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Celta de Vigo v Atlético Madrid Live Commentary, 07/07/2020

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1 - 1
CEL
ATM
Fran Beltrán (49)
Álvaro Morata (1)
Abanca-Balaídos

Commentary

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Simeone's side, who are now unbeaten in 13 league matches, return to action on Saturday with a home game against Real Betis. As for Celta, they will be looking to build on this well-deserved point when they travel to Osasuna the same day.
Atletico are held to a 1-1 draw by strugglers Celta at Balaidos. Morata put the visitors ahead with just 52 seconds on the clock, but Celta grew into the match and equalised through a spectacular - albeit slightly miscued - volley from Beltran early in the second half and that is how it remained.
90' + 7' FULL-TIME: CELTA VIGO 1-1 ATLETICO MADRID
90' + 6' Sanchez stands his ground down the Atletico left to prevent Mina from getting in behind him. Both teams are looking for a winning goal here.
H. Herrera
Yellow Card
Atlético Madrid
90' + 4' Herrera loses his footing in midfield and Yokuslu is quickly on the loose ball. The Atletico midfielder drags down his opponent to stop him breaking clear and is shown a yellow card.
90' + 3' Atleti are stringing together plenty of passes but cannot create any clear-cut openings.
90' + 1' Seven minutes have been added on at the end of the match at Balaidos!
F. Bradarić
Iago Aspas
Celta de Vigo
90' + 1' Aspas leaves the field with the game almost over. Bradaric will have a few minutes to make a difference.
90' ANOTHER PENALTY SHOUT! Arias' cross is blocked and then bounces up and hits Olaza on the arm, which is not exactly in an unnatural position by his side. The referee checks with his VAR colleagues and allows play to continue.
I. Šaponjić
Álvaro Morata
Atlético Madrid
88' Saponjic, looking to kickstart his Atleti career, takes over from Morata.
88' PENALTY APPEAL! Vitolo controls the ball in the Celta box before clearing. The referee checks the pitchside monitor for a possible handball, but he soon decides that there was no infringement from the Atletico substitute.
87' GOOD EFFORT! Lemar shifts the ball onto his left foot and unleashes a low shot that Villar is equal to. That is the Celta goalkeeper's first touch of the ball!
86' Mina plays in Beltran but he does not have the energy to race in behind. Celta work it back and pass it around Atleti, the move culminating in Beltran's cross being blocked.
85' Morata catches Rafinha and Celta have a free-kick. Prior to that, Lemar went down in the box but there did not appear to be any real contact on him.
83' Atletico have struggled to get any real rhythm to their game in this second half. Another cross is dealt with - it is difficult to see where a goal is going to come from.
Iván Villar
Rubén Blanco
Celta de Vigo
81' Celta goalkeeper Blanco has picked up an injury and is unable to continue. Villar is introduced in his place.
J. Giménez
Yellow Card
Atlético Madrid
79' Gimenez kicks Aspas in the face with his boot when attempting to win the ball. The referee is right to show the centre-back a yellow card.
78' Play resumes at Balaidos following the second cooling break of the match. There is still plenty of time for one of these sides to find what would surely be a winning goal.
76' Atletico are reluctant to shoot from range. Instead they work the crossing angle and Sanchez is flagged for offside towards the back post.
74' Aspas refuses to give up on a straight pass over the top. Gimenez does enough to ensure that the ball rolls straight out of play for a goal-kick.
T. Lemar
Á. Correa
Atlético Madrid
73' Correa has been Atletico's liveliest player today but makes way for Lemar with a little over 15 minutes to go.
72' With his strike inside the opening minute, Alvaro Morata has now scored three goals in his last two LaLiga games for Atletico Madrid - one more than he had in his previous 14 matches in the competition.
70' Gimenez gives Blanco something to think about with a looping header. However, the Atletico defender went through the back of Yokuslu and a free-kick is awarded.
Manu Sánchez
Renan Lodi
Atlético Madrid
69' It is a triple substitution for Atletico as Sanchez comes on for Lodi in a like-for-like change at full-back.
Vitolo
Marcos Llorente
Atlético Madrid
68' Llorente has been unable to continue his impressive form today. He is replaced by Vitolo with 22 minutes to go.
H. Herrera
T. Partey
Atlético Madrid
68' Thomas is replaced by Herrera as Simeone finally turns to his bench.
67' Mina plays a delightful pass into the middle but it is just out of Aspas' reach. Atletico are holding on a little now.
66' ANOTHER SAVE! Oblak is forced to palm behind Mina's powerful shot at his near post. Aspas played a nice reverse pass into the feet of Mina and the substitute nearly caught out Oblak.
64' The game has gone a little flat over the last five minutes. Celta are showing more urgency than their opponents to find the third goal of a finely-poised match.
