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Atlético Madrid v Real Betis Live Commentary, 11/07/2020

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Diego Costa (74)
Estádio Cívitas Metropolitano


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Atletico are next in action on Thursday when they play Getafe on the road, while Real Betis are in action on the same day at home to Deportivo Alaves.
Atletico Madrid overcome adversity to secure a 1-0 win over Real Betis in their LaLiga clash this evening. Los Rojiblancos saw two goals disallowed by VAR, while Mario Hermoso was dismissed for a poor challenge on Loren Moron. However, Diego Simeone's men managed to claim the three points courtesy of a close-range header from Diego Costa. It's enough confirm a top-four place and Champions League football against next term.
90' + 6' SAVE! Rodriguez collects on the edge of the box from Joaquin and goes for a low drive. Oblak gets down low to his left to make the stop and then gather at the second attempt.
90' + 4' Canales swings a ball deep to the back post for Bartra to attack. However, Lodi is there to disrupt the defender, and the ball bounces behind for a goal-kick.
Yellow Card
Real Betis
90' + 3' Emerson goes into the book for a loose challenge on Costa.
90' + 1' Bartra lines up a strike to nothing from 25 yards, but it trickles harmlessly wide of the post. It's not what Betis need at this stage.
90' There is six minutes of added time.
90' OVER! Fekir hangs a deep cross to the back post for Bartra to attack. He rises with Felipe, but can only guide his header on to the roof of the net.
89' Costa proves his worth by winning another corner down the right flank. It's so important for Atletico at this stage of the contest.
87' WIDE! Fekir finds space down through the middle and he connects on his left foot. However, he pulls his effort wide of the right post.
87' The home side are doing anything they can to take time off the clock. It's vintage Atletico with their backs against the wall.
85' Tello tries to force his way past Vitolo down the left flank, but the midfielder holds firm alongside Arias to thwart the attack.
Álex Moreno
Real Betis
83' Tello comes on for Moreno down the left flank.
Borja Iglesias
Loren Morón
Real Betis
83' Loren is withdrawn for Iglesias in the final third for the visitors.
81' Costa fends off a challenge from Rodriguez and wins a corner off the legs of Emerson. Vital seconds are taken off the clock.
78' We're back underway for the closing stages of the contest.
Z. Feddal
Yellow Card
Real Betis
78' Feddal gets involved in a war of words with Costa and the referee from the sideline in the cooling break and goes into the book.
77' The referee takes the time to call for the cooling break.
76' It took time for VAR to confirm Costa's goal amid claims of handball and offside. However, Atletico are on the board at last.
Y. Carrasco
Atlético Madrid
74' Carrasco send a delightful free-kick into the box for Costa to head home.
Diego Costa
Atlético Madrid
74' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! COSTA HEADS HOME FOR ATLETICO!!!! 1-0!!! Finally the home side have the breakthrough as Costa guides his header home from 10 yards out. Carrasco puts his free-kick on the money, curling his delivery into a dangerous area. Costa gets behind Bartra and plants his header away from Martin into the bottom-right corner. A precise header from the forward.
74' Canales brings down Carrasco in the Betis half and the referee awards a free-kick to the home side.
73' WIDE! Fekir turns to create space in the right inside channel. He goes for the blast from a tight angle, only to slam his effort wide of the target.
72' Joaquin finds space down the right flank and he cuts a low ball across the face of goal, but Loren fails to connect with his strike in the middle under pressure from Felipe.
70' Joaquin and Emerson combine immediately off the bench as the former feeds the full-back. Partey has to be alert to repel the cross from the Brazilian.
Real Betis
70' Emerson is on down the right to replace Barragan.
William Carvalho
Real Betis
70' Carvalho is withdrawn for Joaquin as Betis put attacking options on the pitch.
68' It's all hands on deck for Atletico at the back as Felipe heads behind Barragan's cross from the right flank.
66' BLOCK! Felipe puts his body on the line to deny Moreno, who blasts his strike towards the net. The Atletico defender is brave and denies the defender.
65' Betis work the ball from left to right before Guido takes on the strike with a half-volley, only to blast his attempt well over the bar.
63' Carvalho carries the ball forward and offloads to Moreno in space down the left flank. However, Arias is there to repel the delivery.
Á. Correa
Atlético Madrid
62' Correa is withdrawn so Felipe can shore up the Atletico back four.
60' Moreno tries a snap shot from the left flank to catch out Oblak, but the ball travels wide of the left post.
58' The referee has a second glance at the incident on the screens at the side of the pitch and still confirms his decision to send off Hermoso.
