In a thrilling encounter in Catalonia, Álvaro Morata’s remarkable hat-trick wasn’t enough to prevent Girona from securing their first-ever victory over Atlético Madrid. Iván Martín’s dramatic stoppage-time winner sealed a scintillating 4-3 triumph, marking a historic achievement for the Blanquivermells.
Girona wasted no time asserting dominance, with Artem Dovbyk narrowly missing an early chance. However, Valery Fernández quickly broke the deadlock, delivering a sublime finish after Pablo Torre’s setup. Morata responded swiftly for Atleti, capitalizing on Antoine Griezmann’s flick-on to net a clinical strike. Nevertheless, a lapse in defense allowed Girona to regain the lead, with Iván Martín capitalizing on a mistake by Griezmann and Koke.
Daley Blind extended Girona’s advantage before the break, reacting quickest to a well-worked corner. Morata showcased his sublime footwork to score his second, narrowly missing out on a first-half hat-trick due to an offside call. In the second half, Atletico pressed relentlessly, and Morata completed his hat-trick with a delightful finish, leveling the score at 3-3.
Despite Atleti’s comeback efforts, Girona had the last say. In stoppage time, Iván Martín’s solo effort secured a historic win, extending Girona’s unbeaten league run to 11 games. This result, combined with Real Madrid’s 1-0 win over Real Mallorca, keeps Girona in close pursuit of the league leaders.
On the flip side, Atlético Madrid faces challenges in the title race, sitting third and trailing Real Madrid by 10 points. Diego Simeone’s side suffered their fourth consecutive away league defeat for the first time during his tenure, emphasizing the work ahead for the Colchoneros to reassert themselves in the championship contention.
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