62' Celta have come closest to scoring since Beltran made it 1-1 in spectacular style. Simeone is holding off from turning to his bench, which is depleted today due to the absence of Costa and Joao Felix.
Rafinha
Brais Méndez
Celta de Vigo
60' Mendez does not look too happy to be replaced before the hour mark. Rafinha is brought on in his place.
Santi Mina
F. Smolov
Celta de Vigo
59' Smolov is off and Mina on with around half an hour to play.
58' PARRIED! Mendez's powerful shot is too hot for Oblak to handle. The Atletico keeper, who is having a bit of an off day today, is lucky that the loose ball did not fall to a Celta player.
56' Lodi is causing some danger down the left. His latest cross into the box is blocked, however, and ricochets back off him for a goal-kick.
55' It is hard to tell if Beltran was looking to find the top corner with his first-time effort for Celta's equaliser. If he did - and there is no reason to doubt that is the case - then full credit to the midfielder. How will Atleti respond to that setback?
53' Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has won 11 of his 15 games against Celta Vigo in LaLiga (D2 L2), keeping a clean sheet in seven of the last nine meetings before today.
J. Murillo
Yellow Card
Celta de Vigo
51' Murillo wipes out Morata and is shown a yellow card that will rule him out of Celta's next match.
Brais Méndez
Assist
Celta de Vigo
49' Mendez sent in a cross from the right and Beltran swung his boot at it. Did he mean to pick out the top-left corner? Let us give him the benefit of doubt!
Fran Beltrán
Goal
Celta de Vigo
49' GOOOOAAAALLL!!! CELTA 1-1 ATLETICO!! The visitors struck early in the first half and Celta have done likewise in the second. Beltran sends the ball spinning over Oblak with a pretty outrageous volley from 12 yards. He does not get the contact he would have liked, but he does enough to pick out the top-left corner - what a strike!
Jorge Sáenz
Yellow Card
Celta de Vigo
47' Correa knocks the ball past Saenz and the Celta defender sticks out an arm to halt his opponent's run.
46' RESTART! Atletico, who will move 11 points clear of fifth-placed Villarreal if it stays like this, get us back up and running at Balaidos.
Celta had 58 per cent of the ball in the first half but were unable to test Oblak. Garcia named a slightly weaker line-up today and has Rafinha and Nolito to call upon from the bench, while Simeone's back-ups include Lemar and Vitolo.
Atletico lead Celta 1-0 at half-time thanks to Morata's goal after 52 seconds, the striker converting from five yards out after being teed up by Correa. The hosts grew into the match and came close through a couple of Mendez attempts, but the visitors have not looked all that troubled at the back.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: CELTA VIGO 0-1 ATLETICO MADRID
45' + 1' Llorente cuts the ball back for Correa, but his team-mate is unable to adjust his feet in front of goal and a good opportunity goes begging.
45' Two minutes have been added on at the end of the first half at Balaidos.
44' Simeone will be concerned about the success Celta are having down their right. Mendez plays the ball down the line for Mallo, whose cross is turned behind at the front post.
42' Atletico turn over possession high up the pitch. Thomas slots the ball through for Lodi, who tries and fails to pick out Llorente on the edge of the box with his cutback.
40' CLOSE! Mendez, pretty much out of nowhere, bends a 20-yard shot just wide of the target. That is the closest Celta have come to scoring today.
38' Koke sends the ball through for Correa. Before he can think about shooting, the referee brings play back for a foul by Llorente in midfield.
Nolito
Yellow Card
Celta de Vigo
36' It was Celta substitute Nolito, and not head coach Garcia, who was cautioned by the referee.
36' A member of the Celta bench - possibly head coach Garcia - is given a warning by the referee.
35' Savic misses Mallo's right-sided delivery. Olaza picks it up and sends in another cross, which Atletico this time deal with.
34' Smolov is given a pass to chase down in behind - the first time today Celta have managed to do that. He holds the ball up but is given little support and the attack fizzles out.
32' Correa's cross for Morata's early goal took a slight deflection, incidentally, so the Argentina international will not be credited with the assist. We are back underway at Balaidos following the short cooling break.
30' With half an hour played, it is time for the first drinks break of the contest. Garcia and Simeone have a chance to pass on some instructions to their players.
29' Correa is chasing down everything and is picking up a few second balls. Atletico are bored of sitting back and are now getting bodies forward in search of a second goal.
27' Atletico twice turn down the chance to shoot from just outside the Celta penalty area and the hosts turn over possession. Simeone's men are having a lot of joy down their right-hand side, where the opening goal originated from.
25' Atleti are happy to let Celta's three centre-backs advance into their half of the field. The home team are bossing possession but are a little too pedestrian, struggling to make any openings.
Renan Lodi
Yellow Card
Atlético Madrid
23' Seconds after Mendez entered the referee's book, Lodi is booked for a challenge on Mallo - a very harsh decision.
