goal.
- Yellow cardSaúlAtlético Madrid
Saul was shown a yellow card for the handball that led to the Valencia penalty kick.
- Goal by penaltyDaniel ParejoValencia CF
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Atletico Madrid 2 Valencia 2 (77 mins - Dani Parejo pen). It's happened again! Atletico Madrid have allowed their lead to slip and Valencia are back on level terms! Oblak guessed the right way, but there was too much pace and direction from the penalty kick by Parejo. We have a grandstand finish to look forward to!
PENALTY KICK TO VALENCIA! The referee has pointed to the spot. He saw a handball from Saul in the box!
Is that a penalty?! The referee has gone over to the VAR screen to have a look at this incident. Gameiro believes that Saul handled the ball. Valencia might well have a case here. What will the decision be?
Atletico Madrid have controlled this second half well. They have struck a good balance between dominating the ball and hitting out with pace when they move into the attacking third.
- Yellow cardRubén SobrinoValencia CF
Sobrino is the latest player to enter the referee's book, although he disagrees with that decision.
PICTURE: Morata has faded since the first half, when he opened the scoring for Atleti.
Lemar has struggled to find consistency this season, but this was one of the best performances the Frenchman has turned in for Atletico Madrid since joining from Monaco last summer.
- OffThomas LemarAtlético Madrid
- OnThomas ParteyAtlético Madrid
A second change for Atletico Madrid and Thomas comes on for Lemar.
Valencia have made a habit of fighting back in games this season, so even with Atletico Madrid in the lead and in control Marcelino's side, who have real spirit, can't be counted out.
Valencia have struggled to get going in this second half. Atletico Madrid have been on top since the restart, they have regained the lead and are now pressing for a third goal.
What a save! Neto makes a close range stop from Morata. Did he know much about that? Morata shoots straight at the keeper, but the flag was up for offside against the Atletico Madrid striker.
PICTURE: Griezmann's header remains the difference between the two teams.
That change from Simeone means that Saul will likely play in the full back position for the rest of the game. He really doesn't like playing there and has expressed this before this season.
- OffFilipe LuísAtlético Madrid
- OnÁngel CorreaAtlético Madrid
That's an interesting change and Correa comes on for Filipe for the last 25 minutes.
Atletico Madrid are going to make a change of their own when there is the next break in play. Correa is about to come on for the home side. Might that mean Morata comes off?
Big save from Oblak! That was very nearly an equaliser for Valencia. Soler was played in behind the Atletico Madrid defence, he got the low shot away, but Oblak makes the diving save to deny him! Great stop!
ICYMI - here is Griezmann's goal to put Atleti back ahead.
It looks like Marcelino might be about to make a change to his Valencia team. Might he alter the shape of his side? It seems that Sobrino is being readied to come on for the away team.
- Yellow cardFilipe LuísAtlético Madrid
Filipe becomes the latest player to be shown a yellow card for a late tackle on Soler.
PICTURE: Griezmann puts Atletico Madrid back in charge of the match.
Unlike the first half, when Atletico Madrid allowed Valencia back into the game, the home side are now doing their best to consolidate their lead, controlling the game through the middle.
So as things stand Barcelona will have to wait until the weekend, when they will take on Levante, to be officially crowned La Liga champions. Valencia have work to do to fight back for a second time.
The pattern of the first half is being replicated in the second half. Atletico Madrid have started on top and have scored an early goal to put them ahead. Now they must stay on top of Valencia.
Simeone will be pleased with that contribution from Lemar. The Frenchman has struggled in his first season at Atletico Madrid, but he has been excellent this evening.
- GoalAntoine GriezmannAtlético Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Atletico Madrid 2 (50 mins - Antoine Griezmann) Valencia 1. Atletico Madrid are back in front! It was a cross from Lemar out on the left side and Griezmann got ahead of his marker to head home! Great movement from the French forward and a great delivery from the French winger! Good goal from the home side.
PICTURE: Gameiro equalised for Valencia in the first half.
- Yellow cardÁlvaro MorataAtlético Madrid
Morata becomes the first Atletico Madrid player to be shown a yellow card this evening.
The scenario is a simple one - if Valencia score a second goal and win this match then Barcelona will be champions tonight. If not, the wait for the Catalans will stretch to the weekend.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way! It's 1-1 between Atletico Madrid and Valencia after 45 minutes.
What did you make of the first half at the Wanda Metropolitano? Can Valencia complete the comeback and steal all three points? Should Morata have scored more than one? Tweet me!
- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Atletico Madrid 1-1 Valencia. It has been an entertaining first half at the Wanda Metropolitano. Atleti started well, but Valencia have since come back and ended the half on top. More of the same, please.
Straight at Oblak! A defensive clearance fell to the feet of Parejo 20 yards out. The ball bounced up nicely for the Valencia playmaker, but his half volleyed shot was straight at the goalkeeper.
Atletico Madrid have lost their way as this first half has progressed. Morata could have scored a hat trick in the opening 15 minutes, but he has barely touched the ball since then.
Atletico Madrid have some defensive rebuilding to do in the summer. Hernandez is leaving for Bayern Munich, while Godin and Juanfran are well into the twilights of their respective careers.