Red Card
Atlético Madrid
57' RED! Hermoso is given a straight red card for a lunge on Loren. It's from behind and cynical, but there was not a violent intent from the defender.
Y. Carrasco
Marcos Llorente
Atlético Madrid
55' Carrasco comes on to replace Llorente.
Diego Costa
Álvaro Morata
Atlético Madrid
55' Costa comes on for Morata to spearhead the line.
Atlético Madrid
55' Saul is withdrawn by Simeone for Vitolo in the final third.
52' Fekir has a surge at the Atletico defence and opens up space to shoot on his right foot, but it's tame and straight at Oblak.
51' CHANCE! Loren runs through three Atletico defenders, gaining a slice of luck to break past Partey due to a deflection. He gets through one-on-one with Oblak, but the forward can only send his flicked effort wide of the right post. A huge opportunity spurned.
49' Canales has nothing on for Betis in the final third and blasts his strike straight into a wall of red and white shirts on the edge of the box.
48' Arias makes a run forward from the back to combine with Correa, but the Argentine underhits his offload to halt the attack.
46' We're back underway at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Diego Simeone cannot be too disgruntled by his side's performance. Fine margins have denied them two goals and if they keep persevering they will get their reward. However, Betis have been plucky and they are just searching for that clinical edge to find the back of the net.
It's all square at the break in the LaLiga contest between Atletico Madrid and Real Betis. The home side have seen two goals disallowed by VAR to frustrate would-be goalscorers Angel Correa and Alvaro Morata. Betis have bared their teeth at the other end, with Andres Guardado just placing an effort wide of the post. It has been an open contest and the three points are up for grabs.
45' + 5' SCRAMBLE! Fekir lines up a drive and sees his effort charged down. The deflection almost works for the visitors as the rebound pinballs around the area. Loren misses his kick, while Canales cannot get a header towards the target. Atletico are able to scramble it behind.
45' + 3' WIDE! Barragan lifts a cross deep to the left inside channel where Loren arrives late and takes on the strike first time. He goes for the volley, but can only steer his attempt into the side-netting.
45' + 2' Koke floats his delivery deep towards the back post from the left flank. However, it sails over the head of everyone in the box and out for a goal-kick.
Yellow Card
Real Betis
45' + 1' Barragan gives away a free-kick for a poor challenge on Llorente. He is booked for catching the forward on the foot.
45' + 1' Fekir takes possession on the left flank and looks to bend a cross towards the back post, but he sees it travel behind without troubling the home side.
45' Due to the injury stoppage and the two VAR decisions, there will be six minutes of added time.
A. Guardado
Real Betis
43' Guardado has to make way as well in the closing stages of the first half. Pedraza replaces him on the left flank.
42' Trippier is down clutching his ribs and he may have to make way here. Arias is getting ready on the sideline.
S. Arias
K. Trippier
Atlético Madrid
42' Arias replaces Trippier for the home side at right-back.
41' Rodriguez lines up a strike at goal from 20 yards, but he skews his effort wide of the right post. Betis are not shying away from shooting from distance.
39' Correa twists and turns in the final third from the right flank. He goes for a low effort on his left foot, but Martin gets down to make the stop.
38' VAR! Atletico see a second goal disallowed by VAR this evening. Morata is put through by Koke and he scores a delightful goal, clipping his effort over Martin from a tight angle after fending off Bartra. However, VAR finds that his knee was in an offside position and the goal is chalked off.
34' Morata puts the ball into the back of the net with a neat finish, but VAR will take a second look to confirm the goal.
32' We're back underway at the Wanda Metropolitano.
31' The referee calls for the first cooling break of the game.
30' CLOSE! Guardado is inches away from putting Betis ahead. Carvalho rolls the ball into the path of the Mexican and he strikes first time from the left flank. The ball speeds past Oblak, but travels just wide of the right post. So close for the visitors.
29' Canales cuts inside from the right flank and drills an effort at goal on his left foot. It gets charged down, but Fekir attacks the rebound. Lodi gets across the forward to deny him access to the ball and wins a free-kick in the process.
28' SAVE! Partey is afforded space and time 25 yards from goal and he goes for the blast. He connects well with his effort, but Martin gets his body behind the ball to make the stop.
27' CHANCE! Loren latches on to a long ball forward from Martin. He twists and turns to open up space for a strike, but he can only angle his effort straight at Oblak.
25' The visitors continue to play solid football in the final third. However, Barragan's cross evades Loren in the middle, allowing the home side to clear.
