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Mallorca 1-0 Atletico Madrid

Mallorca secures a massive result in their battle against relegation from LaLiga, defeating Atletico Madrid 1-0 at the Visit Mallorca Estadi.

Vedat Muriqi scored from the spot in the second half to secure the three points, ending a run of seven straight defeats.

The result moves Mallorca outside the relegation zone and one point above Cadiz, who drops into the 18th spot.

Atletico suffers a damaging loss in their bid to finish in the top four and pick themselves up for another challenging week.

Starting Lineup:

MALLORCA (3-5-2): Sergio Rico;

Martin Valjent, Antonio Raillo, Brian Olivan;

Pablo Maffeo, Antonio Sanchez, Iddrisu Baba, Dani Rodriguez, Jaume Costa;

Vedat Muriqi, Lee Kang-In.

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Mallorca 1-0 Atletico Madrid

 

ATLETICO MADRID (3-5-2): Jan Oblak;

Stefan Savic, Felipe, Reinildo;

Marcos Llorente, Koke, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Rodrigo de Paul, Yannick Carrasco;

Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann.

Goals:

MURIQI FIRES MALLORCA AHEAD!!!!!!! 1-0!!!!! The home side takes the lead as Muriqi holds his nerve from 12 yards. He goes for a stutter-step before hammering a left-footed strike away from the hand of Oblak into the top-right corner. A perfect penalty.

Post-Match interview:

“Things didn’t work out today,” the Slovenian goalkeeper said after the game. “Mallorca played an excellent defensive game. It was a challenging game.

“In the end, it’s complicated with a dry pitch, with the sun, with everything. I’m not looking for excuses. We have to do more and better. Today was not enough for the three points.

“We didn’t have [the Champions League game] in mind, but I’m sure the first leg has taken its toll. We’ve been a bit tired, heavy… We haven’t played the game we had to play. Next, it’s City, and we have to do much better to win on Wednesday.

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Mallorca 1-0 Atletico Madrid

“Reinildo has also told me that it wasn’t [a penalty]. I saw it from behind, and it didn’t seem to me. But if the VAR people don’t want to warn him, nothing can be done. I’ve told the referee that it’s not a penalty. Football is a contact sport, and it can happen that after clearing the ball, you touch someone.

“The intensity wasn’t at the level that it had to be for the whole team. In the end, you lose a game that you didn’t have to lose. You can’t let the other team play with more enthusiasm. You have to go in wanting to win and take the three points.”

Head coach Diego Simeone also dismissed that his team had one eye on City.

“We started the game well, but it cost us,” he told reporters. “We were elaborate, generated danger, but defensively they were perfect. The penalty made us look to force a draw, but it wasn’t to be.

“It’s easy to blame a lack of concentration, but we couldn’t break their orderly and correct defence.”

So, what’s next?

Mallorca is next in action against Elche on the road next week. After that, Atletico has to turn the page from their defeat as they face off against Manchester City in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash on Wednesday at home.

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