Of course, just to recap, a Valencia win this evening will see Barcelona officially crowned La Liga champions. A draw or Atletico Madrid will force the Catalans to wait until the weekend.
PICTURE: Morata celebrates Atletico Madrid's opener.
That goal had been coming. As I was saying, Atletico Madrid started the match on fire, but have since allowed Valencia to come back into the game and now the away side are on top.
- GoalKevin GameiroValencia CF
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Atletico Madrid 1 Valencia 1 (36 mins - Kevin Gameiro). It's Gameiro! The French striker has scored against his former team! Mina feigned to create space in the box, played the square pass for Gameiro who composes himself and then prods a shot past Oblak and into the back of the net.
It looked like Atletico Madrid might blow away Valencia in the opening 10-15 minutes, but the away side have found a foothold in this game and they are now starting to venture up field.
Mina shot on goal! Just for a moment it looked like the Valencia forward had freed up the space for a real effort on goal, but he didn't catch his shot right and the clearance is made. That was tame from Mina.
That seemed harsh. Juanfran appeared to win the ball in the tackle on Gameiro, but the referee saw it differently and awards Valencia the soft freekick in the Atletico Madrid half.
Valencia have been in exceptional form of late. They have made a late run for a top four place, winning their last four matches leading up to this game. They can't be counted out.
Rodri has been exceptional for Atletico Madrid this season and is currently the subject of strong speculation linking him with a move to Manchester City this summer. Will he leave for England?
Nice footwork in the centre of the pitch from Parejo. If Valencia are going to take something from this match they will need their creator-in-chief to find top form this evening.
Atletico Madrid are potentially weak at the back given the number of injuries they are carrying back there, but Valencia haven't yet been able to expose those weakness in the opening half hour.
There are huge swathes of empty seats at the Wanda Metropolitano this evening. It seems that the Atletico Madrid supporters haven't been enthused by this mid-week fixture.
Lemar has started this match very well. The Frenchman hasn't quite had the desired effect since joining Atletico Madrid from Monaco last summer, but he is playing well this evening.
- Yellow cardCarlos SolerValencia CF
Soler is shown the first yellow card of the match for a pretty late and nasty challenge.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO... NO! Morata thinks that he has grabbed a second goal, nicking the ball off Neto and curling a finish back over his head. But he was offside earlier in the move.
PICTURE: Morata has made a real impact at Atletico Madrid.
One wonders how Simeone will reflect on this season. Atletico Madrid had the opportunity to make it a real title race and go far in the Champions League and yet they spurned that chance.
This was Morata's opener, ICYMI...
Simeone is getting drenched out on the touchline, but he must be pleased with what he is seeing from his team out there at the moment. Valencia have yet to gain a foothold in the game.
It really looks like Barcelona are going to have to wait until the weekend's game against Levante to be crowned Liga champions. Atletico Madrid have started on fire and are well on top.
Another chance for Morata! The on loan Chelsea striker really should have doubled his tally. He cut inside off the wing and got a shot away on goal, but Morata didn't quite catch the effort properly.
- GoalÁlvaro MorataAtlético Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Atletico Madrid 1 (9 mins - Alvaro Morata) Valencia 0. It's an early opener for Atletico Madrid! The cross was played into the middle by Juanfran and Morata was on the end of the cross, converting on the stretch to give the home side an early lead. That's not what the Barcelona fans wanted to see!
It's been a fast start from Atletico Madrid. There was a half chance for Morata and Simeone is out on the touchline acting as cherleader for the team. He's not giving up the title yet.
So the scenario tonight is a simple one - if Valencia win then Barcelona will be crowned La Liga champions, officially. If Atletico Madrid win or draw then it will go one match further.
- 1st Half
The match is under way! It's Atletico Madrid against Valencia in this Spanish Liga fixture.
Okay, here we go. About to get started at the Wanda Metropolitano. Kick off is just moments away.
Gameiro starts up front for Valencia against his former team. With Costa suspended for Atleti, Morata starts alongside Griezmann.
Atletico Madrid are without Gimenez, but Griezmann is back for the home side. They need his influence this evening.
Not long until kick off at the Wanda Metropolitano. This could be the night that the Spanish Liga title is decided, although Atletico Madrid will have something to say about that.
Atletico Madrid have also won four of their last five games in all competitions, with their only defeat coming away to Barcelona - hardly a disgrace. They could yet keep the title race alive for one more game.
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of the game to let me know your thoughts. Is tonight the night that Barcelona are crowned La Liga champions? Tweet me!
In form! Valencia have won their last four games in a row coming into this fixture, so while Atletico Madrid will be favourites the visitors to the Metropolitano will fancy their chances.
Title decider? So Barcelona aren't even playing this evening, but they will be crowned La Liga champions if Valencia come away from the Metropolitano with a victory over Atletico Madrid.
TEAM NEWS: Atletico Madrid - Oblak, Juanfran, Godin, Savic, Filipe, Koke, Saul, Rodrigo, Lemar, Griezmann, Morata. /// Valencia - Neto, Wass, Garay, Diakhaby, Gaya, Soler, Parejo, Coquelin, Guedes, Mina, Gameiro.
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