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Atlético advantage reduced by old boy Simão

Published: Thursday 8 March 2012, 21.07CET
Club Atlético de Madrid 3-1 Beşiktaş JK
A volley from former Rojiblancos favourite Simão has given Beşiktaş, who were three down at the break, some hope ahead of the second leg.
by Paul Bryan
from Estadio Vicente Calderón

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Match statistics

AtléticoBeşiktaş

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners7
 
4
Offsides7
 
0
Fouls committed20
 
7
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 8 March 2012, 21.07CET

Atlético advantage reduced by old boy Simão

Club Atlético de Madrid 3-1 Beşiktaş JK
A volley from former Rojiblancos favourite Simão has given Beşiktaş, who were three down at the break, some hope ahead of the second leg.

Club Atlético de Madrid signalled serious intent to regain the UEFA Europa League trophy they won two years ago with a blistering first-half display that leaves Beşiktaş JK with a tricky task in next week's round of 16 return.

Prior to the first meeting between these sides in UEFA competition, Atlético coach Diego Simeone warned that the Turkish club were a "team to be afraid of". However, it was the hosts who struck fear into the visiting side before the break, scoring twice in three minutes through Eduardo Salvio before Adrián López added a solo third. Returning midfielder Simão struck a vital 53rd-minute reply for the Black Eagles, who improved considerably after the restart.

Moments before kick-off, the home supporters offered a moving welcome to Simão − who left the Vicente Calderón for Istanbul midway through last season − yet the niceties ended there as Atlético set about Beşiktaş, Falcao prodding a chance wide after three minutes.

Salvio spurned an opportunity to open the scoring in the 18th minute when he sliced at the far post, but swiftly atoned for that miss when he pulled Koke's flighted pass from the air, beat Veli Kavlak and finished under goalkeeper Cenk Gönen. The 21-year-old had failed to register in five previous UEFA Europa League games this season but his and Atlético's second soon arrived, following Koke's defence-splitting pass, as he chipped Cenk.

Seeking a seventh successive European success on home soil, the Rojiblancos forged further ahead eight minutes before the break when Necip Uysal's loose pass allowed Adrián to race from the halfway line into the penalty area, from where he sent a shot in off the crossbar.

Now unlikely to gain a first win on Spanish soil at the eighth attempt, Beşiktaş nonetheless sought to keep the tie alive and reduced their deficit after the restart through Simão's smart volley. Mustafa Pektemek then deflected an effort narrowly wide while substitute Filip Hološko drew a fine save from Thibaut Courtois before the end, giving Carlos Carvalhal's side cause for optimism ahead of the second leg.

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Lineups

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Atlético

beşiktaş

Beşiktaş

13
CourtoisThibaut Courtois (GK)
99
Cenk GönenCenk Gönen (GK)
2
GodínDiego Godín
4
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
4
Mario SuárezMario Suárez
5
İbrahim Toramanİbrahim Toraman (C)
6
Filipe LuísFilipe Luís
6
SivokTomáš Sivok
7
Adrián LópezAdrián López
Goal37
Substitution62
7
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution46
8
SalvioEduardo Salvio
Goal24
Goal27
Substitution82
8
Veli KavlakVeli Kavlak
9
FalcaoRadamel Falcao
11
Mustafa PektemekMustafa Pektemek
Substitution74
14
GabiGabi
18
Necip UysalNecip Uysal
Substitution80
19
KokeKoke
Substitution84
20
SimãoSimão
Goal53
20
JuanfranJuanfran
28
ErnstFabian Ernst
Yellow Card74
21
PereaLuis Perea (C)
55
Egemen KorkmazEgemen Korkmaz

Substitutes

25
Sergio AsenjoSergio Asenjo (GK)
1
Rüştü ReçberRüştü Reçber (GK)
15
PizziPizzi
Substitution62
3
İsmail Köybaşıİsmail Köybaşı
Substitution46
Yellow Card78
18
Álvaro DomínguezÁlvaro Domínguez
Substitution82
17
Ekrem DağEkrem Dağ
23
MirandaMiranda
23
HološkoFilip Hološko
Substitution74
26
OueslatiAbdelkader Oueslati
24
Júlio AlvesJúlio Alves
41
Pedro MartínPedro Martín
27
SidneiSidnei
48
Saúl ÑiguezSaúl Ñiguez
Substitution84
33
EduEdu
Substitution80

Coach

Diego Simeone (ARG) Carlos Carvalhal (POR)

Referee

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Fredrik Nilsson (SWE), Mathias Klasenius (SWE)

Fourth official

Daniel Stålhammar (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Markus Strömbergsson (SWE), Stefan Johannesson (SWE)

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