Brais Méndez
Yellow Card
Celta de Vigo
22' Mendez is shown a yellow card for a strong challenge on Arias.
21' The home team are slowly starting to build some momentum, with their opponents seemingly happy to sit off and protect their lead. It is all very patient from Celta - perhaps a little too patient.
19' CLOSE! Mendez looks to pick his spot with a shot from 25 yards. It deflects off Savic into the side-netting for a corner, which ultimately comes to little.
18' Murillo directs a corner back towards goal but it is an Atleti head who gets to it first. This has been a good spell for the home side, who trail to Morata's strike inside the first minute.
16' Mallo is being afforded plenty of space out wide. He sends another good delivery into the six-yard box, where Oblak is waiting uncontested to gather.
14' A cross into the Atletico box is headed clear. Murillo shoots from a long way out, the effort ending well wide of the target.
12' OVER! Correa's cross takes a couple of touches before landing at the feet of Savic. He tries to curl a first-time shot into the top corner but the attempt is a fair way off target.
10' Morata tries to wriggle clear of a couple of players down the left but is unable to do so. Celta have had 77 per cent of the ball so far but they find themselves a goal down.
8' Simeone's side are knocking the ball around under little pressure. Celta do eventually turn over possession, but Mallo's cross is cut out.
6' Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in their last 12 LaLiga games (W7 D5) - the longest current unbeaten run in the division. Their last defeat in the Spanish top flight came against Real Madrid in February.
4' Morata's goal has been timed at 52 seconds. It was a simple finish, but credit to the Atletico striker for getting into the right area to convert.
2' As far as bad starts go, that is right up there for Celta! Thomas looks to add a second goal to Atleti's tally but his shot from range is blocked.
Álvaro Morata
Goal
Atlético Madrid
1' GOOOAAAALLLL!!! CELTA 0-1 ATLETICO!! The visitors open the scoring inside a minute at Balaidos! Aspas gives the ball away and Arias plays it inside to Correa, who crosses for Morata to convert five yards from goal.
1' KICK-OFF! Celta, aiming to climb further clear of the relegation zone, get us up and running against one of the division's most in-form sides.
The teams are coming out onto the pitch at Balaidos, with kick-off just moments away. This match will be played behind closed doors, as will every other LaLiga game for the foreseeable future.
Celta Vigo have won just one of their last nine LaLiga matches against Atletico Madrid, failing to score in seven of those. However, that solitary victory came in the most recent encounter at Balaidos - 2-0 in September 2018.
Atletico also show four changes from the 3-0 win over Mallorca four days ago. Joao Felix and Yannick Carrasco drop out of the squad through injury, with their places in attack taken by Thomas and Correa. Simeone, also without the suspended Diego Costa today, has rotated at full-back with Arias and Lodi in for Sanchez and Trippier.
Garcia has made four changes to Celta's starting line-up on the back of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Real Betis. Aidoo returns to the backline in place of the suspended Nestor Araujo, while Mallo has been passed fit and takes over from Vazquez in what appears to be a 3-5-2 system. Elsewhere, Saenz and Mendez come in for benched pair Nolito and Rafinha
Subs: Toni Moya, Vitolo, Ivan Saponjic, Felipe, Ricard Sanchez, Hector Herrera, Thomas Lemar, Kieran Trippier, Rodrigo Riquelme, Manuel Sanchez, Sergio Camello, Antonio Adan.
ATLETICO XI (4-4-2): Jan Oblak; Santiago Arias, Jose Gimenez, Stefan Savic, Renan Lodi; Saul Niguez, Thomas Partey, Koke (c), Marcos Llorente; Angel Correa, Alvaro Morata.
Subs: Juan Hernandez, Nolito, Rafinha, Pione Sisto, Jacobo Gonzalez, Gabriel Fernandez, Santi Mina, Ivan Villar, Filip Bradaric, Pape Cheikh, Jose Manuel Fontan, Kevin Vazquez.
CELTA XI (3-5-2): Ruben Blanco; Joseph Aidoo, Jeison Murillo, Jorge Saenz; Hugo Mallo (c), Fran Beltran, Okay Yokuslu, Brais Mendez, Lucas Olaza; Iago Aspas, Fedor Smolov.
Atletico have been in fantastic form since last month's restart, winning five and drawing two of their last seven matches. That unbeaten streak has moved Diego Simeone's men above Sevilla into third place, eight points better off than the chasing pack in the race for a top-four finish.
Celta eased their relegation worries with back-to-back wins at the end of last month, but they have taken only two points from the last nine on offer and are not yet safe from the drop. Oscar Garcia's side are six points better off than 18th-placed Real Mallorca with four matches left to go.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the LaLiga meeting between Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid at Estadio de Balaidos.