Felix Sees Red As Atletico Held

By Daily Sports on September 19, 2021

Views: 313


Joao Felix was sent off and Antoine Griezmann failed to fire again as Atletico Madrid were held to a goalless draw by Athletic Bilbao in a bad-tempered contest on Saturday.

Griezmann started ahead of Luis Suarez but was replaced by the Uruguayan after 55 minutes at the Wanda Metropolitano without registering a shot on target.

Felix came on too as Atletico chased a winner, only to be shown a second yellow card for dissent, the 21-year-old lashing the ball into the crowd in frustration.

The ball hit an Atletico supporter, who did not appear seriously hurt but left the stadium.

The stalemate is Atletico’s second in four days after Wednesday’s draw at home to Porto in the Champions League, suggesting Diego Simeone is still to find a formula that makes best use of his wealth of attacking options.

“I have absolute confidence in the team we have and we are going to work to get the best out of those names and to get what we always want, which is goals,” said Simeone.

LaLiga’s reigning champions have now drawn two and won three of their opening five games while Athletic continue their impressive start under Marcelino Garcia Toral, whose side also drew with Barcelona last month.

They have nine points, two fewer than their opponents.

Atletico were raging at referee Jesus Gil in the latter stages and after the final whistle, a cluster of players picking up yellow cards for their protests.

Felix has cut a frustrated figure this year, unable to justify his 126-million-euro price tag, while Griezmann has made three appearances since his return from Barcelona but is yet to make an impression.

The Frenchman was whistled in midweek by his own fans and while the reception was slightly warmer this time, he gave little for the Atletico supporters to cheer about.

Griezmann went closest after 57 seconds, when he darted to the front post but his shot flew over, and then he controlled another cross shortly after but was unable to put power into the finish.

Inaki Williams volleyed over shortly before halftime and then had the best chance of the match to put Athletic in front, stealing the ball away from Jose Gimenez and racing clear. With only Jan Oblak to beat, Williams sidefooted wide.

Simeone introduced Suarez, Yannick Carrasco, Hector Herrera and Felix around the hour and Carrasco released Suarez but he got the ball stuck under his feet. (AFP)

•PHOTO: Joao Felix 

Source Daily Sports

Posted September 19, 2021


You may also like...
Keita Makes Food Donation To Fight Coronavirus In...

I became embarrassed at Man Utd — Rooney...

National Youth Games: Plateau wants to showcase talents,...

Mikel, Moses, Nwakaeme named in 23-man squad against...

Why Ogba Resigned From AFN Board — Spokesman...

Defamation: Nadal wins 12,000 euros


Latest News Christensen’s Move To Barca Remains On Track Inter Pushes Chelsea To Release ‘Desperate’ Lukaku On Loan Erik Ten Hag Urged To Stick By Rashford Azeez Oseni finally signed with Spartak Trnava Dennis To Join Crystal Palace This Summer NFF Must Be Held Responsible If Peseiro Fails, Source Dominic Calvert-Lewin header seals famous comeback win as Toffees secure safety It's a miracle Chelsea are third despite missing N'Golo Kante for so much of the season Arsenal Faces Battle To Tie Saka Down To New Deal If … Aubameyang Explains International Retirement Findi‘ll Excel More In Enyimba If… Nigeria Cruises Past Guinea As ITTF Regional Qualifiers Begin In Lagos


Most Read Rangers International going, going . . . (49,796 views) Amaju Pinnick: A cat with nine lives (40,980 views) Second Term: Amaju Pinnick, Other NFF Heavyweights Home to Roost •How Pinnick Broke the Jinx (39,407 views) Missing $150,000 IAAF Grant: Solomon Dalung’s Hide and Seek game (39,405 views) Sports Development: Zenith Bank on the zenith (39,123 views) Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje’s solid footprints, commitment to sports development in Kano State (38,943 views) Current issues in Nigerian sports: Matters arising (38,688 views) NFF Presidency: Pinnick, Maigari, Ogunjobi, Okoye in Battle for Supremacy (38,059 views) Olopade, BET9A wave of revolution in NNL (37,452 views) Commonwealth Games 2018: Shame of Muhammadu Buhari, Solomon Dalung (36,384 views) Ibrahimovic’s Man U exit: Whose decision is it? And in whose interest? (34,727 views) John Mikel Obi: Segun Odegbami’s Outrageous Call! (34,201 views)




News Athletics (410) Basketball (295) Boxing (718) Columnists (666) Euro Soccer Update (13557) Fans Assembly (6) From the Grassroots (68) Golf (119) Interviews (17) Live Commentary (7) News (8047) NPL Glo Premier League (1316) People and Places (22) Readers Parliament (10) Tennis (923)




Phone numbers

Tel: +234(0)8066020976

Email addresses


Office address

No 3, Adetoun Close, Off College Road, Ogba, Ikeja Lagos.
Website: www.dailysportsng.com

Social Media