Alvaro Morata did not realise he had scored Atletico Madrid’s second goal against Elche as they snapped a three-game winless run in LaLiga with a 2-0 victory on Thursday.
The Spain international was on hand to score for the Rojiblancos after Joao Felix had given them the lead at the Metropolitano to deliver three points for Diego Simeone’s side.
But Morata did not initially believe he had finished his effort, after going to ground following a challenge as he shaped to shoot.
His finish arced over Edgar Badia and in, with the forward not realising until he saw team-mate Antoine Griezmann’s celebrations.
“I was on the ground and I thought it had been a goal for Griezmann,” he told Movistar. “I thought that after the rebound, he had scored.
“It was important to win. Especially in our stadium, we want the fans to have a good end to their year. We thank them for our support.”
7 – Antoine Griezmann has been involved in seven of the last nine goals for Atlético de Madrid in LaLiga (3 goals and 4 assists). Protagonist.
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Simeone concurred on the crucial nature of his side’s result, while also praising 19-year-old Pablo Barrios after the midfielder impressed on his first LaLiga start.
“We were looking to do damage,” he added. “When we found our first goal, it gave us piece of mind. I’m heading home happy with the work and effort from the whole team.
“We showed desire. It is time to continue working with humility. As for Pablo, when a boy like him plays, you have to accompany him. You have to lead him in the best way, so as to not rush him. football has no age.”