Atlético went pass Villarreal on a hard-earned victory of 3-1 on Sunday at Wanda Metropolitano. Atlético Madrid faced the encounter with a desire to add more points to their locker after a draw against Valencia (2-2) while Villarreal won 2-1 the last league match against Levante. As of today, Atlético Madrid is 3rd in the LaLiga, having garnered 43 points from 25 matches, while Villarreal sits at 7th with 38 points after playing a total of 25 matches.
Villarreal started well in the first half, with a goal from Paco Alcacer in the 16th minute. Atlético Madrid gave an equalizer thanks to a goal from Angel Correa in the 40th minute just before the end of the 45 minutes to establish the 1-1, and the first half ended 1-1.
Atlético Madrid boosted the game in the second half, thanks to a goal from Koke 64 minutes in the game. Later, Atlético Madrid scored once more and increased their lead 3-1 thanks to a goal from Joao Felix in the 74th minute, which saw the second half to a 3-1.
As for substitutions, both coaches used full substitutions. For Atlético Madrid Joao Felix, Kieran Trippier and Marcos Llorente came on for Vitolo, Sime Vrsaljko and Alvaro Morata, while Villarreal substituted Samuel Chukwueze, Javier Ontiveros and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa with Gerard Moreno, Vicente Iborra and Moi Gomez.
The referee booked Saul Niguez and Joao Felix from Atlético, while for Villarreal Ruben Pena saw a yellow card as well.
Villarreal and Atlético Madrid will play at away stadium against Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol respectively.