Soriano hands Villarreal shock win

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Apr 2017 09:11:14


VILLARREAL kept their slim hopes of Champions League football next season alive as Roberto Soriano’s late winner shocked Atletico Madrid 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon.

A battle between the two best defences in La Liga was unsurprisingly settled by a single goal when the Italian turned home Cedric Bakambu’s cross eight minutes from time.

Victory hauls Villarreal to within five points of fourth-placed Sevilla, who have a game in hand, and eight of Atletico in third.

Atletico enjoyed the vast majority of the play and chances, but were undone by a brilliant performance by Andres Fernandez in the Villarreal goal.

“Many times we have won this way and today it was our turn to lose,” said Atletico boss Diego Simeone.
“We played well and went looking for the goal the whole game but the ball didn’t want to go in.”

Fernandez made a stunning double save early on as Angel Correa wriggled free inside the area to fire goalwards before Saul Niguez’s powerful header was turned to safety.

The Villarreal stopper also denied the on-form Antoine Griezmann and Nico Gaitan before the break. Gaitan then had Atletico’s best chance of the game early in the second-half.
However, he failed to reward boss Diego Simeone for a rare start as again he was denied by Fernandez’s outstretched hand.