Neither Real Madrid nor Barcelona nor Sevilla

Barcelona’s Argentine forward Leo Messi (c), during the match against Getafe, match of the sixth day of LaLiga Santander that was played at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in Getafe. EFE / Rodrigo Jiménez

Madrid, Oct 17 (EFE) .- Sixteen victories and four draws later, Real Madrid felt the noise of defeat in its stadium, this time Alfredo Di Stéfano, conquered by the determination of Cádiz (0-1), the protagonist of a feat that shook the League, but that did not change the leadership, still in the hands of the white team, because Barcelona fell in Getafe and Sevilla in Granada, both 1-0.
Without goals or points from any of the three, Real Madrid maintains dominance by the goal difference in the quartet of 10 points, those that he adds – even with his first league defeat since last March – and those that register the Getafe, Cádiz and Granada, the three teams that removed the championship this Saturday. Atlético also played, with eight points and Luis Suárez as the best solution. He opened the 0-2 to Celta in Balaídos.
The sensation of the day -at least this Saturday- is Cádiz. He has been out of the elite for fourteen years, relegated seven years to Second and even another seven to Second B, while not even in his best thoughts did he intuit such a productive lap -10 points in fourth place-, so sonorous and striking with 0 -1 to Madrid.
It was signed by the Honduran Anthony Choco Lozano, author of the goal from Álvaro Negredo. “It is something historic and we thank God for being lucky to win here,” said the main protagonist of the victory in ‘Movistar’. And the third place? “If you don’t say it before you start, it was unimaginable for us,” the footballer assumed.
As much as thinking about winning in Alfredo Di Stéfano to the current champion, Real Madrid, who had not lost in any of his last 20 appearances in his field, in all of last season and at the beginning of the current one, but not only that, rather, he had not fallen in the League since the break due to COVID-19.
“There is no explanation, we must assume defeat,” said Zinedine Zidane, after an unexpected stumble, by name, by the rival and by the apparent difference between one team and the other, but not by the exposure or the proposition on the ground game this Saturday, where Cádiz was very clear about what they wanted. And he achieve it. A feat, which invites reflection to Real Madrid, although it still retains the lead, because Barcelona also lost in Getafe.
The visit to the Alfonso Pérez Coliseum caused the first defeat of Ronald Koeman’s project, which seemed the most reliable of all until Jaime Mata, with a penalty, condemned him with 1-0. Earlier, Lionel Messi had crashed a ball into the post and Antoine Griezmann had wasted the best option of the entire match.
The maximum penalty was committed by Luuk de Jong on Djene. Perhaps unnecessary, that occasion opened the victory of the azulón team, which has settled at the top of the classification as it did last season and the previous one with the signing of José Bordalás.
Not even Koeman’s changes, including the entry of Ansu Fati by Dembelé, Coutinho by Pedri and Trincao by Griezmann, altered the defeat of Barcelona, ​​which touched the tie, but did not achieve it due to the intervention of the crossbar to reduce the list from undefeated in this LaLiga Santander exercise to just one team: Atlético de Madrid, which has doubts, but less than before.
There is no better answer to restlessness than victories and goals. And Atlético scored two goals and won three points. The how admits many nuances, but this Saturday’s production does not, even more so when it came from two consecutive draws to zero.
He was perhaps inferior to Celta, who had more chances than him and who even made merits to have drawn, but he has Luis Suárez. And he has a goal: the differential factor, for example, in a match like this Saturday, because he hit the first opportunity and his opponent neither the first nor the second nor the third nor in front of the goalkeeper, when Jan Oblak frustrated Santi Mina 1-1.
Undisputed scorer, Luis Suárez has had five occasions in four games and has scored three of them.
As the timer drew to the end, Yannick Carrasco headed the 0-2 on the penultimate play of the match. It was the rejection of a phenomenal shot by Joao Félix, who was substituted at the start of the second half by Diego Costa, who intervened in the first goal, who shared an attack with Suárez and ended with a muscle injury. Lucas Torreira also made his debut. Serious and practical, he ended up exhausted.
Atlético won their second game in four days – they have added eight of the 12 points in dispute-. And Sevilla lost the first. His draw with Barcelona and his two wins in the first two dates are now in the past, because the present marks the defeat in Granada, although he played outnumbered the entire second half and although he had the draw when Yangel Herrera made the difference.
The 22-year-old midfielder belongs to Manchester City, who have loaned him to Granada for the second year. There is no doubt about the success of the English club, much less the Andalusian team, which grows with an essential player in their scheme. He already plays in Europe and is third in the League. Not only for every quality he possesses as a midfielder, but also for his goals: two in five games. And two wins.
His heads are irrefutable. This is what happened on the first day against Alavés, when he opened the victory then, and this Saturday against Sevilla, bowed by his header, impossible for Bono, just when his resistance with one less cash, due to the expulsion of Joan Jordan on the brink of the rest, already headed the 0-0. “There is never anything positive in a loss. They always hurt. It was not our best game,” admitted Julen Lopetegui. Neither Seville nor Barcelona nor Real Madrid. Not even from Atlético.
Iñaki Dufour

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