Atletico Madrid 2-2 Almeria: Pressure Mounts On Abel Resino


Pablo Piatti rescued a point for Almeria with a goal a minute from time and ensured that Atletico Madrid’s winless run at the start of the new season extended to five matches in all competitions.

Los Colchoneros’ coach Abel Resino was under pressure going into the game after seeing his side pick up one point from their opening three league matches while being held to a goalless draw by minnows APOEL in Europe.

After Piatti had put Almeria ahead, Cleber Santana and Diego Forlan both scored and Atleti looked likely to claim all three points for the first time this term.

But their fragile defense and confidence let them down once again as Almeria secured a share of the spoils and calls for Resino to go will grow as Luis Aragones has been rumored to be set to return.

Resino caused controversy from the start by choosing to rotate his squad and give Sergio Aguero a rest with Florent Sinama-Pongolle starting up front, while Cleber Santana started in midfield only six weeks after being told he could leave the club.

Almeria are beginning to find their feet and former Atletico star Hugo Sanchez chose to employ a 4-5-1 formation and it almost paid off in the first minute when Albert Crusat outpaced Pablo Ibanez and Juanito to go close.

Moments later the home fans began to show that their disapproval was not solely with the club’s board as Jose Antonio Reyes was jeered and Cleber’s every touch drew whistles from certain sections.

The Brazilian did stop the critics 12 minutes in when his well-aimed header from a corner was saved on the line by Michel and it was not long before the hosts were given the chance to take the lead.

In the 18th minute Fernando Soriano was adjudged to have handled in the area and Forlan stepped up to take the spot-kick only to then steer it wide of the goal from 12 yards out.

Within minutes the Uruguayan was ruing the miss even more as Crusat sped away on a counter-attack before finding Piatti, who was able to put Almeria ahead.

That lead lasted no longer than 120 seconds though as Maxi’s deflected shot fell to Cleber and he leveled matters and put an end to any booing that was still being aimed in his direction.

Chances were few and far between, but ten minutes after the restart the hosts took the lead as Forlan made up for his penalty mishap and netted the goal which looked set to ease the tension around the club.

The warning signs were still there though as the outstanding Crusat twice caused Roberto problems before Michel powered up the right flank and Piatti met his cross to equalize in the 89th minute and stun the home side and their fans.

In injury time Roberto had to be at his best to deny Kalu Uche from winning the game for Almeria which could well have seen Resino asked to pack up and leave then and there.


~ by footballdirecta on September 24, 2009.

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