23' Correa belives that he has put Atletico ahead with a composed finish. However, the goal is disallowed for handball against Llorente. Koke has the first effort at goal that is blocked. Llorente pounces on the rebound and sees his effort charged down by Rodriguez. Correa turns home the third attempt with a fine volley. It turns out to be in vain as a handball by Llorente denies the Argentine.
21' Hermoso has to act at the near post as Betis break on the counter. Loren beats the challenge of Savic and breaks into the left inside channel. He tries to blast a low ball across the face of goal, but Hermoso is there to divert it behind.
21' The Atletico defence hold firm at the back to clear the resulting corner with ease.
18' Trippier tries to release Correa into space down the right inside channel. Moreno is there all the way for the visitors, and although the Argentine does regain possession for Atletico, the attack is blunted.
16' Betis are not backing down from the challenge and are looking to assert themselves on the contest.
14' Betis work the ball around the final third, but the cross from Barragan fails to threaten the Atletico backline.
13' Lodi angles a cross into the box from the left towards Morata, but it just travels over the head of the Spaniard.
S. Savić
Yellow Card
Atlético Madrid
11' Savic pulls back Fekir on the charge and goes into the book.
11' Bartra has to act at the back to prevent Llorente from bursting into the box. He clears ahead of the forward following a poor pass out from the back by Sidnei.
10' SAVE! Llorente fends off a challenge from Sidnei and offloads to Koke on the edge of the box, but the Atletico skipper can only curl his effort straight at Martin.
9' CLOSE! Trippier and Correa combine to release Llorente in the right inside channel. He blasts the ball across the face of goal, but his effort just creeps past the left post and behind for a goal-kick.
6' Bartra pulls back Koke on the charge and hands a free-kick to the home side. The defender is fortunate to escape a booking.
5' Saul catches Fekir from behind and gives away a free-kick inside the Betis half.
4' Lodi has space on the left flank, but he can only drill his delivery straight into the hands of Martin.
2' Trippier raids down the right flank and he angles a cross deep towards Morata, but the ball just evades the forward.
1' We're underway at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in their six LaLiga home games against Real Betis under Diego Simeone (W5 D1), keeping a clean sheet in five of them.
Trujillo has made six changes to his side that beat Osasuna last time out. Barragan, Bartra and Sidnei all come into the back four as Feddal, Emerson and Mandi drop to the bench. Joaquin, Pedraza and Iglesias also drop out as Carvalho, Loren and Canales get the starts.
Atletico have made two changes to their side that drew against Celta Vigo last time out. Trippier and Hermoso comes into the back four to replace Arias and Jose Gimenez, with the latter missing out on the squad this evening. Morata and Llorente lead the line once again.
REAL BETIS SUBS: Joel Robles, Zouhair Feddal, Alfonso Pedraza, Juanmi, Borja Iglesias, Cristian Tello, Joaquin, Diego Lainez, Emerson, Aissa Mandi, Carles Alena, Edgar Gonzalez.
REAL BETIS (4-3-3): Dani Martin; Antonio Barragan, Marc Bartra, Sidnei, Alex Moreno; Guido Rodriguez, William Carvalho, Andres Guardado; Sergio Canales, Loren Moron, Nabil Fekir.
ATLETICO MADRID SUBS: Antonio Adan, Santiago Arias, Thomas Lemar, Hector Herrera, Ivan Saponjic, Felipe, Diego Costa, Vitolo, Yannick Carrasco, Alvaro Garcia, Rodrigo Riquelme, Manuel Sanchez.
ATLETICO MADRID (4-4-2): Jan Oblak; Kieran Trippier, Stefan Savic, Mario Hermoso, Renan Lodi; Angel Correa, Thomas Partey, Saul Niguez, Koke; Alvaro Morata, Marcos Llorente.
Real Betis produced a strong performance last time out to defeat Osasuna 3-0 on home soil. The result lifted the club towards the security of mid-table, having drawn against Celta Vigo in their previous game. Despite being safe from the threat of relegation, Alexis Trujillo will still want to see a strong performance from his team this evening.
Atletico are unbeaten since the restart of the league and are one win away from securing a top-four spot. Diego Simeone's men have been strong on home soil, beating Real Valladolid, Deportivo Alaves and Mallorca in their last three matches at the Wanda Metropolitano. However, they were held to a 1-1 draw by Celta Vigo last time out on the road and will be eager to get back to winning ways tonight.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the LaLiga clash between Atletico Madrid and Real Betis at the Wanda Metropolitano.