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TERESA HERRERA: ATLETICO MADRID 2 - NACIONAL 1

13 Aug 2006
Atl?Štico Madrid achieved the third place of the Teresa Herrera thanks to two goals scored by Kezman and Luccin. The Madrilian squad showed a poor game once again, but this time their strikers were effective enough to conquer the final victory. The negative news was the injury of Miguel

Coach Javier Aguirre changed almost the entire squad for this confrontation, this time only Gabi repeated his place in the starting lineup. The offensive couple comprised Mateja Kezman and Mista, while Z?Š Castro and Azc??rate were responsible for the defensive tasks.

Atl?Štico dominated the game during the first minutes, the main danger was created by Kezman. The striker had several chances to score and he fulfilled the mission after a great assist made by Mista. Then, the game changed. Atl?Štico felt down and the match became boring and without any tension. The Uruguayans were near to reaching the equaliser when Garc?Šs took advantage of a mistake made by Mista, but he failed.

Minutes later Nacional scored the equaliser. Jos?Š Luis Garc?Šs enjoyed a new opportunity and this time he didn't fail. The striker headed a cross that keeper Cu?Šllar couldn't contain. Coach Aguirre sent Luccin to the pitch for the second half, but the Madrilians weren't capable of managing midfield. Garc?Šs once again and Jorge Mart?­nez enjoyed opportunities for Nacional, but they failed.

Then when Atl?Štico seemed in danger, Luccin appeared to score the second goal thanks to a powerful long-distance shot past Viera. The goal was a strong hit for the Uruguayan squad and they lost their impulse. Atl?Štico started to dominate the actions although they didn't create new chances to score. Midfielder Miguel broke his knee after a hard tackle made by Britez. The injury is serious and it will mean a long-term recovery for him.

MATCH STATISTICS
Atl?Štico Madrid: Cu?Šllar - Valera, Z?Š Castro, Azc??rate, Antonio  L??pez - Costinha - Gabi (Luccin 46'), Miguel (Maxi 64'), Mario - Mista  (Ag??ero 56'), Kezman.
Nacional Montevideo: Viera - Romero (Caballero 87'), Favaro, Leites, La Luz - Arismendi (Rodrigo V??zquez 83'), Britez, Jorge Mart?­nez, Viana - Garc?Šs, Ju??rez.
Goals: 1-0: (19') Kezman, 1-1: (41') Garc?Šs, 2-1: (56') Luccin. 
Referee: Iglesias Villanueva. He showed yellow card to Viera (19'),  Costinha (24'), La Luz (31') and Kezman (53').
Venue: Riazor (2,000).

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