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Perfect Atlético on brink of knockout stages

Published: Thursday 25 October 2012, 23.20CET
Club Atlético de Madrid 2-1 A. Académica de Coimbra
Second-half goals from Diego Costa and Emre Belözoğlu helped the holders stretch their unbeaten run to a club record 21 games in all competitions.
by Paul Bryan
from Estadio Vicente Calderón
Perfect Atlético on brink of knockout stages
Emre Belözoğlu (centre) celebrates his fine free-kick ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

AtléticoAcadémica

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
6
Attempts off target5
 
2
Corners6
 
6
Offsides5
 
2
Fouls committed15
 
18
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 21/10/2012 07:18 CET

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Published: Thursday 25 October 2012, 23.20CET

Perfect Atlético on brink of knockout stages

Club Atlético de Madrid 2-1 A. Académica de Coimbra
Second-half goals from Diego Costa and Emre Belözoğlu helped the holders stretch their unbeaten run to a club record 21 games in all competitions.

UEFA Europa League holders Club Atlético de Madrid maintained their 100% start to Group A with a 2-1 victory against A. Académica de Coimbra.

Looking to extend their unbeaten run to a club record 21 games, Diego Simeone's side forged ahead courtesy of Diego Costa's volley shortly after half-time. Emre Belözoğlu's first goal for the club – a wonderfully struck free-kick that drew Simeone's applause – made it 2-0 and that proved crucial as Salim Cissé's header halved the deficit late on.

The hosts made seven changes to the side that started Sunday's victory at Real Sociedad de Fútbol but were cohesive from the start and threatened early on when Adrián López fired into the side netting.

Prior to the encounter, Académica forward Wilson Eduardo had said his team would look to surprise their opponents as they sought a first win in European competition since 1969. They almost did just that when the Portuguese Under-21 international sprinted onto goalkeeper Ricardo's punt before sending a low shot into the arms of Sergio Asenjo.

As rain swept across the Vicente Calderón, the home side began to take a foothold in the contest, with Emre and Diego Costa both trying their luck from distance. Spurred on by the incentive of extending their winning streak in European competition to 16 games, the Colchoneros hit the front three minutes after the restart when Koke's right-footed corner was flicked on by Tiago towards Diego Costa, who acrobatically volleyed in from close range.

An Adrián effort was well-stopped by Ricardo shortly afterwards, but there was nothing the goalkeeper could do about Emre's free-kick on 67 minutes as it nestled in the top corner. Académica's vociferous fans were given hope when Cissé headed in Marinho's lofted pass, but Atlético held on – and if they win in Portugal in a fortnight, they will be through with two games to spare.

Last updated: 02/12/12 20.11CET

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Lineups

atlético

Atlético

académica

Académica

1
Sergio AsenjoSergio Asenjo (GK)
12
RicardoRicardo (GK)
3
Filipe LuísFilipe Luís
2
DiasJoão Dias
5
TiagoTiago
4
FerreiraFlávio Ferreira (C)
6
KokeKoke
Substitution61
5
HallicheRafik Halliche
Substitution22
7
Adrián LópezAdrián López
Substitution81
7
MarinhoMarinho
12
PulidoJorge Pulido
8
MakeleleMakelele
Substitution60
14
GabiGabi (C)
14
Bruno ChinaBruno China
Yellow Card90+1
17
SílvioSílvio
26
NivaldoNivaldo
18
Cata DíazCata Díaz
28
Wilson EduardoWilson Eduardo
19
Diego CostaDiego Costa
Goal48
30
OguJohn Ogu
Substitution60
21
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu
Goal67
Substitution75
36
EdinhoEdinho

Substitutes

13
CourtoisThibaut Courtois (GK)
24
SantosFabio Santos (GK)
8
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
Substitution75
3
Júnior Lopes Júnior Lopes
Substitution22
Yellow Card62
11
Cristian RodríguezCristian Rodríguez
Substitution61
6
KeitaAlphousseyni Keita
15
Domingo CismaDomingo Cisma
20
CleytonCleyton
Substitution60
27
Pedro MartínPedro Martín
22
Rodrigo GaloRodrigo Galo
28
Saúl ÑiguezSaúl Ñiguez
Substitution81
Yellow Card86
77
AfonsoAfonso
42
OueslatiAbdelkader Oueslati
92
S. CisséSalim Cissé
Substitution60
Goal85

Coach

Diego Simeone (ARG) Pedro Emanuel (POR)

Referee

Bobby Madden (SCO)

Assistant referees

Martin Cryans (SCO), Stuart Stevenson (SCO)

Fourth official

James Bee (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Alan Muir (SCO), Crawford Allan (SCO)

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