Atletico Madrid wining the match on Saturday only for the real hero Saul Niguez.It was a struggling victory of Atletico Madrid against Las Palmas.
Saul Niguez gave Atletico a 1-0 win against Las Palmas Saturday to end their failing to fulfill recent score at the Vicente Calderon.The international Spain contorted in a fine finish from outside the area on 60 minutes to a secure fifth win and clean sheet in a row in Laliga over the canary Islanders.
Saul Niguez and Kevin Gameiro take the lead to score in their last two league matches at home, looked short on conviction for much of the starting hour and missed excellent opportunity.
Again Roque Mesa missed the excellent opportunity only a minute before Saul’s winner, however, and the visitors could not muster a clear chance for an equalizer despite their dominance of the ball in the closing stages.
The defeat leaves Quique Setien’s side 10th, while Atletico climb to fifth in the table and back to within a point of fourth-placed Villarreal, who beat Sporting Gijon earlier in the day.
Atletico fans were chanting ‘Don’t touch the badge’ before kick-off as a protest against a proposed change to the design of the club crest, but they nearly had a 1-0 lead to shout about after 16 minutes when Saul hit the post with an instinctive half-volley from 12 yards.
Antoine Griezmann shot wide under pressure from Pedro Bigas after a good long pass from Koke, but opportunities were in short supply in a pedestrian opening half-hour.
Centre-back Lemos almost broke the deadlock out of nothing for Las Palmas, hitting the top of the crossbar with a spectacular strike from almost 40 yards out, but Gameiro should have scored for the home side when he steered the ball wide of the near post following Koke’s low cross from the right.
Gameiro was denied a chance for a second Atletico goal by an offside flag, but the result rarely looked in doubt in the closing stages, allowing Simeone to celebrate an important win that keeps their top-four chase firmly alive.
Atletico showed signs of improvement after the break, but it took a key save low to his right from Miguel Angel Moya – starting in place of the injured Jan Oblak – to prevent Roque Mesa opening the scoring from a swift counter-attack from the visitors.