On his 34th birthday on January 24, Luis Suarez scored a goal to help Atletico beat Valencia 3-1, and himself, he has the 12th goal in La Liga this season.
Suarez gave himself a birthday gift with a classy goal in the 54th minute. Receiving the ball from Joao Felix’s juniors in a not really favorable position, the striker born on January 24, 1987 still flexed to adjust. the viewfinder, then ended with the right foot from a narrow angle. The shot was not strong, but the ball went dangerous enough to exceed the reach of goalkeeper Jaume Doménech, hit the edge of the far post and bounced into the net.
This is the 12th goal Suarez scored for Atletico in 15 appearances in La Liga since the beginning of the season, and is the 501th goal of the striker’s career, just 34 years old yesterday. On the La Liga top scorer list this season, Suarez has surpassed Messi – his old teammate has only 11 goals with Barca. But he still has to share the first place with Youssef En-Nesyri – the Moroccan striker also has 12 goals for Sevilla.
Suarez’s classy goal yesterday helped Atletico Madrid increase the score to 2-1, after Joao Felix equalized 1-1 for the Wanda team from 23. Before that, Valencia entered well, causing waves many times. toward Jan Oblak’s goal and opened the score thanks to a dangerous shot by Serbian midfielder Uros Racic in the 11th minute.
After being led 2-1, Valencia pushed up the attacking squad to find an equalizer, but got an injury in the 72nd minute. Marcos Llorente escaped to the right in a quick counterattack, moved into the penalty area. Returned for new striker to replace Angel Correa ended up near the corner.
The score was almost 4-1 for Atletico if the goalkeeper Doménech did not appear to refuse Correa’s close-range kick in the 87th minute. In this phase, another new player, Lucas Torreira, tried to steal from the road. the cross is then passed, allowing Correa to finish.
But 3-1 is also enough to satisfy Diego Simeone’s teachers and students, extending their winning streak in La Liga to seven matches. After 20 rounds, Atletico Madrid is leading the championship race with 47 points, even though it has just kicked 18 matches. Real Madrid, Barca and Sevilla – the next three teams – have all just kicked 19 games, but are seven, 10 and 11 points behind Atletico.
* Fixture – La Liga results