Arthur Vermeeren has made his first playing minutes at Atlético Madrid. The 18-year-old midfielder even started against Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday evening, but was taken off after the first half. Los Rojiblancos did manage to win the match after a late goal by Memphis Depay.
Last weekend, Vermeeren was confined to the bench for an entire match, but on Wednesday the young Belgian was allowed to make his first playing minutes on behalf of his new club. Coach Simeone even immediately dropped him into the starting line-up. With a view to Sunday’s clash against Real Madrid, he completely changed his team and several strong players were given rest.
Depay saves Atlético
Vermeeren was able to take full advantage of this, but the midfielder did not immediately leave a convincing impression. The youngster seemed quite nervous. Although he held his own in the recovery, the Red Devil suffered quite a lot of ball loss. He had to stay in the dressing room at half time.
At that moment the scoreboard was balanced. On behalf of the visitors, Garcia had erased Reinildo’s opening goal. However, in the final phase, substitute Depay was able to help the home team win. The Dutchman first saw a goal disallowed on the advice of the VAR, but then struck anyway. In the rankings, Los Rojiblancos again jump over FC Barcelona to place three.
There were also some interesting matches on the program in the Premier League. For example, defending champion Manchester City won against Burnley FC, but could not get any closer to leader Liverpool FC. The team of outgoing coach Klopp defeated Chelsea FC on home field by a large score: 4-1.
Midway through the first half, Jota sliced through the visiting defense to open the scoring. Youngster Bradley managed to double again, while Szoboszlai closed the books completely after the break. Nkunku did something back for the Blues, but Diaz scored again after a few minutes.
This victory means Liverpool is once again five points ahead of pursuers Arsenal and City. The latter team still has a catch-up game to play. Chelsea, in turn, remains in a painful tenth place.