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Valencia 0-1 Atletico Madrid: Antoine Griezmann conquers all three points at the Mestalla stadium

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Valencia 0-1 Atletico Madrid: Super-sub Antoine Griezmann seals all three points for the visitors in the Mestalla… while the hosts’ new addition, Edinson Cavani, watches from the stands

  • Valencia was defeated 1-0 at home against Atletico Madrid on Monday evening
  • Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal of the game to secure all three points
  • The hosts were rejected by VAR in the first half after a foul on Joao Felix
  • Thierry Correia’s red car was also destroyed in favor of a yellow card
  • Valencia’s new signing Edinson Cavani watched the game from the stands

Valencia welcomed new signing Edinson Cavani to Mestalla with an ovation, but were then beaten 1-0 by an Antoine Griezmann-inspired Atletico Madrid.

Griezmann tends to get just over half an hour these days, but that was all he needed to score his second of the season and win the game.

Atletico denies starting on the bench because if he plays more than 45 minutes in 14 games this season, they are contractually bound to sign him for €40 million and give him two more years. But he came on in the first three games of Atlético as a substitute in the second half.

Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal of the game after coming on as a substitute

Edinson Cavani watched from the stands after Valencia confirmed his free transfer

Edinson Cavani watched from the stands after Valencia confirmed his free transfer

Simeone brought Griezmann and Thomas Lemar to 64 minutes and in 120 seconds they had won the game for Atletico together.

Lemar ousted Hugo Guillamon and fed Griezmann, who has scored more goals against Valencia than any other team in La Liga. From the edge of the box, his shot hit Carlos Soler’s hand and deflected past wrong-footed Giorgi Mamardashvili, giving Atletico the lead.

It was difficult for Valencia and for their goalkeeper, whose saves in both halves helped Atletico from distance and hold the score at a late hour. Valencia supporters will take heart from the spirit of their team and the arrival of Cavani at the stadium to greet the fans. The 35-year-old Uruguayan striker rose to his feet before kick-off to receive the applause from the supporters.

The 31-year-old doubled his tally for the season with his strike at the Mestalla stadium

The 31-year-old doubled his tally for the season with his strike at the Mestalla stadium

The first half was tough. Referee Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez will have expected a busy night with a team coached by Simeone and a team coached by Gennaro Gattuso – sure enough, by halftime he had to lie down in a darkened room.

The tackles flew in from the first whistle and Saul Niguez and Marcos Andre were shown yellow cards in the first 20 minutes. Then Simeone was shown a yellow card for infringing on what had appeared to be the referee’s first goal.

Former Arsenal midfielder Yunus Musah thundered the ball past Yan Oblak from afar, but Cuadra was warned for a previous foul on Joao Felix by Mouctar Diakhaby and the goal was disallowed.

Valencia's Yunus Musah (R) got a VAR goal reversed after a foul on Joao Felix

Valencia’s Yunus Musah (R) got a VAR goal reversed after a foul on Joao Felix

Valencia went from thinking they were 1-0 to thinking they were one man less. Thierry Correa made a mistake on Morata and the referee interpreted him as the last man to show him red. Valencia players surrounded the referee and he eventually downgraded the red to yellow and concluded that Morata had run away from the goal when he watched the incident from the side of the pitch.

There were also opportunities, as both teams looked dangerous in the final third. Mamdashvili made a good save from Felix first and then from Morata with his feet before half time.

Griezmann’s talent for scoring against Valencia was ultimately their downfall. Atletico’s deep power is so strong that they can almost justify leaving the World Cup winner out, especially when he scores from the bench, as he has now done in two of Aletico’s first three games.

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